If ever a man personified the forces that may eventually destory the United States and even, perhaps, the world, I think Dick Cheney will be numbered among the finalists.
What can you say about this man who demands war while not serving himself, hiding bethind deferments because he had more important things to do? This is a man who will, to be kind, alter reality to achieve his means. He's hidden behind doors in powerful places, for light and truth diminish his kind, and he knows it. But he embraced, greed is good. Money is good. As we embargoed and sanctioned places, he led Haliburton in, always searching for more markets, more fields, more riches. Yet those are his lessor crimes.
I watched "Gasland" last night. It centers around the destruction that fracking wroughts across the United States. Much of fracking's technology, methods and processes are exempt from the clean air and water acts previously passed in what's called The Cheney Loop Hole that's part of a 2005 law passed when the Republicans held the House, Senate, and White House. Josh Fox explores fracking's impact from sea to shining sea. He visits people whose lives are destroyed by their contaminated water, how their air becomes poison. Water is set on fire. Wells explode and burn in disaster. Animals lose hair and die, and people contract cancer and other diseases.
Those who push for fracking and the gas it produces claims it will give us energy freedom, but what is the cost? Freedom to be and do what? The amount of water just used to extract the gas boggles the mind. As fracking destroys the underground layers that create the natural aquifers and cisterns, you must ask, in this time of growing drought and growing population, a time of increasing demands on water, what good will all of your gas be if you don't have water to drink? Worse, this 'produced water', full of chemicals, is left untreated to seep into the ground, into cattle's feed, into the cattle's blood and tissue, into our crops, and onto our dinner tables.
Watch the film. Learn for yourself. It may already be too late but don't wait until your water makes you sick and you can set your water on fire.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com