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Winona Laduke Sets the Stage at Boston Rally
02 Oct 2000
Winona Laduke spells out most of the Green Party platform and puts her personal views into a political context.
Judging form the cheers and applause at her arrival at the podium, the crowd's expectations were high for Winona Laduke. Judging from the cheers and applause throughout and at the end of her speech, those expectaions were more than met.
Winona Laduke opened her speech at the Boston Green Party rally by greeting the 12,000+ crowd with, "hello my relatives". She did this to emphasize the connectedness of all people to each other. She then went on to discuss the relationships between individuals, society and the environment. She said that we must, "reconcile our relationship with the Earth and....reconcile our relationships with each other."
Laduke's main thrust was to outline the Green Party's social and environmental platform. She emphasized that we must ween ourselves off and away from the petroleum-based energy economy and embrace solar power. She also said that a Green Party Presidency would make heavy use of industrial hemp calling it, "the crop of the future" and citing paper as one of its "more than 25,000 uses."
She apparently feels quite strongly about the topic of paper. She recalled that she had once been arrested for chaining herself to the front of a phone book factory adding, "I felt it was wrong that one thousand year old trees were being destroyed to provide telephone directories."
Moving on to social issues, Laduke said that "public policy should not be written for the richest people in this country, but for the poorest people in this country." She emphasized that investing in poor communities "is not charity, it is Justice." While on the issue of justice, she demanded some for Mumia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier (both convicted of murders they say they did not commit and whose incarcerations many consider to be politically motivated). Specifically speaking of Leonard Peltier, she said that his clemency plea "has been sitting on Clinton's desk for seven years [pause], sign it."
She laid out her military spending proposals very simply. She said that when the pentagon comes to her (if elected) asking for three new bombers, she would say "why don't we hire 425,000 new teachers instead?"
In fact her entire policy on fiscal matters was equally laid out little fuss. Laduke felt that balancing a household budget as a mother of five was plenty of experience for such matters and claimed ,"I will bring that experience to the White House."
Winona Laduke ended up her portion of the evening with an open call for a resurgence in an active citizenry in the United States. She said, "we (the Green Party) have a vision for this country... this country has had an absence of political will," and referring to the 12,000+ in attendance, "we are that political will".
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Solar power not economically viable
03 Oct 2000
Winona Laduke's comments about solar energy i believe are misguided. Solar panels are mainly manufactured by petroleum companies and are priced out of reach of many people. Without major government subsidy, solar could never replace petroleum. Biodiesel (diesel fuel made from vegetable oil) on the other hand is often made with soybeans (a domestically produced crop) and it's use is already being integrated in places like Minnesota and Iowa, as well as many European countries.

check http:// www.veggievan.org
See also:
www.spaz.org
Go Solar!
03 Oct 2000
IThank you, indy.media, because, for reporting on the event and the references to the energy situation we are faced with. There will no one approach for us in the future. We will need, most of all, to adopt an attitude that embraces a wide diversity of appropriate technologies. Not all solar collectors are manufactured by petroleum companies, and many solar applications are cost effective, now. Subsidies may be required in some instances; but, it will be more likely that we will subsidize complicated and expensive technologies, before we can de-subsidize the fossil fuek industries to level the playing field.

We need to move forward on all fronts, with new and unlikely allies. We will all have our own limits and criteria - if you want biofuels, you'll be working with ADM and genetically modified fuel crops. If you cannot abide with that, and you cannot work with BP on photovoltaics, then you can still live in a 100 percent solar house and drive a solar electric vehicle.

We will see interesting times ahead, both in the world's responses to the impact of global warming, caused by the use of fossil fuels, and the simultaneous depletion of the Earth's reserves of those fossil fuels and our inevitable transition to the solar economies.

See you in the future.
Ross M. Donald ross (at) rnn.com
biodiesel
03 Oct 2000
while biodiesel may be more economically viable, I don't think its ecologically viable. Any large scale acceptance, would require as much industrial agriculture as we now have industrial petroleum extraction.
bi
03 Oct 2000
while biodiesel may be more economically viable, I don't think its ecologically viable. Any large scale acceptance, would require as much industrial agriculture as we now have industrial petroleum extraction.
New energy source
03 Oct 2000

Why don't we just harness the forces inside the vacuum of space? Or take advantage of new energy cell technology developed and tested by NASA? Or this - or that. The media reports little in light of huge advances in the sciences. The 'viable options' are nearly limitless - we simply don't have the like-mind mentality or adequate passion(s) to bring to reality such a reasonable solution, as a group of individuals, a nation, or a global community. And so we will ultimately find ourselves with just a spoonful of progress to show for our decision-making as a country. Our solutions will be complex, to fit a complex world with complex problems for complex people, which of course.. will only prove to further complicate the matter. We're as predictable as salmon. Until we all collectively begin to think 'outside the box' (as cliche as they is now) there simply won't be solutions effective enough to fix problems like ours, given the nature of 'us'.
Ban old growth liquidation
04 Oct 2000
Whatever alternative energy or methods we come up with, one thing we don't need to do anymore is CUT virgin old growth forest. It's too rare. A child can understand that, and most Americans, if they ever were made aware, would support protection not liquidation. What's happening in Boston is critical resistance to the tyrrany of the corporate media. They prevent us from communicating effectively, telling the truth, or ever making significant progress. I can say Prague rocked. Don't hold back. Don't let the greedy selfish motherfuckers get away with anything!!! Storm the t.vtation.
Warcry
Energy Diversity
04 Oct 2000
How is it that a gallon of gasoline, prospected in the middle east, drilled up with heavy industrial equipment, transported across the ocean, refined through a sophisticated process, then trucked to local stations, still cost less than a few bottles of water at the convenience store? The fossil fuel industry has long enjoyed not paying for "externalities," ie the environmental damage of land destruction and air/water pollution, with expected species endangerment and public health hazards as a result. It also enjoys the costly protection of the industrial world's combined military might, paid for by the public through other channels than at the pump. You can call this a "subsidy" if you wish.

As LaDuke stated, the point is to start moving away from fossil fuels (and nuclear) toward sustainable energy sources, eventually, hopefully, for a full transfer. While solar may not be ideal for a complete replacement, there are still wind, biomass, small environmentally-sound hydro, and yet unexplored options for energy. Diversifying energy sources would compensate for the drawbacks of each type of energy, such as weather conditions, crop seasons, etc. But two things need to happen which the major political parties will not do:

First, fossil fuels cost must include its own clean-up. A tax entirely designated for environmental and public health remediation could be progressively added to increase the cost of fossil based energy, over the wire or at the pump. Heavy penalties including fines for the company, criminal charges for decision-making individuals, and corporation status de-recognition must be enforced on illegal activities. Second, research money on the scale of some fraction (maybe 10%?) of the nuclear budget (research, maintence, waste management over the past decades) could be devoted to researching alternative renewable energy sources. Currently, NREL (National Renewable Energy Lab) functions under the DOE. NREL funding should be increased, and the lab should operate independently from DOE.

The D/R parties fail to address energy or climate change issues. Being away from the U.S. at the moment, I am very glad to read about the O3 events; and my deepest respect and appreciation for all the people out there who are trying to inspire political awareness/participation!
See also:
mit.edu/justice
On the topic of energy
05 Oct 2000
There was an individual,Buckminster Fuller who wrote a great many books and built structures that were and are economical, environmentally sound and are easy to build particularly with today's materials. I believe his influence on design and thinking have unfortunately been relegated to the margins. I often think he was sounding the clarion call to the world long before anyone even considered the environment in western society amongst many things.

http://www.bfi.org The Buckminster Fuller Institute

All things are possible if we put our minds to it. All we must ask is if we are willing to take the option to succceed in protecting our earth so that it is still habitable for ourselves and our children.
peace to all.
solar power is VERY viable
05 Oct 2000
Aaron, it goes without saying that encouraging solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy would require government subsidies. But once it becomes a going concern, renewable energy will pay for itself. Kindly consider the vast subsidies that oil companies receive today. And the reason why solar and wind energy equipment is "priced out of reach" of many people is simply that it hasn't been mass-marketed as it should be. Renewable energy is cheap and plentiful. In fact, the reason why the oil and coal interests have been so careful to prevent any large government initiative toward renewable energy is precisely that. They can't figure a way to make it expensive once it's marketed properly.