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It is March and already it is crystal clear that something is very much out-of-order. Last week brought hundreds of tornadoes racing through the heart of the United States, leaving devastation in their wake and entire towns whipped from the face of the mid-west. All the while I see Sandhill cranes winging their way up the Mississippi and Blue birds already in the orchard – all of them early in their migration north – early by almost a month.
But why should that matter to us? Why worry about such things, when there are daily matters to be concerned about? Paul Gilding tells us why we should pay attention to the changes at hand.
And James Hansen explains how our elected officials have kept a lid on climate truth. Jim has tried to get our ear about the truth of climate change for over 30 years, however, without much success. But now, that his predictions are knocking down our doors we may finally stop and listen.
So, the next time you hear a politician talk about the need to open up oil reserves, about strip mining, and about the need for a Tar Sands pipeline, think about how this puts all of us into harm’s way.
Don’t be mislead by slick commercials about the “save” extraction of oil and gas and learn about the true cost of fossil fuels made from fraking, from tar sands and shale.
Garth Lenz: The true cost of oil | Video
Think about yourself, your kids and grand kids. And better yet, think about calling your elected officials and demand that they do what is right for us and our planet. Solutions are already here, what is missing is not the technical know how, but rather the political will to put them into action.
Hold your elected officials accountable and force them to change course now, while we still have a change to make a difference.
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During 2011 I often found myself calling the Whitehouse comment line to urge our President not to give in to right-wing demands, but all to often I was sorely disappointed. I call instead of sending written messages because my voice most clearly tells the message taker how serious the matter is for me.
So mark my surprise and delight when the new year began with President Obama’s decision to install his nominee to head the new consumer protection agency with a recess appointment, and in doing so thwarting the right-wing attempt to kill the new agency before it even got off the ground. This bold action was followed by his rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada which would carry the most environmentally harmful crude ever to be extracted, through the center of our land to be refined in Texas. I am aware that President Obama’s rejection is not the final resolution of the matter and that this pipeline will raise its ugly head again in years to come.
And now there is the matter of SOPA and PIPA and once again the need to fight against big money interests. This time it is not the environment that is at stake, but the freedom of the internet which has evolved into the people’s’ tool to fight injustice worldwide. Let me share a video which clearly outlines what is at stake now and in the future. As with the Keystone XL the fight will not cease as long as big money interests seek to enrich themselves to the detriment of everyone else.
And let me not forget to mention our Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United ruling which gave corporations approval to spend millions of dollars to buy elections. Here to the people are fighting back in an attempt to overturn that ruling by lobbying for a constitutional amendment which would accomplish that.
So there you have it!!! The new year is shaping up to be filled with battles all around.
For me it is lucky that multiple sclerosis has eased its grip. As I continue to recover ever so slowly from this devastating illness, there will be no lack of important things to do. And just like having done my share in collecting a million signatures for the recall of Governor Walker in Wisconsin, I can say that together WE CAN succeed in the effort to make 2012 a better year.
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