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Friday, February 16, 2007

Favorite News Item of the Week

This one is from the USA! Meet Assistant Attorney General Sue Ellen Wooldridge:

Actually, she resigned last month as the top Justice Department enforcement official for environmental and natural resources. But just before she left, she signed two proposed consent decrees with oil giant ConocoPhillips, one of them giving the company up to three more years to install $525 million in pollution controls at nine refineries. Hold your breath, everybody -- they'll be done soon!

But that's not the naughty part -- heavens, no, that's just government valuing the interests of big corporations over the health and lives of its citizens, zzzzzz. The juicy bit is that, 9 months before she signed those decrees, Sue Ellen bought a $1 million vacation home in the gated community of Kiawah Island with ConocoPhillips' top lobbyist, VP Donald Duncan. That's right! The Bush Administration is LITERALLY in bed with the oil companies! And just to add a little kink, the third co-owner of the South Carolina love nest was former Deputy Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles, who has been linked to jailbird lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Hope they don't run into too many "conflicts of interest" when it's three in a hot tub!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Valentine for the Earth

Good news! Al Gore is the new leader of British Columbia! That's the only possible explanation for the "state of the union" speech yesterday announcing the sudden conversion of the ruling party here (the Liberals) into a bunch of tree-huggers greener than my butt. Are they sincere, do they want to be re-elected, or both? Time will tell. But part of that speech was the announcement that any coal plants built in BC would henceforth have to emit zero greenhouse gases! Since "clean coal" is just an advertising slogan at this point, that means coal-fired electricity in BC is dead. And we were part of making that happen! Go Team HTBAF!

Of course, the plants might come back to life in some other form -- Compliance Energy already put out a press release about changing the plant so it burns "bug wood" -- trees that have been killed by our ever-present pine beetles (yummy in a light cream sauce). Hmm, let's see, global warming makes the winters too warm to kill off the pine beetles, so they kill all the trees, so we burn the trees and create emissions...that makes global warming worse! Climate change is clearly a growth industry!

But there's a bigger question I have my big red eye on: if we're the greenest province in the known universe, why are we digging up coal and selling it to other countries, where it'll be burned and make global warming much worse? Isn't kind of bogus to pay for all these plans to make BC green with money we get from toasting the rest of the planet? What do you think?

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

New frogs in the tree!

[From the HTBAF MySpace site.]

We made some new friends yesterday! Welcome everybody! News of our first "mini-documentary" (as The Tyee referred to it) is spreading -- hits on youtube doubled overnight from 347 to 713. Keep sending that link around! Otherwise quiet here at the lily pad, waiting to see what ripples may spread across the pond. So join us -- become our newest MySpace friend, and sign up for our mailing list (we're just setting it up now) -- the Revolution will not be televised! IT WILL BE ONLINE!

Monday, February 12, 2007

How to boil a politician

[From the HTBAF MySpace site.]

HTBAF isn't just a movie, a guerilla political movement, and a rolling party that adds friends every day -- though it IS all of those things -- it's also a how-to on how to take back the power! I am frog, hear me roar! (Or ribbit.) Corporations and governments seem to have gotten the idea that they can do whatever they want and ignore US -- the people who supply the dollars and the votes! It's gotten to the point where we even feel powerless to do anything to stop global warming, which threatens our survival as a species! (And not just frogs, either -- human beings are in for bad weather too.) So today HTBAF presents a short film about a little town that's saying no to a very big coal-fired electricity plant. The people speak!

Friday, February 9, 2007

Frogs rule

[From the HTBAF MySpace site.]

Finally got my picture up on the site today – in case you're interested I happen to be a red-eyed tree frog, and we ARE tree huggers, but only because if we don't hug them we fall off. Don't get me wrong, I like trees, but right now I'm worried about my own green butt. My cousin, the Monteverde harlequin frog, was the first species to go extinct because of global warming, a fact that was reported on the cover of Newsweek everywhere but ..North America. That's really what got me interested in regime change, and personally I'd like to see some on BOTH sides of the 49th parallel. My favorite political story of the week was the US Secretary of Energy, Sam Bodman...

Samuel W. Bodman speaks after his announcement by President George W. Bush as nominee for Secretary of Energy on Friday December 10, 2004 in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.White House photo by Paul Morse

...saying that the US contribution to greenhouse gases worldwide is "small" – that's a quote – which is a true statement if you define "small" as THE BIGGEST CONTRIBUTION OF ANY COUNTRY – A QUARTER OF THE WORLD-WIDE TOTAL. Accordingly, I would like to define up as down, black as white, and frogs as "supreme rulers of the galaxy". Tribute will be paid in flies. I'll be up a tree if you need me.

Friday, February 2, 2007

KFRG on the dial

[This is our original FrogBlog post on the HTBAF MySpace site.]

Check 1,2. Check.

OK, it's February 2nd, 2007, first transmission from KFRG, The Frog on your radio dial. Today's the day that the UN brought out their "smoking gun" report on global warming -- the day after Exxon announced its most profitable year EVER -- and the news is that the debate is over: global warming is real, it's bad, and it's our fault. "An Inconvenient Truth" is up for an Oscar, and Al Gore has just been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize -- I predict he'll win, mmmm, both.

The newspapers are packed with terrifying predictions about the future of life on this planet (for any organism more complicated than a cockroach), every politician in North America is going to try to win the next election by being greener than the Hulk, and there are so many documentaries about global warming coming out that you'll actually be able to build a raft out of them when the ocean hits your front door! So why make one MORE movie about it? I mean, government's on the case now, and even Exxon has sorrrrrta kiiiiinda admitted that they used to pay people to confuse us about global warming, but definitely won't do that anymore. So we're saved, right? Wrong.

The fact is, for all the good things that are happening, we aren't even close to doing what we need to do, by the time we need to do it. Oh, great! If Al Gore and the UN and the government can't fix the problem, what can I do? I'm just one person! That's exactly the question we are gonna answer. In fact, we're gonna show you how to be a hero, by making trouble and saving the planet at the same time. Hop on THAT!

The Frog