After 107 days of fasting to protest global warming and heighten awareness about the climate emergency, Bloomfielder Ted Glick is eating again. Coinciding with the year’s last day of Congress, his first bite on Dec. 19 was into a couple of potatos and veggies. Glick’s full statement can be found on Contested Terrain:
It was good to eat, but it would have been much, much better if the end to this
fast were not so bittersweet.
I do give thanks that a pretty weak energy bill was passed which does represent
the beginnings of a turn away from our fossil fuel addiction, as limited as that
bill is and problematic as parts of it are, particularly its dramatic support for
corn-based and other forms of ethanol.
On the other hand, perhaps it was fitting that the continued dominance over this
Congress by the oil, coal, nuclear and gas interests was made clear by these last
few days of voting. Because of that dominance there was virtually no money for renewable energy in the energy bill that was signed by Bush on the 19th, while an extremely modest effort to repeal tax breaks for oil companies in that bill was threat-of-filibustered out.
And that awkward wording is deliberate. There wasn√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t a filibuster, just a threat
of one, the tactic used by Republicans over and over this year, the tactic the Democrats only once called their bluff on, and that in a half-hearted way.
When will we have leadership in Congress that stands up to evil?
And these people are evil. I called the Bush/Cheney gang √¢‚Ç¨≈ìclimate criminals√¢‚Ç¨¬ù on
Democracy Now during a December 11th interview. That√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s what they are, liars, deceivers, obstructionists√¢‚Ç¨‚Äúevil.
In this Christmas season, the words of Jesus come to mind: √¢‚Ç¨≈ìlove your enemies.√¢‚Ç¨¬ù
Ted Glick is the National Coordinator of the (US) Independent Progressive Politics Network.