From JANIE SHEPPARD
Following the ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the recent underground mine disaster in West Virginia, and yet another mine disaster in Kentucky, it now appears that before we “run out” of fossil fuels we will die trying. All we need now is another nuclear power plant disaster, and because the existing plants are all “on borrowed time”, that will likely happen in the near future.
Unless we come to grips with the dangers to the environment and ourselves, dangers that are inherent in trying to extract oil in deep water, mining under old mines, and handling nuclear materials, these disasters will become a regular feature of our daily existence, if they aren’t already.
What to do? Tell the big fossil fuel and nuclear interests to back off. Instead, adopt an energy policy based on conservation, solar energy, and wind energy where it can be done without killing birds.
Enough already with trying to get the last drop of oil, last lump of coal, and last granule of uranium ore out of Mother Earth.