Open Letter to Rep. Chet Edwards

Rep. Chet Edwards
2369 Rayburn Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-4311

Dear Rep. Edwards,

You may remember me as a photographer, but I have spent a great deal more time in my life as a professional biologist. I realize there is no real, accurate information available to guide your understanding of the ecosystem, and that’s a major shame because the economists and the oil industry either do not know or do not care what they are doing to our future on this living earth, and I’m sure they are telling you the same lies that they post on TV. Still. It’s fairly simply and logical. — here is the essence of how the ecosystem works.

EVERYTHING must stay in a reasonable approximation of balance or the ecosystem will die. Human people don’t get to decide what the balance will be.

NOTHING can grow forever, and we have reached the limits of resources that we can take out of the ecosystem without putting back.

100 years ago we could grow because the resources of the ecosystem were not yet overtaxed. Now we can not grow as a method of “saving jobs.” Or rather — we can grow, but for every resource that we use in that growth we will pay in future crashes, because we have reached the limits of the ability of the ecosystem to grow more product than we are taking away from it.

I’m sure you believe that you are helping families in Texas.

I tell you that for every family you are helping today there will be multiple families in even greater distress tomorrow unless we choose the health of the ecosystem as our primary priority. That is the choice that remains to us, because we didn’t make the choice earlier to stop destroying the balance of our ecosystem. It is not your fault that no good choices remain, but I am really sorry you are choosing the easy road to hell instead of the difficult task of restoring balance to life, because we all live in this ecosystem and without it we do not live at all. And because I know what that hell is likely to look like, and Texas is particularly vulnerable. What is more important, oil or water? Hay or wilting cactus? The oil will run out in any case; the oil is history. A fossil. Here today and gone tomorrow. Water and food are part of the ongoing, forever cycle of life. If we break that cycle, the earth will grow a new one that does not include human values. The process is already begun.

It would be better to use what is left of the oil to develop a sustainable, balanced relationship with the ecosystem, rather than continue trying to force our will upon her. Because no technology can change natural law; the ecosystem is bigger than we are; and she doesn’t care what we want. She is concerned with her own survival.

But beyond the obvious – it’s not possible to explain the logic of the ecosystem in one page, a fact that is a great frustration to me, so I am writing the book: “Biology for Normal People.” I’ll send you a copy when it is finished.StopWars

In the meantime, I have sent a donation to Barbara Boxer in your name.

And am posting this on my blog

Best regards,

One Response

  1. Great post!

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