From the Green Party of the United States: Green Party candidates and leaders said today that the delay of the Republican National Convention in Tampa and Hurricane Isaac's Gulf Coast landfall should remind voters of a worsening crisis that both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama keep ignoring: global climate disruption.
Greens expressed alarm over Thursday's news that the Obama Administration has granted Shell Oil approval for dangerous oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean in a fragile region off Alaska, especially when a critical oil-spill containment vessel still awaits certification.
Andrew Groff, Green candidate for US Senate in Delaware, noted:
"Unless Green presidential candidate Jill Stein is allowed to participate in the presidential debates, there will be no discussion of what we need to do to curb catastrophic climate change. On one hand, Romney is appeasing the know-nothing extremists and junk-science believers in the GOP who deny human responsibility for global warming. On the other hand, President Obama has proposed minimal steps to deal with global warming - and then undercuts them by surrendering to the corporate energy lobby, supporting off-shore drilling in US coastal waters, repeating the myth of 'clean coal', and allowing hydrofracking and mountaintop detonation mining to continue. All of these are immediate threats to public health and the environment and contribute to the fossil-fuel consumption that's pumping more and more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The effects are already evident in the drought and growing instability of weather patterns in the US."
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