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Day 533 – Letter to Mother Nature: We Are Sorry It Took So Long to Oust Pruitt. And Sorry For Who is Replacing Him, Too.

Day 533 – Letter to Mother Nature: We Are Sorry It Took So Long to Oust Pruitt. And Sorry For Who is Replacing Him, Too.

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Dear Mother Nature,

I’m sorry. You are the strongest, most amazing creation there is, and yet here we are, the most powerful nation residing within you and we seem hell-bent on destroying you. We ignore your warnings, we disregard your needs, we snub your actions. I’m sorry.

I can only imagine that you were thrilled upon the announcement of Scott Pruitt’s resignation yesterday. I certainly let out a “finally!” upon reading the headline (similar to the single word “Good” stated by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington). His willingness to reduce emissions standards or water pollution regulations is absolutely horrifying.  Yet there he stood, an appointed official for the United States government. Unbelievable, and I’m sorry.

A man so engrossed in scandal after scandal had no right holding a position to protect and support the most important force there is. What frustrates me about humanity though is that we love a scandal. We pay much closer attention to what is bright and shiny and outrageous; so many of us were so preoccupied with Pruitt’s love of luxury lotion and phone booths and tactical pants we stopped watching just what he was trying to do to you, the land we need and the air we breathe. It is sacrilege, and for that, I’m sorry.

But Pruitt’s gone now, right? We can move onto a more qualified person who understands and respects just how great yet fragile you are. Yet the tweet of Pruitt’s exit (ridiculous in and of itself) also included the replacement’s name: Andrew Wheeler.

Mother Nature, again, I’m sorry.

This replacement is said to be virtually identical in position and purpose as his predecessor. With his love of the coal industry, the outlook is bleak for positive change. However, I try to find the good in any difficulty and my hope is that the press will stay with Wheeler and the EPA and report his (albeit damaging) work with the environment. What is truly happening. What he is looking to eradicate. What damage he is causing. This therefore means the public will not have a shiny scandal to distract us; we can see his interests and fight against them. We will save you.

Again, I am sorry that the US is not looking out for you. My only solace is that the people set to destroy you are temporary. They are not long for these positions and we – including you – will once again win.

Until then, I am truly sorry…

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

 

 

Day 504 – Can You At Least Try to Take Hurricane Season Seriously? Please?

Day 504 – Can You At Least Try to Take Hurricane Season Seriously? Please?

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Mr. President,

Can you at least try to take hurricane season seriously? I recognize that anything that even hints at the possibility that climate change is real sends you into hysterics, but the fact of the matter is that hurricanes are steadily getting more dangerous and more destructive. Recent research has shown that hurricanes are spinning faster and spending more time moving over land, magnifying their damage potential. Given that, one would think that a bit of gravitas is called for when going into a FEMA briefing about hurricane preparedness.

Instead, you seemed more interested in talking about anything but hurricanes. Aside from a few desultory remarks about Puerto Rico, still failing to acknowledge how inadequate your response to that disaster was, you wasted the briefing talking about airplane prices, election results, and the economy. How is any of that going to help FEMA respond to this year’s hurricanes? It isn’t, and you’re wasting everyone’s time stroking your own ego instead of preparing for the inevitable human tragedy that will come with the next hurricane.

You’ve shown in the past that you can act “presidential” when you really, really have to. Maybe exercise that skill for the sake of readying the country for the next natural disaster. After all, the next hurricane might hit American citizens you actually care about. If you even care about anyone besides yourself.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

Day 460 – Letter to Administrator Pruitt: This Whole Environmental Protection Thing Seems To Rub You The Wrong Way. Why Not Quit? Everyone Happy? Win Win?

Day 460 – Letter to Administrator Pruitt: This Whole Environmental Protection Thing Seems To Rub You The Wrong Way. Why Not Quit? Everyone Happy? Win Win?

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Dear Administrator Pruitt,

I grew up never witnessing a bald eagle in flight—there were barely any left—and now find it amazing that I can walk across a parking lot in the DC suburbs and look up to see one flying overhead. I’m a big city-cum-small town-cum country girl. I was born and lived in Flint, Michigan; we later moved to the country and were surrounded by pastures and farms; and as an adult I’ve lived in San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago and DC. My dad believed in child labor when it came to his own children, so I was fortunate enough to learn about hard work. One summer, we planted 500 white pine seedlings on our property. I realize now that this was a conservation effort on my dad’s part, an attempt to anchor the steep hill upon which our house sat and prevent the soil from sliding into the lake below.

I have a great appreciation for the outdoors, nature, and the environment. I try my best to impart these values to my two teenaged boys. No easy task, let me tell you.

I worry about them—that they are growing up spoiled. Not because of what we buy for them, but because of the tremendous job that past administrations and the EPA have done for our great country. Bald eagles are everywhere now.

My children have played in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, canoed on the Shenandoah River, skipped rocks across Yellowstone Lake, fished on the Great Wicomico, and tubed on Canyon Ferry Lake, MT. They have visited Old Faithful, followed the creek that carved out Natural Bridge, and have gone spelunking in Rushmore Caverns. We’ve driven across the country and seen many animals in their natural and free habitats: bears, geese, elk, mule deer, coyotes, moose, and buffalo. They’ve visited the Pacific Northwest, the Continental Divide, the California and Atlantic Coasts, the Southwest and the Florida Gulf. My greatest fear is that they will take the beauty of our nation’s gifts for granted.

It is our job, my husband’s and mine, to teach them about the past so that their children don’t grow up with the catastrophes that peppered the years of our youth: Three Mile Island, the Love Canal, and the East Helena Smelters to name just a few. Experiencing these manmade disasters taught us to respect not only our great country, but the planet as a whole.

Your job, however, is to protect the intelligent, hardworking, selfless government employees hired by the agency you now administer. Cut the waste where you find it. Reduce the red tape which so plagues our government. But do so with mindfulness. Before you make a decision, remind yourself of that which you were appointed to be: The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Ask yourself this: Will this action “protect human health and the environment — air, water, and land?” If your answer is “no,” then please go back to the drawing board. We, as Americans, need you to be better than your predecessors, just as we will expect your successor to be better than you.

Our generation has worked very hard to give our children and your children and everyone else’s children a better quality of life. Cleaner waterways, breathable air, successful regeneration of endangered species, and spectacular federal, state, and county parks and preserves. Let’s make sure that our children are not left with the same burden we inherited from our parents.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

P.S. Please leave this on your desk for you successor when you’re fired.

P.P.S. It’s still all about Russia.

Day 459 – Think of Earth Day as “Save Your Own Ass Day, Mr. President.” We Thought That Might Appeal to Your Ego and Maybe Put It In Terms You Understand.

Day 459 – Think of Earth Day as “Save Your Own Ass Day, Mr. President.” We Thought That Might Appeal to Your Ego and Maybe Put It In Terms You Understand.

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Mr. President,

Look, I’ll be honest with you. I’ve never been nuts about Earth Day either. It seems to bring out a weird combination of people wearing shiny new $300 coats and balding guys with really long hair, which, I gotta say, are both genres I’ve never much trusted. A real environmentalist would reduce consumption instead of buying the latest North Face, and go bald with dignity, right? But I digress.

We just had our annual Earth Day, regardless of how you or I feel about it, and though my first paragraph was more joke than substance (it was an “attention getter,” a technique your ninth-grade English teacher might have required you try in one of your essays had you ever written any of your own, which, let’s face it, everyone here knows almost certainly never happened), I really do have a problem with Earth Day.

Earth Day leads to banners that say things like, “Save Mother Earth” and “Save the Planet,” but that’s wildly egocentric. I’m not the first to say this—a friend recently pointed out that George Carlin said the same thing years ago—but the planet will be fine. We are not going to destroy Planet Earth.

We are, however, destroying us. We are not destroying Earth—we are over a century into destroying the climate that supports human life, though. To be sure, we humans are driving a mass extinction. Climate change is slaughtering thousands of species, so I don’t mean to sound glib. We are clearly destroying much of the planet’s life. You probably doubt that, but you’re a rich man, Trump. Go to a remote resort, and snorkel around some coral reef—let us know how it’s looking.

Still, even with an Anthropocene mass extinction, we are never going to destroy the planet itself. We will suckle the carbon teat for the dollars it gives us until we are gone, but the planet will remain. We are the guy who shoots his whole family before turning the gun on himself but does not burn down the house. The house remains with the remains inside it. The planet will endure, but we will have killed ourselves for the easy cash of carbon.

Yes, we are egocentric, but I feel like you can identify with that. Egocentrism isn’t all bad, though, because a little self-preservation can go a long way. Mr. Trump, here’s a helpful Rosetta Stone: Every time you hear “the planet” or “Mother Earth” or any other synonym, replace it with “Trump’s ass.” You don’t care about taking action to halt climate change to save the planet, but you’ll sure as hell do anything to save Trump’s ass.

So, Mr. Trump, save your ass. Open all the climate accord talks anyone asks you to. Even if we act today, we have still screwed up beyond all comprehension, but if you act immediately, you might, might just save Trump’s ass.

A note to all readers who aren’t Donald Trump: If we are snickering at “Trump’s ass,” replace it with our own names. There is no such thing as a “Climate of One.” We in this mess together. The planet does not care. Our remains will remain, and the rats will gladly take over once we’re gone.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

 

 

Day 442 – Pruitt Has Got To Go, Mr. President. Even if Coal Country Does Love Him.

Day 442 – Pruitt Has Got To Go, Mr. President. Even if Coal Country Does Love Him.

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Mr. President,

I wanted to follow up on the letter written on this site two days ago titled “Do This, Not That, Mr. President: Ideas For Spending Money More Wisely and In Ways That Actually Help Your Constituents.

While I hope you agree as much as I do on the points made by the author, I need to emphasize a couple more basic points.

First, the money you are spending is not yours, it’s ours. Please remember that the budget comes from taxpayers. It’s easy to spend other people’s money, harder to remember that.

Second, you set the example. Your behavior, your attitude sets the tone for your administration and the country.

Now that we have that straight, let’s talk about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

He spends our money like there are no consequences, completely ignoring regulations that are in place to ensure government officials do not waste taxpayer dollars.

— A secure soundproof booth in his office, that was first reported to be $25,000, but was more than $42,000. It turns out there was another booth available at the EPA, but Mr. Pruitt wanted one in his office.

— Expensive travel habits where first class tickets are the norm, and spending over $168,000 in air travel in his first year in office.

— A $40,000 five-day trip to Morocco with his staff where there was a planned layover in Paris to pitch the potential benefit of liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports on Morocco’s economy.” Oh, and Mr. Pruitt only worked one full day and had one-hour meetings the days before and after.

— A 24/7 30-person security detail which apparently also protects Mr. Pruitt even during trips to Disneyland, the Rose Bowl game, and a University of Kentucky basketball game. The costs for this security detail have been estimated at over $2M a year.

This doesn’t even include a proposal for “a $100,000-a-month charter aircraft membership that would have allowed Mr. Pruitt to take unlimited private jet trips for official business” and spending “about $70,000 to replace two desks in Mr. Pruitt’s office suite, including his personal desk and one at a security station outside his office” apparently so that would be bulletproof.

It is somewhat ironic that when it comes to his own money, Mr. Pruitt is much more frugal. He arranged a $50 a night rental of a condo on Capitol Hill. I guess that was prudent.

Well, until we figured out his daughter stayed with him apparently breaking the lease agreement.

And until we all found out that the owner of the condo is the wife of lobbyist who had “a roster of clients with business before the EPA”.

So while we wait for Congress to act, will you act first? Will there be any consequences?

Please let us know; perhaps we will find out in a tweet.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

Day 441 – Science is Real and So Is Climate Change, Mr. President.

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Mr. President,

I look outside my window and see the wind blowing. New growth on the trees and flowers thrusting themselves out of the ground. Spring is here but death looms around every corner. At least that is how I see it.

I thought you said that transparency was going to be evident in your presidency. I don’t think you know what that means. It would make more sense if all the injustices you were committing were not accomplished in secret meetings or under the cover of darkness. I assume as you get more confident, you will be more transparent and allow us to know what you are scheming with your swamp cronies.

As I continue to look outside and ponder what the future holds for our earth, I cannot help thinking about the role you are playing in making the earth a more dangerous place. You have decided that it is in the best interest of the United States to leave the Paris Accord, removing the USA from going forward to ensure we limit the damage we are doing to the earth with practically everyone else on the planet. You have all but shut down the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and limited its role in making the United States a better and safer place to live and work.

How can you sleep at night? The changes you are making will quickly reverse any positive impact that has been made in the past couple of decades. Do you think that allowing regulations to be weakened will make the air cleaner? Will cutting the acreage of national parks so that fracking and drilling and mining can be profitable to your family and friends make the USA a better place? How will we keep our water clean with ashes being dumped into rivers and lakes?

You need to fix this. You need to man up and do what is right…for all people. Clean up the earth, the USA, and your house. Acknowledge climate change. Make it right, before it is too late for all of us.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

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