Yesterday’s forty-five day extension of a public comment period by the current presidential administration follows 106 days after the stated change in what most would consider business as usual. This delay is a symbolic gesture to all concerned with anthropogenic effects on our biosphere and our climate – including the United Nations.
The more research I do, the more depressing the results. The article below (linked to its source) was published in 2010. In terms of radioactive half-life four years does not make a difference.
Googling “radiation leak Hanford” will return enough entries to make anyone’s head spin. Hanford is not the only nuclear waste site in the United States. The EPA references over a thousand nuclear waste sites in the United States alone. Projecting this on a global scale boggles the mind.
I can’t help but wonder if the general plan from the 1940s until today(?) has been, “let’s take the money now and let those guys in the future figure things out.”
This is one of the most powerful presentations I have experienced in a long time. It is also a living example of the cancer which defines the fossil fuel industry.
Foreign corporations (and nations) have been investing in petroleum in the United States and Canada for many years. China invested 33 billion dollars in Canadian petrochemical interests from 2005 – 2012. Canadian oil interests would like to see more investment. China owns at least 40% of the tar sands production at Athabasca Oil Corporation (formerly Athabasca Oil Sands Corporation); a company which sold China all of its holdings of the McKay River tar sands development3. In 2013 China purchased 100% of Canada’s tar sands operator Nexen for $15.1 billion1.
Canadian interests favor these purchases – otherwise they would not have been approved2.
Not to be left out of courting Chinese dollars, President Obama is selling the United States as a better place to invest4. Considering how heavily invested China already is in fracking operations within the United States, the President’s position makes little sense6.
They came, they drilled, they left:
There is the question of just who will be left to clean up the mess left behind – if this is even possible. Once China develops fracking within its own boundaries5, why would it pay for more expensive energy elsewhere?
The only way out is to develop a new source of power; something other than petroleum that will not poison our biosphere.
Summer is a time-proven golden opportunity to run special interest agendas through when you do not want a bunch of people to know what you are up to. Case and point would be Granite Construction Corporation’s euphemistically named “Liberty Quarry” project. Problem is that they have chosen a section of land to develop which would spell the end of the last wild river and the last wild life corridor in Southern California. LAST. Ain’t no more. All bought up, paved, built on and converted to contemporary ideas of civilization.
I recently became aware of this project as it would mean the destruction, actually the erasure of sites which are sacred to the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. Having grown up with sacred sites on the islands of both sides of my family (Crete and Samothrace) I have an idea of what their loss would mean – especially to future generations.
Long story short, I will be spending more time updating the new Sacred Sky Sacred Earth website than adding to this one. Please visit by clicking the image below and signing a petition to help save this LAST section of land from destructive development.
They have speculated that the substance—found as deep as 2,300 meters below the surface— was oil from the BP blowout. But, until now, they haven’t had this evidence from chemical tests.
David Hollander, an oceanographer at the University of South Florida, said in an interview that he and colleagues have just completed tests showing that the chemical profile of oil they found in Gulf sediment matches that from the blown-out BP well.