"It's time to overgrow rule by fossilized fools fueled by fossil fuels."
-- Swami Beyondananda
It's rare that you'll see me forward a communiqué from a campaign directly, but because this one is so pertinent to the tangible differences between Bernie and Hillary, please read this below.
It's about climate change, taking a stand... and more importantly in this case, it's about how Hillary deflected (in a heavy-handed way) criticism of her taking money from the fossil fuel industry (who have given her $4.5 million to date) in contrast to Bernie's political crowd-funding approach. I guess it all depends on which crowd is funding you.
In the light of the tight race in Wisconsin, this might just nudge some folks off the fence who had been playing it safe up until now and going with Hillary.
Here is the piece that I received from the Bernie Sanders campaign:
During a campaign stop and fundraiser in New York yesterday, Hillary Clinton was asked by a young woman if she'd stop taking money from the fossil fuel industry. It was a simple question, one she could have easily answered with a "yes," or, perhaps because of the way she funds her campaign, responded with a "no."
Instead, she said she was "sick of the Sanders campaign lying" about the donations she receives.
Now, here's the truth -- the hard numbers don't lie. And it's something everyone should know as this video spreads online and is covered in the news: The fossil fuel industry has given more than $4.5 million to Hillary Clinton's campaign and her top super PAC, including 11 lobbyists who have bundled more than $1 million to her put her in the White House.
Earlier in this campaign, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley signed a pledge to refuse money from fossil fuel interests. No Republican added their name, which isn't surprising given that they don't believe climate change is real. But neither did Hillary Clinton. It's time for her to distance herself from the Republicans on this issue and add her name.
Ask Hillary Clinton to sign the pledge launched by Greenpeace USA and 20 other organizations asking all presidential candidates to reject fossil fuel contributions, because you cannot be expected to take an industry on while you're taking their money.
Not to badger folks in the Badger State, but please do send this along to friends and family in Wisconsin. If you believe climate change is real and must be addressed by diminishing the influence of "fossilized fools fueled by fossil fuels", stand with the man who has taken a stand.