Activism, Environmental Issues, Grassroots

Media Blackout on Bernie Keeps Him Down

As you probably do, I watch Bernie’s every move, but I didn’t know that thousands of people are out in the streets rallying for him across the country. Why? Because the media completely ignores it while they cover Trump’s every move.

Go to #MarchforBernie and you’ll see what I mean.

Another thing you won’t hear about is that while campaigning in Minnesota ahead of Super Tuesday, Bernie took a strong stand against two tar sands pipelines the environmental community is fighting. You won’t hear a bleep out of Hillary on this, because under her “leadership,” the State Department basically approved the Keystone Pipeline.

Bernie says:

“As all of you know, better than I do, right here in Minnesota, the oil company Enbridge has proposed a series of pipelines to carry oil across the state. The first, as you know, is called Sandpiper, and it would carry 640,000 barrels per day of fracked oil. The second project is a pipeline just like the Keystone pipeline — and let me tell you, I was one of the leaders in opposition to the Keystone pipeline — and this pipeline running through Minnesota is called the Alberta Clipper, and that would bring 800,000 barrels per day of some of the dirtiest oil being excavated in the world.

Now, President Obama said that when his administration was reviewing the Keystone pipeline, that he wouldn’t approve it if it made climate and our planet more dangerous — he wouldn’t approve that if he could make the point that the emissions from the entire project would add to climate change. Those are exactly the same standards that we need to apply to the Alberta Clipper and the Sandpiper, and that is what I would do as President of the United States of America.”

Bernie is also a co-sponsor of Keep It in the Ground, a bill that would permanently ban all fossil fuel extraction on our public lands and in our oceans. No more offshore drilling for oil, and no more destroying our forests for coal, fracked gas and oil. What’s Clinton’s stance? “She believes we should be on a long-term path to a future where there is no extraction of fossil fuels on public lands,” her campaign spokesman Jesse Ferguson told Bloomberg.

While people attack Bernie for bringing back “big, bad government,” the fact is he would help us return to a time when government was viewed as playing a vital role in democracy – one that cares for its people and environment and one that provides checks and balances against corporate greed.

Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, says: “In my view, Hillary Clinton is the most qualified candidate for president of the political system we now have. Bernie Sanders is the most qualified candidate to create the political system we should have.” Reich has endorsed Bernie.

Bernie’s good judgment runs across issues. Recently, for example, Bernie joined Ed Markey (D-MA) to block the nominee for Food and Drug Administration Commissioner (who ended up being approved). Why? Because of his close ties to the pharmaceutical industry, he wouldn’t work to lower outrageous prescription drug prices. Meanwhile, the majority of Hillary’s corporate contributions come from that industry.

Read our article, If You Care About Environment & Climate, You’ll Love Bernie.

Rona Fried is CEO of SustainableBusiness.com. Please visit us to follow daily green business news and to find Green Dream Jobs.

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Rona Fried, Ph.D., is CEO of SustainableBusiness.com, known for its daily green business news and national green jobs service since 1996.

2 Comments

  1. Sylvia Szucs

    I am so tired of the coverage of Republican propaganda, and lack of coverage of Bernie!

    • Me too, Sylvia, it’s exhausting. And when they do cover Bernie, they almost make fun of his ideas, and ask the same, superficial questions.