Photograph from Raw Story
Dear Mr. President,
As I watch the hurricanes lined-up one after the other, each an extraordinary “100 year storm,” I wonder how much longer you will be able to ignore global climate change. When will it dawn on your government that having “100 year” storms arriving within days of one another is, well, extraordinary?
Will your big business-oriented administration ever consider the potential costs of unregulated manufacturing, gas and oil production, and dangerous chemical plants to the relatively benign costs of cleaning up and protecting the environment?
Due to lack of regulation the west is ablaze with wild fires; millions of acres of forests and grasslands destroyed, oxygen- generating trees burned to the ground. American citizens, your friends out west, are wearing masks in order to breathe.
Houston is under water. Florida is currently totally engulfed in Hurricane Irma. Two “once in a lifetime” hurricanes are not far behind…four major storm disasters within six weeks?
Your administration’s idea of leadership in view of these horrific natural disasters is to cut the funding for FEMA, deregulate further the industries polluting the environment, and pulling out of the Paris Accord.
These outrageous policies are only in one of your agencies of government. You have given stewardship for every key function to individuals who are not only ignorant of their responsibilities, but in some cases only want to destroy and dismantle their area of trust.
The CEO of the Nestle Company stated a while back that “water is not a right” and is given free rein to pump 400 gallons per minute of groundwater from the aquifer in Evert, Michigan to increase profits.. All the while in Flint, Michigan people are still drinking polluted and discolored water. Their children will pay the price for ingesting the iron and led that runs through it.
Our government has been purchased by corporations for private profit. Oil and gas lobbyists write our environmental laws, the people in charge of our education department include some convicted of education fraud and are led by a person who has never attended public school. I could go through every part of your government and identify how you have turned our democracy into a kleptocracy…starting with you.
Republicans do not represent the American people, and our current politics only focus on enriching the rich, impoverishing the poor, and treating everyday Americans as a bunch of sheep to be sheered.
Please reconsider your future legacy – false praise today is fleeting.