The human race is determined to destroy itself as part of the process in allowing obscenely wealthy corporations the “freedom” to do whatever the hell they want. We’re talking about the time honored tradition of hoarding the almighty dollar while ignoring the real costs to humanity. Corporations, regardless what you might have heard to the contrary, are NOT people, but they are killing people. Both quickly and slowly. Our air, land, water and food supply are in severe jeopardy and somehow corporate America manages to avoid taking responsibility for what is left in its wake. Corporate America, from banks to boardrooms have proven themselves to be the least patriotic sector of our culture, oblivious to the irreversible damage they cause. As long as the gas, oil and coal industries (among others) can pay to air slick TV ads designed to snow-job the gullible into believing there really is such a thing as “clean coal energy” and “safe, clean burning natural gas” – then we’re all doomed. So what if gulf shrimp have no legs and three eyes following the BP oil spill…? Try some batter-fried so you can’t see the deformations. BP can broadcast snappy TV commercials with lively Cajun music in the background assuring John Q. Public that everything’s been cleaned-up and everything’s fine and dandy. It isn’t.
We just lived through a suffocating national heatwave. Here in Philadelphia, as early as 7am, steam was rising off lawns and sidewalks during the “coolest” hours of the day. Once every summer the media gives lip service to global warming following a spate of unseasonably hot weather and then thinks not of it again. Prior weather records are consulted and determined to have been broken (yet again) and the climate deniers ignore all the evidence while dumping more and more filth into the environment. Not to worry, just keep believing Jesus will clean it all up and make everything alright – so don’t lift a finger toward changing our own lifestyles….
The latest and most insidious of corporate America’s get-rich-quick schemes is hydrofracking which shatters the Marcellus shale creating poison seepage into the water supply for hundreds of surrounding miles merely to access miniscule amounts of natural gas. Once hydrofracking has punctured and destroyed the natural plates below the ground that protect our drinking water supply, nothing can ever be done to correct that mess. It’s done and done-for…. The infected areas will lay fallow for the unforeseeable future. The State of Pennsylvania now has sick cattle quarantined due to frack poisoning. Birds, rabbits, foxes and all sorts of wildlife are dying mysteriously with all indicators pointing toward hycrofracking as the cause. Meanwhile, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge has become a handsomely paid hydrofracking lobbyist selling his own state down the polluted river. The Delaware River Basin to be specific, is a key target for the fracking industry, well underway.
Clearly we need to rethink our energy sources. Wind and solar being the most obvious clean choices. The Republican-stifled congress (especially in the House of Representatives) has blocked every job bill Obama has introduced. Americans could be put back to work retrofitting domestic and public structures with solar panels. This would be a shot in the arm for the construction industry no longer cobbling together pasteboard McMansions due to a lack of demand. Abandoned factories could be re-purposed to manufacture solar panels and other clean energy sources. But it’s an election year and keeping the economy flat-lined is the GOP’s top priority. That said, they don’t give a rat’s ass about the environment either – if anything they want to roll-back all sensible restrictions concerning the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. So meanwhile no one has work, kitchen sink faucets are catching fire in fracking zones and people and pets are becoming violently ill.
Our aging nuclear power plants are in dire need of updates and repairs, but no one believes that what happened in Chernobyl or Fukushima could happen here. Really? Think again. Last summer’s 6.0 east coast earthquake centered in Virginia was only a few miles away from an aging nuclear power plant spared by pure luck. Meanwhile, Eric Cantor (R-VA) who is apparently a congenital idiot, is fighting to repeal nuclear power plant safety regulations. Cantor and other official public dangers like himself all take campaign money from the satanic Koch Brothers whose sole purpose in life is to pollute the environment with toxins like formaldehyde used to cure the lumber after they’ve defoliated the forests. Why? Because it makes them very, very, very rich…. Rich enough to shadow-fund Republican SuperPAC’s. People who live near Koch owned lumber and petroleum treatment facilities have a suspiciously high rate of pediatric cancer. I, myself, have a friend suffering from lesions, hair-loss and a litany of health horrors suspected to be caused by daily exposure to formaldehyde found in products we use in our daily lives.
What can we do about it? Probably not much, due to human apathy; aside from boycotting the products that cause pollution and making a concerted effort to stop over reproducing unplanned offspring causing the world’s population to swell thanks to thoughtless recreational sex,. Yes, we’re screwed. I would never bring a child into this world – not with the future they have facing them filled with toxic food, fouled air, poisoned drinking water and household products off-gassing God knows what into their lungs. We’re facing all this suffering and ruin so shortsighted blithering idiots can get rich. I’m relieved to be sliding into the final quarter of my life. I’ve lived to see the world while it was still clean and at it’s best. I have no interest in being here for the inevitable grain and water riots humankind faces in our collective world future. In fact it’s already begun….