So another Memorial Day is passing and we have seen lots of flags and heartfelt speeches. Looking at places like Arlington cemetery one gets a sense of the loss, the waste of life that died far too young. Yet, increasingly looking at these markers and the symbolism of the day many people cannot watch without thinking why? Why as a nation have we made the defense of oil reserves, the mantle on which we allow so many young men and woman, many who come from rural or inner city areas to meet their fate on a lonely battlefield so many miles away?
We do it to enrich an industry and few individuals that care nothing about our planet, nothing about so many species that are endangered by their greed and the stupidity of our government. Every time you fill up your car, you must think to yourself-OIL KILLS! It unlike cigarettes enjoys the full control of nations the world over. As rigs are placed in delicate oceans or in areas once pristine, we lose more of the DNA that is our planet.
Every year we spend trillions of dollars on our military, much of it to protect oil reserves, while our military consumes more oil than many nations, patrolling the world, protecting as we are told, and our freedom. In the coming months as part of this freedom seeking, the military will begin its operation Arctic. This operation that is designed to envision an arctic free of ice, it seems the military unlike many in congress understands that global warming is real and a strategic risk. So to deal with it they will run exercises off the coast of Alaska, in some of the richest salmon grounds in the world. What the military will do is then use real ammo, bombs and other ordinance dumping it, exploding, it in some of our most pristine waters. Don’t worry we are told, this is about national defense. Never mind that so many sea creatures like killer whales, deep sea reefs, and clean ocean waters will be subjected to bombs with God knows what chemicals.
We are doing training in waters that are losing their ice to climate change, and we are perfecting our military and despoiling our ocean to protect oil. In so doing we will use billions of gallons of oil and yet, no one is stopping our addiction to oil, the reason we are losing the ice and playing war games. Our priorities are completely insane.
For the cost of such war games, for the coast of protecting oil in the Middle-East, we could be making our country energy independent via alternative energy. Our country could be investing now in the next generation of alternatives through our many research facilities. Perhaps most important, we could stop honoring the new faces of Arlington, because we no longer need to protect the world from the energy hungry nation we have always been.
Let’s look at our priorities on this our Memorial Day weekend and rededicate ourselves to protecting our lands waters, wildlife and future to protecting our earth, not to killing more young men and woman for the very thing that is killing life as we know it. OIL KILLS, OIL KILLS.
Bold Visions Conservation