Sunday, July 03, 2005



The same day America's great ecologist warrior, Senator Gaylord, passes on we get his antithesis in the news, the man who is the exact opposite of him.

The ever horrible W. Bush Jr.

From the Independent:
President George W Bush appeared to rule out any legally-binding treaty to cut global warming last night, crushing Tony Blair's dream of a groundbreaking deal on climate change.

President Bush said signing Kyoto agreement would have wrecked the US economy
In an interview prior to this week's G8 Gleneagles summit, Mr Bush bluntly said that the Prime Minister could expect no special favours even though he had supported the war in Iraq.
Typical Bush diplomacy. No pro quid pro just pro squeeze balls pro. His classic "drop dead" style is a real winner, isn't it?

In stark contrast, China and Russia yesterday inked several historic agreements and a treaty of mutual self defence coupled with an overt warning to the USA to watch our step or else. Another diplomatic high point for the ever patient and careful President Hu of China.
"I go to the G8 not really trying to make him look bad or good, but I go to the G8 with an agenda that I think is best for our country," he said in an interview with ITV's Tonight with Trevor McDonald, to be shown tonight.

"I really don't view our relationship as one of quid pro quo. Tony Blair made decisions on what he thought was best for keeping the peace and winning the war on terror, as I did," he added.

Anxious to avoid further damaging the US's reputation in Europe, Mr Bush appeared to soften his sceptical view on global warming by admitting that it was a "significant, long-term issue" which to an extent was man-made.
This man is infinitely infuriating, isn't he? He is a stubborn moron and then says, "Oh, by the way, you all are right all along!" then slaps us again in our faces with the acknowledgement that yes, humans are changing the environment but who gives a f*ck, eh?

I do, you moron.

A man died this week who passionately cared and unlike you, Bush, did the right thing, too. And not one minute too late, either.

The CO2 problem isn't merely man-made, it is one of the few export items indelibly stamped with "Made in the USA" on it. And it is one that is causing the rest of the planet to wonder if it isn't time to declare a plague upon our house.

But he reaffirmed that the US did not and would not sign the 1997 Kyoto deal on reducing greenhouse emissions because it "would have wrecked our economy, if I can be blunt".

Mr Bush indicated that he believed Mr Blair was ready to move "beyond Kyoto" and focus on techniques such as capturing and storing carbon dioxide in underground wells, rather than on setting emission limits.
We ain't storing our pollution anywhere except in the entire ecosystem. We spew it out and then curtly tell the world to roast to death because we want to be rich, hahaha. Great. So we are Midas, everything we touch turns to gold and we die of starvation, no? Or in Bush's case, everything he touches blows up.
Total failure at Gleneagles would hugely embarrass Mr Blair who has made climate change one of his two priorities for his G8 presidency.

British officials are desperate for a compromise to gloss over the stark disagreement between America and the other G8 nations and there were reports yesterday that a plan could still be agreed on cleaning up air and land transport, and providing green technology to developing nations.
Embarrassing people is a Bush talent. He certainly embarrasses me. I hear that travelers are so embarrassed by him, they pretend to be Canadians or Brits or Aussies when traveling abroad these days.

Or if American, like I did in 1968, they are loudly anti-Bush.

From Space Daily

A report issued by the Royal Society in the U.K. sounds the alarm about the world's oceans. "If CO2 from human activities continues to rise, the oceans will become so acidic by 2100 it could threaten marine life in ways we can't anticipate," commented Dr. Ken Caldeira, co-author of the report and a newly appointed staff scientist at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology in Stanford, California.
Many scientists view the world's oceans as an important sink for capturing the human-induced greenhouse gas CO2 and slowing global warming. Marine plants soak up CO2 as they breathe it in and convert it to food during photosynthesis. Organisms also use it to make their skeletons and shells, which eventually form sediments.

With the explosion of fossil-fuel burning over the past 200 years, it has been estimated that more than a third of the human-originated greenhouse gas has been absorbed by the oceans. While marine organisms need CO2 to survive, work by Caldeira and colleagues shows that too much CO2 in the ocean could lead to ecological disruption and extinctions in the marine environment.

When CO2 gas dissolves into the ocean it produces carbonic acid, which is corrosive to shells of marine organisms and can interfere with the oxygen supply. If current trends continue, the scientists believe the acidic water could interrupt the process of shell and coral formation and adversely affect other organisms dependent upon corals and shellfish.

The acidity could also negatively impact other calcifying organisms, such as phytoplankton and zooplankton, some of the most important players at the base of the planet's food chain.

"We can predict the magnitude of the acidification based on the evidence that has been collected from the ocean's surface, the geological and historical record, ocean circulation models, and what's known about ocean chemistry," continued Caldeira. "What we can't predict is just what acidic oceans mean to ocean ecology and to Earth's climate. International and governmental bodies must focus on this area before it's too late."
God help us all. If this study is even half true, we are dead ducks. Extinction is forever. You don't make an encore entry. You are dead and gone and only your bones and maybe crushed black oily matter is all that remains.

God help us all.
"This report should sound the alarm bells around the world," remarked Chris Field, director of the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology. "It provides compelling evidence for the need for a thorough understanding of the implications of ocean acidification. It also strengthens the case for rapid progress on reducing CO2 emissions."
Forget Plamegate or even the full war crimes of our rulers. They are conspiring to destroy our planet. Not merely humans like Hitler's plans, all living things. This is, to say the least, the crime of the last 63 million years. Good grief.

God help us all.

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Gaylord Nelson lived a long and fruitful life. Unlike some other notorious Senators who kept going back to DC despite obvious senility, he retired to tend his own gardens and to write and think. His legacy is all around us, if you love nature. He had the foresight and the political will and the scientific understanding about our planet earth and nature and how we must live. He was an inspiration to us all.

Many people date the environment movement from 1969 when the men landing on the moon turned and looked back at the most beautiful planet in the universe, our delicate, multicolored, odd shaped colorscheme earth. Radiant and lovely, a jewel in the dark night.

But it didn't start there at all. My personal point of reference is "Silent Spring," the great book warning us about destroying the habitat and prey of song birds. Our campaign to kill bugs was killing many other important things.

But it is earlier than that! For my godmother, Josephine Michener, was a well known bird watcher, bander and writer who taught me as a very small child to understand the language of birds. She didn't need a study to tell her chickadees have a complex language, she talked with them all the time, engrossed in the conversation. She lived in LA since the Civil War and watched it turn into the toxic soup of the late fifties. She retreated into her fabulous bird sanctuary which was turned into a parking lot when she died.

I was not alone in being enraged at the progress of destruction of our world. Even microworlds like the greed dome of towering bamboo and fruit trees that was Josephine's home couldn't exist along side the mega machine eating up our air, water and land.

From the NYT:
Gaylord A. Nelson, one of the architects of America's modern environmental movement who as a United States senator from Wisconsin founded Earth Day to protest degradation and launch a national legislative campaign to improve stewardship, died today in at his home in Kensington, Md. He was 89 years old,

The cause was cardiovascular failure, Bill Christofferson, Mr. Nelson's biographer and a family spokesman, told The Associated Press.

A liberal Democrat, Mr. Nelson was known for his candor and independence. He was just one of three United States senators who voted against the $700 million appropriation that began the nation's expanded involvement in the Vietnam War.
Note that not only was he a wonderful pioneer in the environmental movement, he was one of the very few sane, thoughtful, truthful people in DC! He was a true hero, standing up for reality when everyone was being driven to war by a hysterical press and hyperpatriotic posturing by mostly cowardly men not intending to fight. Some of Congress fought in WWII and thought all wars were WWII. They were obviously wrong here.

WWII wasn't about defending democracy or we would have given our own minorities at home basic civil rights. We didn't. Not even after the war! This had to drag on forever before civil right were guaranteed to our own citizens. And WWII didn't give it.

But they shoved and pushed for a war to spread democracy even though we really aren't all that enthusiastic about democracy. We are lucky the war votes were not 100%. By the skin of our teeth, one or two hold outs exist for each war.
But it was Mr. Nelson's lifelong devotion to the natural landscape that distinguished him as one of Capitol Hill's early and ardent environmental leaders. On March 25, 1963, in his first Senate speech, he framed the declining condition of the nation's air and water as a national issue. "We need a comprehensive and nationwide program to save the national resources of America," he said. "Our soil, our water, and our air are becoming more polluted every day. Our most priceless natural resources - trees, lakes, rivers, wildlife habitats, scenic landscapes - are being destroyed."

The speech coincided with Mr. Nelson's private effort to successfully lobby President John F. Kennedy to embrace environmental protection as a priority. In September 1963, Mr. Kennedy embarked on a five-day, 11-state tour to talk about conservation.
Ah, Gaylord had Kennedy to work with! And LBJ: his dear wife, Lady Bird, was Gaylord's sponsor and friend and she enthusiastically embraced his ideas and pushed them forwards in her own way. I appreciated her efforts even back then, her billboard clean up campaign directly improved the vistas out in Arizona a lot. She was a blessing.
On a speaking tour in the West in 1969, Mr. Nelson came up with a new idea for what he called "a huge grassroots protest" modeled after that era's campus "teach-ins" to oppose the Vietnam War. At a conference in Seattle in September, Mr. Nelson announced that the protest would occur the following spring. April 22, 1970, a Wednesday, was chosen as the best date.

More than 20 million Americans marked the first Earth Day in events ranging from dragging tires and old appliances out of the Bronx River in White Plains, N.Y., to campus demonstrations in Oregon. Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York closed Fifth Avenue to vehicles. Congress shut its doors so lawmakers could participate in local events. Legislatures from 42 states passed Earth Day resolutions to commemorate the date. Mr. Nelson called it "one of the most exciting and significant grassroots efforts in the history of this country."

"The reason Earth Day worked," Mr. Nelson said, "is that it organized itself. The idea was out there and everybody grabbed it. I wanted a demonstration by so many people that politicians would say, 'Holy cow, people care about this.' "
I remember the first earth day! We did an organic veggie/bread baking/free range chicken egg thing! It was a blast! Our commune had a small feast prepared and we showed how easy it was to make and grow things in the city, even.

If there is a heaven, Gaylord is there and he is surrounded by grateful birds, singing full throat, a symphony of avian joy.

For joy is what we should feel today, remembering our great teachers of the past. Joy and thanks. Thanks forever!

&hearts &hearts &hearts

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