by Nikohl Vandel
The new tool of the eco-terrorist, is one steeped in state's rights and corporate influence engaging all levels of small town politics: State Legislative Exemptions. Beyond federal exemptions for the fossil fuel industry and the fiasco that is the Bureau of Land Management, now corporate interests have gone local. This simple grant of circumspection to most if not all environmental laws by State Legislatures, often project by project, absolves all regulatory, governmental and corporate obligation to ensure any equity of the relationship between power developers or producers and the local community and eco-system, let alone the Shared Air of our earth's biospheric atmosphere.
It would not be eco-terrorism if this was merely a matter of opportunistic corporations out to make money, but, truly with the growing use of these State Legislative Exemptions, this has eclipsed common sense. These projects, like the Sentinel Natural Gas Plant in Desert Hot Springs, California, has absolved agencies such as the South Coast Air Quality Management District remarkably no obligation to do anything to monitor the air quality with respect to this project. To envision a reality that does not have any checks and balances for the quality our Shared Air smacks in the face of basic common sense. Rational thinkers would surmise it could have only been envisioned for deviant, criminal ends not in alignment with the oaths, missions and goals of any elected or appointed government servant. California is not the only state, but given its environmental past, that this kind of exemption happened in this "progressive," "environmentally aware" state, reveals a remarkable generosity to the fossil fuel industry even by Texan standards.
Perhaps the "40,000 foot view" of these fossil fuel power plants and their attendant impact on the environment must be completely discarded. Maybe global warming isn't happening. Or, maybe the rumors are true: that these fossil fuel plants are being put into operation to create all the power we need and save the earth's biospheric atmosphere for humankind and the aliens have it all under control. If that is true, I expect we will soon be beamed up to the mothership and explained how this is our best idea to create power on planet earth in 2013. ("But," the blonde asked, "what about Tesla? Isn't that real?" "Shhhh, they do not want us to speak about that either," said the alien standing next to her.)