Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Demagogue

By July 9, 2007Global Warming

Astonishing. Dangerous. An incitement to violence. Why was this not a major story? Robert F. Kennedy Jr., speaking at the “Live Earth” concert in New Jersey:

Now you’ve heard today a lot of people say that there are many little things that you all can do today to avert climate change on your own. But I will tell you this, it is more important than buying compact fluorescent light bulbs or than buying a fuel efficient automobile. The most important thing you can do is to get involved in the political process and get rid of all of these rotten politicians that we have in Washington D.C. — who are nothing more than corporate toadies for companies like Exxon and Southern Company, these villainous companies that consistently put their private financial interest ahead of American interest and ahead of the interest of all of humanity. This is treason and we need to start treating them now as traitors.

“I will see all of you at the barricades,” Kennedy concludes.

Video at Bradblog (approvingly cited). Text at Ecology Undernews.

Robert F. Kennedy is a keynote speaker this week at the Florida Summit on Global Climate Change, sponsored by Governor Charlie Crist.

More from Kennedy’s remarks below.


ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR — East Rutherford, N.J. – Now we’ve all heard the oil industry and the coal industry and their indentured servants in the political process telling us that global climate stability is a luxury that we can’t afford. That we have to choose now between economic prosperity on the one hand and environmental protection on the other. And that is a false choice.

In 100% of the situations, good environmental policy is identical to good economic policy — if we want to measure our economy, and this is how we ought to be measuring it, based upon how it produces jobs and the dignity of jobs over the generations, how it preserves the values of the assets of our community and how it averts the catastrophe of global warming.

If, on the other hand, we want to do what they’ve been urging us to do on Capitol Hill which is to treat the planet as if it were a business in liquidation, convert our natural resources to cash as quickly as possible, have a few years of pollution based prosperity, we can generate an instantaneous cash flow and the illusion of a prosperous economy. But our children are going to pay for our joyride with denuded landscapes, with poor health, with huge cleanup costs and with climate chaos which is going to amplify over time and that they will never be able to pay.

Environmental injury is deficit spending. It is a way of loading the costs of our generation’s prosperity on to the backs of our children. Climate change is upon us. Its impacts are going to be catastrophic and we are causing it. The good news is, we have the scientific and technological capacity to avert its most catastrophic impacts. We only need the political will.

If we raise fuel economy standards in our automobiles by one mile — we generate twice the amount of oil that is in the Arctic National Wildlife Refugee. If we raise fuel economy standards by 7.6 miles per gallon we yield more oil than we now import from the Persian Gulf. We can eliminate 100% of Persian Gulf oil. . .

Now you’ve heard today a lot of people say that there are many little things that you all can do today to avert climate change on your own. But I will tell you this, it is more important than buying compact fluorescent light bulbs or than buying a fuel efficient automobile. The most important thing you can do is to get involved in the political process and get rid of all of these rotten politicians that we have in Washington D.C. — who are nothing more than corporate toadies for companies like Exxon and Southern Company, these villainous companies that consistently put their private financial interest ahead of American interest and ahead of the interest of all of humanity. This is treason and we need to start treating them now as traitors.

And they have their slick public relations firms and their phony think tanks in Washington D.C. and their crooked scientists who are lying to the American people day after day after day. And we have a press that has completely let down American democracy. That’s giving us Ana Nicole Smith and Paris Hilton instead of the issues that we need to understand to make rational decisions in a democracy – like global warming. . .

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  • RFKin2008 says:

    Judging by the results of the poll on the MySpace page to Draft RFK Jr. to run for President in 2008, the movement is growing very rapidly. A *lot* of folks out there want him to run.

    And why not? At least the debates would be interesting to watch. Must-see TV, I daresay.

    Oh, and if that page upsets you, this one will probably upset you even a wee bit more…

    http://RFKin2008.com

  • Tom says:

    Yah global warming is a myth… So is the “round earth theory”, RFK Jr. is for the people, so of course corporations and “associations” that lobby for them are opposed to what he has to say. Surprised there is a manufacturing association, because your beloved corporations have sold you up the river and overseas.

  • Rob says:

    Our world and it’s environment is important. We are stewards and responsible to use wisely the resources as a gift from our creator. However, their is insufficient scientific data to conclude that global warming is fact . . . it is a theory and from a political point of view, a platform which the liberal culture in our government and country have used to launch and try to maintain an agenda to get the power and control for their purpose and end . . . not mine and probably not yours.

    In short, RFKJr and the rest of the tribe of “leaders” spinning global warning as fact are PINHEADS !!!

  • byshee says:

    You are so afraid of the truth and so in to being greed that you hate what Robert Kennedy has to say. The world is changing and will continue to change so all you backward selfish thinkers will be left behind. You only have yourselves to blame.

  • RFK Jr. 2008 says:

    Bill McKibben has come to agree with RFK Jr. about The Cape wind project by the way. Oh and thanks for censoring my clever response to Mora y Leon.

  • daisycolorado says:

    I neglected to mention that Kennedy is also a hypocrite. This is the same man who wrote an editorial in the NYTimes awhile back opposing a zero-carbon wind farm off the coast of his vacation home in Martha’s Vineyard because it would have ruined his view.

    Barricades indeed….

  • Betty says:

    RFK Jr. has spoken the truth so it really doesn’t matter what your opinion of him might be!

  • Is this the Kennedy moron who’s taking Hugo Chavez’s penny, or the one who wants to take over Chile? Why anyone listens to these meritless trustfund toads is beyond me.

  • RFK Jr. 2008 says:

    Oh of course it was a reference to The Paris Commune as well but we live in the here and now my friend, not in the 19th Century.

  • carter says:

    Expecting Kennedy to make a reference to the Paris Commune would be asking too much, no doubt.

  • RFK Jr. 2008 says:

    This Draft RFK Jr. 2008 Movement on myspace.com might upset you. http://www.myspace.com/rfk_jr_for_the_usa
    Especially the poll results featured there.
    By the way, “The Barricades” refer to the recent un-American phenomenon of “Free Speech Zones” for protesters at recent political conventions ya nitwit. Go manufacture a widget.

  • daisycolorado says:

    RFK Jr most definitely came from the shallow end of the Kennedy gene pool.

    If someone on the political right had said this they would be cited for treason.

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