posted on Mar, 8 2011 @ 11:44 PM
Ah, but you should know by now that this kind of thing will make a few people very, very wealthy (or at least wealthier). Constitutionally, they are
allowed to throw a little money (to them) at a politician - or group of politicians - via lobbyists in the form of 'campaign contributions.' The
politicians will then tell you anything they can think of (they will just make it up!) as to why this is a good idea (It's a great plan! The Gas
company just spend a small percentage, and the politician neatly sidesteps his/her responsibilities to the people who elected them, and makes
something up about how it will create jobs/feed the whales/shoe the poor - that kind of kidney.) and eventually the protesters will go back to
watching Dancing With The Stars or whatever. If they don't, local law enforcement will get a bonus to turn up in uniform and act as thugs for a day
or two (and don't forget that FAUX NEWS will report on how unreasonable the protesters are being, and how un-American they are, and how they are just
'TERRORISTS' for even thinking that natural wonders are better than money). Hopefully, nobody will get hurt on camera (and if they do, you get
someone to outright deny it!).
Net result is that the gas company gets what they want, the politician/s get what they want (they certainly don't want "you" spoiling their little
game), and you get....well.....you get to look at gas rigs on your way to the ever dwindling splendour of a national park. The local LEOs get a little
See how it works? Brilliant.
Before you go spouting off about natural wonders, and how lovely nature is, you need to sit down and think about how you are affecting the economy.
Well, I know....it's actually the economy of the owners of the gas company and the politician they are lobbying...but you get the point. Shame on you
for being so unpatriotic, and preferring the wondrous beauty of the US to the almighty dollar (not your personal dollars, though. You won't get a red
If (and when) they suddenly hit a fissure and lava starts flowing, they will simply tell everyone that they really hadn't foreseen anything like
this, and will urge the government to give them back the 'lost revenue' from these pesky volcanic/tectonic activities. They might even blame some
poor emergency service workers for not evacuating their precious staff quick enough (it's always best to start blamestorming at time like this). The
engineers and scientists who warned them of such a thing will be heavily paid off or threatened not to talk to anyone - much less any 'congressional
hearing.' Then, once everyone has their insurance money, somebody will proclaim that all is well, and the environment will probably just clean itself
If you have enough money, and political clout, this is the life you lead.
You don't have enough money or political clout, so your opinion/warning/outrage/common sense is lost.
Thank you for playing. We'll apportion a small patch of lawn somewhere else for you to be all 'naturey.' Your local zoo might be able to show you a
bear, or bison, or whatever for a small fee. Please visit the gift shop on the way out for some Chinese made trinkets in the shape of an animal not on
exhibit at the zoo (well, they are pretty endangered due to encroachment on their natural habitat by big business).
Tsk. Tree huggers. Geeesh.