Let's get rid of poisonous fossil fuel power plants and fossil politicians
By Richard Bartlett
This past weekend had a revealing confluence of three news stories.
The Massachusetts House voted to make renewable energy projects a permitted use in all of our state's coastal waters except from Chatham to Provincetown. The Alliance spent nearly $1 million more on obstructionism than it took in last year. (That's $12,420,000 since 2002.
Last year's contributions ranged from $420,000 tops to the lowest of $50,000. Hardlyjustifying it's "grassroots pretensions!) And the United Nations Fourth Assessment Report was released on Saturday.
The broad upshot of the U.N. report is that previous predictions were too conservative.
Worldwide measurements show climate change is occurring much faster than had been thought. The report identifies the many catastrophic events that have already taken place. If you Google "U.N. Climate Report" you can read the report for yourself. It is written in language that is within easy comprehension of us laypersons.
I'll mention just a couple of items that are of particular interest for those of us who have witnessed the shamefully long 6 year contest between a wealthy and powerful few against the majority of us who want their electricity to come from clean, renewable sources.
Sea level rise will not only change our coastline, it will endanger our drinking water supply as underground brine pushes against the fresh water aquifer.
For all the talk about birds "hitting meatgrinders," we who watch and feed birds will be far more alarmed by the prediction that global warming will cause 25% of endangered mammal and 12% of bird species to become extinct in only a couple of decades.
We have to get rid of those poisonous fossil fuel power plants and those fossil politicians if we want to be kind to our progeny and to all the peoples of this planet.
Richard C. Bartlett, Cotuit