Rather than “Hope and Change,” a suggested new slogan for President Obama’s reelection campaign, as reported by Los Angeles Times, is “Business as Usual” now that he hired a former lobbyist for the Keystone XL oil pipeline as a senior adviser, despite the groundswell of opposition to the XL Pipeline that helped fuel the Occupy Wall Street revolutionary movement. To give voters another option, environmental and human rights defender film-makers Josh and Rebecca Tickell are heading to Washington D.C. this weekend to screen their movie “Freedom” that is inspiring and empowering Americans to vote at the gas pump rather than voting to maintain the status quo of blood for oil.
Broderick Johnson, founder and former principal of the Collins Johnson Group communications firm will be a senior adviser for the Obama reelection campaign according to the Los Angeles Times.
Johnson has worked for the what LA Times called the “powerhouse lobbying firm,” Bryan Cave LLP with clients including Microsoft, Comcast plus the TransCanada company that plans to build the $7-billion pipeline to carry carcinogenic crude oil from Alberta’s oil sands, through America’s heartland, to the Texas Gulf Coast.
“Johnson’s federal lobbyist filings indicate that TransCanada paid Bryan Cave at least $240,000 late last year and early this year for Johnson to work on supporting the ‘submission for a presidential permit for Keystone XL Pipeline.’ He lobbied members of Congress, the filings show, as well as the administration and the State Department.
Johnson is a Washington lawyer and husband of NPR‘s “All Things Considered” Michele Norris, according to Politico reporting that because of Norris’ husband’s new job, she said Monday she is temporarily stepping away from all her duties and all campaign-related coverage. (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1011/66701.html#ixzz1boHEbonJ)
Keystone XL critic Bill McKibben stated in an email:
“I don’t think you could conceive a more elaborate way to disrespect not just the environmental community but also Occupy Wall Street, because this is simply a reminder of the way that corporate lobbyists dominate our politics…
“Forget ‘Hope and Change’ — it’s like they want their new slogan to be ‘Business as Usual.'” (LA Times)
LA Times reports that McKibben is only one among thousands now disillusioned with Obama who are protesting the pipeline, many of whom have
“They have been arrested in acts of civil disobedience at the White House and picketed his fundraisers, including one expected today in San Francisco. But if the State Department does not approve the permit, the administration leaves itself open to further criticism that it has failed to create jobs at a time of high unemployment.”
Meanwhile, creating renewable energy jobs that would clean, healthy and safe remains low priority for President Obama.
Freedom at last?
Renewable energy, such as Made-in-American ethanol, has helped create and support over 600,000 jobs in the United States according to energy guru Josh Tickell, a UN Ambassador of Renewable Energy and award-winning film-maker.
Other alternative energies including wind, solar, and advanced biofuels are being made in American cities, reinvigorating local economies and the nation’s he says.
“They are being made by American workers, offering them good-paying, stable jobs in a growing industry. It is also helping free us from costly foreign oil – and you from paying for it.”
The environment and human rights film-maker duo Josh and Rebecca Tickell will be holding a special screening in Washington DC this weekend of their film, “Freedom” that documents these energy alternatives and how to vote at the pump.
The “Freedom” film covers a span of energy issues, documenting the potential injuries and futility of the Keystone XL Pipeline and Canadian tar sands to last year’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, to economic issues resulting from oil use – and contrasts them with sound, long-term energy plans to reduce America’s dependence on foreign and unhealthy, dangerous and dirty oil sources.
The filmmakers of the award winning Sundance documentary “Fuel,” and the recently premiered “The Big Fix” husband and wife team, Josh and Rebecca Tickell will be in Washington DC with at the screening.
The documentary reveals the two groups seemingly most divided on the oil issue – Big Oil and environmentalists – have been working together to thwart green fuels after greenies were co-opted by oil interests through high-price propaganda they unwittingly bought into and staunchly repeated as truth.
Another case in point, say the film’s co-directors, is the recent barrage of assaults on the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) that mandates the U.S. use of an ever-increasing percentage of renewable fuels.
“How ironic that oil and environmentalists would fight the RFS when the RFS is the only hope we have to get us beyond corn and toward using waste as fuel” says director Josh Tickell.
The documentary also points a finger at politicians who accept oil money only to turn against renewable fuels, as recently seen by the Coburn (R-OK) actions against the USDA’s efforts to put blender pumps into gas stations. According to the Federal Election Commission, Coburn received over $415k from fossil fuel interests in the last decade.
While the couple admit that ethanol is not the perfect renewable energy answer, they assert something is needed for change right now, cars use the most energy consumed and ethanol is the best solution available right now, today.
Co-director of “Freedom”, Rebecca Harrell asks, “If you go to the gas pump and one pump says, ‘Iraq,’ and another says, ‘Saudi Arabia’ and the third one says, ‘Midwestern US,’ which one are you going to choose?”
To have that option requires people taking personal responsibility, as “Freedom” highlights and explains how to do that.
“Oh, that’s just too impossible,” say some people.
Greg Palast, in the “Freedom” movie, replies to that excuse, “I’m glad George Washington didn’t say that!”
“It appears as if our country hasn’t yet learned the lesson from last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill debacle,” said the filmmakers.
Most Americans, however, subjecting to mainstream media on Television and in print, remain unaware of the post-BP 2010 Gulf oil catastrophe’s “Spill Children”, numbering well over 100,000, some going to schools where closets were cleaned out and dedicated to breathing aids because of surge in child breathing difficulties, or the many of those children suffering frequent and regular nosebleeds, or those crying themselves to sleep in pain, or the surge in miscarriages and deformed unborn, where people are dropping dead “like flies” such as, according to South Louisiana’s shrimp industry king, Dean Blanchard, the two deaths in one small area this month, as Dupré’s past and recent investigations reveal.
Few people are aware of the abundance of deformed, diseased and sore-ridden fish that fisherman shockingly face when pulling in their catches, including shrimp and fish with no eyes, not even a mark where eyes would be. Few are aware of the typical state of affairs among Gulf families: “No health, no income, no help.”
That suffering along the Gulf has been hidden as well as the oil in the Gulf has been.
“With 68 million acres of oil-drilling about to commence in the Arctic, Florida and California, now is the time to look at realistic sustainable technologies, says the Tickell film-makers. “‘Freedom’ addresses these core issues.”
“Freedom is the first documentary to show a clear path for how the United States can end its oil dependence, turn its foreign debt into a surplus of cash, make over $3 trillion a year and put eight million Americans back to work,” says co-director Rebecca Tickell. “The answer is simple: Replace what’s in the gas tank of every one of the 250 million cars on the road today with a high tech fuel made in America.”
It sounds simple – but, as “Freedom” shows, the United States has been going about it the wrong way. Latest indication of that is President Obama hiring a Big Oil, big paid Keystone Pipeline lobbyist to help head his reelection campaign.