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Guest Post by Ryan Maue:

Starting Friday, April 15 in Washington DC, we will be able to witness an absolutely surreal public display of anti-capitalist, extreme far-left community organizing, all wrapped in the cloak of climate change / clean energy activism:  The Power Shift Youth Climate ConferenceCan we finally stipulate that there exists a well-organized nexus of scientists/politicians/organizations that wish to solve the “climate crisis”, and are using the issue as a political tool to further their leftist agenda? From the list of speakers, partners, and Workshop Titles, there is certainly no doubt about the motivations of this collection of greens.  Arrogant, condescending scientists and politicians sneer at so-called anti-science, Big Oil Republicans and demand global warming adherence as a litmus test for elected office.  Instead, advocate scientists and environmentalists should be continually questioned about their motivations prior to consideration of their extreme|draconian policy prescriptions.  I’m getting really tired of their holier-than-thou-attitude.

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After this, you will know the true meaning of the acronym of Win The Future.

Noel Sheppard at newsbusters.org provides a nice summary of the speaker line up, including EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, everyone’s (especially Glenn Beck’s) favorite communist and former Green Jobs Czar Van Jones, and, of course, Nobel Prize winner Al Gore! Keynote speaker list.

Perusing the program of this Youth Climate Conference should immediately disabuse you of all preconceived notions that climate change is not a political issue:

Plain and simple: Power Shift 2011 is a mission to recruit 10,000 youth leaders from every walk of life to be on the front lines in the fight for a clean energy future.

We are moving far beyond the pursuit of building a crowd for a weekend conference. Power Shift 2011 attendees – young faith leaders, entrepreneurs, student government leaders, social justice advocates and blue-collar workers – are signing up for the launch of critical, focused, and strategic campaign efforts in their communities.

“Our Power Shift 2011 “training boot camp” will yield 10,000 leaders, equipped with the game plans, tools, and strategies to WIN on the frontlines of every community across this country.”

Dr. James Hansen of NASA death trains/coal protesting infamy should like this workshop:

Energy Action

Is it too much to dream of an America where polluters are held accountable for their disasters? Is it too much to dream of an America where people aren’t burdened with the cost of pollution? Is it too much to dream of an America where citizens are in charge of our energy decisions, not big polluters? We don’t think so.

Then we will form two marches, one storming Capitol Hill to lobby and hold our elected leaders accountable, the other will march from one corporate polluter’s office to another and return to Lafeyette Park for a dance party.

Here are a list of other Workshop Titles:  Link to many, many more

Sex and Sustainability

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce:  Dirty Money, Chamberleaks, and how to win back Main Street

Ethical Solutions to Environmental Classism  – Case Studies around the World

What would Jesus/Moses/The Buddha Drive?  An Inter-Faith Discussion on Religious Environmental Activism

From the BP Oil Spill to the Japanese Nuclear Crisis:  Why Capitalism is Killing the Planet:

The past year alone has highlighted the massive toll taken on our planet by the coal, oil, and nuclear energy industries.  Yet President Obama continues to support these three industries, which have produced not only ecological catastrophe but also widespread human suffering.  This panel will discuss why this is the case, how it is linked to a system of global capitalism that puts profit before the needs of human beings and the planet, and how we can move beyond the capitalist ecological crisis.
Panelists
Chris Williams, International Socialist Organization
Heather Kangas, International Socialist Organization
Amanda Duzak, International Socialist Organization

Finding the Billions for Clean Energy and Climate Justice Now!

The global economy is suffering the greatest setback since the Great Depression in large part because of Wall Street gamblers. The gambling continues unabated, with hundreds of billions in bailouts from taxpayers. Meanwhile, the world is spending more than $1.5 trillion every year on the military, with the United States accounting for nearly half of that figure. Pentagon spending is rising even as our cities are cutting back on vital social services. More than half of all discretionary spending goes to the military here in the United States. The climate crisis requires us to raise $100-$400 billion per year if we are to address our obligations to the poorest and to the planet. This workshop will explain how to slow climate change, while restoring a sane, stable global economy.

Regulating Greenhouse Gases (GHGS) Under the Clean Air Act

Stop the Tar Sands Invasion

Climate Voices — The Human Rights of Climate Change

High School and Junior High Organizing

Exposing the Climate Denial Machine

What to do when the President’s just not that into you (program excerpt below)

Despite the hopes of millions that President Obama would champion clean energy and help solve the climate crisis, his response has fallen far short of what’s necessary. At best, his record and rhetoric have been mixed. At worst, he’s actively obstructed progress by boosting offshore drilling, recently announcing a huge expansion of coal mining on public lands, and financing environmentally destructive products overseas. President Obama has also treated the environmental movement, and especially the youth climate movement, with relative disdain: while there are many examples, the most visible was refusing to speak to the 2009 Powershift conference, and then attending a Washington Wizards basketball game just two blocks away. The panel will explore some key questions that have bedeviled our movement since Obama’s inauguration: What is President Obama’s climate/environment record? How should the climate movement deal with the White House? What can we learn from other movements’ response to the White House? Is there a possibility for a pro-environment, progressive challenger to Obama in the 2012 primaries? Is that a good idea? To answer these questions, and share inside knowledge, we’ll feature some of the brightest thinkers on climate politics and movements.

Panelists
Glenn Hurowitz, Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy
Bill McKibben, Founder, 350.org
Lt. Dan Choi, Founding Member, Knights Out
Jane Hamsher, Founder, Firedoglake

Next Steps for White Allies  (program excerpt below)

“Now that you understand the importance of diversity and inclusion to the climate change movement, how do you practice being a strong white ally?   For the most part, white folks have little opportunity to talk about race, racism or how to be an ally to people of color. Indeed, we are socialized to not notice or talk about such things.  It can be lonely being a white ally.”

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ShrNfr

Spoiled Brats Of The World Unite!

The political agenda is the UN Agenda 21 sustainable development plan.
This is a communitarian project.
In the UK, this agenda is being implemented by Common Purpose.
The chancellor of the UEA is a senior Common Purpose figure.
Join the dots and try to understand the politics behind the AGW fraud.
More:
http://www.stopcp.com/cpclimategate.php

Douglas DC

I only hope that it snows ….
Socialists never realize the difference between say West Berlin in the 70’s and East.
As an old CIA spook I knew said- “On a clear day you might see the Brandenburg gate
from W.Berlin due to all the smoke and haze-From East Berlin-including from the
notorious Trabant two strokes. They are only interested in power, not a clean environment…”
Ironically, they celebrate both Lenin and Hitler’s birthdays…

Theo Goodwin

Nice work, Mr. Maue. This is an excellent opportunity to reveal the communist roots of the Green movement, not to mention trunk and limbs.

Adam R.

Funny how socialists scream for liberation, yet support carbon taxes and regulation schemes. “Liberation through Regulation” is a perfect chant for them.
I would love to go to these rallies with signs saying “Don’t forget the Medieval Warm Period” or “Kudryavtsev and Porfiryev were right”, though these kids probably never heard of abiogenic oil theory.

Rob

Quite, quite mad.

Dave Andrews

I wouldn’t worry too much about this given that the only ‘well known’ speaker is McKibben and all the International Socialist participants are decrying capitalism whilst using the fruits of it to spread their ‘message’.
Small beer.

Clive

Very scary stuff. Leftists who can’t win at the polls indoctrinating the next generation.
Recently a student here (who attended Cancun) wrote in the local paper (more or less), “Democracy is not working for the green movement … we need to change the system.”
Eco-fascism is alive a growing.
Clive
Alberta

Jeremy

This has far more humor potential than the previous post about the climate communicator awards.
“Sex and Sustainability”
^^ ??? wow, hilarious. I think there are pills for this now.
“What would Jesus/Moses/The Buddha Drive?”
^^ Of course, they’re not a religion, which is why they use appeal to authority arguments any chance they get, riiiight…

Foxgoose

Let a thousand watermelons bloom…….

Laurie Bowen

I would think they would do a cyber virtual meeting . . . I will say that the President has pretty much got that down with the Whitehouse facebook site and CSpan has got the rest of that technology covered with their committee hearings techniques. . .
And they don’t charge $80 bucks to do it . . . . “Only $80 for students for all three days of programming!” http://www.powershift2011.org/
three days of programming??? Just what does that mean?

Roger Knights

Conferences like this should be a source of embarrassing quotes to throw in believers’ faces. Similar conferences in the past should be trawled (if possible) for juicy bloopers.

Physics Major

April 15! How ironic to hold it on the day US taxpayers have to submit their tax returns to support Big Government.

eadler

Rob says:
April 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm
Quite, quite mad.
I don’t agree with some of what they say, but a lot of their complaints are factual, valid and make sense. They are far from “quite mad”.
There are however a group of people in US politics who are quite and totally mad – the tea party, and the leading Republican candidates for the presidential nomination, who claim that President Obama was not born in the US.
The history of the idea of global warming is that the scientific objections to the idea of AGW, which arose in the late 1980’s were the spearheaded by right wing think tanks who objected to government regulation. So the politicization of this issue originated with the American political right.
[RyanM: you nailed it, the Tea Party is “mad as hell” at the economic situation and big government. Trump is a very smart man, and he will tell you that often. No other GOP would-be candidates are touching the birther issue.]

alan

In the 1950’s we just wanted to get Marxists out of the defence and state departments and off the streets. It seems nobody cared much about them going into the universities and media, and into public education. Now we have a major problem!

This is so transparently a piece of what used to be called Madison Avenue manipulation that I would be surprised, and of course dismayed, if large numbers of young people actually turn up. These slick websites, such as Powershift’s, the work of astro-turfing workshops, are not really very cool, nor appealing. They lack grit, integrity, and of course that unfashionable but still important to humans young and old, truth. I’m hoping for a non-event in Washington. If it is not, we have a bigger hill to climb.

vangrungy

“What would Jesus/Moses/The Buddha Drive? An Inter-Faith Discussion on Religious Environmental Activism”
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Why don’t they just admit they are proselytizing bahai belief?

Jeff in Calgary

“Stop the Tar Sands Invasion”
WOW, that sounds scary. I don’t want Tar Sands invading my house.
If they are talking about petroleum product that originate from the Alberta Oil Sands, well it isn’t much on an invasion. It is how is has always been. A smallish % of US petrolium comes from the Alberta Oil Sands. Rather than an invasion, it is really more of a takeover. Most of the Oil Sands development happening now is being done by American publicly traded corporations.

DirkH

What would Mohammed drive? Uh, don’t mention Mohammed, we don’t want to get in trouble… Very courageous. But i’ll take a guess. Mohammed was a merchant AFAIK; his natural choice would be a Mercedes.

Gary Pearse

This isn’t a laughing matter. There is an urgency by the ideologues to get going before the planet cools too much so they can take credit for the cooling and then lead us to their promised land. With every socialist experiment a gross failure, the whole world would go down into a very long dark age.
The dumbing down of America appears to be having scarier cpnsequences than had been thought.

Bulldust

You are not alone in the US Anthony … we have the blue shirt brigade (brown is so very last century) in Australia in the AYCC:
http://aycc.org.au/
Here’s a picture:
http://www.ecosmagazine.com/temp/EC151p10_Fa.gif
The youth are so very easy to manipulate for their political masters…

Mike Bromley

Physics Major says:
April 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm
April 15! How ironic to hold it on the day US taxpayers have to submit their tax returns to support Big Government.

Maybe 1) many will attend, forgetting, in the process, to submit their taxes on time, hence garnering big penalties, or 2) many won’t attend, realizing that they left their taxes to the last minute.
See? Democracy working for the Greens!

DirkH

eadler says:
April 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm
“The history of the idea of global warming is that the scientific objections to the idea of AGW, which arose in the late 1980′s were the spearheaded by right wing think tanks who objected to government regulation. So the politicization of this issue originated with the American political right.”
You seem to live under the illusion that pro-AGW scientists are politically neutral and scientific objectors are right wing. Maybe that skewed worldview arises from your point of view?

Jeremy

Rob says:
April 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm
There are however a group of people in US politics who are quite and totally mad – the tea party, and the leading Republican candidates for the presidential nomination, who claim that President Obama was not born in the US.

This is actually a example of a logical fallacy close to a hasty generalization. You are associating all Tea Partiers and all of their gripes about the U.S. government with the birther issue. In fact the tea party’s main focus and their primary focus has always been out-of-control government spending, hence the name, “Tea Party” referring to people who violently opposed British taxes 200+ years ago.

Steve C

This “Power Shift Youth” seem to be a scruffy lot – some of them in their website pictures appear not to be wearing the regulation black shirt. No discipline! They look and sound like a sort of Common Purpose for Kids – a band of barking mad little zealots who will run around applauding one another for every act which goes beyond their smugly self-imposed “duty”, every offence against reason, every stamp of boot on face. I wish you well in dealing with them. Sometimes I yearn for that overdue Ice Age.

Holden Magroin

Yeah. This whole conference makes a lot of sense. Because as we all know every country where Socialism has replaced Capitalism has changed from a wasteland to an environmental paradise.

eadler says:
“There are however a group of people in US politics who are quite and totally mad – the tea party…”
IANAR, nor a tea party member. But correct me if I’m wrong: the tea party primarily wants the government to abide by the original U.S. Constitution. How does that make them “quite and totally mad”? Is there a mirror behind your keyboard?
It appears that you are scared of their power. And rightly so, since conservatives outnumber liberals by 2:1 in the U.S.A., and in all 50 states.

carbon-based life form

Find the source of the misanthropic green socialist ethic – go see the newly released part one movie, Atlas Shrugged.

Douglas

eadler says:
April 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm
[——-The history of the idea of global warming is that the scientific objections to the idea of AGW, which arose in the late 1980′s were the spearheaded by right wing think tanks who objected to government regulation. So the politicization of this issue originated with the American political right.]
—————————————————————————-
Eadler. What on earth do these two statements mean? Talk about confused disconnected ideas!
Douglas

Douglas

“What would Jesus/Moses/The Buddha Drive?
Jesus and Moses – Sandals on most days – camels on high and holy days. Greens should trade in all their vehicles for sandals. Camels are the vehicles of the elite , they pollute – and their breath stinks. Buddha – he just sat.
Douglas

P Walker

A green/progressive challenger in the ’12 primaries might be a good thing . One in the general election would be better . BTW , the local weekly came out today and this week’s Mini Page is about “Our Changing Climate ” ( It’s Time to Act ) . I was interested to learn that the 1980’s “broke all records for heat across the planet .” Of course , the floods in Australia were blamed on climate change as well . Apparently this drivel came from a “scientist” at NOAA . They’re coming after our very youngest students folks – protect your children and please try to see what the little ones are reading .

Mark Wagner

ironic how they will travel hundreds, if not thousands, of miles in a state of the art automobile or aircraft, holding signs made from wood pulp from commercial forests, wearing the latest designer fashions and footwear made in some foreign country, to sit in air conditioned or heated comfort, no doubt in plush chairs, stay overnight in a fancy hotel, eating food prepared at their request by business owners who purchased the ingredients that were grown thousands of miles away, sipping water from bottles made from petroleum products, healthy from the vitamin enriched foods they eat, childhood immunizations they received and benefiting from the latst medical advances, after watching their favorite programs on a magical box that transmits sounds and pictures that were recorded hours earlier from miles away, playing games on their i-phones or i-pads that rely on rechargable portable power packs called batteries that use commercially generated electricity all while enjoying a standard of living that is the envy of the entire world whose life expectancy is higher than its ever been AND MUCH MORE
so that they can protest how capitalism is destroying the planet.

Adam R.

I swear, it’s easy to win buzzword BINGO on these sites. Sustainable, population, clean energy, social justice, gender… BINGO!
At UNLV, there are so many bulletins, programs and meetings that push the Green-left agenda, I feel that I must post something that throws a wrench into their watermelon-esque worldview.

Dr T G Watkins

Totalitarian states, whether labelled socialist, fascist or theocratic raise border ‘fences’ to keep people from escaping to ‘free’ countries.
Democratic, free, secular states need border controls to keep people out!
The common factor for those labelled left wing is that they cannot count, at least when it comes to Government spending. They believe that money, like spaghetti, grows on trees. (Panorama, BBC April 1st circa 1961)
Many are on the government payroll or in totally non-productive jobs which are only viable because they live in a society which produces surpluses provided by the system they choose to demonise.
The first rule of any democratic government is that they should spend no more than they raise in taxation – from all sources.
Then a debate can begin about the level of taxation and what the proceeds can be spent on.
Excessive government borrowing is entirely analogous to the over leveraged borrowing of protected banks (Glass- Steigal being removed) and is equally damaging to economic health. Ultimately, the ordinary tax payer pays.

Mike McMillan

[RyanM: you nailed it, the Tea Party is “mad as hell” at the economic situation and big government. Trump is a very smart man, and he will tell you that often. No other GOP would-be candidates are touching the birther issue.]
Perhaps the other would-be candidates realize that it doesn’t matter where our Prez
was born. As long as his mother was an American, he is an American. Low standard, I know, but there it is.
Both John McCain and I were born abroad of American parents, and we’re both eligible for the White House, but neither of us wanted the job.
[RyanM: nice mccain, lol]

Eric Gisin

Apr 15 is also the premier of Atlas Shrugged pt1, already sold out at many theaters. I doubt if anyone would consider going to both events.

lowercasefred

“Can we finally stipulate that there exists a well-organized nexus of scientists/politicians/organizations that wish to solve the “climate crisis”, and are using the issue as a political tool to further their leftist agenda?”
Works for me.

Keith G

Anthony,
Your White Allies comment was priceless. Thanks for the laugh!
This topic gets me: “From the BP Oil Spill to the Japanese Nuclear Crisis: Why Capitalism is Killing the Planet:
…Yet President Obama continues to support (the coal, oil and nuclear energy industries), which have produced not only ecological catastrophe but also widespread human suffering.”
I cry foul on this one. From my limited time spent in Central America and Africa, it’s obvious to see that the LACK of coal, oil and nuclear energy causes many more times the catastrophe and suffering than having them does. The three reduce deforestation, smoke from woodfires, are linked with sanitation and clean rivers, etc.
I mention the environmental benefits because the Greenies are much more interested in ecological suffering than human suffering (Gaia Be Praised!). Unless of course they can find some nexus to blame the suffering on Big Oil or some other stock devil.
The pros and cons of injury/mortality/accident rates versus mobility and energy security for coal and oil have been discussed many times. As have been the relative safety of nuclear. But let me mention the lack of nuclear from a local perspective.
Even with Fukushima having all the problems it is, the scale of problems from LACK of nuclear energy this summer may still outweigh the problems causes by the radiation leaks. On the one hand, many people have had to evacuate their houses and who know when they can come back. On the other hand, they expect blackouts to resume this summer as the factories come back on line and the A/C season gets into gear.
So you so far known problems of minor injuries and no deaths but 115,000 evacuations from near the reactor (imagine being driven from your home!!). The evacuations are bad. This summer, another bad problem comes up. You will soon have 30,000,000 or so people with periodic loss of electricity. The rolling blackouts will be more than a major inconvenience. Trains are electric, people will need to adjust business hours, avoid elevators, have cold meals and possibly use candles. I do wonder what additional mortality there will be for the elderly and young with the additional physical and mental stress. It is hard to believe that the aged in particular will not be more subject to injuries and deaths with the dark, the high temperatures, additional walking of stairs, lesser shelf life of foods, and so on.
Well, time will tell. No doubt the news is going to die down really fast once the nuclear situation is resolved, but believe me people, the problems from loss of electricity are going to peak this summer and then continue.
REPLY: Note that is a guest post by Dr. Ryan Maue, not me – Anthony

Brian H

Foxgoose;
Thousands of blooming watermelons — a definite fit as an image of the event!
I prefer to visualize exploding watermelons, though. As I recall from my destructive youth, takes at least a 4″ firecracker to do a reasonable job.

Brian H

Anthony;
I think you need to start using a special large blinking GIF header, “Guest Post” for these things. Never fails that some speed-scan-and-bloviate types overlook the “author” completely.

wws

A conference of bored rich kids, nothing more.

James Sexton

“Is it too much to dream of an America where citizens are in charge of our energy decisions, ……..”
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Uhhmmm…….. yeh, that’s a “WinTheFuture”???? statement. These are the same pinheads that shut down the last incandescent production plant in the U.S., mandating that we use twirly bulbs.
Ryan, you are so right. It is past time we stop apologizing for or ignoring the skeptical side that sees the prophetic pronouncement of Khrushchev coming to fruition. Does anyone believe Van Jones is outside the main circle of established circle of environmentalists? We should stop calling them what they want to be called and call them what they are. Totalitarian communists. This isn’t, nor was it ever a scientific debate. It is a political/economic debate. And I’m tired of the citizens of the entire western society paying the price by pretending it is a debate on science. And many skeptics are as much to blame for this as the faux ecologists.
I’ll give our little czar Sturmabteilung wannabees a little help though. You morons. You elected a politician/ideologue, not an ideologue/politician. The reason why he turned his back on you is because you don’t carry the votes. If you’d spent more time dealing with reality, then you’d understand the political realities more easily. But if you did that, then one or two of you might come to understand a thing called economic realities.
Fortunately, my children and grandchildren are being armed with information to counter this group of little brownshirts and Gòngqīngtuán. I suggest others do the same.

“What to do when the President’s just not that into you”
Oh no, the President of the the world’s most powerful/influential country simply doesn’t understand my feelings. How can this possibly be???? More therapy required ….

KnR

[snip – call to violence, while possibly humorous, will be misconstrued – Anthony]

cotwome

I like the image from the ‘energy action coalition’:
“Don’t cave to big polluters
Make them pay”
… I suspect there will be a lot of anti-General Electric posters at this ‘rally’!
No!
Huh… I wonder why?

James Sexton

Mike McMillan says:
April 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm
[RyanM: you nailed it, the Tea Party is “mad as hell” at the economic situation and big government. Trump is a very smart man, and he will tell you that often. No other GOP would-be candidates are touching the birther issue.]
Perhaps the other would-be candidates realize that it doesn’t matter where our Prez
was born. As long as his mother was an American, he is an American. Low standard, I know, but there it is.
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Thank you Mike. This can’t be stated enough. While I can’t say I’m a repub, I am very conservative. This “issue” is an embarrassment and allows the left to perpetuate the myth of conservatives being ill-informed. (Although, I seriously doubt the lefties are familiar with the laws and judicial interpretations, either.)
For those not familiar. READ THE CONSTITUTION! Understand that it doesn’t define what “a natural born citizen” is. So, it is left to the courts. Citizenship has been addressed several times. As Mike states, just because Mike is born abroad, doesn’t mean he’s not eligible. Use your heads!

JPeden

My Concessions Stand will feature pacifiers and diapers. I’ll leave it to someone else to sell the Giant Paper Mache’ Puppets.

Rhoda R

They’re trying to recreate the glory days of the 60’s anti-war demonstrations.

fhsiv

I’ve always called April 15th ‘April Fools Day’, but this year the ‘deadline’ has been extended to the 18th.
The useful idiot watermelons in D.C. have got the whole weekend covered with foolishness.
All we can do is watch (and mock) them.
God help us!