I’ve met a good deal of transients in the last ten years, folks without permanent addresses, primarily working seasonal jobs that allow them a free-bird flexibility. Untethered from the office desk and the corporate Nine-to-Five schedule, one has the ability to hit the road as the spirit leads — take a trip for a month or two (or more) and explore the world.
I’ve met many of my fellow free spirits in or near America’s spectacular national parks, most notably in Alaska. So I thought it might be of particular interest to some of my transient nature-loving friends that Trump & Cronie$ are in the process of $elling off nearly a million acres of public land, so as to accelerate fracking.
While oil and gas companies get rich, Americans are shouldering the cost
Our national parks have been called “America’s best idea.” If thats true, then selling off our public lands might be one of Trump’s worst ideas, which is really saying something.
“First it’s our cherished national monuments, now Trump and Zinke are set to give away even more public lands to the fossil fuel industry,” said Becca Fischer, climate guardian for WildEarth Guardians. “Rather than giving back this holiday season, this administration is proving that it will stop at nothing to put our public lands in the hands of dirty energy executives and sell off our rights to clean energy and a healthy environment.”
This ties back to my prior post Privatize profits, socialize losses. To know how capitalism works is to realize that what Trump is doing is merely expanding capitalism. For capitalism, economic growth is the most sacred value. It’s profits over people and profits over planet. Hence there’s little to stop Trump and the Republican Party from tossing the keys to the corporate powers-that-be and letting them have their way with our public lands: make healthy profits, then get outta Dodge and let society sort out the mess and whatever other natural disasters take place.
“While oil and gas companies get rich, Americans are shouldering the cost of climate change, air pollution, water contamination, lost wildlife habitat and degraded sacred lands,” said Fischer. “This administration has made abundantly clear that the American public and their lands are nothing more than a ‘burden’ to industry.”
What we need is not more weak-kneed Democrats in office. That’s only a band-aid on a flesh wound. The only long-term solution is to ditch capitalism.