Bears Ears And Tears

They’re at it again, folks.  The greedy fools running this country (into the ground) have decided that … what the people want matters not.  In essence, they have said, “We will tell you what you want … now sit down and shut up … oh yeah, and don’t forget to pay us your tax money so we can waste more money on utter stupidity!”  Yes, Filosofa is in fight mode once again.  Damn these greedy bastards.

In 2017, Trump announced he would downsize both the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah, which would be the largest reversal of national monument protections in U.S. history.  Now folks … first of all, those aren’t Trump’s lands to do with as he pleases … they are OURS.  After Trump made that announcement in 2017, a public comment period was opened by the administration whereby fully 99% of the respondents opposed the decision.  We spoke … we said, “No, leave our beautiful land alone!” bearsIn addition to the people’s voice, there are numerous legal challenges still pending in the courts that have held up the implementation of the act.  But now, all of a sudden, the Department of Interior has announced that plans have been finalized to open up roughly two million acres of formerly protected land in southern Utah to the fossil fuel industry for mining and drilling.  Mining and drilling for the very things that are decimating our planet, killing wildlife, and ensuring the extinction of the human species.  Without permission from the owners of that land.  Without approval by environmental groups or the courts.

According to the Interior Department’s acting assistant secretary of land, materials and minerals management, Casey Hammond …

“These cooperatively developed and locally driven plans restore a prosperous future to communities too often dismissed and punished by unilateral decisions of those that would not listen to the voices of Utahns.”

bullshit

Wrong, wrong, wrong, and once again wrong.  Those “communities too often dismissed and punished” are the indigenous people of the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and Pueblo of Zuni, and they are in a lawsuit challenging the dismantling of Bears Ears National Monument!  Don’t, Ms. Hammond, pretend you are helping the very people you are hurting!

We need more coal, oil and gas like we need fourteen more holes in our heads!  Oh, but wait … Trump did promise the ignoble oil and coal barons that he would give them carte balance to destroy the natural resources of this nation, didn’t he?  Silly me … how could I forget?

The Department of Interior is headed by none other than David Bernhardt.  Bernhardt’s past, like that of EPA head, Andrew Wheeler, includes serving as a lobbyist for the fossil fuel industry … in other words, his best buddies are in the oil industry, the very industry this asininity is designed to help.  His legal clients included the Independent Petroleum Association of America, which represents dozens of oil companies, and Halliburton Energy Services, the oil and gas extraction firm that was led by Dick Cheney before he became vice president to George W. Bush.  What a tangled bloody web!

earth-criesThis is yet another example of Trump & Co putting more money into the pockets of the already-wealthy, at the expense of the other 99% of people in this country.  Fossil fuels are on the way out the back door, globally.  Trump brags that the U.S. is now the biggest producer of oil.  Guess what?  That’s nothing to brag about.  It would deserve far more kudos if we could say we were the largest producer of wind or solar energy, that we had decreased our dependence on fossil fuels.  Whether Trump, Bernhardt or their cronies at Exxon-Mobil like it or not, coal and oil are rapidly becoming dinosaurs in the energy market.

Regardless of the pending lawsuits, the Trump administration intends to plow forward with its plans.  When questioned about those lawsuits and how they can move forward before those are resolved, Ms. Hammond replied …

“If we stopped and waited for every piece of litigation to be resolved, we would never be able to do much of anything around here.”

Much of this country has been decimated … skyscrapers rise to the clouds where animals once roamed free.  Oil derricks have replaced beautiful land in the west, and ugly surface mines have replaced what were once beautiful mountains in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Kentucky.  Where once there were life-giving trees, there are now ruins, devastation.  Where once streams and rivers ran clear, now they are filled with toxic sludge.

Soon, this …

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… will look like this …

oil-wellsIf Donald Trump and his cronies have their way, the entire nation will be covered in buildings, mines, drilling rigs, and waste dumps.  No more beautiful national parks, mountains, hiking trails, clean beaches, green valleys …

Which would you rather have?4k-wallpaper-beautiful-flowers-clouds-1266810

Or

pollution

21 thoughts on “Bears Ears And Tears

  1. Last year as an acknowledgement of a donation to an environmental group, I received a print of some words that I shall share. They were matted, framed and displayed in this very room where I sit. These words are the comment that seems quite fitting to your eloquent and impassioned post. “Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.” – Cree Indian Prophecy. As I wrote a few days ago on another post…Trump is the enemy of the planet. Sadly, we are witnessing this firsthand all over this great country that we call home. Thank-you!

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  2. Just a quick comment, hopefully more later. The Canadian federal government is fighting itself right now, trying to start new oil projects while other departments are trying to preserve natural lands and promote green energies. When the left hand is trying to cut the right hand off, only insanity can reign. It is impossible to fight one’s self.

    When civilisation
    comes
    to the end
    of its tether
    and
    snaps!
    the leather!
    Who?
    is our
    dogcatcher?

    Poem written by rawgod in 1969.

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    • You are spot on when you say that only insanity can reign … and that is the situation here, but I thought you guys were above that. Sigh. Good poem … 1969 … different set of circumstances, same outcome. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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  3. They have no interest in legacy. It’s 100% about self gratification. Doesn’t help that increasingly politicians don’t listen to expert advice or a range opinions. Only those that fit the narrow mindset. Not just Trump, many leaders are of the same mentality. Not going to change until the next generation takes over. All we can do is fight our own little corner and try to minimise the damage.

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    • I’m not so sure about the next generations down. They seem rather apathetic and clueless. I hope they mature in time and don’t fall into republican brainwashing.

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    • No, they live for today and to hell with tomorrow. Live for their own self-gratification and to hell with the rest of us, to hell with even their own children and grandchildren. Yes, I know it isn’t only Trump, but … somehow he seems to me the worst … seems to have already assumed the entire world belongs to him. I wonder if there will be anything left for the next generation to take over? I keep trying to fight, but more and more I feel as if my voice is being carried off into the wind.

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    • There’s an old Iroquois maxim which states: In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations. Also hope for the future of humanity:
      Upon suffering beyond suffering:

      The Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world; a world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations; a world longing for light again.

      I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again.

      In that day, there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom.

      I salute the light within your eyes where the whole Universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am that place within me, we shall be one.

      – Crazy Horse, Oglala Lakota Sioux

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  4. I hope when Trump and his ilk have finished desecrating the landscape they are made to live in the worst part of it. A few years in the dirt and air polluted atmosphere may be able to get into their thick skulls what no-one else has been able to. This land was put into trust for the people not for businesses.
    Cwtch

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    • Miss Goose, who is as much a pacifist as anybody I have known, said today when I told her of Bears Ears, that “While I don’t believe in the death penalty … I’m inclined to make an exception here.” I responded by saying that I’d rather send them someplace like the middle of the Sahara, where they would have to work hard to find a drink of water or a bite of cactus to eat … then maybe they would begin to see … but no, they wouldn’t. Sigh. I like the quote of Ellen’s … so true. 😥
      Cwtch

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  5. Hello Jill. tRump and his ilk have no interest in the untamed wilderness because they don’t use it. Even tRumps demon spawn only care about the parts of nature they can shoot at and kill. A bunch of people who only know how to destroy things. The US was on course to lead the world in solar energy technology, thanks to tRump now China is. The interesting thing about the US oil production, it doesn’t do the US much good. The oil is sold overseas at a large profit rather than use it here to lower our own prices. Profit before people, country, or the good of the habitat we need to survive. Hugs

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    • You’ve got that right, my friend! They seem to be under the misconception that all of nature was put here for man’s pleasure and convenience. Sadly, I have friends who believe that way … well, actually former friends. I find myself wishing that every single one of the oil wells in this country would simply blow up. Of course Trump et al put profit over people … it has been Trump’s modus operandi since he was a child. It’s time, I think, that We the People make a big ROAR and let him know that … he will suffer the consequences of ignoring us, ignoring our nation. And yet … I don’t know how to do that. Sigh. Hugs, my friend … big hugs!

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