Posted August 20, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
“We know that the white man does not understand our ways. One portion of the land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes in the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The Earth is not his brother, but his enemy-and when he has conquered it, he moves on.”
This quote by Chief Seattle is relevant to the issue of hydraulic fracturing, because he accurately describes what occurred in his time and continues to this day. That men will harm the land without regard to the health and well-being of people, animals and plant life is a fact which history shows without a doubt.
With a small amount of time looking into fracking we have learned a few things, most notably from the truth-out.org interview of former Mobil executive Louis W. Allstadt. His mention of the removal of EPA findings from New York State Guidelines, which showed possible negative consequences from fracking was a revelation. This moved him to become involved in the state of New York.
Mr. Allstadt’s speaking of the waste of years where renewable energies was not brought online in the United States shows a lack of focus from the United States government and business community. While European countries, notably Germany, have been bringing renewable energies to their citizens, the United States has stuck with things as they are, falling behind in the manufacturing of energy technologies of the future.
China has become a world leader in solar technology manufacturing. Louis Allstadt pointed out that oil and gas executives call natural gas from fracking a bridge to the renewable future, but that nobody is building the bridge-the solar, wind, biofuel etc, facilities to manufacture the equipment people can install on their homes and commercial buildings.
It is time to get to the truth on the issue of hydraulic fracturing. Bring in the top academicians, scientists and experts in the world on this technology and get the thing resolved. You can do it over Skype, for God’s sake. Governments around the world can arrange such a high-level discussion on this issue, in every country where citizens have expressed genuine concerns.
Given the potential consequences for this generation and future generations, especially when all living things need water to survive, it is irresponsible for world leaders to not tackle this issue in a spiritually mature way which looks out for the welfare of all people on this Earth.
Or does Laura Cunningham in the following video, who decided to write a play about fracking titled “Frack Off” to quell the out-of-kilter emotions displayed in the discussions about this important issue, represent the highest level of discussion we will see?
God bless Ms. Cunningham for trying to help bring about rational discussions.
It is time for world leaders, for humanity, to step up its game on hydraulic fracturing.
- Fracking: ‘blanket opposition’ risks ignoring needs of fuel-poor, says CofE (theguardian.com)
- Dame Vivienne joins frack protest (standard.co.uk)
- California legislators call for offshore oil fracking investigation (indybay.org)