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Drumbeat Rex & Barack 13-05-18 Kill Coal

Drumbeat Rex & Barack 13-05-18 Kill Coal

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Published by Doug Grandt
To lose the world on our watch is a miserable prospect
To lose the world on our watch is a miserable prospect

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Published by: Doug Grandt on May 19, 2013
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Douglas A. GrandtP. O. Box 6603Lincoln, NE 68506May 18, 2013President Barack ObamaThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Ave NWWashington, D.C. 20500Mr. Rex W. TillersonExxon Mobil Corporation5959 Las Colinas Blvd.Irving, Texas 75039Re:To lose the world on our watch is a miserable prospectDear President Obama and Mr. Tillerson,You’ve been warned of resistance to tarsands, petcoke, coal, drilling, fracking & Keystone XL.It is about
"decisions which appear intelligent in a business context [but which] areactually quite stupid when viewed in the aggregate from a planetary perspective."
 Prepare for many demonstrations admonishing you to leave tarsands, coal and petcoke in theground. You’re expected to do everything to avoid a repeat of the 1970 Kent State massacre.You will have blood on your hands as a result of your failure to begin reducing CO2. Supporting expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure and unconventional productiontechniques that perpetuate global reliance on burningcarbon-based fuels at a time when it is abundantly clear we must start abandoning fossil fuels, is morally corrupt.
 Any fossil fuel expansion is just plain wrong Leave tarsand petcoke in the ground  Abandon the Keystone XLMake moral choices
cc: Secretary John F. Kerry
Henry David T vs. Energy (Goliath) Enterprise
Energy Enterprise Henry David T
(lobster boat)
Our Statement: Coal is Stupid Why we seek to close Brayton Point.
Ken Ward & Jay O’HaraMay 15, 2013
“I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” -Genesis 9:15 
God promised never another flood, and who would have thought we’d be stupid enough todo it to ourselves? We are breaking the first covenant — a three-part agreement, it shouldbe remembered, between God, Noah and his descendants, and all living creatures. Atmospheric carbon hit 400 ppm last Friday, May 13, 2013, at Manua Loa and global carbonemissions last year were nearly two-thirds above 1990. We are on track to achieve atemperature increase of 6°C / 11.8°F by 2100, at least, and on a steep upward trajectorythereafter. There is no question that without abrupt political change, a second flood of biblical proportions will erase the conditions in which life remotely like that we know now ismade possible.The fact that we’re staring catastrophe in the face isn’t surprising. There have been plenty of warning signs that too much fruitfulness, especially in the rapacious manner which has beenour practice, would prove impossible to sustain. What is surprising, is that we still aren’ttalking about it publicly in any forthright and pragmatic way.Decades of top notch PR work (bankrolled by a handful of people who value record profitsabove protecting their grandchildren from experiencing collapse first-hand) has a lot to dowith the great silence on climate, but it isn’t the whole reason. The reality is so appalling thatmost everyone prefers to participate in a collective delusion that there is no problem. And surely, who can blame anyone for that?To lose the world on our watch is a miserable prospect. To lose the world when a solution isavailable is perverse. Denying outright that climate change exists is the most extremeresponse, but considering climate change to be anything other than the single mostimportant matter facing humanity has the same effect.What we need to do is relatively simple. Whether there is time to avoid the tipping point, wedon’t know, but that shouldn’t prevent us from making the best possible effort.First thing: stop burning coal.We are doing exactly the opposite. Coal is experiencing a “renaissance,” increasing 5%, lastyear, to reach 30% of the global energy market. Coal emissions in the US have declined, itis true, but that isn’t because US coal is staying in the ground — exports broke previousrecords in 2012. Due to the natural gas bonanza brought about by fracking, existing US coal

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