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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

RGK New Projects In the Works


Photograph © 2010 Robert Glenn Ketchum
Thanks to everyone who has been contacting me with their positive encouragement. As always, it's refreshing and supportive to know so many people are beginning to understand what I have been doing with my lifetime of work, using photography as a tool for conservation advocacy. Many of your questions ask what my current project is, so here is what I hoping to do this summer.
At the moment I am trying to raise funding in order to return to Southwest Alaska. I am hoping to finish work I have been accumulating about Lake Clark National Park and Preserve with the intent of publishing it as my 3rd book in a trilogy of publications intended to protect the habitat and parks of Southwest Alaska and the salmon fishery of Bristol Bay. No book has ever been done about Lake Clark, one of the most beautiful and wild parks in the national park system, so as simply a document of place, such a publication should be well received. More importantly, Lake Clark is adjacent the proposed Pebble mine, projected to be the largest open-pit copper and cyanide gold-leach mine in the world if completed. Such development would impact Lake Clark National Park in numerous ways and also affect nearby Katmai National Park and Lake Iliamna, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. Obviously, this book is then planned for use as an advocacy tool, and it would join my two previous publications in effort to prevent this project that will make a Canadian mining company and international gold speculators wealthy while leaving American taxpayers stuck with clean-up costs that are likely to be astronomical.
What will make this summer's visit more unique than my previous adventures is that the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) is hoping to send a film crew with me. Because of my recent American Photo magazine article naming me 5th in their Master Series, iLCP recognizes an opportunity, not only to document the "master" in action (rather like following Ansel Adams on a shoot), but such a film will inspire new generations of photographers to be pro-active with their work, and will also help to further the credibility and visibility of iLCP.
Over the last 12-years, I have been part of a growing partnership of fishermen, hunters, recreational tourists, commercial fishing companies, and Native corporations and villages that want to see Southwest and Bristol Bay maintained for the $1-billion+ renewable resource industry that it now generates in the form of fishing, and to keep it from being degraded by completely inappropriate industrial extraction that could very well wipe out the fishery, and considerable impair several significant national and state parks and reserves.
"Rivers of Life: Southwest Alaska, The Last Great Salmon Fishery", and "Wood-Tikchik: Alaska’s Largest State Park" as well as the traveling exhibit I have been circulating through museums have helped Southwest/Bristol Bay gain visibility within Congress and the public. Significantly, the Department of the Interior has recently cancelled oil and gas leases let in Bristol Bay during the previous administration, recognizing the value of the minor energy reservoirs there, and the fact their worth is trumped by the renewable, long-term value of the fishery. In recognition of the focus that our work has generated, Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar recently gave me and the others in this coalition, the 2010 'Partners in Conservation Award'.
Having accomplished that, it now allows us all to turn our attention to the threatened development of the Pebble mine. So please join me in my quest to STOP PEBBLE MINE in any way that you are able, whether it be through signing petitions, or by spreading the word of the work I'm doing, or by donating funds.
And thank you. For everything.

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In Memory of Harriet Burgess

"The land we save is our legacy. It’s what we give to our children" ~Harriet Burgess
Founder and President, American Land Conservancy

When Harriet recruited me to sit on her founding Board of Counselors, I replied that I did not have money to give so perhaps I was the wrong choice. She said she wanted my media advice, my passion and my pictures and that would be enough, so I said yes.

Then, without missing a beat, she said can you take some pictures of this place I might be able to rescue in Big Sur, called Limekiln Creek. At that moment an interesting circle in my life was completed. In my college years, I had what the hippies described as a "cosmic flash" while camping in Limekiln, and by my experience there determined to dedicate my photography to purposeful conservation issues. I spent many subsequent camping trips there teaching myself how to move from my experimental darkroom photography style to my new embrace of depicting the landscape. Limekiln was a difficult subject, but a great teacher. I told Harriet that I already had some old pictures if she wanted them. She did, and she had me print 6 of them immediately so that she could take them to a meeting with a possible funding source that would help with the purchase and protection of the Limekiln property.

I got them to her, she took them and showed. The fund source gave her some seed money on the condition that they could keep the prints. Then, some months later, the purchase was completed and ALC transferred Limekiln into the California State Park system. It is hard to move more quickly than that, and Harriet was a master of timing and finesse.

She always saw the "bigger" picture and knew how to put the players together to make things happen. I will miss you, my love! God, look at that GREAT smile!

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Monday, April 26, 2010

The Pacific Salmon Stronghold Conservation Act

Photograph © 2010 Robert Glenn Ketchum

Most of you know by now that I have spent the last 12-years trying to introduce the public to the magnificent, unspoiled habitat and park system of Southwest Alaska and to protect the largest commercial salmon fishery in the history of the world that it supports, Bristol Bay. My two books, "Rivers of Life: Southwest Alaska, The Last Great Salmon Fishery", "Wood-Tikchik: Alaska’s Largest State Park", and the national traveling exhibit I created to accompany them have been circulating in one form or another since 2001.

The immediate threats at the time were ill-advised oil and gas exploration leases offered by the Bush administration directly in the heart of the fishery, and the Pebble mine, proposed by a Canadian mining group and a consortium of international gold speculators that includes Mitsubishi. If built as proposed, the Pebble would be the largest open-pit, cyanide gold-leach mine in the history of the world, constructed in the headwaters of the two most productive salmon rivers in Southwest.

I am happy to report that since Obama has taken office, the oil/gas leases in Bristol Bay have been withdrawn. Many of us who have been building this campaign have recently been given the Partnerships in Conservation Award by Secretary Ken Salazar and the Department of the Interior.

Hoping to keep the momentum going, on Wednesday, April 21, I was part of a coalition that held a press conference in H-137 on Capitol Hill, and introduced The Pacific Salmon Stronghold Conservation Act. The bill is a result of a tremendous network of individuals, institutions and politicians, organized by the Wild Salmon Center. I spoke that evening as a Founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), and I was joined on the podium by Guido Rahr, President of the Wild Salmon Center, and California Congressman, Mike Thompson. There are already more than 70 bi-partisan co-signers of this legislation, so if you are interested and want to protect the last great wild salmon populations on earth, write to your legislators and ask them to become a co-sponsors of the Pacific Salmon Stronghold Conservation Act.

Unfortunately, the plans for the Pebble mine are still alive and well. If you are interested in action directed at stopping the mine, my website / blog / twitter / facebook sites will provide you with many links where you can take further action. Please say 'NO TO THE PEBBLE'. I, for one, see no advantage in trading a one-billion-dollar established industry that provides a clean, healthy food resource for Americans and thousands of jobs for a toxic mine that Canadians and gold speculators will profit from, leaving U.S. taxpayers stuck with the cost of cleaning up the Superfund site that will be left when the mine expires.

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Venice Art Walk & Auctions, May 22-23, 2010

"Confused by Butterflies," Photograph © 2010 Robert Glenn Ketchum

Plan to attend the Venice Art Walk & Auctions, May 22-23, 2010. It's the greatest art festival in Los Angeles, hands-down. All major artists in L.A. are there, many of whom exhibit new work. It's better than going to a museum in that you can see & bid on all the magnificent art in a relaxed, casual environment!

Be sure to check out my new digital piece, "Confused by Butterflies" which will be available for auction. All proceeds benefit the Venice Family Clinic, a very worthy establishment that I've proudly supported for over 25-years!

Let's hope for sunny weather so we can all enjoy the days & the art even more!

Hope to see you there.

#RGK

May 22-23, 2010
Charity Auction: "Confused by Butterflies"
Venice Art Walk & Auctions
Art & Architecture Tours, May 22-23
Venice Art Walk & Auctions, May 23
Westminster School
1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
+1.310.392.9255 general inquiries

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5/4-6/20 - G2 Gallery Exhibit: "RGK: A Life in Photography"

"Navigating the Dark Wood of Error", Photograph © 2010 Robert Glenn Ketchum

If you find yourself in Los Angeles between May 4 - June 20, please stop by G2 Gallery in Venice to see my small solo exhibition, "Robert Glenn Ketchum: A Life in Photography".

The G2 Gallery is wonderful in that they donate all proceeds from art sales to environmental causes!

The G2 Gallery has generously given their studio space for my show in honor of American Photo magazine (AP) designating me as the first conservation photographer ever to receive the Master Series distinction.

It is my intention to have the show focus on the battle to save Bristol Bay and STOP THE PEBBLE MINE, so many of the photographs will be of that part of Southwest Alaska.

In addition, I will be showing one of my newer digital pieces, "Navigating the Dark Wood of Error".

I hope to see you there!

~RGK

May 4 - June 20, 2010
Solo Exhibit: "Robert Glenn Ketchum: A Life in Photography"
G2 Gallery
1503 Abbot Kinney Road
Venice, CA 90291
+1.310.452.2842
www.theg2gallery.com

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Happy 40th Earth Day! You're why Tongass old-growth stands, & whales are especially happy in Laguna San Ignacio. http://tinyurl.com/22qb797

Photograph © Robert Glenn Ketchum

I am humbled to announce that American Photo (AP) has honored me as the first conservation photographer ever to receive the Master Series distinction.

In twenty years of publishing, American Photo has only designated four other photographers with the Master Series feature. I would like to thank AP, not only for honoring me as the fifth, but by extension also honoring the community I represent, those of us who have found their visual library drawn from nature.

My work was always my personal response as an artist to the real world circumstances that concerned me. I have understood from the earliest days of my career that we all exist because our habitat supports us, so I chose to use my work in support of that habitat.

All I have accomplished has been through an amazing network of associates whom I cannot thank enough for informing, advising, and correcting me. Whatever understanding of the issues my pictures and books contain, it is due to scientists and authors who befriended me and helped me to understand and see my subjects in more complete ways.

The International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) now exists to further the relationships between images and science in the hopes that we can help to communicate the complex environmental issues confronting us all in ways that are credible and clear. Among this distinguished group of iLCP friends and Fellows are what I believe to be some of the most significant artists of our time. These photographers have been the public's witness to what is quite literally a changing world, not just the ever-changing parade of pop culture.

Thank you AP for acknowledging us all. And, thank you to my friends and fans that understood what I was doing and have supported me through 40-years of work.

You are part of the reason Tongass old-growth stands, and the whales are especially happy in Laguna San Ignacio. Now if we can just prevent development of the Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska and preserve the last and largest salmon fishery in the world, Bristol Bay!

Stick with me, the ride is not over.

Congressional briefing & short film premier: "Salmon Stronghold conservation across the North Pacific"

Just left Congressional briefing & short film premier here at the Capital Building in Washington, D.C.

A good evening!

Short film premiere and Congressional briefing:
"Salmon Stronghold conservation across the North Pacific"
With special remarks from Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-1st), Valdis Mezainis (Director of U.S. Forest Service International Programs), Robert Glenn Ketchum (iLCP fellow), and Guido Rahr (President of Wild Salmon Center).
Capital Building, Washington D.C.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Robert Glenn Ketchum honored by Secretary of the Interior















Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar and the Department of the Interior have given Robert Glenn Ketchum the 'Partners in Conservation Award' for his participation in the Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Partnership.

Ketchum's Aperture book "Rivers of Life: Southwest Alaska, The Last Great Salmon Fishery" published in 2001 began to define this little-known but spectacular, undisturbed habitat to the public as part of a now decade long campaign to protect the fishery and the land-based ecosystem that supports it. Ketchum followed with a 2nd book, "Wood-Tichik: Alaska's Largest State Park" in 2004, and a national traveling exhibit in 2005. During that same period a grassroots coalition has grown to considerable proportion and formed the more-than-70 individuals and companies recognized by this award.

The Obama administration has just recently taken Bristol Bay out of consideration for oil and gas development, and so the first of two threats has now been defused.

Thank you President Obama and Secretary Salazar for recognizing the value of this astounding natural resource. Now I hope you will consider placing the entire fishery into a permanent reserve.

Onshore another threat to the habitat looms ever greater, though. The Pebble mine proposal is a disaster in the waiting for fish, animals and parks alike, so it is now time to turn our total attention to this fiasco, and see that is stopped once and for all.
Vampires never die! Don’t let corporations & foolish public representatives destroy public land in Alaska: http://tinyurl.com/y2jh56t

Vampires never die...

Twenty eight years ago when I wrote ‘The Tongass: Alaska's Vanishing Rain Forest’ (Aperture, 1987), and campaigned with it until the passage of the 1990 Tongass Timber Reform Act, I believed we had turned back the stupidity of allowing industrial logging to destroy one of the most intact old growth biological research laboratories in the world. Oh, just coincidentally, the Tongass IS the largest rainforest in the world not located on the Equator.

But vampires never die. Select Alaskan politicians and native corporate leaders now functioning in a ‘white greed’ mode still want to suck the life out of this amazing place.

Can you believe the salmon genes are actually in the freaking trees!?! Read ‘Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska's Tongass Rain Forest’ (Braided River, 2010), by my friend and fellow iLCP photographer, Amy Gulick, and get what an amazing community & habitat this is with these great trees intact. (http://www.salmoninthetrees.org; Check out the YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbveinprUDk)

Don’t let profit driven Native corporations who are now colluding with foolish public representatives destroy some of the oldest sentient beings on the planet disrespectfully. Logging this old growth is the destruction of public lands and the looting of the public treasure, it should be a criminal offense.

NYT Ad for Earth Day 2010

Only a few hours left to sign the petition to protect Bristol Bay from mining! Please sign & RT: http://tinyurl.com/y63yk2e

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Is conservation photography the new postmodernism?

Check out my interview by Miki Johnson of liveBooks:

http://tinyurl.com/yejsxe3


Renowned conservation photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum was honored as an American Master in the March/April 2010 issue of American Photo magazine. As he sees it, this might mark the beginning of the end of the reign of postmodernism and the rise of photography that looks at the natural world as much as the human one.

©Robert Glenn Ketchum

Miki Johnson: So tell me about the American Photo magazine American Masters issue and how you found out about it.

Robert Glenn Ketchum: I didn’t know anything about it. Russell Hart, one of the editors at American Photo, has previously written about several of my projects and has convinced the other editors that I was worth a page or so every once in a while.

But American Photo has, without being mean to them, pretty much concentrated three-quarters of the magazine on individuals who are primarily fashion and people shooters. And the Masters Series had reflected that. There’s only been four others nominated to the series in 20-years of the magazine being published: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and Annie Leibovitz — all people and personality photographers. So it’s exciting to be in such a distinguished group of imagemakers, and even moreso to be included as someone who’s focused on the environment and made photos of the landscape more in the style of Adams or Porter.

Russell called me up, offered the possibility of the feature, and asked for a personal timeline of my projects, books, etc. The task was informative and breathtaking because I’d never put together such a thing for myself. It helped me see how lucky I’ve been to have been involved with so many projects that had positive effects. The conclusion of the timeline provided some serious reflection on that moment back in the ’60s in a Redwood forest on the California coast when I decided to make pictures of the landscape — then to flash all the way forward through those projects to where we are now. Wow! That’s the manifestation of dreaming your own existence, the proof it works.

MJ: Looking back at all of those results, are there any insights that jump out about how you achieved them?

RGK: One we’ve talked about previously, and I think the most significant one, was that I took this traditionally popular item, the coffee table book, and turned it into an advocacy tool. And not just by writing a more didactic text and adding difficult pictures, which I did. Also by learning how to publish it cost effectively and get it out there and use it in the media. If I’d have walked away from any of those publications after they were published, they wouldn’t have done anything. But because I embraced the whole cycle of the performance, it made them more useful.

It also created a system. So with each project the system got more refined and increasingly effective. And certainly now that’s where we are with the Bristol Bay campaign. We have powerful books, and we already have had one relative legislative success. And we’re pushing on.

Now with an acknowledgment like this for me from this magazine, it makes me an even more undeniable force, doesn’t it? You know, if Barbara Boxer already was impressed and invited me into her office before, how about now?

It’s a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy. I would be foolish not to leverage this attention to create advocacy on behalf of the environment.

At the opening of the American Photo article Masters Series, Russell writes, “Robert Ketchum may be one of the least known photographers in America, but he may also be one of the most influential.” I’ve done a lot of this stuff under the radar and I’ve done it on my reputation among a small network of people. Perhaps now my reputation has a bigger window.

©Robert Glenn Ketchum

MJ: Tell me a little about your background as an artist and your decision to approach photography from a more activist position.

RGK: When I came into photography, I had come out of a really prep high school and into UCLA, where I was required to take art classes. At first I thought I was threatened because “art” was something I had not done much of previously. Then I became very interested in the history of art, and I got involved in the design program. The design program led me to photography.

The teachers at UCLA at that time were spectacular, at the leading edge of the ’60s avant guarde movement in photography on the West Coast. That scene had it’s own unique kind of cult and cache. It was grounded in an eclectic base that included Paul Outerbridge, William Mortenson, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams and the F64 school, and all this other stuff going on which my UCLA teachers, Edmund Teske, Robert Heinecken and Robert Fichter fed upon.

I entered UCLA in 1966, and it was an exciting time to be making art. I got the opportunity to pay some of my bills by shooting rock ‘n’ roll bands, so that’s what I was doing. In college I also encountered the writings of Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson and the campus organizers of the Sierra Club.

On the way back from the Monterey Pop Festival, some friends and I stopped at a canyon in Big Sur called Limekiln Creek to camp. I got up in the next morning and after a solitary walk next to a stream in the quiet of the morning forest, I had one of those epiphanal moments. I heard the words of Aldo Leopold, suggesting that we had a moral obligation to protect our environment because it was the thing that keeps us alive. And Rachel Carson, who said, all the bad things we put out into our environment will eventually come back to us as poisons, and I thought, WOW, if I could make pictures serve those ideas, that would be a really great thing.

I didn’t jump into being an environmental photographer overnight; it took another 15 years of evolution and thought. But that was the moment when I started working towards it. And not just to make picture books, but make advocate tools. I still view photography as this fantastically adaptable medium, and even more so now that digital is upon us. Once photographic imagery is transcribed into digital information, you can print in concrete, you can embed in glass, you can print on fabric, you can weave it into looms. This is territory no one has explored much before.

If you look back at UCLA in the ’60s, it was going on then — and then postmodernism came in. And postmodernism took charge, in terms of molding the cultural mindset and conscripting the idea behind all grant giving and all exhibition coordinating. After the arrival of postmodernism, only a few of us would even touch nature and certainly not as a source of beauty.

©Robert Glenn Ketchum

If you look at postmodernism’s stars such as Jeff Koons, one of the most significant of the early postmodernists, his work is sculptures of Michael Jackson and pop icons, or huge sculptures of his wife and him making love to each other. Postmodernism reflected by Annie Leibowitz is about the cult of personality and in Cindy Sherman who assumes hundreds of witty guises throughout her work — it is basically all about ME. Postmodernism for me is about the cult of ME and US. And yeah, it can be very fun, and cerebral, but more importantly, it has pretty much controlled what the American public has seen in the gallery and art museums for the last 35 years.

After UCLA I got my masters from Cal Arts, which was one of the birthing places of postmodernism, so I totally get it. I don’t mean to put it down. It’s a perfectly viable language within the arts. But for me it was sterile because it was just a language within the arts.
“It just seemed that my response as an artist should embrace these bigger issues in my life.”

I saw a new world coming at us with a changing environment and the promise of new media connectedness and what it meant to print and publish and do all this other stuff. And I saw the rise of the environmental movement in the early ’70s and how photography could serve it. It just seemed to me that my response as an artist should embrace serving these bigger issues in my life, and that the language and the conversation of this world was much bigger than that of the more rarefied art world.

I remember having this talk with myself, saying if you do this, the art world may ignore you. But if you succeed in the environmental community and you can actually save these lands you’re trying to save, would you trade that for all the fame? And the answer to that was, yes I would. Just make me an effective photographer that can drive real social issues and I will accept whatever it is I get out of that. And I went ahead and I did that work. And I never allowed the indifference from the postmodernist community to disrupt my own working tenor.

At the same time, I never stopped practicing photography in a more experimental way. So I have pieces that are now starting to be shown at Basel, Miami, that are 72 inches tall by 14 feet wide. They’re still based in nature, but they’re highly manipulated. I have also been doing textiles in China, hand-embroidered screens and standing screens and wall hangings based on my landscape photographs. I’ve been doing those for 30 years, and they are finally starting to get exhibition attention.

"The Beginning of Time." Random stitch embroidery, silk thread and watercolor on silk gauze. ©Robert Glenn Ketchum

These may not be how the postmodernist world perceives important art as being made, yet if I were to look back over the last 40 years and say, what was really important? Was it that Jeff Koons did these amazing sculptures of himself having sex? Or was it putting a million acres of old-growth forest into protective status in the Tongass, or adding 60,000 acres of land to Saguaro National Monument resulting in it getting upgraded to a national park, or keeping Mitsubishi out of one of the only Gray whale birthing lagoons in the world at St. Ignacio, Baja? Do I feel that one of those two directions was more important, to me ultimately, and it should be to the public as well? Yeah, I do.

And there’s other amazing work being done by my brothers at the International League of Conservation Photographers, too. Guys like Frans Lanting, who has been knighted by his country for his conservation work, and Jim Balog, who was nominated for a McArthur genius grant this year.

I think the work we’re doing (iLCP and others) is going to be held in higher regard in retrospect than it is right now. That’s why I say, I’m very flattered just to be included with these four “master” photographers who so clearly represent a different point of view than mine. Beyond that, just to have American Photo acknowledge me as a photographer and an artist of some repute may give me more traction in academic circles that haven’t seem to notice what I have been doing or hold it with much regard.

You know to me, in some ways post modernism was a dumbing down. It accepted an artists political point of view as long as it was cleverly hidden in intellectual reference, but seemed uncomfortable with putting the message undeniably in people’s faces where it might actually do some good. Exhibits that didactic might anger patrons and cost institutions contributions. Post modernism certainly gave us some outrageous shows and ones that stirred controversy but did they really do anything in the public arena besides create a fashionable buzz?

Photography is SO powerful, why not use it to its fullest power and exploit all of the ways it allows us to express ourselves. Look at Eugene Smith’s book about his wife’s cancer. Or pretty much any photographs SebastiĆ£o Salgado takes of people who are misplaced or victimized. I have never wanted to give money to beggars on the street because I’m never sure that it isn’t just for booze. But when I see Salgado’s pictures of world crisis circumstances, I have a whole new take on poverty and would like to see money given there. It’s an amazing power that his best photographs have.

In a way, therein lies the difference between the work I do and the postmodernist movement. The comparison here is the difference between Annie Liebovitz’s work and Salgado’s. They’re both taking pictures of people, but they have VERY different ideas about how those pictures will get used and what it is hoped those pictures will inspire.

That’s what I did. I had a different idea about what was important to my life, how my art might serve those issues, and how to use the work through the emerging mediums to expand the exposure of the ideas to evermore people. Postmodernism didn’t serve me in getting that done and has chosen to dismiss my efforts as journalistic, and not art. I supposed the textiles and the new digital prints are viewed as aberrations of old age.

We all do what we think we have to do.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sign the NRDC Petition to protect Bristol Bay and STOP the Pebble Mine: http://bit.ly/a4MlzZ


Protest the Pebble Mine
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Sign the NRDC Petition telling the foreign mining giant Anglo American that you oppose its disastrous Pebble Mine scheme. On Earth Day, the NRDC will deliver your Petition, along with over one hundred thousand Petitions from other concerned citizens, in a massive show of national opposition.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Scary: Donald Trump Points To Snow Storms, Calls For Al Gore To Be Stripped Of Nobel Prize

Donald Trump wants to strip Gore of his Prize because The Donald does not believe in climate change? Trump has kept himself financially alive by marketing his narcissism and obnoxious personality, and by declaring bankruptcy every time one of his deals go south. I would love to see the complete history of his investments I myself do not believe using bankruptcy to save yourself from your bad business decisions makes an appropriate business model.

Moreover, I was not aware that Trump is also a climate expert. Hubris knows no limit!

Having been a photographer in the field on this issue for more than 15 years, I can assure you that the world is melting down and it represents a serious threat to human survival and destabilization
of the world's operating social support systems. Climate change is deemed by the Pentagon to be one of the greatest strategic threats that we face, but apparently Trump knows more than the US military advisors. If you want to believe this buffoon, do so at your own risk. Supporting him won't stop what is happening.

Just FYI, most climate change models PROJECTED greater snowfall in the East as part of the change. In fact, the worst case scenario says that cities from
Minnesota east, and south to about DC may come to experience "Siberian" like winter conditions as the changes in climate continue. Those predictions include similar warnings for all of Europe, south to the Italian border. Remember, England and Anchorage, AK are on about the same line of latitude. Imagine the economic impact of this if all of these important industrial capitols had winter weather like Moscow. Not only would there be a lot of personal discomfort and misery, the economic disruptions would have astronomical costs associated with them.

If we were playing poker, my bets would be with Gore, like him or not. The Donald is just another post-modern joke on society, and this is simply another attempt to grab whatever publicity he can generate.

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