Open Letter To Congress …

Dear Congressperson …

Yesterday was a day that will live on in history.  In more than 150 nations, over 4 million people (and counting) turned out in thousands of cities and towns around the globe to raise awareness and to demand action from governments.  Their words, “You had a future and so should we”, and “We vote next”, should have opened your eyes, but somehow, I sense that you are wearing blinders and did not see their banners, and have ears stuffed with cotton and did not hear their chants.

My purpose in writing this letter is to put you on notice that you are marching to the beat of the wrong drummer.  You are putting your own interests, and those of such large corporations as the fossil fuel, logging, and auto industries ahead of the well-being of not only your constituents, but all life on the planet.  Those aforementioned industries, as well as the gun lobby, may put money into your re-election campaigns, but they are not the ones who pay your salary, and they are not the majority whose votes will determine your future on November 3rd, 2020.

Make no mistake … there is a genuine climate emergency happening right under your very nose.  You know it’s true … all you have to do is listen to the scientists who, frankly, are much better educated in the subject than you.  All you have to do is check the weather for the past nine months to see that 2019 has been the hottest year on record.  Ever.  You have no excuse for saying that climate change isn’t real, that it isn’t caused by human activities.  All you have to do is read how many bees and birds have been lost in the past decade.  How many species are either extinct or bordering on extinction.

Rather than act to preserve life on earth, you sit back on your thumbs and allow a madman in the Oval Office to repeal environmental regulations that were never enough but were at least a start.  You allow him to make our air much dirtier, our water less safe, and our entire world a much uglier place.  And all for what?  How much benefit do you think you’ll get from those few hundred thousand dollars that are being added to your coffers when your children cannot even go outside to play because the air is not breathable?

Of the 192 nations on the globe, 190 are actively trying to change the way they do things in order to fix what the industrialized nations have broken – our environment.  All except the United States and Brazil are at least making an effort.  How does that make you feel?  Do you feel proud?  Believe me when I say that the majority of people in this nation look at you and see a person who has sold us downriver to line his own pockets.

Now, let me give you something to ponder on as you lie in bed tonight trying to sleep.  If every other nation is putting their efforts into replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources in order to save lives, and we are not, how long do you think it will be before they collectively take action against the U.S.?  Think about it this way … you live in a neighborhood where everyone takes good care of their property … lawns are neatly manicured, sidewalks are swept, no trash or litter is lying around.  But, there is one family who just doesn’t take care at all of their property.  There is trash all over their yard, and every time the wind blows, their trash is blown into your yard and every other.  How long before you and your neighbors take action against this one family?  Not long, I’m betting.

Whether you like it or not, we live in an age of globalization. Every nation is in some form or fashion dependent on the others.  Technology has made it so, and there is no turning back.  There are at least a few nations that have the ability, should they choose to use it, to shut down the U.S. power grid today … tomorrow … or the next day.  I hear you saying that we have the technology to stop such an attack, but do we really?  Congressman … we couldn’t stop Russia from hacking the 2016 election, so how great do you really think our security systems are?  I’m guessing not all that great.

The U.S. Constitution provided a system of ‘checks and balances’ with the intention of keeping any one branch of government from gaining so much power that they would pose a danger to the democratic principles of this nation.  Those checks and balances, however, only work when everybody does their job, when Congress actively provides oversight of the executive branch, the president.  YOU ARE NOT DOING YOUR JOB!!!  You are taking a salary that millions of people work their asses off every day to provide you, and in return you are giving us nothing!

Protecting and repairing the environment is the single most important issue facing this nation and the world today, and you are playing Russian Roulette with it, with our lives.  Frankly, your ridiculous crypto currency, your pet projects, even the economy … none of them matter one whit if we don’t address the climate crisis and NOW.  Not next year, or a decade from now … TODAY!

As a citizen and taxpayer, I am determined to do everything in my power, little though that may be, to make the public aware of just how little you are doing, how little regard you have for our lives, in hopes that you will be replaced with someone who actually cares more for life than profit next year.  I find much of this entire Congress to be a sorry lot indeed, especially those of you in the pockets of the fossil fuel industry and the NRA.  You allow the person whose fat arse is sitting in the Oval Office to bully you, and you cower under his wrath.  At what cost?  The cost of all life on earth.

Be afraid, Congressman … be very afraid, for those of us who care more about life than profit are the majority and we are energized, we are sick and damn tired of paying you to further your own interests instead of looking after ours.

52 thoughts on “Open Letter To Congress …

  1. That is a great letter Jill. You have made it perfectly clear that you represent the many who are fed up with US stance on climate change and actions needed to be made. I think it would be great if you can publish any reply you might get… And if it is not good enough a reply… Perhaps a few of your US readers can jump in with more letters to demand action.

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  2. I love your letter Jill. Just the right tone.
    I am pinning my hopes on people being able to by-pass governments, leaving the politicians to scramble to catch up to us. Difficult though, as what is needed is policy leadership to drive down our emission levels. However, there are so many people who already do so much more than our politicians ~ look at the uptake of solar panels on homes ~ that many businesses are responding. I was interested to see that the car park in my local shopping mall has installed half a dozen electric recharge stations. Hopefully it won’t be too late. And yes our politicians do need to respond. It’s fascinating to see that leadership has come from a young woman.

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    • Thank you, Anne! You’re so right that it is difficult, at best, for us to take the major action needed without the backing of the government. Here, the government is actively working against us, almost forcing us to buy cars with poorer emission standards, by not allowing states to set their own stricter emission standards. And, actually penalizing power companies that use renewable energy sources rather than coal. It’s a racket, with our legislators in the pockets of the fossil fuel, logging and auto industries. And, you mention charging stations for electric cars … there is a movement here to try to make it illegal to have charging stations at highway rest stops and other areas! Isn’t that the most ludicrous thing??? You would think the politicians would be ashamed that a 16-year-old girl is showing better sense than they are, but instead they criticize. Sigh. Some days I wonder if there is hope for the human species after all. I am so proud of Greta and the kids who participated in Friday’s Climate Strike, though! It shows that there might be hope for the future if we can just get rid of the old fossils in Congress (and the White House)!

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    • Well, the bottom line is that they are not representing the people who elected them, and in my book, it’s time for a major house-cleaning on Capitol Hill. Heck, we’d do better to hire some of those school kids who participated in the Global Climate Strike on Friday! At least they have a conscience and a bit of good sense!

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  3. well the democratic candidates must not be too worried about the environment, here’s an example of something small they could decide not to do to further the cause. Instead, they’re going to do this anyway. They’re all talk and hypocrisy.
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iowa-steak-fry-live-stream-presidential-candidates-today-2019-09-21/
    I believe the environmental issue is huge and we do our part to try to be a solution to the problem. If congress really wanted to address the issue, they would stop accepting campaign contributions from companies who’s interest oppose their own and publicly condemn those same companies and corporations for their irresponsible treatment of our earth, and make other changes. And I don’t buy for a minute that they live the talk that they pontificate publicly about the environment, particularly during election seasons because if they did, they’d be all over the media saying how heroic they are doing things like using solar energy, not flying as much, etc. They’re just like our president in that regard, they would want the recognition for their good deeds of heroism because they crave the attention that they would receive for those good deeds towards our planet.

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  4. The analogy about the home with all the trash in an otherwise pristine neighborhood is spot on Jill. We are falling so far behind other countries when it comes to climate change. China, for one, is cleaning our clock. I saw recently where they will control nearly all of the electrified buses that will be coming on line in the next few years. And what the hell are we doing about it? Not a damn thing. What is it going to take? The terrible and unprecedented storms and wildfires don’t seem to make a difference.
    Moscow Mitch…and you know who at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, need to go. That should be priority number one. That’s a good place to start anyway. Otherwise, we may be at a point of no return. Hell, we may already be there. I hope not!

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    • We are not only lagging way behind, but are purposely turning around and going backward! I can seriously see a coalition of nations launching an EMP at some point to shut us down if we continue to willfully destroy life on the entire planet. I think, though, that it will take more than just getting rid of the “Mitchie & Donnie Show”, for there are many others in Congress who are in the pockets of the fossil fuel industry. Scientists say that we have some 12 years until the point of no return, but … with Trump’s recent rollbacks and the resultant additional pollution being put into the air, I wouldn’t be surprised if next years report lowers that number to 8 years. Either way … too close for comfort. Bah Humbug.

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      • And then I hear this morning that even Trump’s own Border Protection department has said that climate change is one of the main reasons people from Central America are migrating toward the U.S. Yet, he ignored it and cut funding. If my head shakes anymore it’s going to fall off!

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  5. JILL…If it were within my power, I would convene a Joint Session of Congress for you to deliver this as a much needed State of the Union Address! I would hope not only that you received a standing ovation, but also that the long overdue legislation to address this Climate Crisis would be passed by both houses without fear of a presidential veto. The song running through my mind as I read this eloquent and well stated letter is : “I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar!” Never Stop Roaring!! Thank-YOU!!

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    • That is high praise indeed, my friend! Thank you for your very kind words! I, too, wish it were within your power, or within our power to make these people we elected to do this job listen to the people they were elected to represent. I shan’t stop roaring, but I need a megaphone to magnify my roar, I think!

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    This and so very much more … ‘My purpose in writing this letter is to put you on notice that you are marching to the beat of the wrong drummer. You are putting your own interests, and those of such large corporations as the fossil fuel, logging, and auto industries ahead of the well-being of not only your constituents, but all life on the planet. ‘

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    • I have every intention of sending to both Senators and my one lousy representative who believes he only needs to represent the wealthy constituents! Actually, this started out as a letter to him, and then I decided to give it a louder voice by turning it into a post! I’m hoping some of my readers will use it to send to their own members of Congress.

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  7. What good will all their money be when they have nothing or no one to spend it on? What good will fossil fuels be when there is no one to use it. Remember the buffalo. There were millions of millions of them on the plains. No one ever thought they could kill them all. But they did. How many are left in North America now, and how many of those are healthy. A couple thousand, maybe, and they have been protected for how long? Today’s people are the new buffalo, and they can disappear just as fast as those buffalo did. It won’t take much.
    All those politicians with their comfy pensions will be able to sit and contemplate their own demises, sitting alone in their mansions, with nothing to eat and only poisoned water to drink. I hope they live forever, or till they starve to death, whichever comes first. It will be a lonely, lonely life.

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    • I definitely hope that such a leader exists somewhere in our tangled mess of a government. Sure, Obama would be absolutely perfect, and if he were still president, we would be making progress right now, rather than sliding backward more every day. Let’s hope yesterdays turnout brings some people out of their haze of inaction.

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  8. Well done Jill.
    Eloquently put and reasoned.
    I love the underlying theme of ‘Coming to get you’…. That will give the sober ones pause for thought. As for the rest get your rolling pin out and write on it ‘Hey numb-nuts!’
    Keep up your good work
    🌾 💐 🌷 🌹 🥀 🌺 🌸 🌼 🌻 🌞

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    • Thank you, Sir Roger!!! And thank you so much for the beautiful flowers that made me smile! I hope that yesterday’s turnout for the Climate Strike will wake enough people up that we start demanding action from our elected officials. Do I think it will? Sigh. I don’t know … maybe, but I’m not holding my breath. I am sending this letter to both of my Senators and my Representative … two of those three are indeed numb-nuts, and the other one is a wimp.

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          • Here’s a quote from that article.

            Properly incentivized capitalism is the key to solving the problems caused by climate change.

            However, “incentivized capitalism” is a form of socialism. That’s why the capitalists so often fight against it.

            Obama attempted to use incentivized capitalism, and the Republicans fought him at every step.

            Capitalism has had its chance to deal with climate change. And it has failed miserably.

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          • Hersey follows:
            There is one flaw in all economic arguments. The proponents talk as if these economic interactions are based on laws equal to Laws of Physics.
            In actual fact all economic theories and arguments are based on human interactions which will vary given other circumstances, in particular the urge to survive.
            We have gone through an epoch starting with the first civilisations when resources were viewed as semi-infinite and that the environment was a constant irrespective of Human actions.
            We now enter a tipping era, which has its lessons within the fossil and other geological records, ie the Human actions are impacting on the Environment, which in turn will impact back on Humanity.
            Economics is simply a passing phase attached to the activities of a species and is not set in stone.
            The effects of CO2 emissions are.
            They delude themselves with the religion of the Markets.

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          • What any system … economic or ideological … looks like on paper and what it becomes in reality are two entirely different things. Ideologically, and in theory, capitalism could solve all the world’s problems. In reality, it is managed by humans and the fatal flaw of the human species is greed. Today, at least in the U.S., we are dominated by unfettered, nearly-unregulated capitalism where Boeing was allowed to police itself, resulting in the deaths of hundreds. Where the coal and oil industries shun regulations and are destroying our land, our wildlife, the water we drink and the air we breathe. Where the logging industry has unconscionably denuded our forests such that we now haven’t enough trees left to produce the necessary oxygen. They capitalists have had their chance to do the right thing, to give back instead of hoarding, and they blew it. Will we trust them to turn things around, to stop producing fossil fuels and instead invest more heavily in renewable energy sources? Will we trust them to plant trees, to find a viable replacement for the plastics that are clogging our oceans and killing our marine life? Frankly, I do not trust them, for I have seen their greed and it sickens me.

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        • I shall keep on … I’m not very good with phone calls, but I can write letters! I’m not sure they will ever remember that they are supposed to represent ALL of the people, not just the ones with money, but … I keep trying to remind them. At the very least, I will be a pest and annoy the heck out of them!

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  9. I hope you only gave them 5 minutes notice as thanks to The Rump there’s a lot of catching up to do. Even if these idiots genuinely don’t believe in Climate Change ( and I’m quite sure The Rump does but knows nothing nasty will happen while he’s alive – I wish I could change that) it wouldn’t hurt them to humour all the people who do. They will find people develop much cheaper, cleaner and more efficient ways to generate power.
    Cwtch

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    • I think that the majority of them know full well that climate change isn’t a ‘hoax’, and that it is a very real problem, but until We the People loudly and clearly demand action, they will remain beholden to the wealthy donors who benefit (in the short term) from them ignoring the issue or pretending it doesn’t exist. I’m hoping that yesterday’s fantastic turnout by young people around the globe will wake up the citizens of this nation enough that they start demanding some answers from their elected officials. I say that I hope, but frankly I’m not optimistic. People seem to tune out that which might cause them some inconvenience. Sigh.
      Cwtch

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