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Old 12-24-2006, 02:19 PM   #1
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Resolutions That Matter

Resolutions That Matter

As we celebrate the holidays this year we do so on a planet which is trying to tell us that changes are coming. Our dependence on oil and other resources in America is grossly disproportionate to our population. We comprise just five per cent of the earthís human inhabitants, but we produce twenty five per cent of its dangerous pollution and consume much more than five per cent of its resources.

In searching for alternative energy sources and seeking to understand our universe, some people have suggested harnessing the earthís geothermal energy and blowing holes in the moon. I canít remember what the logic behind shoving a projectile into the moon was; I have gleaned the following information, however.

Our magnetic field is weakening; that field which is produced by the innermost core of the planet. In the past one hundred years it has declined by ten per cent. That magnetic field shields us from the damaging radiation of the sun, which is simultaneously growing stronger all the time as it, like all stars, goes through its life cycle.

Some scientists now think Mars may once have had life, but having lost its magnetic field entirely, it was essentially scorched by the sun.

We also know that our gravitational attraction to the moon is weakening on a slower but steady scale. Every year the moon wanders just a little bit farther away from us.

We have to do something about our dependence on fossil fuels, and at first glance harnessing the geothermal energy of the earthís blazing hot interior sounds like a good idea. But what if it isnít? What if we get really good at harnessing that energy and further the cooling of the planetís core? What if, in so doing, we further diminish the magnetic field it generates?

And what if we do pierce the surface of the moon in the name of science, with such force that we further affect our weakening gravitational attraction? The answer is that we donít really know what will happen.

It seems to me we need to consider alternative approaches to the energy crisis and global warming that do not involve blowing gaping holes in Grandmother Moon or opening up Pandoraís Box by blasting our way into the earthís core (which, by the way, is how some scientists propose we should explore itÖwith a nuclear missile thrust deep beneath the surface).

So, when the frenzy of the holidays subsides, when the last gift is opened and the last cross-country trek to see our loved ones has been completed, let us resolve to get busy and use our considerable intellect and energy in a way that might insure us many more happy holidays. Letís pick an issue and make a stand.

Let us resolve in 2007 to contact our elected officials and offer them sound and well researched advice. Let us each become champions for saving ourselves and our home planet. Let us engage them in issues like safe alternative energy sources. Let us discourage them from commitment to radical, potentially destructive methods of energy exploration. Let us commend them for having the courage to take leadership roles, and tell them what we expect of them as our leaders.

Let us extend our considerable influence as consumers by contacting companies we support and encouraging them to reduce pollution and create more environmentally friendly products. Letís not forget to praise those who are doing so.

Letís invest in good ideas, in renewable energy sources, in companies that seek a sustainable future. You and I, the seemingly powerless and voiceless, are not at all without a voice, without intelligence, or without means. Our dollars drive the economy. Our children will inherit the earth. Let us resolve to leave them something worth inheriting.

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