So sure putting something up on Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr gets it out there “fast” and it sure is easy for us… but how many people does it actually reach? Even when you have a fanbase in the tens of thousands or millions even…? Furthermore, once a post is a few days old, it tends to hit the proverbial bottom of the barrel, seems no longer relevant; hell, it’s no longer even visible to most people except for the real deep diggers or bottom dwellers. But how many of us are like that these days in this age of too much information…? No, posting to social media may have temporarily seemed like the quick fix we all wanted so we wouldn’t have to keep posting to our blogs with all the upkeep cost and maintenance necessary to keep them, but it just isn’t going to work in the long run for committed lifetime information providers or artists or content creators.
So we’re back to blogging now, pretty much everything minus only the most mundane items, with auto-feeds going into Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to alert non-subscribers. Hell, this should be a blog post on its own. But fuck it, if you’re reading this, now you know. Heed it. It’s only getting worse. If your message is important, get it back into a more permanent blog or web-based presence outside of social media which is just too damned overloaded at this late point in the game.] End of Editor’s Note
For the record Vermont has already passed a law banning fracking entirely in their state. Having used to live in Vermont part time for a number of years during the Cleopatra Ecstasy years, the people of this state never cease to amaze and impress me; for a variety of admirable reasons, this being just one of them.
Basically the best way to look at it is this: for those who live in any of these states where fracking is already taking place, they’re screwed. They’ll get sick and the survivors will soon realize that they have to move. Big cities will get bigger. Smaller cities will turn into big cities. And that’s really just the beginning. There is no governmental oversight on any of this because of how the White House at that time made it all exempt from any kind of oversight; so as one of the higher-ups at the EPA said “We need to be investigating this and we know it. But we need to be directed to investigate it first. And so far we have not been directed to investigate it. No matter how many nightmare stories we hear of people getting sick or being able to light their tap water on fire etc… We are presently being told that it is out of our jurisdiction.”
ADDENDUM: One note to be fair: this incredibly large amount of natural gas that we’ve discovered beneath the earth’s surface IS a financial goldmine, not much different than digging for oil and finding a gusher. We human beings are running out of oil faster than we can develop inexpensive more environmentally safer alternatives. [Unless one believes the ongoing underground conspiracy-talk about free-energy machines that allegedly already exist but are being strangled out of the mainstream knowledge bank by Big Oil companies. This could very well be the truth. But I personally have not seen enough to feel one way or the other. So running out of oil or other fossil fuels before we are able to create sustainable alternatives is a potent reality-based concern.
This new found treasure trove of natural gas could also very well decrease America’s dependence on foreign oil. Certainly one of the most heinous aspects of the United States government now and over the last sixty years is it’s foreign policy, which seems largely dictated by this greedy blood-lust for oil. Especially disturbing is the dubious relationship the U.S. has with one of the wickedest fascist nations on earth, Arabia (referring to this poor country of enslaved non-citizens as “‘Saudi’ Arabia” only further buys into and promotes the humanitarian hot mess the United States and the Saudi family have set up there). Not to mention Iran, Iraq, Africa, etc. etc. Anything that can be done to ween the United States off of foreign oil and thus these kind of destructive activities is a good thing. So discovering and drilling for natural gas on American soil does appear tempting on several fronts.
But two deeper points need to be addressed or at least mentioned. One is that regardless of how much natural gas or even oil that the United States discovers in its own backyard, one is still left with a sneaking suspicion that this will still not preclude nor prevent them from sucking every last bit of oil out of every other country on earth simultaneously. This is common knowledge to anyone who works in Big Oil or government. Energy is king on planet earth and for better or worse the United States is its kingdom and Revolutionary Guard. Truth be told we have only begun to scratch the surface of how much worse it’s going to be over the next fifty years in regards to war and humanitarian crises because of our collective need for oil. God curse anyone unlucky enough to discover oil in their country. Best to just commit mass suicide before the United States or China find out about it. Point being that all this natural gas drilling in the U.S. is not necessarily going to make the United States suddenly draw down on its greedy quest to dominate the oil of the world.
Now with this said, (like many) I do recognize humanity’s bigger picture evolution toward enlightenment. So regardless of how bad and evil the world seems today, it is a much safer, kinder, more humane and just place than it was one-hundred years ago for example. There does seem to be more focus on human rights and justice for all now than there’s ever been. I do not believe that the people of the world will ever be able to stop the United States from continuing it’s gross misconduct or murderous ways any time soon, but we can perhaps slow it down if enough people wake up and join the cause.
[Traditionally the only way a major world empire has ever stepped down from it’s position of power is through an invasion by another country who has grown more powerful. The hope is that this does not occur in our lifetime of course. Practically and selfishly speaking, because oil is THE primary driving force of all nations at this moment in history, it is imperative for all American citizens that the United States government continue to maintain its global dominance around the world, especially in regards to the control of the world’s oil supply and military might. There isn’t a thing in the world that would stop China or Russia for example from invading and taking control of the United States if they believed they had the military might or the money to do so. Controlling the majority of the world’s oil supply is that defining deciding factor. So even if “green energy” became readily available to the U.S. tomorrow, there is still our safety and welfare and the preservation of our beloved American life to consider in regards to how other nations might behave if given the opportunity.]
Finding a way to decrease dependence on foreign oil by tapping into domestic natural gas preserves will certainly help this cause. People of all shapes and sizes need to recognize that banning natural gas exploration and harvesting entirely is not the best solution. What we need do instead is to stop it temporarily and conduct more research on the process itself until we can hone and refine it to be a cleaner safer process that does not kill people or destroy the environment. This may seem too capitalist a viewpoint for most, especially members of a figurative Transcendence Army, but it’s a much more realistic and practical strategy based on the current facts of life and the reality of today’s world than to run around shouting and petitioning that fracking should be stopped forever and made illegal. This simply isn’t going to happen. Who knows what kind of progress we can make collectively if we just slow things down a little and pump some good old fashioned American ingenuity and scientific research into all these natural gas wells.