Archive for the tag 'hillary clinton'

Stein runs close behind Clinton in Massachusetts middle school vote

The Wareham Courier of Massachusetts reports that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein received 13 votes in a mock election at Wareham Middle School. While Sen. Bernie Sanders won with 482 votes, Stein was not far behind Hillary Clinton, who… Continue Reading

Sanders backers urged to press for Green inclusion in fall debates

Green Party of the United States media coordinator Scott McLarty writes at CounterPoint that “now that it’s almost inevitable Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination, the talk is turning to what will come out of Bernie Sanders’ campaign after… Continue Reading

Romper: Sanders supporters “taking a close look” at Stein

Becky Bracken writes at Romper that supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders “are increasingly rejecting the idea of shifting their support” to Hillary Clinton and are instead “taking a close look at Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate. So why… Continue Reading

Connecticut newspaper editorial: Sanders backers can choose Stein

Connecticut’s Norwich Bulletin says in an editorial that “much has been made of recent polling showing that more than half of voters dislike” Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, “but provided her Connecticut petition drive is successful, voters here will have… Continue Reading

Stein, Flowers call for Medicare For All

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Margaret Flowers, both physicians, write at Truthdig that the debate between Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders over healthcare illustrates the importance of backing a single-payer “Medicare For All” system. They write in part that the Affordable Care Act and Medicare […]

Connecticut columnist praises Stein, Sanders

In his column in Connecticut’s Norwich Bulletin, Scott Deshefy writes, “In Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein we have candidates espousing EU political values: clean energy, single-payer healthcare, living wages, free college, sound infrastructure, objections to economic inequality. They’re also smart and practical on immigration. Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hog the limelight. By putting […]

The Nuclear Industry’s Golden Child: That Obama Glow

[From CounterPunch]

By JOSHUA FRANK

Barack Obama, hoping to shore up major victories in the delegate rich states of Texas and Ohio early next month, is going after Hillary Clinton’s ever-dwindling base of working class voters. The Illinois Senator is hoping to stimulate their passion for his campaign by proposing to stimulate the weak economy by spending $210 billion on new jobs. Obama says his government sponsored employment program would allocate $150 billion over 10 years to create 5 million jobs in environmental industries.

Sounds Keynesian enough. Obama would couple his lavish government spending with investments from the private sector to produce work for many of America’s underemployed. The number of jobs he seeks to create is significant to be sure, but the real question is in what “environmental” capacity would these so-called “green collar” jobs be created? Many critics argue that Obama’s plan doesn’t exactly create jobs, but only redistributes money from one part of the economy to another. Even so, there may be far more sinister tenets to Obama’s economic plan.

Unfortunately the Obama campaign is light on the details of his stimulus program, only referring to these government gigs as working to develop more environmentally friendly energy sources. At face value this may all sound like a noble venture — one greens and others concerned with the environment might consider getting behind. But given Obama’s track record, voters can’t be too certain his plan is all that “green”. In fact it may be just the opposite, for the senator’s ties to the nuclear industry are stronger than any other candidate in the hunt for the White House this year.

In 2006 Obama took up the cause of Illinois residents who were angry with Exelon, the nation’s largest nuclear power plant operator, for not having disclosed a leak at one of their nuclear plants in the state. Obama responded by quickly introducing a bill that would require nuclear facilities to immediately notify state and federal agencies of all leaks, large or small.

At first it seemed Obama was intent on making a change in the reporting protocol, even demonizing Exelon’s inaction in the press. But Obama could only go so far, as Exelon executives, including Chairman John W. Rowe who serves as a key lobbyist for the Nuclear Energy Lobby, have long been campaign backers, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars dating back to Obama’s days in the Illinois State Legislature.

Despite his initial push to advance the legislation, Obama’s office eventually rewrote the bill, producing a version that was palatable to Exelon and the rest of the nuclear industry. “Senator Obama’s staff was sending us copies of the bill to review, we could see it weakening with each successive draft,” said Joe Cosgrove, a park district director in Will County, Illinois, where the nuclear leaks had polluted local ground water. “The teeth were just taken out of it.”

Inevitably the bill died a slow death in the Senate. And like an experienced political operative, Obama came out of the battle as a martyr for both sides of the cause. His constituents back in Illinois thought he fought a good fight while industry insiders knew the Obama machine was worth investing in.

Continue reading That Obama Glow at CounterPunch

%d bloggers like this: