Beth Noveck and fixing Washington

Beth Noveck and fixing Washington


The biggest story of all right now is being sparingly reported. Folks across the country are starting to transform the Federal gov't into something both effective and honest.

One big deal in this effort is Beth Noveck, as reported at cnet:

On January 21, as many in Washington, D.C. were still shaking off
hangovers from the inaugural parties the night before, Obama, in his
first official action as president, signed the Memorandum on
Transparency and Open government, a short document that declared, "We shall work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public
participation and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in government."

Please consider that we're talking about a government that listens to its citizens passionately, that's about a gov't that actually works, and is accountable to citizens, already moving to show where the money goes. It's a dramatic reversal of prior years, and it'll take a while, but the effort has started.




Our pres./U.S. needs to get serious about protecting Mother Earth, and planning with the seventh generation in mind. Planning for profits does not protect the Earth, Air, Environment . . .
What is transparent is that this is not being done at this time.
"US Undermines Climate Talks with Bullying Tactics and Backroom Deals"
". . . After two weeks of international deadlock and an all-night marathon negotiating session that produced a thin and toothless accord, the biggest climate talks in history devolved from "Hopenhagen" to "Nopenhagen".
The Copenhagen Accord – brokered at the last minute by Barack Obama, the US president, with China, India, Brazil and South Africa – did not receive universal support from the 193 countries participating in the climate summit.
The accord, which gutted a comprehensive agreement to pay poor countries to protect their forests, since the mass cutting of trees accounts for 20 per cent of global emissions, is not binding and does not have a set date for capping carbon emissions. . . ."
Tony Gonzales, American Indian Movement West (AIM West) based in San Francisco, went to Copenhagen, and provided the People's Declaration from Copenhagen
"The Klima forum09 Declaration – final version, System change – not climate change
There are solutions to the climate crisis. What people and the planet need is a just and sustainable transition of our societies to a form that will ensure the rights of life and dignity of all peoples and deliver
a more fertile planet and more fulfilling lives to future generations.
. . .
For this reason, we call for urgent climate action:
• A complete abandonment of fossil fuels within the next 30 years, which must include
specific milestones for every 5-year period. We demand an immediate cut in GHG of industrialized countries of at least 40% compared to 1990 levels by 2020.
• Recognition, payment and compensation of climate debt for the overconsumption of atmospheric space and adverse effects of climate change on all affected groups and people.
• A rejection of purely market-oriented and technology-centred false and dangerous solutions such as nuclear energy, agro-fuels, carbon capture and storage, Clean Development Mechanisms, biochar, genetically “climate-readied” crops, geo-engineering, and reducing emissions from
deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), which deepens social and environmental conflicts.
• Real solutions to climate crisis based on safe, clean, renewable, and sustainable use of natural resources, as well as transitions to food, energy, land, and water sovereignty.
Therefore, we demand that COP15 reach an agreement that will initiate the restoration of the environmental, social, and economic balance of planet Earth by means that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable and equitable, and finally come up with a legally binding treaty.
. . ."
(2) Obama Administration Approved Oil Drilling in the Arctic By Red OIL
An excerpt:
"COPENHAGEN — Alaska Natives from the Chukchi Sea, in Copenhagen for the Climate Talks, are reeling today after an announcement that the Obama administration has approved Royal Dutch Shell Plc's (RDSa.L) plan to drill for oil off Alaska's northwest coast as early as next summer. In a move revealing of the US agenda at Copenhagen, the Department of the Interior has endorsed drilling for fossil fuels in the climate-effected ecosystems of the Arctic, where global warming already impacts Alaska Natives and entire villages are in danger of losing their lands and way of life."
REDOIL is a network and movement of Alaska Natives who are challenging the fossil fuel and mining industry and demanding our rights to a safe and healthy environment conducive to subsistence.
The REDOIL network consists of grassroots Alaska Natives of the Inupiat, Yupik, Aleut, Tlingit, Gwich'in, Eyak and Denaiana Athabascan tribes. We aim to address the human and ecological health impacts brought on by the unsustainable development practices of the fossil fuel and mining industry.
REDOIL strongly supports self-determination rights of tribes in Alaska, as well as a just transition from fossil fuel and mineral development to sustainable economies, and promotes the implementation of sustainable development on Alaska Native lands.
. . ."


Yeah this is great, 11 months later and we have "a directive". In the meantime we have the largest bill in history, that no one can see or even attempt to read being voted on in the middle of the night.


In the meantime we have the largest bill in history, that no one can see or even attempt to read being voted on in the middle of the night.

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The U.S. Senate approved the purchase of Alaska from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867, for $7.2 million at about two cents per acre ($4.74/km2).

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