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23 December 2011: Holiday Thoughts 2011-2012

It's been about a week since we heard from a team of experts that we're passing the point of no environmental return.

I met an employee of the EPA last week and thought a moment as I looked into his eyes. Then my head spun. "You, above all the other executive divisions, have a full plate."

That sure beat my previous comment to another EPA employee: "EPA isn't doing anything, is it?" I was implying that their hands were tied, to put it mildly. I meant no offense. She was on her way to meet with John Kerry, so I sent along my regards.

My wide-eyed amazement is that this is the one percent's world, too--a place they're bequeathing to their children. All the money in the world can't buy back environmental deterioration such as they're allowing.

My thoughts retreat to that beautiful scene in Fellini's "Satyricon" where the poet speaks to a younger man of his legacy to the world. It's not the written word.

"I leave you the sun, that source of light; the mountains that it arrays in a spectral radiance twice a day; the trees that sway so gently as the wind sings through them. . . ."

Etc. This is not a verbatim quote, but a broad paraphrase. I was so transfixed by these lines I searched the body of written literature for clues to its origin and found none. Were these Fellini's lines? Does anyone know?

Today what lines would that poet intone? "Come die with me while still the sunset is so lovely"? His delicate lungs would be hocking and spitting as he spoke, so used were they to purer airs, though Rome was no Elysium.

Enough backtracking. No time for poetry now.

What can we do? Can we seal what's left of pure environments in cornerstones? Animals and vegetables are being devoured and spat out ruined by minerals.

Briefly I turn my hopes to "them." You know, those amorphous people in white coats in laboratories who create test tubes of stuff to cure us. Will they aim at climate change or the people causing it? Surely science can invent a cure for this lethal mental/environmental devastation.

Where is it, "they"?

What are "they" working on now? What is the main focus of scientific effort now? Nukes? Cars that will subtract a few hydrocarbons from the air by 2025? Texas, the oil king, also leads the nation with its acres of windmills, doesn't it?

What can "they" do to save the world? Battle the cause or the effects? We, the 99 percent, are taking to specific streets to demonstrate around specific lavish, wrought-iron estates containing molecules of the cause of this visible decay they are ignoring, rationalizing away. We are relocating homeless people into foreclosed homes, a pragmatic solution to their suffering, and the neighborhoods are already "shot," from a realtor's point of view.

I believe strongly that "they" can battle against the effects; learn to control the climate; invent little creatures that will eat all that Exxon/Mobil and Chevron oil destroying our waters--not just the top layer; will "they" wake up and reverse their priorities soon enough? If not, will "they" be able to invent miracles?

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A jack of some trades, writing and editing among them, Marta Steele, an admitted and proud holdover from the late sixties, returned to activism ten years ago after first establishing her skills as a college [mostly adjunct] professor in three (more...)

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