A global warning: Living among WMD
In the early winter of 2001, America and I were both convinced by President George W. Bush and other influential leaders that it was necessary to arm its young soldiers and to send them marching off to fight a war on terrorism which threatened America and the world and to find the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) which were poised to inflict rack and ruin on the world.
Whether you believe in the war effort or not, this we now know was nothing more than a ruse de guerre or great trick which thus far has accomplished little more than to entrap America in an unending and budget-breaking war.
After six years of fighting and nearly 4,000 American lives, countless wounded American soldiers and nearly 700 billion American tax dollars later, the war on terrorism has accomplished little to nothing more than divide Americans even further, and destroy the value of the American dollar. And the WMD which threatened to inflict rack and ruin on the free world? They were never found. “Imagine that.”
But all this said, I propose that WMDs did and still do exist. In fact, I propose that they exist in such large and great quantities, most people living in America do not even recognize them and have given little thought to their existence or the destructive power they possess.
Based on their own statements, I know for a fact that President George W. Bush and most of our blinded leaders don’t. Would you like to know where they’re hidden?
Have you heard of global warming yet? WMDs are everywhere and they threaten not only to take away the American way of life which we so enjoy, they threaten to take away our ability to live, period. If the thought of being killed slowly and tortuously over a few decades isn’t horrific enough for you to think about, consider this; the new WMD will also take away the possibility of any future decedents from living on planet earth as we now know it. In the short term, like the affects of an addictive drug, these new WMD will and are, crippling our economy and are making life harder and harder, ever widening the gap between the haves and have-nots by stripping us of our hard earned dollars under the supposed premise which says “We must have them in order to have a life of quality.”
Now if you happen to think like President George W. Bush and don’t believe or don’t wish to believe that global warming is real, contemplate this thought: In the mid-1960s, most scientists and medical doctors already agreed that the smoking of cigarettes was a major contributor in the cause of lung and heart disease, yet today and despite the overwhelming evidence which proves smoking cigarettes is a major contributor in lung and heart disease as well as many other degenerative medical conditions, there are still rouge scientists and medical doctors out there who refuse to believe the irrefutable evidence.
Good people of America, it’s now time to step up to the plate and to take responsibility for the fate of our great nation and for all life on planet earth.
If you do not wish to believe that global warming is real, answer this question: If not your own life, are you willing to bet the lives of your children and grandchildren on it?
Are their lives worth only a few pieces of silver to you? What about the other six billion people living on planet earth? What about all life on planet earth?
Perhaps when enough greedy and rouge thinking individuals are out of the way of the logical, the logically thinking people of the world will then be able to start making the necessary changes which will allow life on planet earth to continue.
Look, we don’t have a choice. Science and the history of earth’s climatology more than prove that we will either stop polluting the atmosphere with carbon-ladened greenhouse gases, or we will all die; not just the nations who refuse to curb their destructive emissions, all of us will die.
No, it won’t be easy at first. Yes, it will cost each of us a little money and might even be a small aggravation at first; changing a light bulb is not free but it won’t kill you. Until science can make it clean to burn, coal fired electrical power plants must not be allowed to operate, even at the cost and inconvenience of going without access to electricity 24/7 year round. America has fed far too long on the bosom of carbon-based energy and must now find a safe and suitable power source to replace it with.
WMD are very real and America is full of them. Collectively, these WMD are as deadly as any nuclear, biological or chemical weapon, and will over time bring America and life on planet earth to an abrupt end.
At what point I then ask, “When will the more intelligent nations of the world recognize these new weapons of mass destruction as a threat to their very existence? When they do, will they be forced to again arm its young and march them off to free themselves and the rest of the world from the certainty of destruction and to sustain themselves as a life form on planet earth?”
The pendulum is starting to swing in the opposite direction and despite the denials from many of our shortsighted, greedy and blinded leaders, it is only a matter of time before the greater majority of intelligent individuals around the world recognize the truth that global warming is real; that life on planet earth will change and come to an abrupt and untimely end unless everyone, including all people and all nations from around the world chose to join hands and make a change in the way we conduct ourselves.
This is about accepting personal responsibility for our actions and proving that we as intelligent individuals are doing everything within our power to insure that future generations are given the same opportunities for life that each of us was given.
On the evening of April 18, 1775, in the small east coast community of Boston, Mass., a lantern was placed in the steeple of the Old North Church to warn its inhabitants of an impending doom which threatened the lives and a way of life so central and dear to America; isn’t it time we again recognize the warning signs and take heed before it’s too late?
With the ever growing evidence of truth which now surrounds us, should not global warning be the cry on the lips of all wise and noble men?
“Tarry not, for the hour of thy coming destruction is at hand.”
"Treat the earth well: it was not given to you, it was loaned to you. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our grandchildren."
— Ancient Indian Proverb
What Can I do?
1. Don’t complain and expect anything to improve. Most professional politicians are used to hearing people complain, and unless it helps them get re-elected they could care less.
You’ve heard it a thousand times, “The squeaky wheel gets the oil.” Speak up and let your voice be heard. It may only be one small voice, but once joined with the intelligent and logical voices of 10,000 others, it will make a difference;
2. Call, write and email your local, state and federal representatives and demand that Missouri becomes an Energy Conservation state;
3. Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact florescent bulbs;
4. Purchase Energy Star when replacing equipment and appliances – it takes less energy to operate and saves you money;
5. Insist that new building projects be energy efficient; use only Energy Star qualified builders. Locate a qualified builder at www.energystar.gov;
6. Building codes require only the minimum amount to be done; tell your builder you would like to do more to reduce your global imprint and save money;
7. Learn to live with less;
8. Recycle, and encourage others to do the same;
9. If you are already doing the above, assist others to do the same.
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Daniel Keeslar has been involved in the commercial and residential building industry for the past 25 years, and lived and worked in Iraq for 18 months as a project controls lead for the Department of Defense. He resides in Springfield.