Yesterday's edition of the Star Tribune had a story about Indian rights activists say treaties give them a say on pipeline route. Let me say that I hope Honor the Earth is successful in front of the PUD or in court in their efforts to affect the Sandpiper project.
Stillwater on the St. Croix RIver © harrington
If you pay attention to these things, corporations are too often less than responsive to our demands that they clean up the messes they make of our earth. Enbridge, which wants the new pipeline, had a 2010 pipeline burst in Michigan. They opposed completing the cleanup EPA mandated. We've learned the hard way that, twenty -five years later, the Exxon Valdez spill still isn't cleaned up. The executive at BP who was in charge during their Gulf of Mexico oil blowout has moved on but is still being paid nicely. It's all too often the rest of us who end up holding the bag, or mop, or sponge and paying the bill. It would be nice to see some productive efforts to increase corporate responsibility, even at the expense of excessive profits and executive salaries. How about if a pipeline that leaked or burst had to be taken out of service permanently? It could never be used again. I think that might enhance maintenance efforts, don't you?
Less than five years after BP's environmental debacle in the Gulf, they're back in business there. If corporations really are "persons," shouldn't they be subject to a death penalty, or something like it, as are many real people in this world? We have to start getting serious about protecting resources we need and care about. Clean air and clean water and food must trump fossil fuels and corporate profits, if we have any common sense. Is our environment, that we depend on for clean air and water and food, worth protecting? We might start showing we really care by acting on Merwin's concerns and learning the names of some of our fellow inhabitants of earth, the trees.
worth protecting? © harrington
Neither my father nor my mother knewthe names of the treeswhere I was bornwhat is thatI asked and myfather and mother did nothear they did not look where I pointedsurfaces of furniture heldthe attention of their fingersand across the room they could watchwalls they had forgottenwhere there were no questionsno voices and no shade
Were there treeswhere they were childrenwhere I had not beenI askedwere there trees in those placeswhere my father and my mother were bornand in that time didmy father and my mother see themand when they said yes it meantthey did not rememberWhat were they I asked what were theybut both my father and my mothersaid they never knew
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