By Jerry Alatalo
“Water is the principal, or the element, of things.”
– THALES OF MILETUS (640-546 B.C.) Semitic founder of Greek sciences, philosophy
t seemed only natural that the Green Party’s candidates for President and Vice President of the United States, Dr. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka, would find their way to North Dakota to express their support for those attempting to close down the Dakota Access Pipeline. When your party platform features a proposal calling for a “New Green Deal” and America becoming 100% energy independent with renewable energy by the year 2030, being in solidarity against multi-billion dollar fossil fuel infrastructure that further threatens the environment is simply the obvious choice.
It is uncertain whether the other candidates – Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Gary Johnson – have expressed their opinions one way or another with regard to the Dakota Access Pipeline, but thus far Dr. Stein and Mr. Baraka are the only candidates to travel and join the thousands trying to stop what is now becoming referred to as the “Black Snake”. The events in North Dakota, despite minimal or zero coverage by American corporate media companies, have become a matter of international interest.
Leaders at the historic gathering in North Dakota have made it cleat that their efforts are entirely peaceful and prayerful, reminding many observers of the actions of civil disobedience in India led by Mohandes Gandhi that resulted in that nation’s independence from the British Empire. Ultimately, whether the Dakota Access Pipeline will end or go ahead toward its completion will become argued and decided in the courts.
Putting aside local, regional, national and international laws pertinent to the pipeline, the issue lifts serious questions surrounding the environment, climate change, economic justice, political power and leaving a healthy world for future generations to a higher, much more prominent level. In particular, the “Green New Deal” proposed by Dr. Stein and Mr. Baraka has reached greater status, focus and consideration in light of the North Dakota situation.
People might be wondering how different the reaction might have been had, instead of a fossil fuels pipeline putting at risk the water needed to survive in the region, the project consisted of the same territory being built up with thousands of solar panels and wind towers. Clearly, solar panels and wind turbines pose absolutely zero threat to the environment in contrast. Such a comparison describes the choice, the energy future, offered to American voters by the Stein|Baraka campaign.
Those same American voters have slightly more than 60 days to think about the environment and other major issues, weigh the options, and make their choices. It might help voters in making their decisions to consider what happened in history at Chernobyl, Fukushima, the Gulf of Mexico and other regions of the Earth where environmental disasters produced great harm to all life forms, including men, women and children.
From that standpoint, it’s reasonable to suggest that Standing Rock, North Dakota in September 2016 may represent a major historical turning point for the human race.
(Thank you to Jill2016 at YouTube)