Southern Hubris

Mother Nature Protecting the Earth (licensed from Dreamstime)This has been a tough week for politicians and the faith-based stupid. The most admired leaders of both parties in a long-running suicide pact with our most trusted sources of news and their corporate masters had convinced most of the electorate that nuclear energy is safe and clean. Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Kyshtym and a dozen or so other accidents long ignored, Mother Nature weighed in on that this week, and in a few seconds of shaking, not counting the aftershocks, did in NE Japan what it typically takes an entire Godzilla movie to achieve – this time, it was real. This time, we were all shaken. This time, even Republicans can’t spin the reality of the danger back into a lie. Nuclear energy is not safe and it never was clean.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) Fukushima* Daiichi power plant is 40 years old and was scheduled to shut down in February until an enlightened Japanese government in a collusion of greed determined the plants would be safe for another 10 years. These Japanese plants use the same American/General Electric system that is used by 23 reactors in the US, including some in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina – plants of a similar age, scheduled to be retired, but re-certified safe by our enlightened corporate-owned leaders.

Mother Nature routinely demonstrates man’s stupidity for ignoring reality by revealing the consequences of hubris. Decades of development and destruction of wetlands on the Mississippi caused the widespread destruction of New Orleans after Katrina. It was less than a year ago, with the echo of our President saying deep water drilling was safe, when we saw that it wasn’t and never will be in the Gulf of Mexico. Corporations that use hydraulic fracturing (frac’ing) to get cheaper natural gas, do so with the knowledge that it contaminates and depletes our groundwater. Industries that routinely use toxic chemicals do so knowing their waste might kill the locals, but their courts will prevent their liability. We prevent forest fires that cause massive fires. We dam rivers and cause droughts. We burn fossil fuels and change our climate – the top 11 hottest years on record have been in the last 13 years. We’ve scattered depleted uranium waste in our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. We let Appalachia coal power plants mass coal slurry causing one of the worst environmental disasters in history. We remove mountain tops for cheap coal and then leave them for future generations. We defunded the superfund and now toxic sites just sit ticking… waiting for Mother Nature to get pissed off again.

Many corporations, left on their own, consider human death and the destruction of the environment collateral damage of profit. All politicians, however, consider truth collateral damage of election.

* Not pronounced, “Fuk You Shima.”

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Lee Leslie

Lee Leslie

I’m just a plateaued-out plain person with too much time on his hands fighting the never ending lingual battle with windmills for truth, justice and the American way or something like that. Here are some reader comments on my writing: “Enough with the cynicism. One doesn’t have to be Pollyanna to reject the sky is falling fatalism of Lee Leslie’s posts.” “You moron.” “Again, another example of your simple-minded, scare-mongering, label-baiting method of argumentation that supports the angry left’s position.” “Ah, Lee, you traffic in the most predictable, hackneyed leftist rhetoric that brought us to the current state of political leadership.” “You negative SOB! You destroyed all my hope, aspiration, desperation, even.” “Don’t you LIBERALS realize what this COMMIE is talking about is SOCIALISM?!?!?!” “Thank you for wonderful nasty artful toxic antidote to this stupidity in the name of individual rights.” “I trust you meant “bastard” in the truest father-less sense of the word.” “That’s the first time I ran out of breath just from reading!” “You helped me hold my head a little higher today.” “Makes me cry every time I read it.” “Thanks for the article. I needed something to make me laugh this mourning.” “If it weren’t so sad I would laugh.” "... the man who for fun and personal growth (not to mention rage assuagion) can skin a whale of bullshit and rack all the meat (and rot) in the larder replete with charts and graphs and a kindness..."“Amen, brother.”