My New Year's Resolution was to write a letter a day on climate issues to various politicians and media outlets. I've diaried my output so far in two long compilations which can be found here and here.
Today's piece was composed in longhand on lined paper, while I watched my 5-year-old daughter take a swim class. I faxed it to the President after I got home. The White House fax number, by the way, is 202-456-2461. I then posted it on my blog, where my wife read it and said, "Post this on Daily Kos right away! Don't wait to do another compilation. Promise?"
So here it is, in living black and white.
For a long time, I was reluctant to address economic issues in my letters, emails and blog posts. I felt that I had inadequate background to be able to speak with any authority. However, recent events have demonstrated that the people who are speaking with authority either don't have a fucking clue or are eager participants in the undeclared class war against the economically disenfranchised.
So I figured, "why the hell not?" and wrote a screed addressing climate change in economic terms.
Dear President Obama,
It is increasingly apparent that the people you appointed as economic advisors are not operating in good faith. Messrs Geithner, Summers and Bernanke are obviously working against the best interests of both the American people and their American president. Mr. Summers' near-complete denialism on the economic necessity of addressing global climate change in a substantial and meaningful way is just one example of this — an example which highlights the potential for an apocalyptic confluence of economic and environmental crises in the not too distant future.
The economic impact of climate change will be felt most severely by the world's poor. By the time the wealthiest among the planet's population are severely affected, it will be too late for any attempts at remediation or mitigation. "Disaster capitalism" can only succeed if there is a human population left to rob!
By aligning themselves with the big banks and the multi-national corporations, Geithner, Summers and Bernanke have lent their support to an undeclared class war: the wealthy against the rest of us. Uncontrolled and unregulated capitalism is the engine driving runaway climate change — a slow-motion catastrophe whose ultimate impact will be the annihilation of whole populations. Corporate climaticide's impact on the world's poor is the smallpox-infested blanket writ large — a toxic gift from the oligarchy to the everyone else. This gift will have your signature on it (along with all the rest of the world's apologists for government of, by and for the supremely wealthy) unless you take the necessary steps — steps which will also help America's middle-class and poor recover their economic footing. Fire Geithner and Summers. Withdraw Bernanke's nomination. It may not be enough, but it'll be a good start.
If any readers have suggestions for media outlets to whom subsequent letters should be addressed, I would welcome them. Comments, criticism and feedback are eagerly solicited.
Furthermore, please feel free to use any of my wordings in your own letters if you find them apt.