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Sweeter in Stereo

Most mind-bending quote by Obama:

““[W]e need to move beyond the tired debates of the left and the right, between business leaders and environmentalists, between those who would claim drilling is a cure-all and those who would claim it has no place.”

So ending the debate by giving the energy companies the right to drill is some sort of… compromise?

Honor So Hard

In the Guardian UK, April 9:

British campaigner urges UN to accept ‘ecocide’ as international crime

Proposal to declare mass destruction of ecosystems a crime on a par with genocide launched by lawyer
by Juliette Jowit


Of course the big polluters won’t even pretend to comply with this, even if it does miraculously pass, because they can’t. Their system can’t run that way.

Still, it’s good to have standards. I especially like these two points:

“…Higgins is suggesting ecocide would include damage done to any species – not just humans. This, she says, would stop prosecutions being tied up in legal wrangling over whether humans were harmed, as many environmental cases currently are.”

“…prosecutions would be against individuals such as directors rather than the companies…”

Unhappy Earth Day