Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Shameful Act

In 2016, President Obama explained: “Scientists had known since the 1800s that greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide trap heat, and that burning fossil fuels release those gases into the air.  That wasn’t news.  But in the late 1950s, the National Weather Service began measuring the levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, with the worry that rising levels might someday disrupt the fragile balance that makes our planet so hospitable.  And what they’ve found, year after year, is that the levels of carbon pollution in our atmosphere have increased dramatically.”

Two teams, one a Pulitzer Prize winning website “Inside Climate News,” and other the “Los Angeles Times” reach the conclusion, that ExxonMobil, the world’s largest and most powerful oil company, knew everything there was to know about climate change by the mid-1980s, and spent decades systematically funding climate denial and lying about the state of the science.

Hillary Clinton predicted half a billion more solar panels deployed during the first four years of her presidency.  Her goal was enough clean energy to power every home within four years. 

David Gergen advised former Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton.  Recently, he accused President Trump of committing "one of the most shameful acts" in America's history.

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Gergen pointed out: “we're the largest contributor to carbon dioxide in the world, and for us to walk away as this carbon dioxide threatens the future of our grandchildren -- for us to walk away from that, it's grotesquely irresponsible."

He warned that decision "will widely be seen around the world as a terrible, terrible setback for the planet," and that poor nations will pay the greatest price for global warming, even though our country has contributed the most to global warming while poor nations have contributed the least.


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