We are all serious and trying in various ways to have an impact. Boone is doing his part and we are all on board. Let us not forget the President also needs our help and suggestions. He is reaching out and I respectfully submit the following to all to consider and move forward with.
Politicians play politics and we should not expect much from them. We see how they have denuded the funding the President wanted in vary important environmental and people needs areas. There are too many corporate special interests and ‘power brokers’ elected officials and our guardians of the Health, Education and Welfare of the nation have to serve. The election is over and elected officials have their jobs secured until next term. Funny how our elected officials start to act and talk like Wall Street execs once they are secure in their political offices. Wall Street and the banks have received their pound of flesh and it looks like they want Washington to guarantee they can take a few pounds more out of the people.
People, it is time to push for some real Direct Action.
What is needed is for the President to appoint a private sector task force comprised of prominent corporate execs who are actually investing their money in America
in a positive way to address and solve our energy and financial problems. He must also add strong grass roots organizations to the mix that have solid green agendas and let them all have a seat at the table as the Presidents Peoples Advisory Board
. He needs some truly friendly and genuinely supportive people he can rely on for honest advice. Otherwise, he will be forced into the politics as usual game. Humpty Dumpty has had a great fall and all the Ivy League brains in America can not put Humpty Dumpty back together without the input of the benefit of the expertise of real independent self made business moguls like perhaps the Gates, the Pickens, the Buffets the Soros’s type mind sets and the grass roots organization that are at ground zero in their cities and rural areas and have solid plans.
We the people need a direct non political connection that is outside and not inside the political box!
Take note that the President is now appointing a task force instead of a 'car czar' to address the automobile industry crisis because the problem is too complicated to be solved or managed by one ‘czar’. The same is true of the Greening of America.
Do you really think a bunch of congressmen and women and senators are going to be able to solve the energy problems or the financial crisis without compromising
all the teeth out of the legislation? You can not even find out what was left in and what was taken out of the Reinvestment Act or the old TARP ! Keep in mind the President does not have the kind of deep 'old boy' beltway political power it takes to accomplish what is really necessary. He will be forced to compromise on every point - winning the Electoral College does not mean you 'won the real power' or even have the support of the ‘beltway crowd’!
The President's power will come from the people and groups that rally and demand the political promises be kept and the needs of the people be met. He can do this if he uses his power to issue Executive Orders
to accomplish what needs to be accomplished in the short term and for the long term.
We should all carefully review what an Executive Order (EO) is and how they have been used and how they can be used as a very effective means to accomplish the objectives of the Picken’s Plan and any other plans groups have to address the problems We the People and the nation face. You will be surprised what the President can do through an Executive Order, if he has the courage to use this very powerful tool. It is a game changer, especially when a President and the nation are faced with resistance to needed change and transformation.
An Executive Order (EO) is a legally binding order given by the President, acting as the head of the Executive Branch, to Federal Administrative Agencies. EOs are generally used to direct federal agencies and officials in their execution of congressionally established laws or policies. However, in many instances they have been used to guide agencies in directions contrary to congressional intent. I posit that the President could use EOs to effectively correct misuse of the TARP funds and influence the use of the new Reinvestment Act Funds in light of the legislative intent and the needs of the nation. Strange how the TARP funds were provided on certain premises and then the game was changed with no explanation. This can be rectified!
Executive Orders do not require Congressional approval to take effect
but they have the same legal weight as laws passed by Congress. The President's source of authority to issue Executive Orders can be found in the Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution
which grants to the President the "executive Power." Section 3 of Article II further directs the President to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed." To implement or execute the laws of the land, Presidents give direction and guidance to Executive Branch agencies and departments, often in the form of Executive Orders
Click here and visit The White House briefing room
and see Executive Orders President Obama has already issued. Then ponder what he could do for the causes we are all fighting for!
The following text is excerpted from Executive Order 1289 issued by former President Clinton. Click here for the entire text.
ORDER EO 12898
Effective Date: February 11, 1994
Responsible Office: Office of Mission to Planet Earth
Subject: FEDERAL ACTIONS TO ADDRESS ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN MINORITY POPULATIONS AND LOW-INCOME POPULATIONS
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby
ordered as follows:
Section 1-1. IMPLEMENTATION.
1-101. Agency Responsibilities. To the greatest extent
practicable and permitted by law, and consistent with the
principles set forth in the report on the National Performance
Review, each Federal agency shall make achieving environmental
justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing, as
appropriate, disproportionately high and adverse human health or
environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities
on monitoring populations and low-income populations in the
United States and its territories and possessions, the District
of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the
Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands.
1-102. Creation of an Interagency Working Group on
Environmental Justice (a) Within 3 months of the date of this
order, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
("Administrator") or the Administrator's designee shall convene
an interagency Federal Working Group on Environmental Justice
("Working Group"). The Working Group shall comprise the heads of
the following executive agencies and offices, or their designees:
(a) Department of Defense; (b) Department of Health and Human
Services; (c) Department of Housing and Urban Development; (d)
Department of Labor; (e) Department of Agriculture; (f)
Department of Transportation; (g) Department of Justice; (h)
Department of the Interior; (i) Department of Commerce; (j)
Department of Energy; (k) Environmental Protection Agency; (l)
Office of Management and Budget; (m) Office of Science and
Technology Policy; (n) Office of the Deputy Assistant to the
President for Environmental Policy; (o) Office of the Assistant
to the President for Domestic Policy; (p) National Economic
Council; (q) Council of Economic Advisers; and (r) such other
Government officials as the President may designate. The Working
Group shall report to the President through the Deputy Assistant
to the President for Environmental Policy and the Assistant to
the President for Domestic Policy.
(b) The Working Group shall: (1) provide guidance to Federal
agencies on criteria for identifying disproportionately high and
adverse human health or environmental effects on minority
populations and low-income populations;
(2) coordinate with, provide guidance to, and serve as a
clearinghouse for, each Federal agency as it develops an
environmental justice strategy as required by section 1-103 of
this order, in order to ensure that the administration,
interpretation and enforcement of programs, activities and
policies are undertaken in a consistent manner;
(3) assist in coordinating research by, and stimulating
cooperation among, the Environmental Protection Agency, the
Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of
Housing and Urban Development, and other agencies conducting
research or other activities in accordance with section 3-3 of
(4) assist in coordinating data collection, required by
(5) examine existing data and studies on environmental
(6) hold public meetings as required in section 5-502(d) of
this order; and
(7) develop interagency model projects on environmental
justice that evidence cooperation among Federal agencies.
1-103. Development of Agency Strategies. (a) Except as
provided in section 6-605 of this order, each Federal agency
shall develop an agency-wide environmental justice strategy, as
set forth in subsections (b)-(e) of this section that identifies
and addresses disproportionately high and adverse human health or
environmental effects of its programs, policies, and activities
on minority populations and low-income populations. The
environmental justice strategy shall list programs, policies,
planning and public participation processes, enforcement, and/or
rulemakings related to human health or the environment that
should be revised to, at a minimum: (1) promote enforcement of
all health and environmental statutes in areas with minority
populations and low-income populations; (2) ensure greater public
participation; (3) improve research and data collection relating
to the health of and environment of minority populations and low-
income populations; and (4) identify differential patterns of
consumption of natural resources among minority populations and
low-income populations. In addition, the environmental justice
strategy shall include, where appropriate, a timetable for
undertaking identified revisions and consideration of economic
and social implications of the revisions…………..
Also click here to read the Order establishing policies
and procedures for the
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to use in complying
with the above Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address
Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income
Populations (EO 12898), dated February 11, 1994.
The following are a sampling of Fair Housing-Related Presidential Executive Orders. They provide insight into how Eos have been used, Google them:
Executive Order 11063
Executive Order 11063 prohibits discrimination in the sale, leasing, rental, or other disposition of properties and facilities owned or operated by the federal government or provided with federal funds.
Executive Order 11246
Executive Order 11246, as amended, bars discrimination in federal employment because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
Executive Order 12892
Executive Order 12892, as amended, requires federal agencies to affirmatively further fair housing in their programs and activities, and provides that the Secretary of HUD will be responsible for coordinating the effort. The Order also establishes the President's Fair Housing Council, which will be chaired by the Secretary of HUD.
Executive Order 12898
Executive Order 12898 requires that each federal agency conduct its program, policies, and activities that substantially affect human health or the environment in a manner that does not exclude persons based on race, color, or national origin.
Executive Order 13217
Executive Order 13217 requires federal agencies to evaluate their policies and programs to determine if any can be revised or modified to improve the availability of community-based living arrangements for persons with disabilities.
My friends I invite all who are of the mind set to draft Executive Orders and email them to the President. Remind him he has a power he can use and ‘we the people’ will support his use of it for the Greening of America city by city, industry by industry! We the People are not without Power. We have a President who is begging for our input. Read his lips! The Executive Order is the only way the President can step outside the constraints of the political box that thwarts his initiatives. Let me know what you think, Peace