Thursday, May 7, 2009

Keeping up with the Californians, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gavin Newsom

Eco Trend Setters: the Governator and the Goober'
I'm cross posting this, from, because of its focus on African social justice and environmental issues. Though it may seem far away, in California, the energy and transportation issues decided here, have a huge impact on the market for fossil fuels, uranium, and other minerals mined in Africa. The State of California is often estimated to be between the 5th and 10th largest economy in the world, apart from that of the United States.

Although Governator Arnold Schwarenegger and San Francico's Mayor Gavin Newsom, who now aspires to succeed him, are rapacious, and oblivious, energy imperialists, the City of San Francisco this week stood up against all the excess power production necessary to charge a huge American fleet of electric cars, by rejecting Mayor Newsom's proposed municipal mass transit fares. I received this report, near 9:00 P.M. last night, from the San Francisco Grteen Party:

"San Francisco's Budget & Finance Committee rejected the Municipal Transit Authority budget fare hike and sent the rejection to the full Board of Supes for approval, in a 4-1 vote at 8:51 P.M."

Small decisions far away, impact African and other communities all over the world. Although the fall in minerals prices, amidst worldwide recession, has caused hardship all over Africa, I have to think of a victory that will decrease demand for fossil fuels and uranium as a victory, and hope that the West transform itself into a collective will that could see the mutual value of investing in art, education, and basic housing,power, and clean water infrastructure in Africa, rather than dirty energy, and, geostrategic and precious minerals extraction in Africa.

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