Anti-Fossil Fuels or Anti-Everything?
I am sure that most know about the recent illegal dumping of waste hydraulic fracturing fluid into the Mahoning River and the concern it caused. State Rep. Robert Hagan, D-Youngstown, was apoplectic over the spill, and the local anti-development groups were lighting the tar pots and gathering feathers.
When I heard about the dumping, I was relieved to see that the various regulatory agencies had been notified, were working on a clean-up effort and were planning on punishing those responsible. The ”Stop Fracking Ohio” folks were not so easily satisfied.
For them, the spill served as vindication of their anti-development agenda. They won’t be satisfied with a cleanup and punishment, they want to put a stop to the drilling. In fact, they are circulating petitions to have a hydraulic fracturing ban in Youngstown put on the ballot.
A visit to their Facebook page shows a video of one of their events. A dozen or so of them met at the river by the old B&O station in Youngstown to have a ceremony of sorts.
There was a lady pastor and a priest saying prayers and making wishes for the sake of the Mahoning River. One of the prayers was of the ”call and response” type as in ”Help us O’ Lord,” but without mention of the Lord.
After a man dressed in a clown suit said a few words, a lady took center stage to ask everyone to write their wishes for the river on pieces of paper that she was going to place in a bucket of compost to be used in planting a special tomato plant. Next, a gentleman read a letter of apology to the people who lived downstream. He folded it up and put it in a plastic gallon jug then proceeded to throw it into the river. Because the current was virtually nil, it just kind of floated around looking very much like the kind of pollution they would normally be angry about.
Putting aside for a moment the humorous aspect of these people, it’s important to know who they are. They are the same people who show up to block the construction of every energy project in the country.
They’ll protest against nuclear power plants, coal fired power plants, oil pipelines and dams. They oppose most development and despise corporations, except Apple. They are the Occupy Wall Street people and the anti-war crowd. Though they occasionally attract people who are genuinely concerned about the environment, their true agenda is far more than clean water and air.
These groups like to pose as the little guy fighting against the wealth of giant corporations, when the truth is anything but. Many of these groups are richly funded by very wealthy benefactors along with some Arab partners who are in a panic over the possibility of losing a lot of ”petro dollars” should America begin to seriously tap her fossil fuel riches.
Consider, for instance, Matt Damon’s anti-fracking movie ”Promised Land,” which received $15 million in funding from the United Arab Emirates. It should be clear why they are against shale development.
You have to ask yourself; if these environmental groups weren’t so tightly associated with radicals, wouldn’t you find more who are concerned with the environment joining them? If you have any doubts about their alignment, engage them in a conversation. It won’t take you long to find out that the people who lead them are far more interested in harming corporations than they are in saving the environment.
It is crucial that the anti-development crowd not succeed; the future prosperity of the entire region is at stake.