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  • Show Me October 9 “And a second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:39 Listen to today's Devotional

    One day someone went to Jesus and asked, ‘What is the number one commandment?’ Jesus replied, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ The crowd probably would have said, ‘Good answer!’ Every Jewish boy would have answered the question in the same way. But then Jesus added a second commandment. The first one is rather abstract, rather intangible. It is easy to say, “Oh, I love God.” But the second brings it down into the concrete and says we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

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    Show Me October 9 “And a second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:39 Listen to today's Devotional One day someone went to Jesus and asked, ‘What is the number one commandment?’ Jesus replied, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ The crowd probably would have said, ‘Good answer!’ Every Jewish boy would have answered the question in the same way. But then Jesus added a second commandment. The first one is rather abstract, rather intangible. It is easy to say, “Oh, I love God.” But the second brings it down into the concrete and says we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. So, if you say you love God, the genuineness of that love is demonstrated by how you love others. That makes all the difference, doesn’t it? https://mailchi.mp/f737dfa5b8f4/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-453153?e=9cbe669f39
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  • Ocasio-Cortez Takes Aim at Crowley and Kennedy For Challenge to Green New Deal Co-Champion Ed Markey
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/08/ocasio-cortez-takes-aim-crowley-and-kennedy-challenge-green-new-deal-co-champion-ed
    Eoin Higgins, staff writer

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday took aim at her former rival, Joe Crowley, in an email to supporters that presented the Democratic Senate primary in Massachusetts between incumbent Ed Markey and challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy III as an unlikely battle between their party's progressive and establishment wings.

    "While Ed Markey is fighting for the Green New Deal in the Senate, Joe Kennedy is getting campaign support from Crowley hosting a high-dollar fundraiser on October 15th," Ocasio-Cortez's team wrote in an appeal for donations that would be split between her and Markey.

    "Joe Kennedy thinks that with the backing of the establishment and the old guard of the Democratic Party that he can beat a progressive champion for justice," Ocasio-Cortez added. "Let's show Kennedy that he's wrong."

    Emma Vigeland ✔ @EmmaVigeland
    Amazing.

    Team @AOC sends out a scathing email blast about Joe Kennedy's big money fundraisers on behalf of Green New Deal co-author Ed Markey.

    See, establishment types? It's not about primaries for the sake of primaries. It's about the *policy.* Not that hard to grasp!
    View image on Twitter
    1:30 PM - Oct 7, 2019

    Crowley, the New York Democrat who lost a primary election to Ocasio-Cortez in 2018, is listed as a "host" for an October 15 fundraiser for Kennedy hosted by lobbyist Tracey Spicer.

    The event, according to reporting from The Boston Globe, asks attendees from different tiers to donate to the the Kennedy effort to depose Markey:

    According to the invitation, hosts for the fund-raiser are asked to give $5,600 to Kennedy's campaign—the maximum amount an individual can give for the primary and general election, combined. The invitation asks "co-hosts" to pony up $2,800, "supporters" to give $1,000; and "friends" to contribute $500.

    The timing of Crowley's insertion into the race comes weeks after Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Markey, her Senate co-sponsor for the Green New Deal.

    A Kennedy campaign official, speaking on background, told Common Dreams that Crowley and Kennedy's friendship is longstanding and that Crowley's presence in the race has nothing to do with Ocasio-Cortez.

    "They are genuinely close friends and have been for a long time," said the campaign official.

    As Sludge pointed out on October 4, Crowley's post-Congress career has set him up nicely to raise cash and wield influence:

    Crowley is not just the guy whom AOC beat; he is now senior policy advisor at Squire Patton Boggs, a powerful D.C. lobbying firm that represents large corporations such as oil company Royal Dutch Shell, Management and Training Corp.—the third largest private prison company in the U.S.—and insurer UnitedHealth Group.

    The juxtaposition of Ocasio-Cortez, the political upstart whose primary challenge upset the national political order, endorsing the incumbent Markey with her establishment opponent backing Kennedy, who is running on a message of change, was not lost on Boston-based political activist Jonathan Cohn.

    "Some pundits have drawn comparisons to Ayanna Pressley's challenge to Mike Capuano last year, with Kennedy invoking rhetoric akin to Pressley's 'Change can't wait,'" said Cohn. "But the dynamics of the race are very different."

    Sarah Ferris ✔ @sarahnferris
    Joe Crowley hosting fundraiser for Joe Kennedy.
    ....Meanwhile, AOC has endorsed Markey.
    That guy who AOC beat? He’s hosting a fund-raiser for Joe Kennedy - The Boston Globe
    Former congressman Joe Crowley of New York is listed as a host on an invitation for an Oct. 15 “DC Kickoff” fund-raiser for Joe Kennedy’s Senate campaign.

    bostonglobe
    1:50 PM - Oct 3, 2019
    The Globe's reporting appears to bear out that perception of the race's dynamics.

    The paper gave a rundown of a who's who expected at the October 15 fundraiser:

    Former (Ted) Kennedy staffers listed on the invitation include Stephanie Cutter, who went on to serve in the Obama administration and as deputy campaign manager for President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, among other roles; David Bowen, who served as staff director for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions when the elder Kennedy was its chairman, and played a major role in drafting and steering the Affordable Care Act through the Senate; and Tom Lopach, a former executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee who is currently working on Montana Governor Steve Bullock's presidential campaign.

    In her email to supporters, Ocasio-Cortez said that the stakes for the Massachusetts primary are clear.

    "We need to help keep Markey in the Senate where he has a proven record of fighting for transformative change," said Ocasio-Cortez.
    Ocasio-Cortez Takes Aim at Crowley and Kennedy For Challenge to Green New Deal Co-Champion Ed Markey https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/08/ocasio-cortez-takes-aim-crowley-and-kennedy-challenge-green-new-deal-co-champion-ed Eoin Higgins, staff writer Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday took aim at her former rival, Joe Crowley, in an email to supporters that presented the Democratic Senate primary in Massachusetts between incumbent Ed Markey and challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy III as an unlikely battle between their party's progressive and establishment wings. "While Ed Markey is fighting for the Green New Deal in the Senate, Joe Kennedy is getting campaign support from Crowley hosting a high-dollar fundraiser on October 15th," Ocasio-Cortez's team wrote in an appeal for donations that would be split between her and Markey. "Joe Kennedy thinks that with the backing of the establishment and the old guard of the Democratic Party that he can beat a progressive champion for justice," Ocasio-Cortez added. "Let's show Kennedy that he's wrong." Emma Vigeland ✔ @EmmaVigeland Amazing. Team @AOC sends out a scathing email blast about Joe Kennedy's big money fundraisers on behalf of Green New Deal co-author Ed Markey. See, establishment types? It's not about primaries for the sake of primaries. It's about the *policy.* Not that hard to grasp! View image on Twitter 1:30 PM - Oct 7, 2019 Crowley, the New York Democrat who lost a primary election to Ocasio-Cortez in 2018, is listed as a "host" for an October 15 fundraiser for Kennedy hosted by lobbyist Tracey Spicer. The event, according to reporting from The Boston Globe, asks attendees from different tiers to donate to the the Kennedy effort to depose Markey: According to the invitation, hosts for the fund-raiser are asked to give $5,600 to Kennedy's campaign—the maximum amount an individual can give for the primary and general election, combined. The invitation asks "co-hosts" to pony up $2,800, "supporters" to give $1,000; and "friends" to contribute $500. The timing of Crowley's insertion into the race comes weeks after Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Markey, her Senate co-sponsor for the Green New Deal. A Kennedy campaign official, speaking on background, told Common Dreams that Crowley and Kennedy's friendship is longstanding and that Crowley's presence in the race has nothing to do with Ocasio-Cortez. "They are genuinely close friends and have been for a long time," said the campaign official. As Sludge pointed out on October 4, Crowley's post-Congress career has set him up nicely to raise cash and wield influence: Crowley is not just the guy whom AOC beat; he is now senior policy advisor at Squire Patton Boggs, a powerful D.C. lobbying firm that represents large corporations such as oil company Royal Dutch Shell, Management and Training Corp.—the third largest private prison company in the U.S.—and insurer UnitedHealth Group. The juxtaposition of Ocasio-Cortez, the political upstart whose primary challenge upset the national political order, endorsing the incumbent Markey with her establishment opponent backing Kennedy, who is running on a message of change, was not lost on Boston-based political activist Jonathan Cohn. "Some pundits have drawn comparisons to Ayanna Pressley's challenge to Mike Capuano last year, with Kennedy invoking rhetoric akin to Pressley's 'Change can't wait,'" said Cohn. "But the dynamics of the race are very different." Sarah Ferris ✔ @sarahnferris Joe Crowley hosting fundraiser for Joe Kennedy. ....Meanwhile, AOC has endorsed Markey. That guy who AOC beat? He’s hosting a fund-raiser for Joe Kennedy - The Boston Globe Former congressman Joe Crowley of New York is listed as a host on an invitation for an Oct. 15 “DC Kickoff” fund-raiser for Joe Kennedy’s Senate campaign. bostonglobe 1:50 PM - Oct 3, 2019 The Globe's reporting appears to bear out that perception of the race's dynamics. The paper gave a rundown of a who's who expected at the October 15 fundraiser: Former (Ted) Kennedy staffers listed on the invitation include Stephanie Cutter, who went on to serve in the Obama administration and as deputy campaign manager for President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, among other roles; David Bowen, who served as staff director for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions when the elder Kennedy was its chairman, and played a major role in drafting and steering the Affordable Care Act through the Senate; and Tom Lopach, a former executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee who is currently working on Montana Governor Steve Bullock's presidential campaign. In her email to supporters, Ocasio-Cortez said that the stakes for the Massachusetts primary are clear. "We need to help keep Markey in the Senate where he has a proven record of fighting for transformative change," said Ocasio-Cortez.
    Ocasio-Cortez Takes Aim at Crowley and Kennedy For Challenge to Green New Deal Co-Champion Ed Markey
     "Joe Kennedy thinks that with the backing of the establishment and the old guard of the Democratic Party that he can beat a progressive champion for justice. Let's show Kennedy that he's wrong."
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  • From a good friend Dwayne:
    Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment,.

    The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

    The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

    The older lady said that she was right our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain: Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

    But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) were not defaced by our scribbling. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.

    But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then. We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

    Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days.

    Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

    Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

    In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.
    When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

    Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.
    We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

    We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

    Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing."

    We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

    But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?
    From a good friend Dwayne: Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment,. The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days." The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations." The older lady said that she was right our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain: Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) were not defaced by our scribbling. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then. We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day. Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then. We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the "green thing" back then. Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint. But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?
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  • How is this possible? Have the drug companies added toxins to the hormone blockers? It would make sense, when we think about the destruction of the male ability to protect the land as well as being able to think on their feet and solve problems.

    The One World Government do not want men to be able to stand up to the evil World Order.
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    How is this possible? Have the drug companies added toxins to the hormone blockers? It would make sense, when we think about the destruction of the male ability to protect the land as well as being able to think on their feet and solve problems. The One World Government do not want men to be able to stand up to the evil World Order. https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/thousands-of-deaths-linked-to-puberty-blockers-for-gender-confused-kids
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  • How Serious People Planned to Avert Climate Catastrophe at the UN (While Trump Hung Out in the Basement)
    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/24/how-serious-people-planned-avert-climate-catastrophe-un-while-trump-hung-out
    Evelyn Leopold

    Oceans are rising, glaciers are melting, hurricanes are ruinous and deserts are expanding as climate change wreaks havoc around the world. The United Nations devoted a weekend to climate vacillations that excluded global warming deniers like President Donald Trump.

    “We fool ourselves if we think we can fool nature. Because nature always strikes back. And around the world, nature is striking back with fury,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at Monday’s session at the closing of the Climate Action Summit.

    The World Meteorological Organization published new data that showed 2014-19 to be the warmest five-year period on record. So far, 186 states and the European Union, representing more than 95 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions (mainly carbon dioxide), acceded to the 2015 Paris Agreement, including China and India. Russia has just joined.

    The long-term goal in Paris was to keep the increase in global average temperature below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to limit the increase to 1.5 °C, in order to reduce the devastation of climate change. And of course, the United States under Trump has denounced the agreement, signed by President Barack Obama.

    Greta Starts the Day

    A daylong climate event in the ornate General Assembly hall began with a panel of young people who have spent a week conducting strikes and marches from Australia to Mississippi, adding momentum to the proceedings.

    Pointing her finger at the delegates, Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist, said: “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope.

    “How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”

    Trump did drop into the climate session for about 15 minutes, prompting Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and a philanthropist, to say, amid laughter and applause, “Hopefully our discussions here will be useful for you when you formulate climate policy.”

    Trump told reporters later he was all for “clean air and clean water,” an indication he did not have a clue about climate change. The United States is the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

    The Trump administration has leapt back into the 19th century, canceling as many fuel emission policies as it could, including suing California for its auto regulations. The New York Times listed more than 80 environmental rules and regulations on their way out.

    Trump spent most of the day at an event on religious discrimination, held in a basement room and not attended by many world leaders but appreciated by American evangelists.

    What Did They Do?

    The UN session featured nearly every important diplomat in the world, including the leaders of Germany, France, Britain, China, and India (not to mention city mayors), as well as important figures in banks and industry, including Bill Gates.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for example, has pledged a “$60 billion package of climate policies aimed at getting Germany back on track to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson doubled foreign climate aid to $14.4 billion over the next five years.

    Touching were developing nations and small island states that used their limited resources to plant trees to bolster coastlines and avoid coal as fuel.

    A total of “77 countries—many in the industrialized world—committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. They were joined by 10 regions and more than 100 cities—including several of the world’s largest,” said UN Secretary-General Guterres in his closing remarks.

    And “70 countries announced they will boost their [national contributions] by 2020,” he added.

    He continued that more than “100 leaders in the private sector committed to accelerating their move into the green economy. A group of the world’s largest asset-owners—responsible for directing more than $2 trillion—committed to move to carbon-neutral investment portfolios by 2050.”

    For a full accounting and individual pledges, see this climate summary.

    But Guterres said much more was needed particularly on “ending coal and other fossil fuel subsidies.” He said a number of coal power plants “projected to be built are a looming threat to us all and can undermine our global efforts for carbon neutrality.”

    Then There Is the Amazon

    One also cannot forget another climate change denier: Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, who has opened the way for razing large tracts of the Amazon rainforest, polluting many countries for many miles.

    Earlier this month, he also managed to lodge a vicious attack against Michelle Bachelet, the UN high commissioner for human rights. Bolsonaro reacted to concerns raised by Bachelet about a jump in killings by the Rio de Janeiro police, backtracking on democratic norms and attacks on indigenous communities.

    Bolsonaro responded by praising the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s courage “to deter the left” and “communists like her father.” Her father, a general under ousted leader Salvador Allende, died in jail. Bachelet was also jailed with her mother. She lived to serve two terms as Chile’s president.

    Asked about Bolsonaro’s comments, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, “The Secretary-General has immense admiration for Madame Bachelet for her work as Human Rights High Commissioner, for the courage she has shown throughout her life in fighting for human rights, both professionally and personally, and what she has endured, and the Secretary-General stands in total solidarity with her.”

    Monday was a preview to the march of diplomats at the high-level UN General Assembly session with 14 days of speeches and 600 meetings. Obviously, the weakening global economy and the dispute over Iran are expected to be mentioned often. But climate change will be a constant.

    Health and Women

    The United Nations also held a forum on universal health coverage. While Britain and others stressed the value of reproductive health for women, especially contraceptives, the United States spoke only of abortion, again an appeal to evangelicals.

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said health care should not include such terms as “reproductive health and rights.” He said 19 countries agreed with him while the Netherlands said 58 agreed with its position of giving women choices.
    How Serious People Planned to Avert Climate Catastrophe at the UN (While Trump Hung Out in the Basement) https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/24/how-serious-people-planned-avert-climate-catastrophe-un-while-trump-hung-out Evelyn Leopold Oceans are rising, glaciers are melting, hurricanes are ruinous and deserts are expanding as climate change wreaks havoc around the world. The United Nations devoted a weekend to climate vacillations that excluded global warming deniers like President Donald Trump. “We fool ourselves if we think we can fool nature. Because nature always strikes back. And around the world, nature is striking back with fury,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at Monday’s session at the closing of the Climate Action Summit. The World Meteorological Organization published new data that showed 2014-19 to be the warmest five-year period on record. So far, 186 states and the European Union, representing more than 95 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions (mainly carbon dioxide), acceded to the 2015 Paris Agreement, including China and India. Russia has just joined. The long-term goal in Paris was to keep the increase in global average temperature below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to limit the increase to 1.5 °C, in order to reduce the devastation of climate change. And of course, the United States under Trump has denounced the agreement, signed by President Barack Obama. Greta Starts the Day A daylong climate event in the ornate General Assembly hall began with a panel of young people who have spent a week conducting strikes and marches from Australia to Mississippi, adding momentum to the proceedings. Pointing her finger at the delegates, Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate activist, said: “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. “How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.” Trump did drop into the climate session for about 15 minutes, prompting Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and a philanthropist, to say, amid laughter and applause, “Hopefully our discussions here will be useful for you when you formulate climate policy.” Trump told reporters later he was all for “clean air and clean water,” an indication he did not have a clue about climate change. The United States is the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. The Trump administration has leapt back into the 19th century, canceling as many fuel emission policies as it could, including suing California for its auto regulations. The New York Times listed more than 80 environmental rules and regulations on their way out. Trump spent most of the day at an event on religious discrimination, held in a basement room and not attended by many world leaders but appreciated by American evangelists. What Did They Do? The UN session featured nearly every important diplomat in the world, including the leaders of Germany, France, Britain, China, and India (not to mention city mayors), as well as important figures in banks and industry, including Bill Gates. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for example, has pledged a “$60 billion package of climate policies aimed at getting Germany back on track to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson doubled foreign climate aid to $14.4 billion over the next five years. Touching were developing nations and small island states that used their limited resources to plant trees to bolster coastlines and avoid coal as fuel. A total of “77 countries—many in the industrialized world—committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050. They were joined by 10 regions and more than 100 cities—including several of the world’s largest,” said UN Secretary-General Guterres in his closing remarks. And “70 countries announced they will boost their [national contributions] by 2020,” he added. He continued that more than “100 leaders in the private sector committed to accelerating their move into the green economy. A group of the world’s largest asset-owners—responsible for directing more than $2 trillion—committed to move to carbon-neutral investment portfolios by 2050.” For a full accounting and individual pledges, see this climate summary. But Guterres said much more was needed particularly on “ending coal and other fossil fuel subsidies.” He said a number of coal power plants “projected to be built are a looming threat to us all and can undermine our global efforts for carbon neutrality.” Then There Is the Amazon One also cannot forget another climate change denier: Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, who has opened the way for razing large tracts of the Amazon rainforest, polluting many countries for many miles. Earlier this month, he also managed to lodge a vicious attack against Michelle Bachelet, the UN high commissioner for human rights. Bolsonaro reacted to concerns raised by Bachelet about a jump in killings by the Rio de Janeiro police, backtracking on democratic norms and attacks on indigenous communities. Bolsonaro responded by praising the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s courage “to deter the left” and “communists like her father.” Her father, a general under ousted leader Salvador Allende, died in jail. Bachelet was also jailed with her mother. She lived to serve two terms as Chile’s president. Asked about Bolsonaro’s comments, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, “The Secretary-General has immense admiration for Madame Bachelet for her work as Human Rights High Commissioner, for the courage she has shown throughout her life in fighting for human rights, both professionally and personally, and what she has endured, and the Secretary-General stands in total solidarity with her.” Monday was a preview to the march of diplomats at the high-level UN General Assembly session with 14 days of speeches and 600 meetings. Obviously, the weakening global economy and the dispute over Iran are expected to be mentioned often. But climate change will be a constant. Health and Women The United Nations also held a forum on universal health coverage. While Britain and others stressed the value of reproductive health for women, especially contraceptives, the United States spoke only of abortion, again an appeal to evangelicals. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said health care should not include such terms as “reproductive health and rights.” He said 19 countries agreed with him while the Netherlands said 58 agreed with its position of giving women choices.
    How Serious People Planned to Avert Climate Catastrophe at the UN (While Trump Hung Out in the Basement)
    The Trump administration has leapt back into the 19th century, canceling as many fuel emission policies as possible and rolling back more than 80 environmental rules and regulations... Oceans are rising, glaciers are melting, hurricanes are ruinous and deserts are expanding as climate change wreaks havoc around the world. The United Nations devoted a weekend to climate vacillations that excluded global warming deniers like President Donald Trump.
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  • Consider this before you vote:

    Your minister of finance engaged in insider trading. Also forgot about his villa in France.

    You blew the Asia Pacific deal.

    You blew the helicopter deal with the Philippines.

    You blew the deal with China.

    You blew the deal with Europe.

    You invited "irregular" immigration and the taxpayer foots the enormous bill for it.

    You alienated the United States – our largest trading partner.

    At the G7 you pledged $400 million to Education around the world along with another $180 million to the Global Partnership for Education in Europe. None of it is going to fix our messed up school systems here at home. Meanwhile education costs are skyrocketing for our youth making university a mountain too high for many to climb.

    You pledged $241 million to Family Planning around the world including a $20 million donation to the Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation (because they have integrity!). This all happened while you told vets that they were asking too much.

    You pledged $2.65 billion to climate change at the Commonwealth Leaders Summit and now you’re trying to bully the provinces into new taxes to pay for this pledge.

    You pledged $300 million to the Rohingya Refugee crisis while we have a refugee crisis of our own flooding into Quebec that you won't address.

    You pledged $125 million to Caribbean Reconstruction while our own infrastructure in cities is falling apart.

    You pledged $650 million to Sexual and Reproductive health in Haiti and around the globe wanting safer abortions for woman while many women in our own country are left without a family doctor.

    You pledged $840 million to Syria for Humanitarian Assistance when half the native reserves in our country don't have clean drinking water.

    You gave $10.5 million to a convicted...CONVICTED terrorist in a backroom deal. You intentionally paid it out in a way that prevented the widow of the killed soldier from pursuing it.

    You spent $4.5 billion on a 65 year old pipeline, and now the courts have ruled it shut down. Now it's back on (at a delay cost of $250 million) - good investment for Canada you said? (And KM uses that money to build a pipeline in Texas)

    You pressured Jody Wilson Raybould repeatedly & INAPPROPRIATELY with several different high ranking officials to offer SNC Lavalin a DPA instead of prosecution for repeated & sustained corruption AFTER the former AG had determined they were ineligible for such a deal. You lied about the above having ever taken place. Then you obstructed the investigation into this obstruction of justice.

    You replaced Canada’s old F-18s with Australia’s old F-18s.

    Your bizarre love of all things Castro.

    You imposed tough regulations and taxes on oil from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland but not oil from Saudi Arabia. Every new project has to undergo strict environmental assessments...except cement plants in Quebec.

    You said that a proposed pipeline must consider “the intersection of sex and gender with other identity factors” (what does that even mean???)

    You chase foreign companies (and their investment capital) out of the country like they have the plague.

    You chased our WW1 soldiers out of our national anthem... lest we forget.

    You called small business owners “tax cheats”.

    People voice concern over money spent on illegal immigration and you call them intolerant racists.

    We have an equalization program, but you give half of it to one province.

    You spent $8 million on a skating rink (vanity project) when Canada's largest skating rink is 500 meters away.

    You added tens of billions to the national debt while lying to Canada's face about it. Balance the budget in 2019? Now we’re looking at 2040.

    You groped a woman and when caught and said she experienced it differently.

    You elbowed a female MP while dragging another MP by the arm in a petulant fit.

    Peoplekind? (international embarrassment)

    You got India to invest $250 million in Canada but we have to invest $750 million in India first.

    You said returning terrorists will be an extraordinarily powerful voice for Canada.

    You fought to let terrorists keep their Canadian citizenship.

    You spent $212,234 on artwork for the cover of the 2017 budget report.

    You spent upwards to $348,000 on food and alcohol in five flights on our government’s plane. On your G20 trip to Argentina, you spent $103,000 on food and alcohol alone. How is that even possible?

    You gave Canadian taxpayers' money to Hamas.

    You voice outrage over fake racist attacks and say nothing about real terrorist attacks.

    You took 10 vacations in a single year. Who does this?

    You spent a little over $1.5 million on the trip to India that did nothing but worsen ties. Plus paid over $17,000 to bring an Indian chef to India to cook Indian cuisine. And to top it off, invited a convicted attempted murderer to diner and posed for pics with him.

    And you’re the only PM convicted of ethics violations. (multiple times in fact)

    You destroyed the career of one of Canada’s honest military leaders to cover up possible massive corruption in ship building contracts.

    You invited Joshua Boyle, an alleged perpetrator of sexual assault and unlawful confinement of his wife for a photoshoot in the Office of The Prime Minister.

    You threaten to sue the leader of the opposition then chicken out when you realized that your alleged crimes will be exposed in court.

    You offer over $600 million dollars in subsidies to failing mainstream media outlets if they can prove to be trustworthy. You put a union who vows to destroy your opposition in charge of selecting these new “trusted” sources to receive funding. You could school the Russians in election interference.

    You pay off your friends to engage in election ads for you and get Elections Canada to pay for it.

    $13 million to Loblaws for new refrigerators.
    You made public statements of deep admiration for Chinese communism.

    You wore preposterous, inappropriate costumes during a state visit to India, paid for by Canadians.

    Almost $13 billion in promises right before calling the election.

    Blackface. 3 times. Wow.

    What moral, functioning Canadian human could possible justify voting for you?
    Consider this before you vote: Your minister of finance engaged in insider trading. Also forgot about his villa in France. You blew the Asia Pacific deal. You blew the helicopter deal with the Philippines. You blew the deal with China. You blew the deal with Europe. You invited "irregular" immigration and the taxpayer foots the enormous bill for it. You alienated the United States – our largest trading partner. At the G7 you pledged $400 million to Education around the world along with another $180 million to the Global Partnership for Education in Europe. None of it is going to fix our messed up school systems here at home. Meanwhile education costs are skyrocketing for our youth making university a mountain too high for many to climb. You pledged $241 million to Family Planning around the world including a $20 million donation to the Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation (because they have integrity!). This all happened while you told vets that they were asking too much. You pledged $2.65 billion to climate change at the Commonwealth Leaders Summit and now you’re trying to bully the provinces into new taxes to pay for this pledge. You pledged $300 million to the Rohingya Refugee crisis while we have a refugee crisis of our own flooding into Quebec that you won't address. You pledged $125 million to Caribbean Reconstruction while our own infrastructure in cities is falling apart. You pledged $650 million to Sexual and Reproductive health in Haiti and around the globe wanting safer abortions for woman while many women in our own country are left without a family doctor. You pledged $840 million to Syria for Humanitarian Assistance when half the native reserves in our country don't have clean drinking water. You gave $10.5 million to a convicted...CONVICTED terrorist in a backroom deal. You intentionally paid it out in a way that prevented the widow of the killed soldier from pursuing it. You spent $4.5 billion on a 65 year old pipeline, and now the courts have ruled it shut down. Now it's back on (at a delay cost of $250 million) - good investment for Canada you said? (And KM uses that money to build a pipeline in Texas) You pressured Jody Wilson Raybould repeatedly & INAPPROPRIATELY with several different high ranking officials to offer SNC Lavalin a DPA instead of prosecution for repeated & sustained corruption AFTER the former AG had determined they were ineligible for such a deal. You lied about the above having ever taken place. Then you obstructed the investigation into this obstruction of justice. You replaced Canada’s old F-18s with Australia’s old F-18s. Your bizarre love of all things Castro. You imposed tough regulations and taxes on oil from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland but not oil from Saudi Arabia. Every new project has to undergo strict environmental assessments...except cement plants in Quebec. You said that a proposed pipeline must consider “the intersection of sex and gender with other identity factors” (what does that even mean???) You chase foreign companies (and their investment capital) out of the country like they have the plague. You chased our WW1 soldiers out of our national anthem... lest we forget. You called small business owners “tax cheats”. People voice concern over money spent on illegal immigration and you call them intolerant racists. We have an equalization program, but you give half of it to one province. You spent $8 million on a skating rink (vanity project) when Canada's largest skating rink is 500 meters away. You added tens of billions to the national debt while lying to Canada's face about it. Balance the budget in 2019? Now we’re looking at 2040. You groped a woman and when caught and said she experienced it differently. You elbowed a female MP while dragging another MP by the arm in a petulant fit. Peoplekind? (international embarrassment) You got India to invest $250 million in Canada but we have to invest $750 million in India first. You said returning terrorists will be an extraordinarily powerful voice for Canada. You fought to let terrorists keep their Canadian citizenship. You spent $212,234 on artwork for the cover of the 2017 budget report. You spent upwards to $348,000 on food and alcohol in five flights on our government’s plane. On your G20 trip to Argentina, you spent $103,000 on food and alcohol alone. How is that even possible? You gave Canadian taxpayers' money to Hamas. You voice outrage over fake racist attacks and say nothing about real terrorist attacks. You took 10 vacations in a single year. Who does this? You spent a little over $1.5 million on the trip to India that did nothing but worsen ties. Plus paid over $17,000 to bring an Indian chef to India to cook Indian cuisine. And to top it off, invited a convicted attempted murderer to diner and posed for pics with him. And you’re the only PM convicted of ethics violations. (multiple times in fact) You destroyed the career of one of Canada’s honest military leaders to cover up possible massive corruption in ship building contracts. You invited Joshua Boyle, an alleged perpetrator of sexual assault and unlawful confinement of his wife for a photoshoot in the Office of The Prime Minister. You threaten to sue the leader of the opposition then chicken out when you realized that your alleged crimes will be exposed in court. You offer over $600 million dollars in subsidies to failing mainstream media outlets if they can prove to be trustworthy. You put a union who vows to destroy your opposition in charge of selecting these new “trusted” sources to receive funding. You could school the Russians in election interference. You pay off your friends to engage in election ads for you and get Elections Canada to pay for it. $13 million to Loblaws for new refrigerators. You made public statements of deep admiration for Chinese communism. You wore preposterous, inappropriate costumes during a state visit to India, paid for by Canadians. Almost $13 billion in promises right before calling the election. Blackface. 3 times. Wow. What moral, functioning Canadian human could possible justify voting for you?
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  • On Climate Strike Eve, 450+ Activists and Groups Urge United Nations to Back Global Fracking Ban
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/19/climate-strike-eve-450-activists-and-groups-urge-united-nations-back-global-fracking
    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    On the eve of a global climate strike and just days before a major United Nations climate summit, more than 450 environmental activists and organizations sent an open letter Thursday to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urging him to support a global ban on fracking for fossil fuels, highlighting growing concerns about public health and the climate emergency.

    "As you are aware, man made climate change is the biggest and most comprehensive existential threat humanity has ever faced—apart from a nuclear war," the letter reads. "However, at a time when global forces must be combined to combat the foreseeable and enfolding mass extinction of our planet, the oil and gas industry—backed by many irresponsible governments—bets on a fossil fuels extraction technique that will destroy the joint forces of humanity: hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking."

    Organized by the U.S. advocacy group Food & Water Action, its European arm Food & Water Europe, and Pennsylvania-based air quality group the Breathe Project, the letter lays out the oil and gas industry's contributions to methane emissions, how hydraulic fracturing supports the plastics industry, and the environmental, health, and human rights implications of fracking.

    Food & Water Action @fwaction
    We wrote a letter to the @UN to ask them to finally call to #banfracking everywhere.

    Over 400 people and orgs have signed it, including @MarkRuffalo and Emma Thompson!

    RT pls — it's time to stop endangering our future so oil execs can turn a profit! https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/mark-ruffalo-emma-thompson-among-400-call-un-demand-ban-fracking?ms=some_tw_09182019_letter-UN-landing&oms=some_tw_09182019_letter-UN-landing

    Mark Ruffalo, Emma Thompson Among 400+ To Call On UN To Demand A Ban
    On the eve of the youth-led climate strikes that will pack the streets and cities all across the globe, actors Mark Ruffalo and Emma Thompson and inspiring authors like Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben
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    8:57 AM - Sep 19, 2019

    Letter signatory Robert Howarth, a Cornell University professor of ecology and environmental biology whose research on methane leaks has exposed climate impacts of fracking, explained Thursday that "over the past decade, methane levels have been rising rapidly in the atmosphere, contributing significantly to the unprecedented global climate disruption seen in recent years."

    "Over 60 percent of the increased global methane emissions are from the oil and gas industry, and shale gas development in North America is responsible for one-third of the increased emissions from all sources," Howarth said in a statement. "Fracking for shale gas is a climate disaster."

    As actress and U.N. Human Rights Champion Amber Heard put it: "Every well and every pipeline adds more methane and carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and pushes us closer to the edge of the climate cliff. The science demands, and our children demand, a global ban on fracking."

    Biologist Sandra Steingraber, a longtime critic of fracking, pointed out that "a decade ago, when there were only nine scientific studies on the impacts of fracking, some political leaders suggested that fracking might serve as a bridge to a stable climate. Now there are 1,800 studies, and the science is clear."

    "Fracking is making the climate crisis worse," said Steingraber. "Fracking is destroying drinking water and undermining human rights around the world. Fracking is harming health through toxic air pollution and supporting a polluting plastics industry that is killing our oceans. Our planet is on fire, but fracking is not an evacuation bridge nor a fire extinguisher. Fracking is an arsonist that needs to be stopped everywhere and right now."

    Dr. Sandra Steingraber @ssteingraber1
    Proud to be a signatory on this letter to UN Secretary General. #Fracking is incompatible with climate solutions and is a public health menace. #AsktheSG: There's #NoRoomForGas in the Carbon budge. To stop the #ClimateCrisis we must #BanFrackingNow https://twitter.com/ssteingraber1/status/1174693879779643392
    Dr. Sandra Steingraber @ssteingraber1
    On the Eve of Global Climate Strikes and Summit, Celebrities, Advocates and Grassroots Groups Call on UN to Endorse Worldwide Fracking Ban https://www.foodandwatereurope.org/pressreleases/on-the-eve-of-global-climate-strikes-and-summit-celebrities-advocates-and-grassroots-groups-call-on-un-to-endorse-worldwide-fracking-ban/
    9:40 AM - Sep 19, 2019

    Concerned Health Professionals of New York—which Steingraber co-founded—and Physicians for Social Responsibility in June published a comprehensive analysis of nearly 1,500 scientific, government, and media reports detailing the various health and climate consequences of fracking. The analysis noted with alarm that U.S. oil and gas production, backed by President Donald Trump's administration, "has spurred a massive build-out of fracking infrastructure."

    Without increased public opposition and government regulation, that build-out is only expected to continue throughout the United States. A first-of-its-kind report released in June by Food & Water Watch showcased more than 700 recently built or proposed facilities across three industries that benefit from and help fuel the U.S. fracking boom: the petrochemical and plastics industries, gas exporters building liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, and natural gas-fired power plants.

    Wenonah Hauter—founder and executive director of Food & Water Watch, Food & Water Action, and Food & Water Europe—noted in a statement Thursday that U.S. opponents of fracking have had some success in reining in related industries.

    "In more than a decade of fighting fracking in the U.S., we've banned it in multiple states and made great progress elevating the issue globally. But there is much more work to do," she said.

    "The fracking surge in the U.S. has been a boon for the polluting petrochemical industry, which turns fracked gas into plastics. Our planet and our oceans are drowning in plastic and fracking companies are profiting," Hauter added. "This needs to stop once and for all. We need a global ban on fracking."

    The letter to Gutteres makes the case that "directly affected regions and communities all over the world rely on a strong and bold public position of the United Nations on this significant and existential issue." Signatories call on the U.N. chief "to accept this climate champion role" and vocally support a worldwide fracking ban.

    Groups backing the letter include the Break Free From Plastic Movement, Friends of the Earth, Oil Change International, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Alianza Mexicana contra el Fracking, Support Centre for Land Change South Africa, and SumOfUs. Individuals include activists Karenna Gore, Naomi Klein, and Bill McKibben; human rights attorney Jennifer Robinson; children's singer Raffi; fashion icons Vivienne Westwood and Joe Corré; and actors Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo.

    "The climate emergency is a casting call for heroes, and we need everyone to show up," said Ruffalo. "Step one is to stand up and say, loudly and clearly, that there is no place for fracking on a climate-destabilized planet."
    On Climate Strike Eve, 450+ Activists and Groups Urge United Nations to Back Global Fracking Ban https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/19/climate-strike-eve-450-activists-and-groups-urge-united-nations-back-global-fracking Jessica Corbett, staff writer On the eve of a global climate strike and just days before a major United Nations climate summit, more than 450 environmental activists and organizations sent an open letter Thursday to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urging him to support a global ban on fracking for fossil fuels, highlighting growing concerns about public health and the climate emergency. "As you are aware, man made climate change is the biggest and most comprehensive existential threat humanity has ever faced—apart from a nuclear war," the letter reads. "However, at a time when global forces must be combined to combat the foreseeable and enfolding mass extinction of our planet, the oil and gas industry—backed by many irresponsible governments—bets on a fossil fuels extraction technique that will destroy the joint forces of humanity: hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking." Organized by the U.S. advocacy group Food & Water Action, its European arm Food & Water Europe, and Pennsylvania-based air quality group the Breathe Project, the letter lays out the oil and gas industry's contributions to methane emissions, how hydraulic fracturing supports the plastics industry, and the environmental, health, and human rights implications of fracking. Food & Water Action @fwaction We wrote a letter to the @UN to ask them to finally call to #banfracking everywhere. Over 400 people and orgs have signed it, including @MarkRuffalo and Emma Thompson! RT pls — it's time to stop endangering our future so oil execs can turn a profit! https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/mark-ruffalo-emma-thompson-among-400-call-un-demand-ban-fracking?ms=some_tw_09182019_letter-UN-landing&oms=some_tw_09182019_letter-UN-landing … Mark Ruffalo, Emma Thompson Among 400+ To Call On UN To Demand A Ban On the eve of the youth-led climate strikes that will pack the streets and cities all across the globe, actors Mark Ruffalo and Emma Thompson and inspiring authors like Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben foodandwaterwatch.org 8:57 AM - Sep 19, 2019 Letter signatory Robert Howarth, a Cornell University professor of ecology and environmental biology whose research on methane leaks has exposed climate impacts of fracking, explained Thursday that "over the past decade, methane levels have been rising rapidly in the atmosphere, contributing significantly to the unprecedented global climate disruption seen in recent years." "Over 60 percent of the increased global methane emissions are from the oil and gas industry, and shale gas development in North America is responsible for one-third of the increased emissions from all sources," Howarth said in a statement. "Fracking for shale gas is a climate disaster." As actress and U.N. Human Rights Champion Amber Heard put it: "Every well and every pipeline adds more methane and carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and pushes us closer to the edge of the climate cliff. The science demands, and our children demand, a global ban on fracking." Biologist Sandra Steingraber, a longtime critic of fracking, pointed out that "a decade ago, when there were only nine scientific studies on the impacts of fracking, some political leaders suggested that fracking might serve as a bridge to a stable climate. Now there are 1,800 studies, and the science is clear." "Fracking is making the climate crisis worse," said Steingraber. "Fracking is destroying drinking water and undermining human rights around the world. Fracking is harming health through toxic air pollution and supporting a polluting plastics industry that is killing our oceans. Our planet is on fire, but fracking is not an evacuation bridge nor a fire extinguisher. Fracking is an arsonist that needs to be stopped everywhere and right now." Dr. Sandra Steingraber @ssteingraber1 Proud to be a signatory on this letter to UN Secretary General. #Fracking is incompatible with climate solutions and is a public health menace. #AsktheSG: There's #NoRoomForGas in the Carbon budge. To stop the #ClimateCrisis we must #BanFrackingNow https://twitter.com/ssteingraber1/status/1174693879779643392 … Dr. Sandra Steingraber @ssteingraber1 On the Eve of Global Climate Strikes and Summit, Celebrities, Advocates and Grassroots Groups Call on UN to Endorse Worldwide Fracking Ban https://www.foodandwatereurope.org/pressreleases/on-the-eve-of-global-climate-strikes-and-summit-celebrities-advocates-and-grassroots-groups-call-on-un-to-endorse-worldwide-fracking-ban/ … 9:40 AM - Sep 19, 2019 Concerned Health Professionals of New York—which Steingraber co-founded—and Physicians for Social Responsibility in June published a comprehensive analysis of nearly 1,500 scientific, government, and media reports detailing the various health and climate consequences of fracking. The analysis noted with alarm that U.S. oil and gas production, backed by President Donald Trump's administration, "has spurred a massive build-out of fracking infrastructure." Without increased public opposition and government regulation, that build-out is only expected to continue throughout the United States. A first-of-its-kind report released in June by Food & Water Watch showcased more than 700 recently built or proposed facilities across three industries that benefit from and help fuel the U.S. fracking boom: the petrochemical and plastics industries, gas exporters building liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, and natural gas-fired power plants. Wenonah Hauter—founder and executive director of Food & Water Watch, Food & Water Action, and Food & Water Europe—noted in a statement Thursday that U.S. opponents of fracking have had some success in reining in related industries. "In more than a decade of fighting fracking in the U.S., we've banned it in multiple states and made great progress elevating the issue globally. But there is much more work to do," she said. "The fracking surge in the U.S. has been a boon for the polluting petrochemical industry, which turns fracked gas into plastics. Our planet and our oceans are drowning in plastic and fracking companies are profiting," Hauter added. "This needs to stop once and for all. We need a global ban on fracking." The letter to Gutteres makes the case that "directly affected regions and communities all over the world rely on a strong and bold public position of the United Nations on this significant and existential issue." Signatories call on the U.N. chief "to accept this climate champion role" and vocally support a worldwide fracking ban. Groups backing the letter include the Break Free From Plastic Movement, Friends of the Earth, Oil Change International, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Alianza Mexicana contra el Fracking, Support Centre for Land Change South Africa, and SumOfUs. Individuals include activists Karenna Gore, Naomi Klein, and Bill McKibben; human rights attorney Jennifer Robinson; children's singer Raffi; fashion icons Vivienne Westwood and Joe Corré; and actors Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo. "The climate emergency is a casting call for heroes, and we need everyone to show up," said Ruffalo. "Step one is to stand up and say, loudly and clearly, that there is no place for fracking on a climate-destabilized planet."
    On Climate Strike Eve, 450+ Activists and Groups Urge United Nations to Back Global Fracking Ban
    "Our planet is on fire, but fracking is not an evacuation bridge nor a fire extinguisher. Fracking is an arsonist that needs to be stopped."
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