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  •  TheLittleOne, your diary is so inspiring that I (11+ / 0-)

    had to read it twice.  Thank you for reminding all of us why this fight is so important.  And, you have found ways to be a real climate hero!  

    Of course, the President takes feedback from his daughters very seriously.  If this letter reaches him and his daughters, which it may very well do, I have no doubt that it will make a huge impact on his heart.

    The President knows that the US must lead the world in a different, more sustainable direction.  I wrote about this last year:

    Saying "NO" to the pipeline is sending a message to the world that the US is committed to solving the problem of global warming.  How can we expect any other country to do more than we are willing to do ourselves?  Back in 2007, when then Senator Obama declared his run for the White House, standing on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., he said, “Let’s be the generation that finally frees America from the tyranny of oil.”  
    That's what he said before he became President.  So, we know that he doesn't like dirty, fossil fuels either.  I have worked with some of the people who push the President's agenda.  I can tell you that he does know that we need to act on climate change.  He has stated so emphatically many times since becoming President in speeches viewed all over the world as my diary points out.  I also believe that he knows that he must say "NO" to the Keystone XL pipeline, because doing otherwise would undermine US leadership and credibility with regard to our obligations to the world and your generation.  As I am sure you know, the longer we wait to take decisive action, the more painful and expensive the consequences will be.  

    The President also cares very much about his legacy.  His actions, not words, will define that legacy with regard to climate change responsibility.  President Obama is both very intelligent and responsible.

    In answer to your question, I have submitted many comments over the last year.  After reading your diary, I know that I must submit a few more.  So, thank you for reminding us all of our duty to our children, grandchildren and those generations yet to come.

    Lastly, I want to applaud you for your actions and demonstrating great leadership at such a young age.  Not only is your writing moving;  but, your composting project and activism are crazy wonderful!  Most people your age would not understand the important role that healthy soil plays in the ecosystem.  And, from a climate change perspective, it provides an important carbon sink, it holds water so it helps us to adapt to heavier rains, allows one to grow local, sustainably produced food, etc.    

    I think that your parents must be two of the proudest people around today.  Great job, little one.  And, keep fighting the good fight.  We'll get there together!

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