25 May '12, 2pm

Greens break silence, ask Obama to attend Earth Summit

Well, it’s not the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but it’s a start. A coalition of U.S. environmental and social justice groups has asked President Obama to step up and attend the Earth Summit, a gathering of international bigwigs next month in Rio. It’ll be an important opportunity to meet influential people from other countries, attend critical meetings , and lead high-level negotiations . Oh, and figure out how to build a green economy, Van Jones-style , around the globe. Twenty years ago, when George Bush Sr. was hedging about attending the first Rio Earth Summit, a pack of green groups tried to convince him with a spooky video featuring a horse charging through a burning wasteland and James Earl Jones warning ominously of the planet’s imminent demise. He did attend, and had some fascinating conversations , while Barbara enjoyed her stay as well. This year, many of the ma...

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