Greetings and salutations from the sandy shores of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket! I hope you are well and safe wherever you may be this morning… The rain clouds have opened up once again here in Osterville, but we are not complaining. The good folks of Tennessee are hurting this morning however, as the torrential downpours over the week end left a deep scar on the community and my deepest prayers are with them. The storms are getting stronger, with over seven inches of rain falling on the Tennessee Valley Saturday–the land simply cannot absorb that much moisture. Global warming is the direct result of that phenomenon, an increase in the amount of moisture in the atmosphere. With the immigration debate now front and center, next to financial reform, Climate Change is put back to it’s familiar position– at the back of the line. Ironic is it not, for as we watch in horror the 200,000 gallons of crude oil flowing freely from a well that was leased by British Petroleum, still clinging to that tired old cliche of “drill, baby drill”, that we as a nation are actually considering putting up more of these environmental catastrophes, all while that same week end one of our own states was under ten feet of water all due to Climate Change, and that all due to the endless emissions of fossil fuels into our delicate atmosphere… That well has since sunk, but the oil still spews out of the gaping hole that was left by the explosion on the rig. An oil slick the size of Jamaica is now within a few miles of precious wet lands that, only a few days ago, was an after thought. I’m not sure, if you were to take another useless “poll”, that the oil spill or the debacle in Arizona is taking the headline today. Both are problems made by man, or rather made by man’s continuing ignorance as to his place on planet earth. It is not to exploit the very limited natural resources we have. It is not to turn the clock back to the eighteenth century, taking a page out of Nazi Germany’s playbook of, “Ver are your papers?!” These two issues are a microcosm of a greater problem–the fact that most of mankind is asleep at the wheel. Sweden, by the year 2020, will be a society that will be fossil free. Think about that for a moment. The simple fact of the matter is that we need to completely change our infrastructure–Energy, banking, insurance, and the whole of the corporate motto–”profit over people”… until that time, however, mankind will remain asleep and on an endless treadmill that goes no where, save away from true love and redwoods… Have a wonderful week folks! Peace~ M
May 3, 2010
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