In closing, a bit of local news: the frackers are coming! The frackers are coming!
Apparently, about two-thirds of Tennessee is frackable, and the energy vampires want their gas fix now. Get ready to kiss peace, quiet, and clean air and water in the countryside around Nashville good-bye.
Most of the state’s “conservation” groups–the Harpeth River Watershed Association, the Tennessee Clean Water Network, Tennessee Conservation Voters, and the Sierra Club–are attempting to strike a deal with the devil by merely pushing for tighter regulation of fracking by the so-called “Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation.”
That’s a worthy goal, in its way. TDEC’s proposed fracking regulations are remarkably lax, and would undoubtedly result in irreparable damage to Tennessee’s abundance of groundwater, as well as the delightful, healing rural ambiance still to be found in much of this beautiful state. But I have a problem with all these groups’ stance on fracking. I don’t think it should be allowed at all. Science has made it quite clear that we need to reduce, not increase, our use of CO2-emitting fossil fuels, such as natural gas, for the simple reason that continuing our extreme dependence on these substances is destroying the planet’s ability to support us, as well as most of the other life forms with which we are currently sharing the planet. (And sure, burning natural gas creates less CO2 than burning coal, but, in this case, “less” is still “too much.”)
Let me state that another way: those who extract fossil fuels–the management and labor forces of the coal and oil industries–are mass murderers, and their target is all of us. Really, it’s a Jonestown situation, because they will kill themselves by their actions, as well, but there isn’t much difference between being murdered by a merely homicidal maniac and being murdered by a maniac who is also suicidal. Read the rest of this entry »