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Resolution: DIRECT U.S. DIPLOMACY WITH IRAN

Posted by feww on April 7, 2008

Northampton (Massachusetts) Town Council Resolution passed by unanimous vote: RESOLUTION URGING DIRECT U.S. DIPLOMACY WITH IRAN AND REQUESTING LEADERSHIP AGAINST ANY U.S. MILITARY ACTION TOWARD IRAN

March 20, 2008

Upon recommendation of Councilor Michael Bardsley

RESOLUTION URGING DIRECT U.S. DIPLOMACY WITH IRAN AND REQUESTING LEADERSHIP AGAINST ANY U.S. MILITARY ACTION TOWARD IRAN

WHEREAS, plans for a major U.S. bombing campaign against Iran have already been drawn up by the U.S Strategic Command under the Bush Administration’s direction; and,

WHEREAS, active duty and retired generals and admirals have told the Administration that a bombing campaign against Iran could lead to serious economic, political, and military consequences for the United States; and,

WHEREAS, a U.S. bombing campaign against Iran would likely result in the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians; and,

WHEREAS, the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, signed by Iran, provides all states with the right to develop, research, produce and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes; and,

WHEREAS, according to comments on March 6, 2006 by Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, Iran does not possess nuclear weapons; and,

WHEREAS, the U.N. Security Council has also declared its intent to “remain seized of the matter”, which bars any individual Security Council member from taking unilateral action in the matter; and,

WHEREAS, the National Intelligence Estimate issued in December, 2007 states clearly that it is the conclusion of the top intelligence agencies of the federal government that Iran does not now have a nuclear weapons program and is not giving significant support to the Iraqi resistance, and

WHEREAS, direct diplomacy between the U.S. and Iran is perceived by many experts as the most effective means of achieving peaceful compliance from Iran, with assurances from the U.S. that Iran’s security will not be threatened being viewed as essential to the process;

WHEREAS, media reports have disclosed some alarming misinformation deemed to be “erroneous, misleading and unsubstantiated” by the IAEA, being disseminated by members of the Bush administration regarding Iran, and have supported claims that the Bush administration suppressed the release of the NIE, in an effort apparently designed to mislead the American public regarding whether military action should be considered against Iran;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Northampton City Council call upon our representatives in Congress to take the lead in actively:

(1) Promoting direct negotiations between the U.S. and Iran;

(2) Preventing, by its sole powers to wage war, any unilateral attack on Iran;

(3) Urging Iran to allow open international inspections of its nuclear program.

(4) Urging Iran not to initiate a program to develop nuclear weapons.

(5) Insuring that information provided to the public by this administration on the Iranian nuclear issue is accurate.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Northampton City Council call on the President to restrain from any military action toward Iran;

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Clerk of the Council sends a copy of this resolution to our congressional delegation and to the President of the United States.

Note: The City Council is the legislative body of the government of Northampton.

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18 States Sue EPA Over GHG Pollution

Posted by feww on April 3, 2008

The states of Massachusetts, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday for failing to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new cars and trucks. The lawsuit came one year after the Supreme Court ruled that the agency had the power to do so.

City officials from Washington D.C., New York City and Baltimore and 11 environmental groups have also signed the suit, which demands action within 60 days.

The House of Representatives global warming committee voted to subpoena EPA chief Stephen Johnson to surrender documents on whether greenhouse pollution endangers human health and a draft plan to regulate these emissions.

EPA has 10 days to comply. Report

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