Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the cool, overcast, misty island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Thursday morning, the 18th day of December, 2014, just a few days before the big day where kids ranging in age from two to ninety-two await what may be in Santa’s Sleigh… Who knows?
I am just grateful that I watched Ari Melber filling in for Chris Hayes’ on MSNBC’s “All IN” last night– (weeknights at eight sharp, followed by “TRMS” at nine and “The Last Word”, with Lawrence O’Donnell at ten p.m., eastern… not a paid AD, rather a plug for these venerable shows, as they offer what the old Mike Wallace style “60 Minutes” offered it’s audience–THE TRUTH), informed of not only the historic move by President Obama late yesterday, normalizing relations with the island nation of Cuba (first time since Fidel Castro staged a coup, laying claim to the Cuban government in 1959. Relations decimated in 1961 with President Jack Kennedy’s attempted overthrow of the Cuban dictator, via a covert CIA backed rebel operation that became known as “The Bay of Pigs”. An exercise that failed on a world wide stage as Castro called to the former Soviet Union’s Premier Khrushchev for help, fearing after the “Mongoose” raids Cuba was ripe for a hostile occupation by the U.S.. The ship only to be righted, if you will, on October 22, 1962 (13 days of a very real nuclear standoff, the nation and world in stark fear), when President Kennedy and his brother Bobby stood tall against the naked aggression of the then Soviet Union, attempting to deliver those nuclear missals to that island state, the whole world truly watching in a state of paralytic fear…
In fact, if it were not for the heroic efforts of then President John F. Kennedy, there is a very distinct possibility none of us would be here right now, and not that unlike the very gutsy move by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who stood up for the scientists by stating he was not one when it came to the age old question of whether precious ‘jobs’ and PROFIT (that come from dirty, polluting fracking practices), are more important than public health and the environment. Governor Cuomo chose the latter.
You may ask, “…what do these two events really have in common?”. Plenty. The oil and gas industry per OUR elected government–for at least the past decade, especially when it comes to this horrible FRACKING for ‘natural gas’ (Methane)–have been putting the burden of proof (whether FRACKING is destroying the air, water and soil; ruining people’s health, the health of the animals that share this planet with us–the overall environment itself for future generations), on it’s citizens, not those corporations who heretofore have been writing the legislation via A.L.E.C. (please Google at your convenience!). Like the Soviets back in the early sixties attempting to place a nuclear threat at the foot of this great country of ours, the big oil and gas companies have been running rough shod over the ordinary citizens who unbeknownst to them, have been hoodwinked into believing that ‘natural gas’ is the ‘way to go’, being wicked clean and all. Hor$e$hit! Ask the good people of Rifle, Colorado! They’ll tell ya how ’safe’ the water is, lighting up the lovely remodeled bathroom’s boudoir with a cool blue flame if you put a match anywhere near it!
The State of New York has effectively BANNED fracking, ushering in an historic day for environmental movements all across this great country of ours, a true GRASS ROOTS movement designed to keep WATER at the forefront of OUR collective consciousness, demanding that WE do the right thing for our children and our children’s children. Allowing them to grow up in a world where there kitchen sink does not represent a circus trick; a bad joke lighting up when you put a lighter to it. Methane being very flammable and toxic to any living thing if breathed in for an extended period of ‘time’.
Stay tuned, for FRACKING is not going away anytime soon. However, yesterday the paradigm shifted–BIG TIME. No longer is the burden of proof, the epic responsibility, laid at the feet of ordinary citizens to stand up to billion dollar corporations when it comes to how much pollution is REALLY poisoning our air, water and soil. Since 2008–certainly since this all started with former U.S. VP Dick Cheney’s “Halliburton Loophole of 2005″ (opening up public land in Wyoming to hydraulic fracturing of shale rock to attain the methane trapped within said rock, the beginning of the fracking boom)–there has been scant to no peer reviewed papers on this subject of fracking, let alone any real look see into what those 700 or so fracking chemicals really are (and how they interact with the overall environment) all about.
What’s with all the secrecy ExxonMobil? and the rest of ‘the fracking brotherhood’?
As of today, according to the great environmentalist/documentary artist Josh Fox, creator of the must see HBO film(s), “Gasland and Gasland II”, there is a peer reviewed paper produced–about fracking and it’s impact on the overall environment–about once a day now, with over 400 written thus far, creating a REAL force that WILL change this industry forever, cleaning up this whole fracking mess before ALL of this nations’ water supplies are tainted beyond ‘repair’–WATER=LIFE morons, got it?
…Stay tuned! Same bat time, same bat channel my friends!
So there you have it folks! A good day to be an American! Chalk one up for the good guys! Sea Cape Cod salutes you and wishes you and yours a very Happy Holiday indeed. And thank you Ari Melber, fill in host of the year at MSNBC, I hope you get your own show someday soon, Merry Christmas!
PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M