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Dear President Obama: The Clean Energy Revolution is Now

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A few brief blocks from the White House, our new movie Dear President Obama: The Clean Energy Revolution is Now (directed by Jon Bowermaster, narrated and produced by Mark Ruffalo) will premiere this week at National Geographic’s headquarters as a part of the twenty fourth Annual Environmental Film Festival within the Nation’s Capital.

At difficulty: President Obama’s environmental tenure and legacy, which has included each substantial steps ahead and backward. He enacted the car gasoline effectivity normal, has invested in renewable power like photo voltaic and wind, has taken a robust stance towards local weather deniers and noticed by way of the Paris local weather settlement. At the identical time, he oversaw an enormous enlargement of oil and pure fuel drilling, a lot of it by increasingly harmful and excessive strategies, mainly fracking.

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Dear President Obama addresses these contradictions, however extra importantly it provides voice to a few of the many Americans who’ve turn into the non-consenting victims of the president’s “all the above” power coverage that has so typically meant every part belowground, regardless of the prices of extraction. In many instances that has meant poisoned consuming water, polluted air, sick households, and communities torn aside. More than 17 million Americans now stay inside one mile of an oil or fuel nicely, and extra nonetheless are affected by related infrastructure reminiscent of pipelines, air-pollutant spewing compressor stations and bomb trains.

Most importantly, the movie is concerning the future. It serves as a name to President Obama, within the the rest of his time period, to assist the Americans who’ve been harmed, and to get us on a swift path to the clear power future beginning at present.

There’s nonetheless rather a lot President Obama can do earlier than he leaves the White House in January. He can lastly meet in individual with Americans, who’ve been harmed by oil and fuel drilling and fracking, and listen to their tales firsthand. He can direct his EPA to research the various instances of reported water contamination throughout this nation with the identical emergency powers that EPA utilized in investigating Flint, Michigan. And he can cease all drilling on federal lands, which might forestall hurt and do an incredible deal to really handle local weather change by maintaining fossil fuels within the floor as local weather scientists agree we should.

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Ultimately the usual for environmental management at this significant juncture in time is whether or not the problem we face is met and whether or not individuals are protected. We not have time for stepping-stones, and many individuals ailing-affected by excessive fossil gasoline extraction are already bearing the tragic prices of inaction and half measures. Countless have been impacted by extreme storms, droughts, floods, and fires wrought by local weather change, whereas others dwelling close to drilling persistently cite complications, nausea, bronchial asthma and respiration issues, rashes, and nosebleeds, signs which solely worsen as time goes by.

The United States could lead on the world by committing to a clear power financial system. Fossil fuels are the soiled power of the previous. They are on the best way out, and everybody is aware of it. We have the power to construct the renewable power future now, powered by wind, water, and the solar — a greater future for the nation, with the additional advantage of power safety, jobs and financial savings for all Americans. The query is how lengthy we permit the particular pursuits of the fossil gasoline business to carry us hostage to a unclean previous, and what number of extra individuals will probably be harmed.

Dear President Obama requires a imaginative and prescient, a plan, and daring management to create the clear power future. It’s a message to President Obama, but in addition to all elected leaders and the subsequent president.

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The movie can also be persevering with to construct the highly effective grassroots motion that may counter the cash and affect of the fossil gasoline business. The motion is the catalyst for change, offering the political backup to make the clear power transition an actual risk. We’ve seen the rising motion accomplish unimaginable issues, and we have seen President Obama reply and alter coverage positions, as a pacesetter ought to. We hope it is President Obama’s again that we will have.

Following the premiere in Washington, A.H., the movie will tour throughout america this spring and summer time. Advocates on the screenings will arrange members to ask President Obama to make use of his government powers to cease drilling and fracking and assist those that have already been harmed on his watch. They will arrange round native fights to cease oil and fuel drilling and its harmful infrastructure, and to advertise clear power. Advocates may even recruit for a serious rally and march outdoors of the Democratic National Convention on July 24 in Philadelphia, the March for a Clean Energy Revolution — demanding an finish to soiled fossil fuels and a fast and simply transition to one hundred pc renewable power.

The open query is what President Obama will do throughout his ultimate months in workplace: proceed listening to the particular pursuits of massive oil and fuel firms or act boldly to satisfy the problem of our time?

Mark Ruffalo is an actor, director, and advisory board member of Americans Against Fracking.

Jon Bowermaster is a author, filmmaker, six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council, and producer at Oceans H Films.

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