Burning the Rainforest

Dear Friends,

Over the past few weeks, unprecedented melting in Greenland and the Arctic has dominated news stories about the escalating climate crisis. This week, attention shifted to the tragedy unfolding in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.

Wildfires in South America, including the Amazon rainforest of Brazil, on August 20, 2019. (Photograph: VIIRS/Suomi NPP/Worldview/NASA)

Brazil has had more than 72,000 fire outbreaks so far this year, an 84% increase on the same period in 2018, according to the country’s National Institute for Space Research. More than half of them were in the Amazon.”

“It is unclear which fires have been deliberately set by farmers to clear land and which were accidental or natural.”

But observers within Brazil insist that the fires are largely the result of “poor oversight and tacit encouragement of illegal forest clearance.”

Indeed, Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, in a page out of our own President Trump’s playbook, sought to blame the fires on environmentalists (NGOs). Yesterday, Bolsonaro said:

“On the question of burning in the Amazon, which in my opinion may have been initiated by NGOs because they lost money, what is the intention? To bring problems to Brazil.” (excerpts from an article in The Guardian)

Climate bird dogs (and penguins) line the back wall at an Elizabeth Warren rally in Newton. Pictured from left to right, Tory Church, Parker Creech, Samantha Kuhn, Kathy Byrnes, Marty Monroe, and Doug Fuller.

I struggle with the appropriate and most effective call to action in response to the destruction of the Amazon. My best advice to Iowans is to stay the course that we’ve charted and continue to raise climate in every conversation with a presidential candidate.

With Energy Transfer Partners wanting to double the flow of oil through the Dakota Access Pipeline, here’s a question Bold Iowans have been asking candidates recently:

One of President Trump’s big supporters, Kelcy Warren, is the owner of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). His company’s pipeline, the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), transports 570,000 barrels of oil across Iowa each day. President Obama cancelled DAPL only to have President Trump reauthorize it after he took office. Now ETP wants to double the flow of oil to 1.1 million barrels per day. If we’re serious about climate change, we have to say no to fossil-fuel projects like this. Will you go on record and speak out against expanding DAPL?

Thanks again to all who’ve talked with presidential candidates during this mad rush of activity the first half of August. Bold Iowa has been so inundated with feedback that we’re behind posting comments, photos, and videos. As we catch up, you’ll find some material on the Bold Iowa Facebook page and a more comprehensive compilation on the Bold Iowa website. Scroll down to “Candidates,” then click on the specific candidate to see how they’ve been responding. Thanks!

Ed Fallon

2 thoughts on “Burning the Rainforest

  • Melissa B

    What’s up?

    I found this article very interesting…please read!

    Do you remember the blockbuster hit film The Matrix that was released in 1999? You may not know this, but it has deep spiritual implications concerning the times we are living in and Bible prophecy.

    It tells a story of how these “agents” are trying to turn us into machines. We are closer then ever before for this to become a reality when they cause us to receive an implantable microchip in our body during a time when physical money will be no more.

    You may have seen on NBC news concerning the implantable RFID microchip that some people are getting put in their hand to make purchases, but did you know this microchip matches perfectly with prophecy in the Bible?

    “He (the false prophet who deceives many by his miracles) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name…

    You also may have heard of the legendary number “666” that people have been speculating for possibly thousands of years on what it actually means. This article shares something I haven’t seen before, and I don’t think there could be any better explanation for what it means to calculate 666. This is no hoax. Very fascinating stuff!

    …Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666″ (Revelation 13:16-18 NKJV).

    To see all the details showing why the Bible foretold of all these things, check out this article!

    Article: https://biblewoke.com/rfid-mark-of-the-beast-666-revealed

    GOD is sending out His end time warning:

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    In the Islamic religion they have man called the Mahdi who is known as their messiah of whom they are waiting to take the stage. There are many testimonies from people online who believe this man will be Barack Obama who is to be the biblical Antichrist based off dreams they have received. I myself have had strange dreams about him like no other person. So much so that I decided to share this information.

    He came on stage claiming to be a Christian with no affiliation to the Muslim faith…

    “In our lives, Michelle and I have been strengthened by our Christian faith. But there have been times where my faith has been questioned — by people who don’t know me — or they’ve said that I adhere to a different religion, as if that were somehow a bad thing,” – Barack Obama

    …but was later revealed by his own family members that he indeed is a devout Muslim.

    So what’s in the name? The meaning of someones name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface…

    “And He (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven'” (Luke 10:18).

    In the Hebrew language we can uncover the meaning behind the name Barack Obama.

    Barack, also transliterated as Baraq, in Hebrew is: lightning

    baraq – Biblical definition:

    From Strongs H1299; lightning; by analogy a gleam; concretely a flashing sword: – bright, glitter (-ing, sword), lightning. (Strongs Hebrew word H1300 baraq baw-rawk’)

    Barak ‘O’bamah, The use of bamah is used to refer to the “heights” of Heaven.

    bamah – Biblical definition:

    From an unused root (meaning to be high); an elevation: – height, high place, wave. (Strongs Hebrew word H1116 bamah baw-maw’)

    The day following the election of Barack Obama (11/04/08), the winning pick 3 lotto numbers in Illinois (Obama’s home state) for 11/5/08 were 666.

    Obama was a U.S. senator for Illinois, and his zip code was 60606.

    Seek Jesus while He may be found…repent, confess and forsake your sins and trust in the savior! Jesus says we must be born again by His Holy Spirit to enter the kingdom of God…God bless!

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