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Fossil fuels: Many Sacrifice Zones

June 7, 2010

We received this response from Michael William Mullen
Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper (Banks, Alabama)

Actually there are currently two current sacrifice zones and the “drill baby drill” folks want at least two more. The existing ones are the Gulf of Mexico and the oil (tar) sands areas of Canada (see photo). The additional ones targeted by the folks in love with fossil fuels are several eastern states (natural gas in the Marcellus Shale , e.g. NY, PA, OH)  and the oil shales of our western mountains.

Impact on northern forests (left) a forest in northern Alberta staked out by tar sands prospectors and (right) the Suncor Millennium tar sands site, Alberta in the March 2009 issue of National Geographic (Photo: Peter Essick)

Additionally, the REAL sacrifice zones are the small rural towns in poorer areas and inner city areas with poorer education systems and less opportunity where people’s children see the military as a way out. These young people are or will likley become the tip of the spear when the public addiction of oil demands that we go take it from someone else!

Michael William Mullen
Choctawhatchee Riverkeeper

One Comment leave one →
  1. Sam Flenner permalink
    June 22, 2010 1:41 pm

    Dear Editor,

    On June 15, twenty-one Democrats and all of the Republican Senators voted down an amendment to the Internal Revenue Code that would have stripped away billions in subsidies to big oil and gas companies. The amendment would have used $25 billion to pay down the deficit and $10 billion for a grant program to encourage energy-efficiency.

    Both Senators Richard Lugar and Evan Bayh voted to support the subsidies to the already profitable oil companies.

    Over the last decade, the five largest oil companies (Exxon Mobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP and Shell) made more than $750 billion in profits. Do these profitable companies deserve tax relief? With a record-breaking $13 trillion national debt and an unsustainable federal deficit why are our Legislators giving tax breaks to oil and gas companies that have been making enormous profits?

    Where is the reporting? Where is the conservative outrage?

    Sam Flenner

    2028 N. Berwick Ave.

    Indianapolis, IN 46222


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