DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE FROM FOSSIL FUELS
Independence Day, 2010
We the people, in order to form a more perfect world, do hereby declare that we will free ourselves from the tyranny of Fossil Fuels.
We know that nothing lasts forever and that if we do not use the fossil fuel energy we have available to us now to build a way of life based on renewable energy then we will be choosing life in a pre-industrial society.
We recognize that fossil fuels separate the haves from the have notâ€™s and are the cause of massive conflicts from the Vietnam era oil fields of the Mekong delta and the South China sea to wars in the deserts of Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan.
Knowing that in some countries our food supply requires 10 calories of energy from fossil fuels for every calorie of food produced and that the transportation of food requires fossil fuels, we resolve to produce our food locally as it was done by our forefathers before it was controlled by multinational corporations who in the process of production have used petroleum based herbicides and pesticides that have poisoned the food, soil, water, and air, resulting in untold numbers of cancers, birth defects and diseases.
Knowing that doubling an ingredient in any recipe can lead to a disaster in the kitchen or in a chemistry lab we recognize that the delicate balance of the web of life can be drastically altered in 200 years by releasing 200 million years of stored carbon into the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide from burning coal, natural gas and petroleum which has already led to desertification, environmental refugees, sea level rise, and threatens to make life miserable for billions of this planets inhabitants.
To an Empire, a Declaration of Independence is a DECLARATION OF WAR, as it was in the English Colonies in the year 1776. This war is not against nations or people but against the idea that we cannot be free from dependence on an energy source controlled by the few at the expense and ruination of the many.
We hereby issue a Proclamation of Emancipation from the slavery of fossil fuel and state that from hence forward we shall not rest until our world is free from the tyranny imposed by the control of energy.
In the future, we will sit on our front porches, with family friends and neighbors, singing and playing acoustic music until the stars come out and shine down upon us, undimmed by the fire of fossil fuels.
Toby Grotz, July 4th, 2010