My intention is not to teach what so many of us already know, but to set up a scenario that points its finger at the greed seekers and the deniers for the sake of greed.
Scott Pruitt either never opened a textbook when first introduced to the concept of how the earth was formed, or if he did, he did not conceptualize the gravity of importance it would prove to be for us – the human race. The plants and animals that perished billions of years ago, eventually buried and compressed, are not renewable. The energy produced can be ignorantly squandered. It will not be available until we are long gone and the process begins again, sets to rest and becomes energy once again.
Fossil fuels are not renewable. It is that simple. The concept can be easily understood by children old enough to read and understand the context of what they have read. There can be no dispute concerning the definition of fossil fuels: a fuel (as coal, oil, or natural gas) formed in the earth from plant or animal remains.
During Earth’s early formation the atmosphere was vaporous, gaseous. Then came the sun and plants formed. As animals evolved they depended on the plant matter as their source of food – their fuel. As the plants and animals perished they were buried and our ever changing planet covered them where they lay buried at varying levels. The high pressures and temperatures changed the organic matter into coal, oil, and natural gas.
There you have it. A grade level explanation for the formation of the energy being torn without caution from the planet that is our only home. In addition, as the naysayers continue on their immoral quest to suck it dry, the CO2 levels rise and the protective layer in our atmosphere – the ozone, is being destroyed. It will not bode well for us.
Now, let us take a close look at Trump’s impending choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency – Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.
“Pruitt’s record is not only that of being a climate change denier, but also someone who has worked closely with the fossil fuel industry to make this country more dependent, not less, on fossil fuels.” ~ Senator Bernie Sanders.
“I think that putting Pruitt in charge of the EPA is a lot like putting one of The Three Stooges in charge of the agency, because he is not really credible on any of the issues around the environment” ~ Wenonah Hauter.
According to resources, Pruitt will undermine the clean air and water acts. “There are issues with respect to clean water and air that cross state lines,” he said in a 2013 speech in Oklahoma, “There is a role, and I think it’s important for conservatives, for us to recognize, that though I don’t like the EPA … I think it’s not good for us to say that the EPA doesn’t have any role.”
He has been quoted in an op-ed stating, “[the] debate is far from settled. Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind.”
Pruitt has sued the EPA 14 times.
He has collaborated with the fossil fuel industry, and has received close to $300,000 in campaign contributions over the period of his political career.
Pruitt promotes fracking, believing the states and not the EPA should oversee their own regulations for hydraulic fracturing.
Pruitt hails from one of the largest oil and gas states. His interests do not lie with our planet’s health, nor does he have an iota of respect for the balance of nature. Some men live in the moment, filling their pockets, their ego and their bellies at the expense of their fellow man. Others look to the future, hoping to give their children, grandchildren – all people of this planet, a better, safer and healthiest home.
Scott Pruitt is the former.
I urge anyone concerned to peruse them and then pick up your phone. As citizens we do have a voice and the more voices that ring out, the louder the bell tolls.
One Small Human