Paul Fell is responsible for this great cartoon. Just had to share. We are running out of time to contain the greed that is killing our environment. With Trump at the helm roll backs of regulations is running full steam ahead.
Calamity Politics is a progressive political blog that’s main intention is to improve people’s lives. I’m here again, uncensored and irreverent, raising hell and screaming for attention. I know I’m about 3200 miles from Washington, D.C. but I pray people are aware of the perilous and irresponsible attack on the EPA that is taking place at the hands of the Trump Administration. The Environmental Defense Fund states flatly, “No federal agency has been singled out for such a large and pernicious budget cut as the EPA”.
Approximately 90% of the American people support strong environmental protections. It is an all hands on deck emergency if we will be able to stop President Trump’s efforts to gut the EPA budget, thus eliminating many core environmental safeguards. The government has been transferred into the hands of anti-environment extremists whose goal is profit through fossil fuel extraction over the lives of wildlife and our historic national park system.
Trump and the Congress seem to be on a mission to kill our national parks and destroy our environmental protections. Many lobbyists are sent to Washington paid to convince legislators that relaxing restrictions on the millions of acres of National Parks land would be an economic boom for the country. The goal seems to be directed toward shifting control from the federal government to the individual states, where those treasured resources can be sold, or licensed to the highest bidder for the systematic extraction of gold, silver, oil, gas, coal, and timber.
Pearl Gray Mornings Hopefully Will Lead To Sun Shiny Afternoons
Another pearl gray beach day here at Calamity Politics. Yesterday, I posted an article on a petition signed by more than 26,000 psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers warning the public that, in their collective professional opinion Donald Trump has a serious mental illness, and requested the Congress to remove him from office, based on Article 4 of the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
OMG. Pretty, damn scary stuff, if you ask me. I’ve been following politics all my life, and the only other time I have heard people question a US president’s mental health was during the late stages of the Nixon Administration. When stories of Nixon’s nightly drinking and paranoia was fodder for a frenzied media.
With all that said, you might think today I would stoke up the fires on that story, but because I’m in charge here, I am going to reprint a lovely short essay, by Jennifer S. Kushnier. I originally saw it printed in one of those little books you see at Hallmark card stores. You know, the kind, they are usually really small and have lots of cool quotes. Anyway, I liked it and thought I’d share.
“When the environment is destroyed, plundered or mismanaged, we undermine our quality of life and that of future generations. (Wangari Maathai/Nobel lecture)
When The Environment Is Endangered We Undermine The Quality Of Life
It was 63.5 F in Antarctica on 3/1/2017.
On March 1, 2017 Cairo, Egypt And Antarctica Were Both 63.5 Degrees
The new director of the EPA was carefully chosen for this job. He’s the former Oklahoma Attorney General that sued the EPA fourteen times. He’s also, the guy who copied letters written by oil lobbyists on to Oklahoma State stationary and then sent that paperwork to the EPA as support data. He’s the guy that’s under court order to surrender thousands of emails from his time as AG for Oklahoma. We here at Calamity Politics political blog, smell a slow brewing scandal.
Not wanting to stand on his laurels as a small state corrupted official, Pruitt accepted a job with the Trump Administration knowing he could go far under The Master’s tutelage. Pruitt and his fossil fuel cronies plan is to eat the agency from within. The Robber Barons of 19th century America have risen and these Zombies are holding powerful positions in this corrupt, pay-to-play administration.
Pruitt is an outspoken supporter of dirty energy, “I call it representative government.”
The first time I can remember, actually thinking about pollution, I was watching a ‘Keep America Beautiful’ campaign, in which Iron Eyes Cody, had a bag of garbage thrown from a car, land at his feet. Iron Eyes, in full American Indian regalia, looks into the camera, and I watched as a tear rolled down his cheek. That was probably 1968 or 1970. Very powerful.
This series of commercials made a big impact on me, and I made sure I never threw garbage out the window of my car, again. I also, discovered recycling, something my Mother had been doing for years. You gotta’ remember, my Mom lived thru two World Wars, and a near country collapsing economic Great Depression. She had a drawer for the perfectly folded paper bags, she had a ball of rubber bands, a giant ball of string, and sheets of aluminum foil in another drawer.
So, she had learned to recycle out of necessity, rather than as an environmentally beneficial behavior. Her purpose was different than mine, but the results were similar. The thought of garbage on the roadside, toxic waste in rivers, polluted air, makes me angry.
10 Reasons YOU Should Care About the Fate of the Artic
The Wilderness Society Gives Us 10 Reasons to Protect the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.
10 Reasons YOU Should Care About the Fate of the Arctic
(1). The Arctic is America's last and largest remaining wild frontier. While development has pushed deeper into our wild places, the refuge has remained untouched.
(2). It's home to our country's polar bears. The Arctic Refuge is the only U.S. wildlife refuge where polar bears live, and it provides the most important on shore denning area in all of America's Arctic.
(3). It's a world destination for birds. More than 200 bird species from all 50 states and six continents rely on the Arctic as their summer home.
(4). Did we mention bears? The Arctic Refuge isn't just home to polar bears. It's one of the only places in the entire U.S. where you can find all three species of North American bears:polar, black and grizzly.
(5). Its an epic outdoor adventure destination. The land provides once-in-a-lifetime backpacking, rafting, fishing and other recreational opportunities.
(6). A reindeer magnet. Nearly 200,000 caribou march to their calving range on the refuge's coastal plain each year.
(7). The Arctic supports much scientific research, and is unparalleled for watching birds, whales, walrus, and polar bears.
(8). A major oil spill would cause permanent harm. Spilled oil would do more than stain the snow. It would kill wildlife, poison the water, and throw a pristine ecosystem out of balance.
(9). Before you drill, you have to build infrastructure. The land will be carved up by roads, pipelines and well pads. What was once wild will become a vast industrial complex.
(10). The Arctic Refuge is worth fighting for. Drilling would scar this pristine landscape forever. President Trump needs to hear from you!
Don't let this American paradise be destroyed. Join the Wildlife Society today! DONATE TODAY! Send your donation to:
The Wilderness Society
Attn: Jamie Williams
PO Box 97231
Washington, DC 20077-7762
20 Small Changes For You, Make BIG WINS for the Earth
SIMPLE THINGS TO DO TO HELP PROTECT OUR EARTH
1.) Put on a sweater. If you turn up the heat during winter months you are most likely using fossil fuels to fire your furnace. A sweater will actually keep you warmer while conserving resources.
2.) Choose to walk. Using fuel efficient cars is great, but getting out of your car walking or using mass transit could when multiplied by millions of commuters be a highly effective means of conserving energy and get you healthier and happier.
3.) Reuse: Those rubber bands off the delivered newspaper, save them and return them to your carrier along with the plastic bags. Those items cost money and can be used multiple times. If you get a padded envelope in the mail, save it and reuse it.
4.) Switch off: In urban areas the stars are now mostly invisible. Keep lights on in the room you are in, but keep the rest of the house dark.
5.) Get off mailing lists: If you are getting catalogues from companies you do not buy from, call them and get your name off their mailing list.
6.) Plant a tree: It is good for the soil, good for the air we breath, helps reduce climate change and provides housing for our feathered friends.
7.) BYOB: Use refillable water bottles. There are some very stylish ones available for the fashion conscious and if we all went to the refillable bottles we could prevent 50 billion plastic bottles from weighing on the environment.
8.) At the grocery store: bring your own reusable bags. The average American uses 350 plastic bags annually. Stop the threat to marine life caused by plastic bags that end up in rivers, streams and oceans.
9.) Special disposal procedures for many items are required such as ink cartridges, used oil and batteries. Proper disposal is critical, check with the retailer where you purchase such items for their recommendations.
10.) Clean naturally. You can go online and find recipes for non-toxic cleaning products using baking soda, vinegar, lemon and soap as ingredients.
11.) Turn it off. Running your faucet for 5 minutes uses as much energy as a 60 watt light bulb in 14 hours, so shut it down when you brush your teeth.
12.) Get efficient. Refrigerators and freezer units account for 1/6 of a homes energy use. Select energy efficient models when buying replacements.
13.) Switch to ebills. In the U.S. paper bills alone generate almost 2 million tons of CO2.
14.) Shower up. A full bathtub uses about 70 gallons of water, but a 5 minute shower takes only 10-25 gallons.
15.) Buy local and fresh. In North America, fruits and vegetables travel and average of 1500 miles before reaching your plate.
16.) Pull the plug. Many idle electronics use energy even when switched off, so unplug devices when you are not using them.
17.) Change a bulb. Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light can eliminate 150 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
18.) Power down. Screensavers don't use less energy, so use "sleep mode" and turn off your computer at the end of the day.
19.) Go solar. It's easier than you think! Powering your home with solar panels not only shrinks your carbon footprint but it helps lower electric bills and increase a home's value.
20.) Finally. Donate to an environmental charity. It is good for the planet and good for your sense of participation in a monumental movement to save our mother.
***Thank you World Wildlife Fund for these great suggestions: In fact send donations to: WWF, 1250 24th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
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HEROISM ISN'T ALL ABOUT YOUR CAPE FLOATING IN THE WIND
Sometimes being a hero is as simple as:
Showing up for your son's game when you
thought you couldn't.
Speaking up when you see a person being bullied.
Recycling AND reusing.
Visiting a sick friend.
Put flowers on a soldier's grave.
Adopt a homeless pet.
Send a pre-paid phone card to a deployed soldier.
Remember to say thank you.
Being a hero doesn't require mammoth effort but it does require consistent and persistent effort. I don't remember who said that, but I think it is true. Consistency and persistence overcomes most obstacles. If you want to be a political hero I suggest you believe in your ability and power to effect change. I challenge you to effect your corner of the world.
Many great charities, here are a couple that I support:
Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund,
ACLU, and Planned Parenthood. By the way, did you know that Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase price to the charity of your choice? Log in at smile.amazon.com whenever you purchase. Be sure to specify your charity.