“People are tragically caught if they have to destroy their own country in order to make a living.” Wendell Berry
My, what a week!
Four pipeline explosions occurred this week, in New Jersey, Kentucky, Texas and Pennsylvania. The one in PA will burn for quite a while.
Spills into waterways are ongoing, as well. Patriot Coal, the company formed by Peabody Coal to get rid of their unions and pension responsibilities, has already declared bankruptcy and is now spilling coal slurry into a creek as it “emerges” from that bankruptcy.
Duke Energy is busy polluting water in two states, North Carolina and West Virginia. These are the same folks who killed off some 200,000 bats and have a pass to kill off bald eagles with their wind turbines (yeah, so sustainable).
I used to be such a nice middle class white woman. Then I read Derrick Jensen. My library is not available to me, so I have to paraphrase, but when I read a sentence like “industrial civilization is killing the planet and most of it’s members are insane”, my first reaction, honestly, was whoa, that’s extreme, that is hyperbolic.
But it’s not. The evidence supports it.
And so far, I’ve confined myself to just the United States. You open it up and look at the whole globe, and the evidence is overwhelming. Have you seen the pictures of what England looks like right now? Have you seen the pictures of Australia? Have you checked the methane releases from the Arctic?
Oh, and here is the sole voice of credibility on Fukushima: Arnie Gundersen and Fairewinds tell us that we should quit worrying about Unit 4 and start to seriously worry about Unit 3.
And three non-violent women are still sitting in jail, awaiting a possible sentence of 2 to 5 years for sitting in an Enbridge pipeline and pointing out that these things leak.
Enbridge spilled diluted bitumen into the Kalamazoo River almost four years ago now and still hasn’t cleaned it up.
Enbridge remains free.