An Attack on Creation
The reason I loved to camp was I was able to observe as many of God’s wonders as I could. For me, the best part of those camping trips was sitting around a camp fire gazing at the stars. While I stared at the stars, I had a sense of peace. It gave me time to contemplate on the awesome power of our creator. Everyday people across the world benefit in multiple ways by elements of creation.
Ever since the last 1970 humanity has become aware of depletion of the ozone layer due to green house gases. Ever since the Montreal Protocol of 1987, an international treaty of nations dedicated, to the phasing out the substances that have caused the problem. These chemicals are man-made and contain chlorine and bromine. The ozone layer provides protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Another debate which confuses the issue is global warming which leads to climate change. The causes of global warming are carbon dioxide and other heat causing gases are forming a blanket in the upper atmosphere and trapping heat around the earth.
As of January 20, 2017, the client change deniers have a new self-proclaimed leader. He believes that climate change is a hoax, started by China. President Trump and his administration, people that benefit from the drilling and mining of the fossil fuels. This group argues that the EPA creates restrictive measures on the oil and mining industry.
- President Trump is attacking all parts of creation. So far the attacks have been in the following form:
- On February 1 Congress dismantles the Stream Protection Rule which guaranteed clean water for communities near mining operations.
- February 28, of this year received an easement from the Army Corp. of Engineers to construct the Dakota Pipe line
- March 24, President Trump gives his approval to continue building the Keystone Pipeline
April 3, President Trump signed a bill which allows wolves and their pups to be killed in their dens. This bill also allows bears to be gunned down in bait stations. These acts are allowed in Alaska’s national wildlife refuges. Also the act allows aerial gunning and the use of steel-jawed leg hold traps. This type of trap holds the animal in place until they are killed.
In the budget for 2018 The President has proposed steep budget cuts in the EPA and the ESA. Also, the President and various congressional members are calling for the elimination of the EPA and the ESA.
Since, these attacks were announced, I knew I was going to become involved. The first step, would be to learn as much as I could.
The EPA’s Mission
The Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) mission is to protect this nation’s citizens from significant risks to human health and environment in their living, learning, and work places. Their best efforts to reduce environmental risks nationally, are based on the best available scientific data. It enforces federal laws that protect human health and the environment, fairly and effectively. The factors that are used in establishing environmental policies natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade. All parts of society have access to information to participate in managing human health and environmental risks. These parts include communities, individuals, businesses, state and local and tribal government.
How the EPA Succeeds
First they develop and enforce regulations. After our federal government lawmakers create an environmental law, the EPA uses the law by writing regulations. They set standards which all to states are required to enforce through their own regulations. If the states and tribes fail to meet the standards, the EPA helps them. The EPA ensures that companies understand the requirements.
The EPA uses grants to achieve their goals by using grants. These grants are given to state environmental programs, non profits, and educational institutions. The money is used for scientific studies that helps the EPA make decisions for community cleanups.
This organization uses’ laboratories scattered throughout the nation. They do this to identify and attempt to solve environmental problems. In an effort to learn more the EPA shares information with other countries, academic institutions, other agencies, and organizations in the private sector.
The EPA can’t and don’t protect the environment on their own. Some of the organizations that the EPA works with are businesses, non profit organizations and state and local governments through dozens of partnerships. Some of these partnerships include conservation of water and energy, reducing green house gases, and get a handle on pesticide risks.
New Energy Technologies
Below is a list of four new energy technologies. While there are many more tested and viable. This short list makes the point new energy technologies are here.
- Radiant Energy: on some devices can produce the same results which are estimated at less than 1% of the cost, of ordinary electricity. However it does not behave like normal electricity which has led to a misunderstanding in the scientific community. Radio Energy is a term most often used in radiometry, solar energy, lighting and heating.
- Permanent Magnets: Dr. Tom Bearden has two working models of a device called permanent magnetic powered electrical transformers. These devices use six watts of power as input to control a magnetic field coming out of a magnet. By channel the magnetic field to a series of output coils rapidly and repeatedly can produce 96 watts of output without any moving parts.
- Super Efficient Electrolysis: When water is hit with its own molecular resonant frequency it collapses into water and oxygen gas, with little electrical input. For the cost of water Hydrogen can drive engines like your car.
- This is a small list of the least known technologies. The full lists of dozens of technologies that are well tested, known, and proven. Still there are forces in the world that keep people from learning about them. There are four forces to keeping these and other technologies from being made available. These forces are (1) wealthy families and their central banking institutions, (2) national governments jockeying for leadership positions, (3) Deluded inventors and con men, (4) and all the rest of us.
The Endangered Species Act of 1973
This act was designed to protect imperiled animal and plant species from facing extinction. Imperiled species are the result of economic growth and inadequate concern for conservation. The Endangered Species Act was signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon on December 28, 1973. At that time the U. S. Supreme Court found that the “the plain text of Congress was to halt and reverse the trend toward species extinction at whatever cost.”1 Two agencies administer the act; they are the United States Fish Wildlife Service(FSW) and the National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration(NOAA).
The call for wildlife conservation started in 1900. This occurred after the near extinction of the bison and the disappearance of passenger pigeons. Some cause for the low numbers of wildlife were communities and farm land grew, the widespread use of pesticides.
A tragic story which gathered widespread attention was that of the Whooping Crane. This bird’s range extended from southern Canada to Mexico, from Utah to the Atlantic Ocean. By 1890, the Whooping Crane had disappeared from its primary breeding grounds in north central United States. This was due to unregulated hunting and the habitat loss. In 1941 the number of estimated Whooping Cranes in the wild was 16. A conservation highlight in 2007 was the statement of 340 Whooping Cranes in the wild and another 145 found in captivity.
The first conclusion I have drawn since I started my research. That the current administration and its supporters want to eliminate any organization that stands in the way of profit. However, they don’t realize what has happened since air and water pollution became part of the national debate.
In a report last July 1, 2016, Fiona McDonald reported in “The Hole in the Ozone is Finally Closing Up” that:
“Scientists have found evidence that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is finally beginning to heal. If progress continues, it should be closed permanently by 2050.”2
In an article in the New York Times and written by Henry Fountain on June 20, 2016 wrote, “Full recovery of the ozone hole is not expected until, the middle of the century.”3
Both articles were reporting on results from a study led by Susan Solomon, a lead researcher, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
At about the same time the National Aeronautical Space Administration(NASA)speculated that the ozone hole would be closed by the year 2100. The point I want to make is that the human race is successfully changing the amounts of chlorine and bromine in the atmosphere. So the agencies that our president is targeting in his attacks are a benefit to mankind.
Not only has the president targeted the EPA through budget proposals, but through naming its new director, Scott Pruitt. Scott Pruitt was the Oklahoma Attorney General, and has close ties to the fossil fuel industry. Pruitt rejects, the scientific consensus, that human activity is a primary cause to climate change.
I am not sure why the president targeted the ESA. But, for whatever reason the attack is extreme and cruel. In the bible, we are told, “everything has a purpose.” That is what amazes me about the creation. Just as God gave everything a purpose, mankind was given the ability to adapt. Just like the animal kingdom has the ability to adapt to changes in their environment so can humans. The proof is the studies mentioned earlier and the rise in the number of people getting involved in marches and signing petitions.
Since these attacks began the following environmental organizations have responded; Sierra Club; Center for Biological Diversity; and Friends of Earth. Specifically the Center for Biological Diversity celebrated the announcement of a victory for the environment on May 1st, when Congress passed a budget bill funding the government throughout 2017. Secondly, almost none of the 160 anti environment riders passed into the final bill. The Center accredited people for people telephoning, and emailing members of Congress, and attending town hall meetings, for this success.
I have left out our administration’s attack on senior citizens and the poor. I have two reasons for this: I didn’t want this essay to be a rant regarding that subject. Secondly, I have seen the best of our world, enjoying pristine water and beautiful skies. I have seen wolves, bears, moose, and an eagle is their natural environment and I want those experiences to be available to other people. The earth doesn’t need humans to survive. However, humanity does need clean air and water to survive.
Finally, I leave you with the words of a former statesman that fought for conservation over a hundred years ago.
On May 13, 1908, in a speech at the White House, to a Governors Conference on conservation. As President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt said:
“We have become great in a material sense because of our lavish use of our resources, and we have just reason to be proud of our growth. But the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils will have further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields. These questions do not relate only to the next century or to the next generation. One distinguishing characteristic of really civilized men is foresight; we have to as a nation, exercise foresight for this nation in the future; and if we do not exercise that foresight, dark will be our future!”4
I believe the above quote is correct in that it foretells the junction that our nation and our leaders find themselves. Roosevelt continued to say:
“We should exercise foresight now, as the ordinarily prudent man exercises foresight in conserving and widely using the property which contains the assurance of well being for himself and his children. We want to see him exercise forethought for the next generation and need to exercise it in some fashion ourselves as a nation for the next generation.”5
1.Endangered Species Act. (2017, April 06). Retrieved April 22, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endangered_Species_Act
2.http://www.sciencealert.com/the-ozone-hole-is-finally-closing-up,ScienceAlert,The Hole in the Ozone is Finally Closing Up
3.http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/01/science/ozone hole show-sign of shrinking, scientists say, Henry Fountain
4.Roosevelt: In His Own Words, Weider History, Pg: 74
5.Roosevelt: In His Own Words, Weider History, Pg. 74
Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful.
I first heard this expression twenty two years ago, while learning how to manage my life. I learned how to live one day at a time. It has been hard to follow this particular lifestyle. Below, I offer an explanation to as to why I have problems with the quote above and one day at a time.
I know the past is gone, but we should cry over it because there is so much that can be learned from it. I have studied history all of my life. It first started with my father and kitchen table conversations. He had lived through the Prohibition, the Depression, both World Wars, the Korean conflict and Vietnam War. Because I was born on July 4, he made sure that I memorized the Declaration of Independence. Belief in God and love for country were to two parts of his mantra. That is why the fourth paragraph of the Declaration of Independence is so important to me.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”
And the following verse.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
I remember being taught in grade school that many of the early settlers of our country came in order to escape religious persecution. By the time I got to college the new teaching method was to get students to question everything which was I started to leave my naivete about this county. In college while studying s ancient history, I had a professor whose last name was Astur. He taught us that although dates were importance he wanted us to concentrate on the significance of the events. I studied ancient history so I would understand biblical times because I wanted to enter the theology. However, I would never fulfill my dream job.
I would consider my father a patriotic man. However, I think not serving his country during World War II weighed on him. But when he notified his employer that he received a draft notice he was informed that he was needed in the factory because he was employed by an essential war industry. Citizenship was very important to him; he made sure I was aware of right and duty to vote and serve on jury duty. Our relationship took a heavy hit during the Vietnam War. I was against it and he thought his country could do no wrong. That was until May 4, 1970. That was the date of the Kent State Massacre. A day in Ohio National Guardsman opened up on some students protesting against the war in Vietnam.
My father, who worked in a war industry during World War II, told me of a notion that the Nazis used in World War II. That notion was referred to as the fifth column. The fifth columnist as they were concerned in the early forties for the allies. The fifth column occupied a foreign country and recruit future members of the party to sabotage the political system and governmental works. After the war the United States became a superpower. And like other super powers throughout history the United States became a military power when it had so much more to offer.
Fast forward seventy years. There is less emphasis on church and more on shopping or some sport activity with the children. We live in a throwaway society. Values, history, and heritage are all easily tossed in the trash. When I was growing up God, Country and family. Families got together for holidays and birthdays. Marriage was meant to be forever. Now the importance of those values has diminished. Everybody is in a hurry.
I believe the high speed society is a result of the development of Information Technology. One of the inventions in the early 1980s was the personal computer, which heightened interest in the digital age. I had been working in Information Technology by four years. The Internet started in the 1960s by the US government. Originally used for academia it became widespread by the 1990s. As interest grew in the Internet, the popularity of personal computers exploded prices dropped. When I first bought a PC all a person needed, was a telephone connection. Then came high speed networks the individual user chose between satellite and cable networks. Then you needed a firewall and then all sorts of hardware and software protection. Hacking, phishing, and id theft grew rampant. A device known as the mobile phone was developed, which added wireless technology and allowed people to become unplugged from the grid. Mobile phones have now technologies such as digital photography, and texting.
Every thing has to be done instantly. After forty-two years in the business I decided to professionally unplug from IT. A heart attack occurred ten months before was enough encouragement for me to slow down. Instead of instant meals that take very little time to cook in a microwave we are using fresh vegetables and less salt. Instead of buying meat in a supermarket I make a trip to a butcher shop every three months.
When I retired, I wanted to read and writing. My hopes were to write short stories and a novel, but since the November 8 election my interest has turned to essays and personal opinion.
My vision of the future after the election of 2016 was fairly gloomy. I am proud that there are citizens in this country willing to stand up enough for their beliefs and are willing to protest. I just wish I was healthy enough to join them. The problem is that with the hint of Russian interference in our election I wonder how Putin would go to stabilize Trump’s reign. Any hint of any kind of influence by any foreign should have provoked Congress to stop the inauguration until he was cleared. I hope this nation survives the next four years.
This post is in reaction to the nomination and confirmation of Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA and the administration proposed plan to abolish all the work that organization has accomplished. Below is a true story of a 16 year old boy and his incredible experience.
Have you ever seen a bald eagle, in flight, in the wild. I have and it is one of the most beautiful sites you could ever see. The wide wing spread in a clear blue sky high above the trees. When I had this particular vision I was on ten day canoe trip out of the Wilderness Canoe Base which borders in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The Boundary Waters is part of the Superior National Forest in Minnesota.
We were paddling toward our home base when our guide pointed that he spotted three eagles. These three eagles were perched in the trees, on a hillside high above us. Looking straight into the sun all I could see were shapes at the top of the trees. My brother, who was steering the canoe asked me if I saw them. I told him I wasn’t sure. He had the bright idea of attracting one of the eagles so I could see them., so he had the broad side of his paddle on the surface of the water. Sensing that a fish had surfaced one of the eagles leaned forward and dove toward us. What I remember is that I was mesmerized by the fall and then several hundred feet above us, the eagle spread its wings. My jaw dropped open at the size of the wing span. All my life I have lived in a city and the comparison of a sparrow’s wing spread to an eagle is enormous to a sixteen year old boy. As the eagle grew closer I dove in the bottom of the canoe. My brother was laughing hard. On the same trip I saw a moose feeding off the bottom of the lake, a bear swimming in the lake. and a wolf staring at me from the edge of the woods. These are all precious memories from the past. This was way back in 1967.
At the same time back in civilized society factories were belching smoke and flame into the sky. Rivers smelled from whatever factories and society dumped into them. Suds floated on top of the water ways. Times Beach, Missouri was closed down because of Dioxin contamination in 1983.
My whole point is that our society has done some work to clear up the effects of pollution and to lessen its impact. But, if President Trump and the Republican party succeed in reducing the authority of the EPA and opening up public lands the only time our next generations will be able to see any wildlife in the wild will be in a picture book or in a movie. Add ignoring the effect of climate change and the human race is pretty well doomed.
From the King James version:
Genesis 1: 28. “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
God didn’t say a thing about destroying the earth.