TURKEY PARDON

President Trump is getting his pardon pen ready, as the Mueller investigation starts indicting his associates. This Wednesday, he plans to practice on two very innocent Minnesota turkeys.

The other 244 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year have not been so lucky. They were raised in crowded sheds filled with toxic fumes. Their beaks and toes were clipped to prevent stress-induced aggression. At 16 weeks of age, slaughterhouse workers cut their throats and dumped them in boiling water to remove their feathers.

Consumers pay a heavy price too. Turkey flesh is laced with cholesterol and saturated fats that elevate risk of chronic killer diseases. Intense prolonged cooking is required to destroy deadly pathogens lurking inside.

Now, for the good news: Per capita consumption of turkeys is down by a whopping 34 percent from a 1996 high of 303 million, as one third of our population is actively reducing meat consumption. Our supermarkets carry a rich variety of convenient, delicious, healthful plant-based meat products, including several oven-ready roasts.

This Thanksgiving holiday, as we give thanks for life and good fortune, let’s also skip the gratuitous violence and grant our own pardon to an innocent animal.

~  PHIL GARGALIS

PASADENA

MOTHER’S WATCHING

The bedroom communities of Northern California hit by fire storms, particularly Santa Rosa, have numerous people with daily commutes of 40 to 60 miles each way. Are these huge carbon footprints large enough to be worthy of earning the fury of Mother Nature?

The retirement communities in Florida are filled with people from the culture and generation that used more fossil fuel all their lives than any previous generation. Their level of greenhouse gas (GHG) creation was unprecedented; a coincidence or a motive for Mother Nature’s fury?

Beware the fury of Mother Nature. The more she heats up from GHGs the more powerful her fury and she is just getting started.

OK, Mother Nature being angry at our transgressions is not a rational explanation but using clear reasoning and science to get people to take action does not seem to get people’s attention. Nature is not judgmental; it follows the laws of physics and chemistry regardless of morality. The rain and sunshine fall on the good and the evil alike! In fact, science and nature cannot even identify “good” or “evil.”

Science tells us that GHGs released into the air trap more heat on our planet. The rate of heat capture will accelerate as we add more and more GHGs into the atmosphere. As the planet heats up:

Winds will become stronger and faster

Strong winds will occur more frequently and may blow in different directions than in the past

Storms will bring more rain in less time

Some areas will become wetter, including the Gulf and East Coasts while some will become drier, including the western states

Most areas will become hotter, some will become cooler

Furthermore, GHGs come from using fossil fuels and work as follows:

The more fossil fuels we use the more all of the above will happen and the more rapidly things will shift.

The impacts we are seeing now are based on current levels of GHGs. Increased concentration in GHGs will intensify the changes and make the current conditions seem mild by comparison

The more we take GHGs out of the air, the less those things will happen. We can put it into the soil, the forests and the ocean (carbon sequestering).

The GHGs are created at all levels of our culture and our economy and each one of those levels will need to take action to reverse this including the personal level of our individual daily activities.

What can we do on the personal level? Stop burning fossil fuel. Drive an electric vehicle. Ride bicycles more. Walk more. Get a solar system on our homes. Use less plastic. Build your life around living locally.

Mother Nature is watching you and she is in a very bad mood.

~ RUSSELL SYDNEY

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