Letter to Candidates on What Must be Done.
For whatever good it will do, I sent the following message to the Obama campaign:
I really want to stress that the MOST IMPORTANT issue facing us as a nation and as a civilization is the environmental crisis. "80% reduction of emissions by 2050" is too little too late. At that rate the international scientific communities statistics and analysis show that the US may not even exist by 2075, period. The impact of imminent major environmental change will all but destroy economies and the ability of large populations to even survive. Seriously, this is the most important issue our species has ever faced, Compared to the massive extinctions happening now and the global changes being observed, terrorism is a minor annoyance.
The next president needs to make this a primary focus. This will take the kind of effort that united us as a people in WWII. We must RETOOL AMERICA. What does that mean? It means building a publicly run, sustainable non-petroleum national energy grid. Believe me, it's not as difficult as it sounds. We flush enough energy to power this nation every day. Between sewerage-based methane and Alcohol made from grasses and wood we can power our nation. We must also rebuild infrastructure in a new way that includes a national rail system (electric) and the kind of building that frees up land for agriculture. All of this will also create jobs and stabilize the economy.
Failure to do this means that, for all intents and purposes, anything else the next administration does is totally irrelevant. Thank you for your time and I hope for all of our sakes you take this to heart.
This or something similar needs to be sent to all Presidential candidates.