Sunday, July 4, 2010

Declaration of Energy Independence

Image: American painter John Trumbell, The Declaration of Independence (1795)

For the want, will, and hopes of the people, and with acknowledgments to Thomas Jefferson and the Second Continental Congress, I submit to you this Declaration of Energy Independence.

WHEN in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the Emotional and Economic bonds which have connected them with a destructive Energy Policy, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should chart a New Course.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Energy sources are not created equal, that they are endowed by their Nature with certain identifiable Costs and Characteristics that affect Life (Sustainability), Liberty (Energy Independence) and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Women and Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Energy production becomes destructive to these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a policy of Alternative Energy production, laying its foundation on sustainable principles and organizing its Powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.

The history of the present Energy Policy is a history of repeated Environmental and Economic injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over their Quality of Life. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

The current Energy Policy of these United States of America:

Has shackled the People with economic burdens of relentless and unpredictable spikes in the cost of Energy;

Has enriched certain Corporate entities while placing great strain on the Livelihood of the Citizens and the Health of their Planet;

Has fostered social habits among the Citizens so as to constitute addiction to and dependence on Non-Renewable Energy resources;

Has placed their Economic fortunes in the hands of rogue despots and unfriendly nations having control of oil and gas supplies;

Has influenced aggressive invasions of foreign lands by their Elected officials resulting in loss of life and limb and treasure and good will;

Has discouraged and downplayed the viability of Alternative Energies, and has underestimated the ingenuity of the Citizens of the United States;

And, by its short-sightedness, has caused the deterioration of the Health, Welfare and Well-Being of the American People.

We, therefore, the Citizens of the United States of America solemnly publish and declare, That the People are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent of all forms of Imported and Non-Sustainable Energy, and That the goal of Energy Independence shall be a National priority, and That the elected Leaders of the People shall act with urgency, intelligence, and resolve to achieve real and lasting Energy Independence.


Todd said...

In my opinion, the use of renewable energy is the best option that must be chosen for the country to decrease its carbon footprint and to make the world a better place for the next generation. In Texas, electricity that is renewable is pretty abundant. Wind farm, geothermal, solar, you name it, they have it!

Due to the popularity of renewable
Texas energy, even the ordinary Texan can avail of its profusion. If the consumer/producer makes excess energy, it will be credited to the next bill payment, which leads to great benefits due to the fact that they are paying the consumer for excess energy.

Heather, Founder of The Recycled Mind said...

This beautifully written post absolutely rings true. I sincerely doubt the Forefathers intended for the people of this country to destroy and severely deplete its natural resources in the short time of our inhabitants. The time for change is NOW.

Both the United States, and the world, is primed for a shift of collective consciousness towards new and sustainable energy sources and a more environmentally friendly way of living. Education and awareness will invoke new ways of thinking and help change toxic habits.

At The Recycled Mind we are focused on providing the tools necessary to break the unhealthy thought patterns that have created the current problem, and move towards change. Since most people act out of fear, complacency or submission to the masses, it is critical that individuals raise their awareness, and overcome barriers that prevent living passionately and being true to your beliefs. Only then will our proverbial eyes open, and hearts prevail over destructive minds, ceasing such atrocities against this planet.

James Polk said...

Thanks Todd. It is ironic that Texas, with it's big oil footprint - is in many ways a leader in the implementation of alternative energies. Many people don't know that George W. Bush's ranch is solar powered. More (renewable) power to 'em.

James Polk said...

I see a paradigm shift playing out now, Heather. Thanks for the comment and thank you for pouring your energies into education and environmental awareness.