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December 10, 2015 - Issue 633

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Obama and U.S. Genocidal
Climate Crimes in Paris

By Eric Mann
Reporting from the Paris
Climate Conference

"The nations of Africa and small island states,
nations like Bangladesh, Congo, Marshall Islands
are fighting to feed their people and are
asking the U.S. for help."

Note: Eric Mann is at the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference in Paris where he is organizing on the ground and reporting for Pacifica Radio and

Posts from Paris December 8 2015

I am at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change n Paris. Every day I ask the same three questions and demand answers. What Are We Going to Do About the United States? What are We Going to Do About the Democratic Party? And what are we going to do about U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama. But from now on I am adding a Fourth, "Will you help those of us who are fighting U.S. Genocidal Climate Crimes - in Paris and during the 2016 Presidential Campaign and beyond?"

Today at the United Nations, the United States is pulling out every stop to threaten, intimidate, and bribe every nation state suffering from its climate crimes. They are telling them they must drop any language in the final U.N. Document that refers to the dreaded "loss and damages"--reparations to the nations we are suffering the GHG emissions of the U.S. and its insane imperialist system of production, consumption, and military domination of the world. This document, called the Advanced Durban Platform, or ADP, must to be completed this Friday.

Now, presently, Third World Nations, in a U.N. caucus called The G-77 and China, are calling on the U.S. and E.U. for at least $100 billion a year into a Green Climate Fund. My organization, the Labor/Community Strategy Center has come to Paris to call on the U.S. to contribute at least $10 billion to that fund. But given the U.S. military budget of $600 Billion a year we need to demand even more - but $10 billion is a good start.

The terms "finance," "loss and damages" " "adaptation" all involve efforts by the countries suffering the worst impact of climate change to develop new technologies rebuild to their nations. They need money for what is called adaptation. Do you know what that means? The United Nations describes adaptation as" "Practical steps to protect countries and communities from the likely disruption and damage that will result from effects of climate change. For example, flood walls should be built and in numerous cases it is probably advisable to move human settlements out of flood plains and other low-lying areas…”

The nations of Africa and small island states, nations like Bangladesh, Congo, Marshall Islands are fighting to feed their people and are asking the U.S. for help. The U.S. answer is clear:

"We may have caused the problem but we will not tolerate any language in the final text that puts the blame on us. Yes, we have caused the problem but we reject any responsibility to mitigate let alone improve those conditions for the nations and peoples who have damaged. And we do not really plan to radically reduce our own emissions. As such, any language in the final document that puts the blame on the U.S. and Europe to pay for losses and damages will be redlined from the document - which means there is no way in hell we will allow it in."

Since I have been in Paris, and even with the privilege of being able to make evening commentaries for Pacifica, and have my articles published in Counterpunch, Huffington Post, and I feel that I am outraged over the specifics of U.S. genocidal climate crimes but cannot get others to feel or act the same way.

We are presently facing what scientists are now calling the Holocene extinction, sometimes called the Sixth Extinction. This is a name proposed to describe the ongoing extinction event of species during the present Holocene epoch (since around 10,000 BCE) mainly due to human activity. Do you understand what that means? That you and I, as humans, are responsible for ending most human habitation on earth - not just imperialism, not just capitalism, or the Democrats and Obama - but you and me.

You and me, by our consumption and fossil fuel use but more importantly by your inaction or lack of focused action.

Do you know exactly what loss and damagers are? Do you know what reparations or the Green Climate Fund are? Do you know what President Obama is or isn't doing in Paris? Do you really care? If you do, contact me and tell me you want to make demands on President Obama in Paris and all next year and beyond.

Please go on RootsAction ( and sign the on-line petition demanding that President Obama join the rest of the world, not dominate it.
To reduce U.S. Emissions by 50 percent of 1990 levels by 2025--starting now.

To contribute $10 billion a year to the U.N. Green Climate Fund starting now.

And to send me and email saying that you want to stop President Obama from threatening 3rd world countries who are demanding loss, damages, and compensation and that you want us to reach out to your organization when we get back to Paris for our What Are We Going to Do About the United States campaign.

My posts from Paris are not intended as entertainment or even subjects of idle or even fascinating conversation. They are calls to people to join the world climate revolution Even if only one person responds to this call--what if that person was you.

I am here in the U.N. with people from Africa facing starvation, drought floods, and famine - now. I have returned from New Orleans to see the Lower Ninth Ward - ten years later--barren and almost uninhabited because of the U.S. response to Hurricane Katrina that I'll tell you more about in my new book Katrina's Legacy.

This makes me want to fight, makes me want to organize. Do you? Will you? What are you doing with your life? What changes are you willing to make. We have a real campaign that needs real people. What if one of those people is you? I would love to hear from you. Guest Commentator Eric Mann is an NGO delegate to the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference representing the Labor/Community Strategy Center. He will be doing daily “Posts from Paris” for Pacifica and his KPFK radio show, Voices from the Frontlines. His new book, Katrina's Legacy: White Racism and Black Reconstruction in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast will have its international opening in Paris in December 2015 and its U.S. opening in Los Angeles in January 2016. He is also the author of: Comrade George an Investigation into the Life, Political Thought, and Assassination of George Jackson, Dispatches From Durban: Firsthand Commentaries on the World Conference Against Racism and Post-September 11 Movement Strategies, and Katrina's Legacy: White Racism and Black Reconstruction in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. He is working on his next book, Revolutionary Organizing in the Age of Reaction, featuring The 25 Qualities of the Successful Organizer. Contact Mr. Mann or visit his blog (
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