I am a part of the Nevada County Climate Change Coalition (NC-CCC), which has been working to educate the community and to take action on climate change for about three years. We recently teamed up with the South Yuba River Citizens’ League and the Nevada Theatre Film series to show the new film, Merchants of Doubt, a documentary about the corporate-funded climate change denial machine, which sows doubt about climate science. When Representative Doug LaMalfa publicly denied the reality of climate change at a recent town hall meeting, several people rose to the occasion and wrote letters challenging his position. This website from Oil Change International shows that fossil fuel contributions to LaMalfa are part of the problem.
The following open letter was written by my spouse and love, Guari. In it he identifies the problem: corporate funding of climate change denial, which influences public policy. This is a call for truth and conscience on the part of our elected officials, written from the heart.
An Open Letter to Mr. Doug Lamalfa
August 27, 2015
You have made public denials of human caused climate change and sown doubt among the people about the consensus among climate scientists while receiving money from industries and corporations who profit from the exploitation of fossil fuels which cause climate change.
I admit I feel frustrated, sad and a bit hopeless with your continued denials because I value the wellbeing of Earth, her creatures and humanity. It appears from your words and actions that you value money, position and power more than the wellbeing of this and future generations and that you choose personal gain over truth and wellbeing of others.
I request you reflect more deeply on what it means to be a representative of the people and open the doors of your mind and office and listen to what people are saying. Listen not just to friends and colleagues but those who come to you from outside your circle with greater concerns than just themselves. Listen and act ethically and morally to implement the vision and hope of all the people in your district.
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