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Putting Obama’s Arctic drilling announcement in perspective by Chuck Baclagon

Originally posted by Greenpeace US.

The news today out of Washington has been somewhat promising, but these are small steps in a very long march towards a clean energy economy — an economy with none of the potential for massive ecological destruction such as we’ve seen in the Gulf.

Minerals Management Service (MMS) Director Elizabeth Birnbaum submitted her resignation letter this morning. Also today the Obama Administration renewed a moratorium in the pristine Beaufort and Chukchi seas in Alaska for the next 6 months, canceled the pending lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Virginia, and suspended action on 33 wells in the Gulf of Mexico. Greenpeace welcomes any and all investigations of the root causes of the BP Deepwater Disaster. Furthermore, Greenpeace welcomes the President’s call to develop clean, renewable sources of energy. These are all positive steps.

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It’s the ecology, stupid! by Chuck Baclagon
Greenpeace activists display a banner from a construction crane near the State Department in Washington, D.C., Greenpeace urged government ministers from the world’s 17 biggest greenhouse polluters to‚Stop Global Warming and Rescue the Planet from the devastating effects of climate change as ministers gathered for climate talks under the Major Economies Forum (MEF) process.  © Greenpeace / Tazz

Greenpeace activists display a banner from a construction crane near the State Department in Washington, D.C., Greenpeace urged government ministers from the world’s 17 biggest greenhouse polluters to‚'Stop Global Warming' and 'Rescue the Planet' from the devastating effects of climate change as ministers gathered for climate talks under the Major Economies Forum (MEF) process.

As senior diplomats and politicians from 17 countries headed towards the US State Department building in Washington DC this morning, they couldn’t have missed a couple of Greenpeace climbers dangling below a huge banner bearing a picture of our beautiful blue planet and the words “Too big to fail”.

Climate change will be on the agenda at this meeting, billed as the Major Economies Forum (MEF), and we wanted to remind them to put the planet before profits.

The MEF is President Obama’s remodelled version of Bush’s Major Emitters Meeting. The Bush version was designed as a distraction to real progress, a venue for big economies to look busy while doing nothing. This week we will find out if Obama’s approach is going to be more productive.

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Update from Bonn climate talks by Chuck Baclagon

From Making Waves

Quite a few of our climate folks have been on the UN Climate meeting circuit since before the Kyoto protocol was born. Not a few of them have been fairly jaded about the role the United States has played at these meetings in the past. Continue reading