January 4, 2008
The attached document is a copy of a letter that I received last week from United States Senator Richard Shelby’s office (AL-R) in response to my brief statement on man’s undeniably negative impact on the environment and on the world’s oceans. In early December, my reply was originally sent to The Wall Street Journal after reading an editorial questioning the science behind climate change and Al Gore’s Nobel Prize. My comments pointed to man’s current destruction to our oceans through runoff pollution, erosion, over-harvesting of fish, and dead and dying coral reefs as proof to man’s ability to harm our world. My words can be read in their entirety by clicking on the following link: http://toxicnation.blogspot.com/2007/12/are-we-destroying-mother-earth.html.
During the past year, I have written to Senator Shelby and to the rest of the Alabama Congressional Delegation on a number of political issues as I became aware of them and was so moved to act. In addition, to sharing my essays with this audience I have also included Shelby and other members of Congress when relevant. This is the fourth such letter that I have received from him and the closest to hitting its mark. However, this correspondence appears to be another pushbutton computer-generated propaganda ready to be mailed out and to pacify one of his state’s four million constituents like myself and not to affirm the truths in my specific points. Like most of their political replies, these lawmakers always seem to conveniently straddle both sides of an issue at the same time, how diplomatic of them. They’re always saying so much while saying so little – what leaders.
As I began reading Shelby’s position on global warming immediately thoughts of the Iraq War popped into my mind. Based on his letter, it seems that the benchmark for passing climate change legislation and getting the President to sign a bill into law is so high when compared to the relatively low threshold for starting this pointless war. President George W. Bush and the then Republican-controlled Congress had vitally no evidence for justifying the swift attack on Saddam Hussein and Iraq after 9/11. Thus, the Administration resorted to manufacturing lies about Iraq possessing large stockpiles of WMD (weapons of mass destruction) and being a real threat to the United States. After the war began their claims proved false.
Five years later, nearly four thousand American servicemen and women are dead along with an estimated six hundred thousand Iraqis whose only crime for most of them was living in that sand trap. Those deaths are permanent and irreversible unlike any global warming legislation that could potentially affect the only bellwether that seems to matter to Wall Street and this White House – our economy. None of the lost lives can ever be brought back to life and reunited with their families. The bar for signing a law on climate change is about as high as the once mighty New York City’s World Trade Center twin towers.
Shelby and his fellow Republicans ridiculous logic towards both of these issues is so interesting to me, yet troubling in their inconsistency and shallowness of the legislative process. It reveals just a little more about why our dysfunctional federal government doesn’t really work. It’s almost laughable if it weren’t so tragic. Why wasn’t Marine Major Jay Thomas Aubin, one of the first U.S. soldiers to die in the Iraq War, not worthy of the same consideration as our seemingly delicate trillion-dollar economy is as President Bush would have us all believe? Aubin was fighting for their “freedom” while we remain hostage to the U.S. dollar.
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”
– U.S. President Abraham Lincoln (the 1st Republican President)
See attachment: A Response from U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (AL-R).
“Faith is like a muscle it has to be exercised daily to get strong.”
Richard Shelby – Alabama
United States Senate
December 14, 2007
Mr. Ted Burnett
Daphne, AL 36532
Dear Mr. Burnett:
Thank you for contacting me about global warming. I appreciate you sharing your views on this matter.
Global warming continues to be an issue of significant debate in Congress and throughout the scientific community. In addition, important scientific research is ongoing as there are still many questions that must be answered before we take steps to address this issue. For example, is the climate change phenomenon cyclical or is it a function of manmade pollutants, or both? I believe the science must be firmly grounded before we take any actions that could seriously cripple many sectors of our economy.
Our great nation contains some of the most diverse and valuable natural resources in the world, and every effort must be must maintain the integrity of our country’s vast environment, but not at the expense of the economic well-being of the community. Rest assured, I will keep your thoughts in mind should relevant legislation come before the full Senate during the 110th Congress.
Thank you again for your correspondence. If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I am available for speaking, consulting and political advising. My other essays can be viewed at my blog @ http://toxicnation.blogspot.com/. All essays are available in a MS Word format upon request. I can be contacted by email: email@example.com.Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved. “Part II Are We Destroying Mother Earth” by Ted Burnett