Green presidential candidates on California's June 5 primary ballot
Posted in the Martinez Forum
#1 May 15, 2012
Roseanne Barr seeks Green Party presidential spot
Barr is telling conflicted liberals that if they're going to vote for President Obama, at least register as a Green Party member because the exodus will shock the Democrats.
"For those people," Barr told an audience Saturday night that didn't quite fill the 480-seat Victoria Theatre in the Mission District, "if they could just leave the Democratic Party and register as Greens, they could still vote for Obama but it would be sending the Democratic Party itself a message it needs to hear."
The audience cheered.
While that's not the official stance of the Green Party, among those agreeing was Barr's opponent, Jill Stein, a Harvard-trained physician and environmental health expert who has won the vast majority of Green delegates committed thus far and all of the primaries.
"A lot of people have been afraid to stand up as Greens" because of "a fear campaign that has been drummed into the American people" since 2000, Stein said. "What has come of this politics of fear? The politics of fear has brought us everything we were afraid of. Silence is not an effective political strategy."
A dozen years after Nader put Greens on the national map, the party is struggling with how to grow. There is a lower percentage of Green Party members in California than in 2000 - still less than 1 percent of the state's registered voters. It's barely above that in uber-liberal San Francisco, Alameda and Marin counties.
While 133 Greens hold elective office nationwide, the highest-ranking party member in the United States is Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.
Where the Green Party stands on issues:
-- Supports single-payer health care.
-- Backs forgiveness of all student loan debt.
-- Opposes Keystone XL pipeline plan; supports ban on hydraulic fracturing for oil, or fracking.
-- Backs federal investment in programs to create 25 million green jobs.
-- Supports legalization and taxation of marijuana.
Source: Green Party
#2 Nov 5, 2012
The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:
1. Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
2. SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
3. Solyndra ($535 million)*
4. Beacon Power ($43 million)*
5. Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
6. SunPower ($1.2 billion)
7. First Solar ($1.46 billion)
8. Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
9. EnerDel's subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
10. Amonix ($5.9 million)
11. Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
12. Abound Solar ($400 million)*
13. A123 Systems ($279 million)*
14. Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*
15. Johnson Controls ($299 million)
16. Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
17. ECOtality ($126.2 million)
18. Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
19. Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
20. Mountain Plaza, Inc.($2 million)*
21. Olsen's Crop Service and Olsen's Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
22. Range Fuels ($80 million)*
23. Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
24. Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
25. Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*
26. GreenVolts ($500,000)
27. Vestas ($50 million)
28. LG Chem's subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
29. Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
30. Navistar ($39 million)
31. Satcon ($3 million)*
32. Konarka Technologies Inc.($20 million)*
33. Mascoma Corp.($100 million)
*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy.
#3 Nov 5, 2012
this money could have paid off every student loan in america.
go obama, go broke!
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