Dear President Trump:

Today’s Daily Lectionary readings are about drought and rain.

In the Old Testament reading, the people who pay no attention to God experience drought.  The “nobles send their servants for water; they come to the cisterns, they find no water, they return with their vessels empty…Because there has been no rain on the land the farmers are dismayed; they cover their heads.”  All the while, false prophets promise that all is well. (Jeremiah 14:1-22) By contrast the psalmist says that those who dwell with God experience springs of water and generous rainfall. (Psalm 84:6

Yesterday, I felt the moist soil between my fingers while setting out the first broccoli, collard and kale plants of the season.  But I am deeply concerned about the environment my grandchildren will inherit.


A scholarly article in Wikipedia reports: “The scientific consensus is that the Earth’s climate system is unequivocally warming, and that it is extremely likely (meaning 95% probability or higher) that this warming is predominantly caused by humans.”

Mr, President, in late 2009 you and your children Donald, Jr., Eric and Ivanka, signed the following forward-thinking full page ad in the New York Times:

“We urge you, our government, to strengthen and pass United States legislation, and lead the world by example…We recognize the key role that American innovation and leadership play in stimulating the worldwide economy. Investing in a Clean Energy Economy will drive state-of-the-art technologies that will spur economic growth, create new energy jobs, and increase our energy security all while reducing the harmful emissions that are putting our planet at risk.”

But your more recent words and actions appear to be moving away from this visionary approach. Why?

Your proposed budget says “The Administration will take an evidence-based approach to improving programs and services—using real, hard data to identify poorly performing organizations and programs.”

My appeal is that you will use the same evidence-based approach in dealing with climate change. As you said in 2009, addressing climate change can be good for business.

Wendell Berry has written: “To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.”

Mr. President, remember the future that our children and grandchildren will inherit, even as you spur economic growth by investing in a Clean Energy Economy.


J. Daryl Byler