Many of those disgruntled with the major political parties are posting threats of DEMANDING representation of the public’s interests. They state the popular position is not reflected by these establishment parties. The threat is that a political revolution is mobilizing…
MORE than TWO parties will be recognized in all 50 states
Would this manifest by moving votes to another party that serves the interests? At what point does the political revolution manifest itself?
I’m not asking to be an antagonist, I’m curious to know what measure shows that this party is no longer a “boat worth carrying your food”.
Some have chosen to move forward with political revolution and aren’t lock-step aligned with the Democratic Party’s “fleet of candidates and incumbants”. That fleet hasn’t exactly shown itself working on behalf of its constituents fully. Many ships in the fleet remain docked in comfort. Each and every candidate/incumbant gets reviewed and if a Green or Independent shows up that better matches people are committing to political revolution in making those votes. You can’t align with the majority to create a revolution – it takes a bold step outside the norm into something different.
I believe this 2016 election will show that MORE than TWO parties will be recognized by all 50 states. Those that have yet to recognize this will be forced to deal with a popular vote not reflected by the electoral college – because that body electing the president is not ready to embrace the popular vote. And the ballots in some states continue to refuse listing Green or Libertarian party candidates or their party designation next to the name.
US political news is ablaze after the Nevada Democratic Party Convention. This is being responded to by Green Party leadership. Jill Stein made the following post on her Facebook page:
What just happened in Nevada is further proof that the Democratic Party is democratic in name only.
The 2-party system is a dead end. This is why we are building a new major party for the millions of Americans who are not represented by the parties of Clinton or Trump. #ItsInOurHands
In a follow up reply on the post she states…
The Green Party practices grassroots democracy, 1 person 1 vote. We support an overhaul of broken US elections including ending voter suppression, ensuring election integrity, open debates, ranked choice voting, and proportional representation. We need real democracy now!
If you feel compelled to get more details on what happened in Nevada’s Democratic Convention here are some links to check:
As the Watching the Hawks RT show hosts note – these are candidates working from the same platform, they aren’t attacking each other for differing perspectives. Further noted by the hosts is an invitation to look at the Green Party Platform and see that it holds vision that is shared by many.
Ten Key Values
Social Justice and Equal Opportunity
Community Based Economics
Feminism and Gender Equity
Respect for Diversity
Personal and Global Responsibility
Future Focus And Sustainability
A detailed copy of the Green Party Platform can be downloaded here.
As a party that holds decentralized government and community based economics as key values, the Green Party identifies a return to localism and finding solutions close to home. This includes employing people as close to the community being served as possible. There’s a sense of pride and collective ownership shared by those working locally in their community. This is also a shift from mega-corporations that span the globe finding lowest global wage to produce then transport for consumption here in the US. A shift of this nature reduces transportation expenses and continued demand on fossil fuels.
2015 Green Party Presidential Forum
Jill Stein, Kent Mesplay, Darryl Cherney, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry, William P. Kreml
About the Green Party in 2016
Here are a few articles and websites to check out and learn more about the Green Party in 2016:
Looking at this Highways England plan there are ways to improve the design. Depending on the electric current needed it may be possible to work from two CLEAN energy sources.
Using solar panel arrays beneath or instead of electric lines from the side of the road.
A solar photovoltaic film down the center of lanes that are not conductive.
Best option though is Solar Roadways, which enable much more than the recharging of electric vehicles.
Pressure generated by vehicles traveling on the surface could be picked up for conversion. This could even be applied with the Solar Roadways technology as a future revision.
The combination of solar roadways along with a recharging lane for electric vehicles makes perfect sense. Each providing massive paradigm shift for solving so many issues we encounter. The innovations might even be proactive enough to solve future issues as they rise!
Solar Roadways was awarded several grants through the Department of Transportation to continue research and development. However moving to production would require more funding, which the firm recently received using crowd-funding.
The IndieGoGo campaign for Solar Roadways met the $1 million development target by 212% with donations coming from around the world. The popularity of the campaign has it reopened to continue spreading its message. One of the huge advantages of crowd-sourced projects is they remain in the control of those developing them. A recent update video post discusses this.
Solar Roadways made a visit to Maker Faire Detroit (July 25-26, 2015) with several demonstration panels open for holding discussion. The programmable nature of the panels views locations such as the crumbling paving stones around Hart Plaza as a huge opportunity.
Systems Changes Possible
Warming of surface to eliminate snow / ice removal
Storm water runoff management
Detected interference on roadways from animals or accidents
Illumination on surface for messaging to travellers, configurable parking area notices, and even entertainment spaces
Wireless Internet provided along all roads
Excess energy to supplement neighborhoods near roadways
Detected presence of OLEV enables switching on/off the charging of surface for pickup.
Decentralized automation of sections of roadways with plenty of feedback sent up for analysis.
There are detractors busy criticizing and analyzing. This is not a problem, but a way to improve designs and concepts. Refined processes don’t just show up. Stress testing of massive systems requires actual work and discovery during that process. One of the problems faced by Solar Roadways were providers that won bids being able to actually meet the needs for the project. These situations wildly throw off timelines on projects. One advantage is spin-off projects that use subsets of the technology to derive faster to implementation production. These are sentiments carried in one of the best articles critiquing the project that I’ve seen. 4)Would Solar Roadways Work? A Government Engineer Discusses the Controversial Technology, Green Tech Media, Aug 29, 2014
“I believe the application can be used for smaller scale purposes — potentially, pedestrian walkways and sidewalks that get lower load and have fewer safety considerations. For roads, there are so many unknowns. In terms of the long-term vision, I don’t consider it to be realistic. But I enjoy the vision and appreciate it, and will try to support them to see what other benefits may present themselves,” said Eric Weaver, Department of Transportation.
Existing Systems Stifle Implementation of Innovation
The biggest hurdle to revolutionary technological advances will be open-minded, creative legislation and policies to be built around adopting them. Michigan claims to be capable, however this would revolutionize many long-standing industries heavily invested in Michigan’s economy. That means a flood of lobbying money will show up to control loss for existing business. There could be lawsuits filed claiming loss of profits as cause by these corporate entities. It would seem fossil fuel businesses would be most impacted and are known well to behave like they have arterial bleeding requiring a tourniquet. As new technology stabilizes and becomes proven we have to move forward; departing and reducing from what isn’t working, namely pollution and extraction of fossil products requiring a million years to produce. The future for adoption is going to take a decade or more – but the public will be seeing change in that period that is worth supporting.
Stress of Systems Change Affects Everything
A change this big could affect everything. Every sector of our fossil fuel based economy will be impacted. Jobs will be created during the overhaul of systems. It will require retraining of skilled workers and transition into green energy employment. Our environmental impact here in Michigan would change for the better and the future of our Great Lakes would be more sustainable and restorative.
Our ways of thinking about energy have steadily been changing and the majority of Americans would welcome solar energy and electronic vehicles provided the infrastructure existed for sustaining the shift. Addressing our Michigan Roads situation needs some fresh thought and new energy put into it.
At 6:50am I opened the door and was greeted by the sound of what could be mistaken as a missile set to carry a ship into space. In truth that sound was eminating from one of these industrial polluters over a mile away:
These breathing behemouths churn the air around them struggling to exhaust a toxic soup of pollutatnts as quickly as possible (see Emissions below). The area has been “out of attainment” on Sulfur Dioxide for over a decade. Permits to install more machinery to either mitigate or increase the chemicals come through in a dizzying array from all sources.
I have been to many public hearings regarding Marathon Refinery, and AK Steel (when under Severstal North America). The problems we face are not being taken care of. Each piecemeal permit petition is confined and unwilling to take on the greater problem.
WDET reports that US Eology has filed a Permit To Install with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
A hazardous waste facility on Detroit’s Eastside is looking to expand. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing the company’s permit proposal to determine if the facility can increase its capacity. State Representative Rose Mary Robinson is working to delay the DEQ’s decision. She says there are too many unanswered questions about US Ecology—the company that operates the facility.
“I want more answers. I mean at that public hearing the people that testified talked about dust coming out of that facility, and the men in hazmat suits coming out and cleaning it up, but no one’s cleaning it up off their homes and their porches.”
—Rose Mary Robinson, State Representative
DEQ representatives say if US Ecology is found in violation of any regulations, the permit for expansion will not be granted. A public comment period for the permit runs through September 12th.
I’ve looked through a number of environmental situations going on around the 14th District and the neighboring 13th District. Most of these around the farthest reach south in the 14th District, near Marthon Refinery and the Detroit Water Treatment Plant.
We had a petcoke (petroleum coke) problem in downtown Detroit in 2013. 40 foot tall piles were placed along the Detroit River near downtown.
It took organizing people working through the system, mounting resistance activities, to have the city realize there was a matter of illegal dumping and storage.
But that problem didn’t completely stop – it moved downstream to Ecorse. We continue to organize against the simplistic manner Detroit Bulk Storage was working with Koch Minerals. Communities have heard and organized resistance along the Detroit River.
Public Comment Submitted
The response given for question B.2.J Public Involvement Plan (of the Corrective Action attachment) “Not applicable, since no on site contamination currently exists at the facility.”This response indicates there was no sufficient disaster mitigation planning at the onset of this project in 2007. The failure to create such a plan simply because “no on site contamination currently exists” shows there is not even a solid reactionary plan in place to protect the public.
MDEQ in accepting and approving such a plan in 2007 without disaster mitigation planning did not protect the public as an agency of the State of Michigan would be required. What is the proper remedy when both the company and regulator have failed to protect the public? Would the facility be halted from daily operations until it established such a plan and worked with the public such that it was implemented?
We can not continue to REACT to failures in business practices that could have been prevented had CONTROLLED PLANNING happened in advance. Working with the public is so important for any industrial corporation.
Prior Violation by US Ecology
A ruling between US Ecology and the Illinois EPA showed the company had failed to establish sufficient liability coverage required by a hazardous waste facility. Is this pattern of violations continuing?
Providing proof for section M (page 6 on MID 074 259 565) of the boilerplate Hazardous Waste Management Facility Operating License would be a step towards ensuring the safety of the public.
“The licensee shall continuously maintain liability coverage for sudden and accidental occurrences and nonsudden accidental occurrences, as required by R 299.9710. ”