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Drumbeat Rex & Barack 13-07-02 Count on Change

Drumbeat Rex & Barack 13-07-02 Count on Change

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Published by Doug Grandt
Change -- one way or another - Let’s Not Braise the Planet appeared July 1 at http://bit.ly/NYTimes01July. Please read it.
This is a most understandable explanation of what we must do as a society, and what you must do as a key leader.
Change -- one way or another - Let’s Not Braise the Planet appeared July 1 at http://bit.ly/NYTimes01July. Please read it.
This is a most understandable explanation of what we must do as a society, and what you must do as a key leader.

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Douglas A. GrandtP. O. Box 6603Lincoln, NE 68506July 2, 2013President Barack ObamaThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Ave NWWashington, D.C. 20500Mr. Rex W. TillersonExxon Mobil Corporation5959 Las Colinas Blvd.Irving, Texas 75039Re: Change -- one way or another Dear President Obama and Mr. Tillerson,
Let’s Not Braise the Planet 
appeared July 1 at
http://bit.ly/NYTimes01July
. Please read it.This is a most understandable explanation of what we must do as a society, and what you mustdo as a key leader. This says it all:
“We need a comprehensive approach to reduce carbonpollution from all sources. What form that takes — caps, taxes, or standards — is far lessimportant than how soon we get it in place.”
I implore you and your staff to
get to work on this immediately
-- if you don’t somebody else will:
 According to a
report
released by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace lastmonth, we are not running out of fossil fuels anytime soon. Since the dawn of the industrialrevolution we’ve used around 1.2 trillion barrels of oil; the report estimates that with currenttechnology we can produce roughly five times that much. With future technologies, it may wellbe that the suffering sky is the limit.This reduces the issue of conversion to clean energy to one of ethics and intent. Our ability toturn around the rate of carbon emissions and slow the engine that can conflagrate the world iscertain. But do we have the will?The chief economist at the International Energy Agency recommends
leaving two-thirds of all fossil fuels in the ground
. Makes sense to me, but if you’re an oil executive scarcelybeing charged for the global damage your industr y causes (an effective annual subsidy,
saysthe International Monetary Fund
, of nearly $2 trillion, money that would be better spentsubsidizing nonpolluting energy sources), responsible to your shareholders and making afortune, would you start erecting windmills?Here’s the answer: According to
Rolling Stone
, just this spring, BP put its $3.1 billion UnitedStates wind farm operation up for sale. Last year, ConocoPhillips divested itself of itsalternative-energy activities. Shell, with its “Let’s Go” campaign to “broaden the world’s energymix,” spends less than 2 percent of its expenditures on “alternatives.”Mining oil, gas and coalis making some people rich while braising the planet for all of us. It’s difficult to think ahead,especially with climate change deniers sowing doubt and unfounded fears of unemployment,but we owe quick and decisive action on greenhouse gas reduction not only to ourselves butto billions of people not yet born. “People give less weight to the future, but that’s a brain bug,”the philosopher Peter Singer told me. “We should have equal concern for everyone wherever and whenever they live.”

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