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16 January 2014, 4:52 PM
A letter to President Obama
The president signs a letter to congressional leaders after signing a bill into law. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama has said we need “an all-of-the-above strategy for the 21st century that develops every source of American-made energy.” However, a zealous pursuit of an “all of the above strategy” seriously undermines the president’s ability to achieve a far more important goal that he has set: to lead this country and the world toward smart policies that combat climate change.

On one hand, the president has courageously laid out a critical climate action plan to tackle the paramount issue of our times and has made important strides in reducing our carbon pollution. “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” he said in January 2013. His response has laudably included the first carbon standards for power plants, historic clean car standards that save Americans money at the pump, and a plan to reduce other carbon pollution sources. “The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult,” he said. “But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it.” We all should support and encourage this leadership by the president and do whatever we can to help achieve those goals.

On the other hand, the president has in many places supported expansion of fossil fuel development and extraction, significantly increasing our carbon pollution. Under his “all of the above policy,” after the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf, the president approved a record number of offshore oil rigs – “more working oil and gas rigs than the rest of the world combined,” said the president. He opened public lands to oil and gas drilling, approved offshore drilling in the fragile Arctic, and approved a portion of a pipeline to transport the world’s dirtiest tar sands oil. The United States is on track to equal Saudia Arabia’s oil production at 10 million barrels of oil a day by 2016.

The reality is that “all of the above” is no strategy at all. It doesn’t help us make the critical choices we now face, and it doesn’t guide the pollution reductions that the president agrees we need in order to control climate change and reduce its life disrupting costs — disastrous storms, heat waves, forest fires, rising sea levels, floods and crippling droughts. In addition, “all of the above” leaves the American people holding the bag of drinking water contamination in our communities, crude oil pipeline bursts in our neighborhoods, toxic chemicals in our air, fracking groundwater accidents across the nation, oil spills in our precious Arctic waters and in our seafood-rich Gulf, carcinogenic dumping in our community waters, mountaintop removal across the Appalachians, historic coal ash spills, and more.

The United States cannot be a credible global leader on action to prevent catastrophic and costly climate change while domestically we pursue policies aimed at uncontrolled expansion of fossil fuels development. That’s why, today, Earthjustice joined with 17 other national and international public interest organizations by sending the following letter to the president:

 Dear Mr. President,

We applaud the actions you have taken to reduce economy-wide carbon pollution and your commitment last June “to take bold action to reduce carbon pollution.” and “lead the world in a coordinated assault on climate change.” We look forward to continuing to work with you to achieve these goals.

In that speech, you referenced that in the past you had put forward an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, yet noted that we cannot just drill our way out of our energy and climate challenge. We believe that continued reliance on an “all of the above” energy strategy would be fundamentally at odds with your goal of cutting carbon pollution and would undermine our nation’s capacity to respond to the threat of climate disruption. With record-high atmospheric carbon concentrations and the rising threat of extreme heat, drought, wildfires and super storms, America’s energy policies must reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, not simply reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

We understand that the U.S. cannot immediately end its use of fossil fuels and we also appreciate the advantages of being more energy independent. But an “all of the above” approach that places virtually no limits on whether, when, where or how fossil fuels are extracted ignores the impacts of carbon-intense fuels and is wrong for America’s future. America requires an ambitious energy vision that reduces consumption of these fuels in order to meet the scale of the climate crisis.

An “all of the above” strategy is a compromise that future generations can’t afford. It fails to prioritize clean energy and solutions that have already begun to replace fossil fuels, revitalize American industry, and save Americans money. It increases environmental injustice while it locks in the extraction of fossil fuels that will inevitably lead to a catastrophic climate future. It threatens our health, our homes, our most sensitive public lands, our oceans and our most precious wild places. And such a policy accelerates development of fuel sources that can negate the important progress you’ve already made on lowering U.S. carbon pollution, and it undermines U.S. credibility in the international community.

Mr. President, we were very heartened by your commitment that the climate impacts of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would be “absolutely critical” to the decision and that it would be contrary to the “national interest” to approve a project that would “significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.” We believe that a climate impact lens should be applied to all decisions regarding new fossil fuel development, and urge that a “carbon-reducing-clean-energy” strategy rather than “all-of-the-above” strategy become the operative paradigm for your administration’s energy decisions.

In the coming months your administration will be making key decisions regarding fossil fuel development -- including the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking on public lands, and drilling in the Arctic ocean -- that will either set us on a path to achieve the clean energy future we all envision or will significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. We urge you to make climate impacts and emission increases critical considerations in each of these decisions.

Mr. President, we applaud you for your commitment to tackle the climate crisis and to build an economy powered by energy that is clean, safe, secure, and sustainable.

The president faces a moment of truth on climate in 2014. He will make decisions about fossil fuel development with enormous consequences for the climate. Either he will lead, answering the call of history and moving our nation away from a future of fossil fuel pollution, or he will dig our pollution hole even deeper by pursuing "all of the above."

We hope you will join with us in asking the president to bring the policies and decisions governing the development of fossil fuels in line with the leadership he has shown in his climate action plan. 

 

WHY OBAMA’S ‘ENERGY STRATEGY’ DOESN’T ACTUALLY EXPLORE ‘ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE’ http://einsteinwaswrong.net/2014/01/29/obama-climate-change-is-a-fact/

WHY OBAMA’S ‘ENERGY STRATEGY’ DOESN’T ACTUALLY EXPLORE ‘ALL-OF-THE-ABOVE’ http://einsteinwaswrong.net/2014/01/29/obama-climate-change-is-a-fact/

Mr. President,
Please do the right things to protect and improve our environment. You know what the right things are. Do not give in to the powerful corporations that have been running this country for decades. We need you to BE who you said you would be and to listen to US... the people who got you elected. We want out from under the tyranny of Big Money. Enough is enough. How can future generations survive, let alone thrive, if things just go on as business as usual? Thank you for the improvements you have stood up for. We need MORE of that while you are still in office. Please no Keystone XL. Please no fracking. Please no GMOs. Thank you.

We want clean, sustainable energy, now.

The problem in asking Obama to change his policy is to turn the country against him through higher prices on energy. Additionally Obama is buddy-buddy with corporate leaders whom he has courted since the beginning of his campaign in 08.

The president is doing what is least offensive and helps Americans today. Too bad this strategy only works by IGNORING tomorrow, not dealing with it. Please save us from greed!

We want sustainable, clean energy--no "Big Oil" or "Big Coal", etc.

Dear Mr. President,
We applaud the actions you have taken to reduce economy-wide carbon pollution and your commitment last June “to take bold action to reduce carbon pollution.” and “lead the world in a coordinated assault on climate change.” We look forward to continuing to work with you to achieve these goals.
In that speech, you referenced that in the past you had put forward an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, yet noted that we cannot just drill our way out of our energy and climate challenge. We believe that continued reliance on an “all of the above” energy strategy would be fundamentally at odds with your goal of cutting carbon pollution and would undermine our nation’s capacity to respond to the threat of climate disruption. With record-high atmospheric carbon concentrations and the rising threat of extreme heat, drought, wildfires and super storms, America’s energy policies must reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, not simply reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
We understand that the U.S. cannot immediately end its use of fossil fuels and we also appreciate the advantages of being more energy independent. But an “all of the above” approach that places virtually no limits on whether, when, where or how fossil fuels are extracted ignores the impacts of carbon-intense fuels and is wrong for America’s future. America requires an ambitious energy vision that reduces consumption of these fuels in order to meet the scale of the climate crisis.
An “all of the above” strategy is a compromise that future generations can’t afford. It fails to prioritize clean energy and solutions that have already begun to replace fossil fuels, revitalize American industry, and save Americans money. It increases environmental injustice while it locks in the extraction of fossil fuels that will inevitably lead to a catastrophic climate future. It threatens our health, our homes, our most sensitive public lands, our oceans and our most precious wild places. And such a policy accelerates development of fuel sources that can negate the important progress you’ve already made on lowering U.S. carbon pollution, and it undermines U.S. credibility in the international community.
Mr. President, we were very heartened by your commitment that the climate impacts of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would be “absolutely critical” to the decision and that it would be contrary to the “national interest” to approve a project that would “significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.” We believe that a climate impact lens should be applied to all decisions regarding new fossil fuel development, and urge that a “carbon-reducing-clean-energy” strategy rather than “all-of-the-above” strategy become the operative paradigm for your administration’s energy decisions.
In the coming months your administration will be making key decisions regarding fossil fuel development -- including the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking on public lands, and drilling in the Arctic ocean -- that will either set us on a path to achieve the clean energy future we all envision or will significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. We urge you to make climate impacts and emission increases critical considerations in each of these decisions.
Mr. President, we applaud you for your commitment to tackle the climate crisis and to build an economy powered by energy that is clean, safe, secure, and sustainable.

The quote that is attributed to President Obama "I would choose all of the above" is
like putting one arm over your eyes and lashing out with your voting marker with the
other arm and calling it informed voting. "All of the above" is not what I call informed
consent. It is irrational and requires no alternative consideration and NO prioritizing.
In the market place I do not practice a philosophy of "all of the above"; I doubt that
anybody does. It exposes very poor political judgment and a lack of the kind of analysis
a leader is expected to do. I was sorely disappointed in that example of presidential
leadership when it happened.

I have been opposed throughout the consideration of the Keystone XL Pipeline project.
I don't intend to abate my concern for that project no matter what happens. Likewise
I am constantly looking for a chance to express my opposition to the Pebble Mine
project in Alaskan Wilderness area. We are destroying our human food chain day by
day and week by week. We will pay dearly just to keep using fossil fuels.

You need to do four things all at the same time: 1)increase energy prices to force making do with less and investment in efficiency, 2) replace fossil fuel with renewable energy, 3) barter for or buy fossil fuel displaced by prohibitive tariff effect of price increases and by efficiency and renewable energy, 4) capture and store carbon. That algal biodiesel US Navy has Algae Systems making and that they hope to get cost-competitive with petroleum in 3 years at about $10/gallon has bio char byproduct that stores carbon and makes the overall process carbon-negative, so it kills 2 birds with 1 stone. It makes both a store of carbon and a renewable liquid fuel for transportation. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimate of -0.37 coefficient of demand implies that point of maximum consumer spending on energy will be with higher prices (user fees) of 85% of pretax price, which will result in 31.45% decrease in physical quantity demanded and 126.8175% of base total consumer spending. Such a price increase, first to pay for social cost of carbon (needs to be phased in 10% increase each year until social cost of carbon is reached) then with additional sales tax to get to point of maximum consumer spending on energy is needed both for prohibitive tariff effect and to pay first for such things as the pieces of the energy internet to save electricity and as enhanced geothermal systems (renewable base load power) and as wind turbines and as solar power, and to finish getting algal biodiesel to market, and to pay for bio char store of carbon.

Dear President Obama,
We are on the fast track to "no retreat" from global warming... and you can turn us around.
Apparently you are unwilling to take the helm and save the ship of state.

Dear Mr. President:

Your talk of reducing carbon fuel burning is just hot air, if the U.S. begins exporting coal and natural gas.

Dear Mr. President;
I encourage you to leave a legacy for your daughters, your country, your ancestors, your future grandchildren and your planet, a cleaner environment. You have the heart, the head and the power to do what is right for our planet, not what is popular , but what is morley responsible. Be courageous and act in favor of cleaner air, water and planet. We are merely stewards of this land, temporary residents, let's stand up and give back to mother earth, in which we were so entrusted.

Mr.President please be the president I supported in Chicago & Iowa. Emphasis American renewable energy for the health & welfare of our country!

I would like each and every government official to feed their family GE foods .Most people don't even know
what their eating.Who does the government think they are ? Allowing people to screw up our foods.
What I don't understand is how can people like Oprah,Leonardo Dicaprio and other people who are for the earth let this happen.

Mr. President,

Let us remember about our strategy to fix our environmental problem. Plan B ... that was laid out by Lester Brown and his team at Earth.org. 1. To cut carbon emissions by 80%. It seems redundant that the green light be attatched to this transcontinential pipeline and other drilling issues happening around the world. We need you to stand strong on this issue because to do anything else would be conservative values and undermind our childrens and all of humanity's future.

Sincerely,
Martin Dayhoff

The time has come to really focus on the planet. We must make a change for the better. Fossil fuel's time has past. We need to pursue healthy alternatives. This plant is the only home we have let us leave it better than we found it for our children.

Dear President Obama,
Please, please don't let FERC make crude oil exports legal. It would only harm us by costing more for fuel and food, and sell out our energy independence. Tracks through my town can't handle the loads. The ties haven't been changed in 50 years and Bakken crude is extremely explosive. There would be no oil left for the future. If there's a surplus why isn't fuel cheaper?
Because there's nothing in it for the people.
You are doing a terrific job! Hang in there. Thank you!!

Please, please don't let FERC make crude oil exports legal. It would only harm us by costing more for fuel and food, and sell out our energy independence. Tracks through my town can't handle the loads. The ties haven't been changed in 50 years and Bakken crude is extremely explosive. There would be no oil left for the future. If there's a surplus why isn't fuel cheaper?
You are doing a terrific job! Hang in there. Thank you!!

Dear Mr. President,

I am a Canadian but have been always interested in American politics. Please understand that at this moment in time all I care about is the environment and what are we leaving for future generations. North America has been at the fore front of industrial pollution and now Canada's Tar Sands are guaranteeing further damage to the environment. Canada has increased instead of decreased carbon output by 35% causing irreparable damage. I know it is not just the government and one president that is going to fix this. It is going to be a long arduous process much like remodelling or renovating. Most importantly it is everyone's responsibility because it is our "home" and we all share it. I know we can do this because the human race can do anything for the good because it is a constructive way to live. Mistakes are made to be learned. Please let's learn them before the earth starts purging from all the damage we have done to her. Please try to do your best in fighting for our beautiful planet, Mr. President. It is the only one we got. Thank you for doing all that you can. God bless and stay in the light. Let it always guide you.
Maria Goretti

Mr. President:

I pray every night that we stop destroying the planet and ourselves. Where would we go? It all comes down to corporate greed. Please step up to the plate on climate change like the EU has done. Thank you.

I am 75 years old and have seen a lot of changes in my lifetime so far. I have decided that human beings are about as intelligent as bacteria. We are in the inevitable process of destroying the host, ie. Mother Earth. Homo sapiens is a predatory species that is determined to fill up and use up all of earth's resources for our short-term gain. Although there are a lot of good people on earth who see what is happening, we seem to be complacent and helpless to change the corporatocracy that is determined to rule the earth. I had such high hopes for you, President Obama, but it is quite obvious that you also are beholden to the oil industry, Monsanto and big agriculture, and the drug industry. Unregulated capitalism is a monster. It has no heart and no soul and is definitely NOT a person. I am not against government, but as long as governments are being bought and sold by corporations, we are doomed. PLEASE listen to the people (who are in general not being represented by our so-called representatives) . GMO food, drugs with worse side effects than the condition they are supposed to be treating, and the fossil fuel industry are destroying our water, our air and our bodies. For your children and grandchildren, and mine, DO THE RIGHT THING. GO GREEN !

I've been campaigning for public office since 1986 with a platform of using tax payer's money only for restoring Earth & Inhabitants growing marijuana everywhere as substitute for current source of gasoline, toxic plastic wrap & containers for food, [toilet] paper] NUCLEAR, coal,hydro energy, parents for baby trees, dirty air, food,& disappearing water, local unemployment, failing economy, environment, social security, healthcare. STOP GLOBAL WARMING & THE NEED FOR WAR. Nobody is listening although many, such as Woody Herrelson, Jack Harrer agree. The Sacramento river that waters Sacramento, the San Jauquin agricultural valley, Los Angeles, & I hear Los Vegas is almost down to a trickle above Lake Shasta & is terribly polluted with at least nuclear waste. They can poison us with everything & we lose our homes, families, for growing a plant that can save the Earth. Pamela Elizondo, recent green candidate CA stateassewmbly, UShouse of reps district 2

Please, please, please listen to the people like M. Cooper says. He's so right on. Let's be proud of America again.

why not put the money now going into subsidies for the oil and gas industries (how smart is that?)
into helping renewables get built up? (Spain gets 1/2 of its power from wind now: Germany
is shutting down all its nuclear power plants.) You know about the catastrophe at Fukushima,
three total meltdowns which are poisoning the whole Pacific ecosystem. If you don't,
go to ENENEWS.com, which compiles articles and interviews daily on the subject.
You know there is no way nuclear power is a safe or financially efficient way to boil water.
There is no poison as virulent and long lasting (250 million years half life) as the waste
from those plants: how can you claim it's "safe"? There is no safe place to put it in the
ground without it making its way out into the water table. Yet the DOE just handed a
company in Oregon a grant to develop a "smaller, more portable" reactor module. Please
wake up! Denying or lying about the contamination from Fukushima that is now threatening
our coasts just lowers the credibly of the government: in this case clearly what people don't
know will hurt them, and kill them. The fish and other foods from the Pacific is no longer safe
to eat, since there is no such thing as 'safe" ingestion of radioactive particles.

I agree. Let's do what we know in our hearts is the right thing to do. Let's get tough on this corporate tyranny and take it apart by any means necessary. Let's defeat the real terrorist from within that are tearing this country to pieces drop by drop. a3nhk

Dear Mr. President:

I am counting on your stewardship and leadership to quickly transition our country away from fossil fuels toward clean, renewable energy resources. I believe this is the only avenue for the future of our country so that we might enjoy cleaner air, land, and water ... and avoid future wars by removing ourselves from the quagmire of the Middle East.

Thank you.

The past 50 years of turmoil have verified that this is the right thing to do.

Time put price carbon and taxes oil ,gas ,coal, pay true coat the poddice.

President Obama, please don't allow fracking, oil drilling or any of the well known poisonous industries to continue. It's time for them to switch to healthy ways of giving to, rather than depleting or taking away from the environment. It's a moral matter to not allow poisoning of the environment in which real, alive people live.

"All of the above" sounds like an unreal cow towing to unhealthy ways of dealing with the environment, and with the Bib Boys who run the destructive companies. Stand up to them and let them know that you care about the people first, profits second or even farther down the scale.

I'm praying that you will make the right decisions. Your children have to live in the environment longer than you or I do, so let's keep it safe for them.

Please stop drilling in peoples home towns. It kills the land, and the earth is too beautiful to give up to the greed of money. YOU are the president and the only one man with enough power to stand up and make a change. We are all behind you.

Please Mr. President ,
If not for the Earth do this for your children. Push for change, be the leader we all hoped you would be.

Climate change and its associated environmental & social devastation are the greatest challenge mankind has faced in the last half-century, at least, and we've done almost nothing to slow it down. We must be far bolder, and far more dramatic, calling the nation and the world to massively reduce carbon emissions. In fact, you should address the nation on television as you announce your decision to cancel the Keystone pipeline and the many good reasons why, and then make a call for action as the greatest moral imperative & challenge our generation has faced, so that we leave our children & grandchildren with a decent world in which to live. Please, President Obama, this is your calling. Do it!

I agree. Just please do it, Mr. Obama.

I agree. Just please do it, Mr. Obama.

Please think about how GMOs destroy small farmers around the world. They no longer can save their seeds but must buy new every single year! For a farmer in Africa, that is a system for disaster. Many of these seeds contain elements that we do NOT want to put into our bodies, but yet, by eating them, we eat the pesticide, herbicide, etc. We already know that many of the pesticides are causing genetic mutations and birth defects in babies, let alone cancers in adults. Lets rethink, genetic diversity in seeds is important, by using GNOs we are eliminating our genetic heritage in seeds for the future. The only people who benefit are the big AG companies like Monsanto and Dupont. Where is the sense in that?

My family and i and also my town needs to eat clean without GMOs on evething that we eat, the people is sick with cancer i hope you can talk for us !!!

Mr. President,
I have been a fan of yours for years and still are, EXCEPT, you need to stop standing with one foot on each side in the issue of GLOBAL WARMING. IT'S REAL, IT'S HAPPENING, PEOPLE CAUSE IT, AND ALL TOGETHER, WE NEED TO STOP IT!!!

We need to stop pretending that there is such a thing as clean coal ( our recent adventure in West Virginia helps to emphasize this) and clean oil ( the Gulf of Mexico, and that wasn't even shale oil!!!). Let's get on with becoming more efficient, improving our electrical grid, building more efficient transportation and better ways of heating and cooling (I had an air source heat pump installed last summer, talk about efficient!). If we put creative Americans to work, we'll find plenty of other ways to do other things more efficiently. ang if we tax those who made fortunes of the rest of us in the great recession more fairly, we can afford it and create thousands of new jobs with good salaries

I know America can do better and I thank Juanita for saying it so well.

Here in California we are beginning to ration our water so that we won't run out.
I think we also need to ration our car travel so that we fight global warming by not warming
up the atmosphere to such high levels. I think a numbers system based on ones license plate number
Would work. We must get after this high carbon number in the atmosphere before it causes more serious
damage to our health, environment and lives in general.
Sharon Brostrom

Not a bad idea so let's try it. Every little bit helps and doing nothing is not an option.

I know that these are not easy problems with simple solutions but we need you to do the right thing for America over the long haul.

I believe it is now clear that fossile fuels add to global warming, and pollute the air with chemicles whic are dangerous to our health in the present and for our progeny way into the future. We need to convert to clean energy as Earthjustice has demonstrated. We need to save our planet for ourselves and for all life depending on it.

The squeaky wheel get the oil, you all.

Where do we sign this letter...no link. Me too. This is nothing like the letter I'd write...I need a bumper sticker with Obama's last day. Hopefully, I live that long. Whoever mentioned the environmentals that stick with party lines is like shooting yourself in the foot is absolutely right! Kudos...you would not believe how many of the top brass of [a particular cause] in which Obama [El Presidente] is up to his eyebrows in corporate chumdom with, turned around and voted for him again. Why not the Green Party candidate Jill Stein, even the Libertarian candidate was more into our cause? I was incredulous...I motioned a fist full of money and tossed it in the air. Somebody put my head under a Mac truck wheel for all the good it is doing me with this [cause]. It was made clear that I had better ways to toss my money time effort and nerves away. It was made clear that what they did was really STUPID.

Do you know what they said...well just imagine what the Republican candidate would have done...(where is my 3" rubber pad)? I said oh no, if it was made clear that that is why his a was put out, I seriously, seriously doubt the R candidate would have continued on in the same manner because they too would be put out on the step. Have a BACKBONE, THINK INDEPENDENTLY AND TAKE RISKS. Thank you.

IT is fitting that I submit this heart rendering request on the birthday of a great virginian, American, and devout Christian.My heritage is a mosaic which Inc includes first families ad well as me lungeons.....I pray for wisdom for you in your daily steps as a prudent leader of Democracy on this beautiful and fragile earth that we call home.

Don't give in to bipartisan bickering, the people won't like you if you are a good man, while you are in office. Kennedy was from a different time and still look at what can happen. The path of virtue is paved with those who wish you not to succeed.

Dear Mr. President,
At the age nearing 90, I have nothing to lose or gain personally in pleading for a different approach to using your influence while you have the voice to make a difference.
The simple and profound wisdom of our Native Americans should give pause to the eager but short-sighted, monied interests dictating the direction in which we appear to be heading.
In my lifetime, we have used and abused resources which should have been jealously protected rather than exploited for short-term avarice.
The wisdom I speak of:
"In our every deliberation we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations".
I wish that was part of the oath each elected member of our government pledges upon taking office.
Respectfully,
Ray DiZefalo

A pledge we must all take to the exclusion of none. Beautiful idea. Thanks.

Beautifully expressed.... what a wonderful wish for the oath of every elected official. Better yet, the oath of every human being born - wouldn't that be something? Thank you for sharing your wisdom. How we under-appreciate our elders in this country!

As we move into 2014 I find that we have not made much progress as a species. The wildlife of this planet has taken the cruel brunt of our selfishness, ego, and instinct of survival above all else. "How will we feed the growing population...?" is the theme of humanity today. We do not keep ourselves in check, its time cull our herd. War, domestic violence against women and children, man's continued inhumanity to man, insane farming practices that murders the very system that feeds all of life as we know it and then
greed ... These traits make up our true nature and legacy thus far. Instead of doing things correctly and morally from the start, we just go ahead and do the same thing over and over again, History repeats as faithfully as the sun rises each day. Then the results are swept out to sea, wafted up to the heavens or buried only as deep as we can dig, only to surface again, embarrassingly and wreak havoc with our health and that of the planet. Is it not strange that man will bury his trash and waste in his own neighbors yard, then smile each morning without concern for the future and well being of those that will be violated when said refuse comes back to kill, infect and destroy all in its path. We are not evolved, we are not kind, we are not intelligent although at times we seem like we may be capable of it. Greed, monetary gains, religions and power rule humanity, isn't it time we admit to these foibles and make mindful, compassionate and loving decisions for our forests, seas, atmosphere and all living things from micro organisms to the largest living beings first. Them first, us second, only then we will find peace and harmony together and finally evolve as a species.
Wake up humanity, the trash is burning and we are next.. !!!

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