Mothers of Invention: Thirteen (from “You Can’t Say That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 6–not available on the net, sorry!)
Mothers of Invention: Jesus Thinks You’re a Jerk (from “Broadway the Hard Way,” ditto)
As I promised a couple of weeks ago, I did indeed turn out for the anti-fracking demonstration, and the accompanying hearing, at Legislative Plaza, last Friday. The best thing I can say about it is that it was great to see old friends and new, young faces. It’s good to feel that this movement is being passed on, even if that’s accompanied by the distinct sensation that it’s being pissed on, as well.
The hearing was definitely a pisser. Numerous people called the fracking decision into question on all the obvious grounds–conflict of interest, failure to take into account the value of an unspoiled natural environment, and the dubiousness of the alleged benefits that fracking brings to communities. Channel 5, bless their hearts, did a background investigation that uncovered the fact that making money, not doing studies, is UT’s primary motivation in opening their forest research center to fracking. It won’t be much good for forestry studies after the frackers are done with it! Some members of the State Building Commission even raised the all-important question, “what happens if we get a few years into this and discover that it’s a really bad idea?”
“Trust us,” UT’s representative said, just what BP’s people said when they started deep water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, just like what Exxon’s representatives said before the Exxon Valdez ran aground, just what Shell said when they attempted to moor an offshore drilling rig in the Arctic Ocean last year.
Here’s quotes from some of the emails Channel 5 uncovered: Read the rest of this entry »