As the halls of governments across the United States are filled with feeble-brained dimwits who proudly announce how they base their political beliefs on their bible and deny the most basic of scientifically proven realities, the earth and mankind are dying.
Daily, stories are released, and promptly denied or ignored by those in power, detailing how the earth and its inhabitants are being poisoned. Yet, egotistical buffoons, elected on platforms based on lies and geared to knee-jerk social platforms, can only continue to support pouring toxic chemicals underground to force oil and gas to explode upward, to work for the completion of a fragile pipeline to carry cancer-causing tar sands across 1000 US miles to foreign export, to favor expanded use of nuclear power when poisons from the last failure pour through the seas contaminating air, water, fish, wildlife, and people, and pledge to expand drilling for oil in the few remaining wildlife habitats our country has left.
In the past few weeks, these are among the vast number of environmental tragedies that have been reported, yet ignored by those chosen to protect the interests of citizens and voters:
1. In Colorado, following the torrential storms
and flooding of a few weeks ago, it was found that toxic fluids used in fracking were spilling into floodwaters. Chemicals such as Benzene, Methane, Arsenic, Radium and dangerous metals including lead were finding their way into groundwaters and aquifers.
2. In a related story that was released a month or so earlier, it was revealed that the EPA was allowing millions of gallons of water laced with toxic chemicals from fracking to be consumed by wildlife and livestock. The EPA does not allow surface disposal of such chemical-laced waters to be released in the eastern US, but they are actually issuing permits for the discharge of such contaminated waters – without even the requirement of determining what chemicals are present – for grazing areas in the west.
3. Last month, it was reported that evidence had been found that Yosemite’s largest ice mass, Lyell Glacier, had shrunk 62% over the last century and that studies indicated that it was on a “death spiral” and would cease to exist within the next 20 years. Scientists detailed how this shrinkage, the similar diminishing size of the remaining glaciers in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and those in California, Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, other states and in fact elsewhere across the world, were the victims of world wide climate change. Said Andrew Fountain, professor of geology and geography at Portland State University in Oregon. “This is the beginning of the end of these things.”
deadly time bomb the world has ever seen. As several hundred tons of radioactive water continues to spew forth into the Pacific Ocean each and every day and continues to make its way to North America, contaminating sea life in its wake, two further realities are largely ignored: a) The actual cleanup of the damaged reactors is now beginning, and this involves opening up sealed areas for the removal of thousands of damaged, radioactive fuel rod assemblies, exposing potential catastrophic contamination to workers, nearby residents, and the entire world; and b) What would happen if another earthquake should hit the area. As few days ago, Dr. David Suzuki, one of Canada’s top environmental scientists, described just that:
“It’s bye bye Japan, and everybody on the West Coast of North America should evacuate.”
Yet, new nuclear power generating plants are being built across the United States, such as the William States Lee III Nuclear Generating Station in South Carolina, that may be operational within the next three to five years.
5. I wrote recently about new evidence of the cancer-causing effects of processing tar sands, yet completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline is a cause celebre for virtually the entire right wing. They choose to totally ignore today’s reality of disaster after disaster in the transport of petroleum-type products, from the largest land-based oil spill ever in the US that began just a month ago in North Dakota (beginning with a mere six inch hole), to the train derailments, explosions and fires in Alabama just this past week.
So many politicians have no other concerns than working to deny healthcare, food, and security to millions of people, to control the reproductive systems of all American women, and to see to it that every human walking the streets of the USA has in his or her possession a loaded
gun. In some instances, it appears to be not just demagoguery, but actual, unabashed, blatant stupidity.
Take for example long-time Congressman Joe Barton (R, Tex) who has served for several years as Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and who is most famous for having, during a House committee hearing, apologized to PB, for the government requesting that they pay for a portion of the gulf oil spill cleanup. He should be even more notorious for his comments on wind. Remember, fellow gop Congress members made him their choice to chair the House ENERGY committee. Denigrating the need to stop massive reliance on fossil fuels and switching efforts to harness and utilize renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, Barton has said the following:
“Wind is a finite resource and harnessing it would slow down the winds which would cause the temperature to go up.”
This is what we have to deal with.