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Letter to Barack Obama 13-03-04 KXL

Letter to Barack Obama 13-03-04 KXL

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Deny Keystone XL -- There are no options
Deny Keystone XL -- There are no options

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Douglas A.


P. O. Box 1582 El Dorado, CA 95623 March 4, 2013

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Re: Deny Keystone XL -- There are no options Dear President Obama, My friend, David Goldstein wrote a compelling story about his near-death experience, which required serious “no options” action for his survival. Please read this and act appropriately. The survival of our grandchildren depends on it.

Our Challenge Point
By David Goldstein, Mediator Posted: 03/02/2013 6:21 pm http://bit.ly/near-death I am laying in my hospital bed a few hours after an operation in which a plastic tube was pushed through my liver and into my gall bladder in order to forge an opening through an obstructed passageway. It hurts. A lot. I need more pain medication or different medication. I need it to stop hurting; a nine on the 1-10 scale of pain that patients are constantly asked to evaluate. Through 18 hospitalizations, cancer, a liver transplant, diabetes etc, I have learned that when an acute problem arises the relevant question -- the ONLY relevant question -becomes, 'What do I have to do to get this {pain, bleeding, itching, fever, etc.} to stop?' In a hospital the answer to this question usually entails communicating clearly and forcefully to the person who has the expertise or authority to initiate the needed remedies; often a nurse or doctor. Sometimes the needed medication or procedure materializes quickly, other times more effort or more patience is required. Earth is running a fever courtesy of its human inhabitants. The fever is being measured and monitored. The prognosis is clear. The symptoms are increasing in frequency, severity and scope. If I (or, perhaps, if you) were the collective citizenry of this planet, I would ask myself the question: 'What do I have to do to get this fever to stop?' Then, I would communicate clearly and forcefully to those with the expertise or authority to initiate the needed remedies. If the remedies did not materialize quickly, I would communicate again, this time more forcefully and more clearly if need be. And again. And again, until whatever needed to be done was done. That is how it worked when I was in pain or bleeding or whatever -- I didn't take no for an answer. Ever.

Some are actively muffling our cries for help. the Earth's "fever" is our own) call. There is no stepping back. We are billions. We have explored the reach and scope of newly discovered powers and capabilities. We must move forward or perish. more mobile family member would intercede on my behalf. the call by a relatively small segment of the collective citizenry has. Some are afraid. individuated. of course. Our millions of years of hominid evolution have led to this "Challenge Point. compassion and wisdom -. President Obama March 4. clearly and forcefully and then even more clearly and forcefully if need be? Again. not produced the required remedies. Carbon emissions rise. Tarsands must remain in the ground Deny the Keystone XL project There are no options For humanity cc: Secretary John F. often without regard to damages. Now. indeed. by the way. Of course. 2013 Page 2 of 2 Well. the fever climbs unabated. To become an adult species -. The "doctors and nurses" are not yet listening. many degrees separated from the corridors of power.to exercise our considerable powers with consideration." laying in our hospital bed (for. And so here is the challenge: Can "we." As a species.and. certain collective movements in our species' history have led to tremendous suffering. Some of them are too busy or distracted. demand the needed remedies. we shall perish in our adolescent stage -.we must collectivize.Mr. don't we? Until now. we are busy and stressed and. some of our species understands that we must mature into authentic adulthood or. Kerry . take most of our planetary cohabitants with us. we have a challenge on our hands. until what is needed to be done is done? How many of the over 7 billion will be enough? 1 billion? Two? Three? Last week the "biggest climate change rally in history" drew about 40. Can we do so while retaining respect and recognition for the basic individual rights and expressions of the citizenry that have been forged (and continue to be forged) along the way? This is our Challenge Point. "Collectivize" is a dirty word to many in our reckless. for the most part.are not one person. adolescent world. But we --the collective citizenry -. we have arrived at the peak of our adolescent development. Sometimes a healthier. permafrost begins to thaw. for the most part. and then. There is no standing in place. we are fragmented. limits and consequence.000 of that 7 billion plus. the Arctic ice vanishes. With enough effort and persistence I could get the attention and action I needed from my hospital bed. And again.

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