Sunday, November 8, 2009

Stop Expansion of Coal and Oil Mining as a Sell-out for Climate Change Legislation

From PeaceTeam;

Throwing More Prehistoric Carbon Into The Atmosphere Is The Climate
Change Problem, NOT The Solution

We write this alert with a sad and heavy heart, in the aftermath of
the spectacle of ONLY Dennis Kucinich casting the vote of true
conscience and courage last night, the only one who spoke the truth
about a CORPORATE takeover of national health care, that in fact CUTS
the existing Medicare program and throws a woman's right to choose
completely over the side for bad measure. And we will have much more
to say about this in the next alert, when we will debut the first in
a series of "I'm A Democrat, and I'm A Republican" issue action
videos which we have produced. So please stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, other critical issues are pressing and must be
addressed by those who are willing to take a stand for good policy in
the true public interest.

It seems that every day there is a new story about the shocking and
dramatic evidence of acceleration of global warming, which
extrapolated out means utter planetary climate catastrophe within
decades. But even the moderate measures proposed by the Boxer bill
are being stymied by the refusal of Republicans to even take their
committee seats. In the meantime the best chance to achieve worldwide
consensus on real carbon emissions cuts, the Copenhagen summit, is a
mere weeks away.

Even worse, in yet another attempt to turn a reform bill into
something that actually does more harm than good, we are being told
that to get a climate bill passed we must endorse more offshore oil
drilling and MORE coal fired power plants. The sheer lunacy of
pumping more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, when that is the
primary CAUSE of the problem, is the stuff of farce. And Congress
needs to hear that from you, now. Please submit the action page below
and tell Congress we must burn LESS fossil fuel and find truly green
solutions instead.

Stop Fossil Fuel Expansion Action Page:

We were frankly shocked by some of the responses to our first alert
supporting the climate change bill, so this time please take a moment
to allow us to preemptively address some of the concerns we have
heard from you.

First there were some of you who condemned any effort to achieve
international cooperation on addressing climate change as some kind
of sinister "New World Order". Roughly in that same crowd are those
who assert national sovereignty and the rest of the planet be damned.
And damned it most surely will be unless we find a way to cooperate
globally in the interest of the survival of our civilization. And
what means national sovereignty when the carbon dioxide pollution we
create, and spread to the rest of the world, causes our OWN climate
to change in disastrous ways? Indeed, fair international cooperation
is the only hope we've got, and we'd better get used to it.

Many years ago in a high school biology lab we remember some fruit
fly experiments. And we had tubes of nutrient gel, and if you put a
couple fruit flies in there they would just breed and breed until the
tube was like some kind of fruit fly hell out of Malthus. Was there a
fruit fly in there to talk about cooperating to conserve finite
resources? Apparently not. So now will the human species rise above
the intellectual level of a fruit fly? That remains to be seen.

Next we heard from those who condemned any kind of cap and trade bill
as a sell out to polluting industries. And in all candor we AGREE
with you there. Except for one thing. The most valiant world leaders
on stopping climate change argue that cap and trade bills in Europe
HAVE reduced carbon dioxide emissions already, and that such a bill
in the U.S. Congress, as long as it were not completely debased by
further endorsement of coal and oil drilling (the point of this
alert), would bring the United States to the world bargaining table
and set the stage for a real global consensus and further progress.

So this is not a case where a reasonable cap and trade bill would be
a step in the WRONG direction. This is not a case, like the health
care bill just passed by the House, where we have so far gotten
NOTHING we want. But again, this is based on standing up to say no to
trading off a little cap and trade gains for an outrageous increase
in fossil fuel burning, in which case of course the bill must be
opposed in its entirely.

And finally, the next person that writes to us arguing that carbon
dioxide is a "life giving gas" that the plants love earns an instant
ticket to the permanent removal file. Sure, and water is life giving
too, unless you're under 20 feet of it and it's a flood.

And sure plants love carbon dioxide, except when we are clear cutting
forests from one end of the planet to the other. There is PLENTY
enough in the atmosphere already for as many plants as we allow to
grow, and indeed aggressive reforestation is the perhaps the most
powerful cure we can apply to achieve real REDUCTIONS in atmospheric
carbon dioxide concentrations. But perverse ignorance of what we are
doing to our own environment is the inevitable road to environmental
catastrophe, as even the average fruit fly can now tell you.

By the way, we have a new "350 ppm" cap to promote the maximum level
of carbon dioxide that the top REAL scientists believe we can sustain
without putting our future in jeopardy. We are currently at 387. And
fifty years from now, assuming we do nothing and when coastal cities
are under water, you will remember we told you so, if you are around.

350 PPM Caps:

And here is the one click Facebook page for this same fax action.

Single Payer Amendments Action:

And the Twitter reply to send, to send this message to all your
members of Congress that way, is

@cxs #p1019

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed
to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.

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