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.