For Immediate Release
Mass Civil Disobedience Against False Climate Bill
Climate SOS Tours to "Kill The Bill" and push tougher laws
WASHINGTON - Climate
SOS, a grassroots network of environmentalists, scientists, and social
justice activists, is launching a nationwide car-free tour to defeat
the climate bill now being considered in the Senate, and to demand that
any new legislation be grounded in science instead of politics.
the tour on September 22, Climate SOS plans mass nonviolent civil
disobedience, office occupations and protests in San Francisco,
Seattle, Boston and New York. Climate SOS will occupy California
senator Barbara Boxer's office in San Francisco and Senator John
Kerry's Boston office on that day.
Climate SOS Heartland Tour will feature meetings with senate staffers
in North Dakota, Indiana, Arkansas, and Ohio. Climate SOS organizer
Duff Badgley, traveling exclusively by bus and train, will touch down
in Bismarck on September 8, in Indianapolis (September 10-11), Little
Rock (September 14-15), and Cleveland (September 17-18). His message?
"Kill the Bill - Worse Than Nothing is Not Good Enough!"
Climate scientist- Dr. James Hansen has personally endorsed the Climate
SOS campaign. According to Hansen, if the Senate climate bill is based
upon the House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACESA),
it will be "worse for the environment than doing nothing."
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SOS maintains that cap-and-trade will be ineffective in forestalling
climate change, while risking the next and biggest market crash, and
that ACESA falls far short of the emission reduction targets required
by science. The group supports safeguarding EPA authority over
greenhouse gas emissions regulation, opposes the use of carbon offsets,
and believes that polluting coal plants should be phased out rapidly.
Climate SOS asserts that incineration technologies must not be
categorized as "renewable," and targets loopholes in the bill that
allow unlimited carbon dioxide emissions from biomass and trash
SOS holds that social justice concerns must be central to any climate
legislation, and maintains that the federal climate bill currently
under consideration would:
Prevent the U.S. from making its fair share of greenhouse gas
reductions-reductions necessary to forge an effective global strategy
on climate stabilization and to avert catastrophic climate change.
Lock the United States into a complex cap-and-trade scheme that
benefits fossil fuel industries, utilities, Wall Street, and
agribusinesses. Cap and trade will be prone to Enron-style market
manipulations, while doing nothing to save the climate.
- Use public money to subsidize the most polluting industries, drawing much needed financing away from real climate solutions.
Add more polluting smokestacks, especially in backyards of the poor,
people of color, and indigenous communities across the U.S., by
grandfathering dirty old coal plants, permitting numerous new ones, and
subsidizing incinerators as a form of renewable energy.
Trigger forest destruction domestically and abroad, by ignoring carbon
emissions from biomass incinerators, and through its failure to
incorporate indirect land use change provisions in the Renewable Fuel
Standards (RFS) for biofuels.
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