Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A sad history of US environmental failures...

In an essay in Truth-Out, Evaggelos Vallianatos paints a rather sad history of a series of continued environmental failures in the United States (that sadly continue to this very day...).

An excerpt to whet your appetite:

"Environmentalism is in crisis in the United States. Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus ("The Death of Environmentalism," Grist Magazine, January 13, 2005) argue - still persuasively six years later - that environmentalists have to rethink everything they do.


Environmentalists do not fail because they don't have consistent or attractive values. They do. Environmentalists fail because their opponents - mafia-like corporate plunderers of nature, unethical academic scientists, large farmers, oil companies, power companies, mountain destroyers, developers of wetlands, loggers, industrial fishers  and other industrialists - are armed to the teeth."

Read the full article at Truth-Out and if you're suitably enraged, do something about it!

Discussion Topic
What can be done?  How would you mobilize your community to 'fight industry'?

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