To the editor:
On Earth Day we are faced with the intransigence of the Bush Administration and the danger they are unleashing on the environment.
At the same time, we see a panoply of green solutions to our problems, and a growing majority in Congress and the public who are ready to take action.
The Bush EPA may refuse to produce an endangerment finding or regulations for CO2 emissions, but the Arlington High School Action Club did the legwork and brainwork to put photovoltaic solar power on the roof of their school.
The CEOs of the top oil companies testified with straight faces that they don’t know if there is demand for biofuels, but citizens from the 19th District have jammed every forum we have held on biodiesel and other alternatives.
The Interior Department and EPA may think it’s OK to sell oil and gas leases under the newly melted areas of the Arctic Ocean, prime polar bear habitat, but children are asking their parents what they are doing to preserve the polar bear.
Whether it’s the Australian drought tripling the worldwide price of rice, or record flooding in Missouri and other Midwest states, whether it’s the loss of salmon runs on the Sacramento River, or the disappearance of bees or Mexican bats, people are getting wise to the facts. Other species are like canaries in the coal mine, and the coal mine is the Earth.
We have solar, wind, geothermal, tidal and wave power to develop. We have conservation which has barely been tapped to reduce our need for electric power, water and oil. We have new industries springing up to provide green architecture and energy-star insulation and appliances. And soon, with your help, we will have a government willing to require that municipal, industrial, and private parties all favor these green solutions as the preferred way of doing business.
This is the Earth we will leave to our children and grandchildren. We owe it to them to make the right choices.
Happy Earth Day!