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Tillerson ExxonMobil Corporation 5959 Las Colinas Blvd. Irving, TX 75039 Re: Geologists, geographers and geo-hazards Dear Mr. Tillerson, Over the weekend, Thomas Friedman wrote about the “global hazard” that is resulting from global wheat price increases. Global droughts are the cause for wheat production shortages ... and the lack of bread is increasing creating social instability and unrest. Droughts are affecting food production across America ... Australia ... Asia ... Africa. Friedman wrote (http://bit.ly/scary-stressor): The numbers tell the story: “Bread provides one-third of the caloric intake in Egypt, a country where 38 percent of income is spent on food,” notes Sternberg. “The doubling of global wheat prices — from $157/metric ton in June 2010 to $326/metric ton in February 2011 — thus significantly impacted the country’s food supply and availability.” Global food prices peaked at an all-time high in March 2011, shortly after President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in Egypt. Consider this: The world’s top nine wheat-importers are in the Middle East: “Seven had political protests resulting in civilian deaths in 2011,” said Sternberg. “Households in the countries that experience political unrest spend, on average, more than 35 percent of their income on food supplies,” compared with less than 10 percent in developed countries. Everything is linked: Chinese drought and Russian bushfires produced wheat shortages leading to higher bread prices fueling protests in Tahrir Square. Sternberg calls it the globalization of “hazard.” Friedman continued: Scientists like to say that, when it comes to climate change, we need to manage what is unavoidable and avoid what is unmanageable. That requires collective action globally to mitigate as much climate change as we can and the building of resilient states locally to adapt to what we can’t mitigate.
Mr. Rex Tillerson March 4, 2013 Page 2 of 2 And this is my favorite part of Friedman’s article because it segues to Keystone XL, fracking, drilling, and all aspects of expanding our reliance on the burning of fossil fuels. In 2009, they noted, the U.N. and other international agencies reported that more than 800,000 Syrians lost their entire livelihoods as a result of the great drought, which led to “a massive exodus of farmers, herders, and agriculturally dependent rural families from the Syrian countryside to the cities,” fueling unrest. The future does not look much brighter. “On a scale of wetness conditions,” Femia and Werrell note, “ ‘where a reading of -4 or below is considered extreme drought,’ a 2010 report by the National Center for Atmospheric Research shows that Syria and its neighbors face projected readings of -8 to -15 as a result of climatic changes in the next 25 years.” Similar trends, they note, are true for Libya, whose “primary source of water is a finite cache of fossilized groundwater, which already has been severely stressed while coastal aquifers have been progressively invaded by seawater.” 800,000 lost livelihoods in Syria alone! Connect the dots to our burning oil, coal and gas. How livelihoods will be lost when the food scarcity is an unmistakable “global hazard”? How many billions of lives will be lost due to blind continuation of the carbon paradigm? How many billions of lives will be nurtured and improved with carbon-free energy? How many livelihoods will be created manufacturing and installing wind, solar, etc? How many livelihoods (long term vs short term) will be created by Keystone XL? Reinvent ... imagine the possibilities. Lead the way as we replace all forms of the carbon-fuel infrastructure -- oil, gas, coal, tarsands, pipelines, rail, barge, refineries. Replace with carbon-free energy technology.
re-energized ... clean fuels for life
Please lead US as Charles Grant did -- emulate him (http://WhoIsCharlesGrant.com) • • • • Call on leaders and colleagues in the energy sector to join you -- boldly courageous Begin scheduling the retirement and dismantling of the old fossil fuel infrastructure Shift investments from carbon energy infrastructure to new carbon-free technology Compel Congress to enact a revenue-neutral carbon fee with rebates to all citizens
cc: President Barack Obama Secretary of State John Kerry