Thursday, January 22, 2015


Two charismatic and influential leaders are taking a stand against those who put profits before people or the environment.

President Obama sent them a message in his State of the Union speech;

" America is number one in wind power. Every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008. "

2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record. Now, one year doesn’t make a trend, but this does – 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century.

I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists; that we don’t have enough information to act. Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what – I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities. The best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe. The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.

That’s why, over the past six years, we’ve done more than ever before to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy, to the way we use it. That’s why we’ve set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. And that’s why I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts. I am determined to make sure American leadership drives international action. In Beijing, we made an historic announcement – the United States will double the pace at which we cut carbon pollution, and China committed, for the first time, to limiting their emissions. And because the world’s two largest economies came together, other nations are now stepping up, and offering hope that, this year, the world will finally reach an agreement to protect the one planet we’ve got.

Solar and wind power are environmentally friendly sources of energy and readily available to everyone on the planet. Unless, of course, you're a cave dwelling troglodyte.

Fossile fules (oil, gas, coal) and nuclear (Chernobyl, Fukushima) are environmentally hostile sources of energy and using them is literally killing us and the planet (pollution, earthquakes,climate change).

So, why don't we do something to save ourselves and our planet; which, by the way, is the only one we have?

The technology is there and is being used: sparingly.

It doesn't take rocket science to figure out that the environment we all share is in a death spiral and, with each passing day, the signs are becoming more frequent and undeniable.

So why do we stay the course and continue down this path of self destruction?

All one needs to do is listen closely to the "nay-sayers" for the answer. Pope Francis is calling them out;

In October he told a meeting of Latin American and Asian landless peasants and other social movements: “An economic system centred on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it.

“The system continues unchanged, since what dominates are the dynamics of an economy and a finance that are lacking in ethics. "

"It is no longer man who commands, but money. Cash commands."

“The monopolising of lands, deforestation, the appropriation of water, inadequate agro-toxics are some of the evils that tear man from the land of his birth. Climate change, the loss of biodiversity and deforestation are already showing their devastating effects in the great cataclysms we witness,” he said.

People obsessed with wealth and power to the extent that they disregard or minimize the damage they are inflicting on people and the planet are, for the lack of a better word, STUPID!