And yet, through all of this, we are in total denial. Climate change....it’s a liberal hoax. We watch the tornadoes getting huger and more violent. We watch the hurricanes getting more deadly. We watch the tsunamis getting more frequent and wicked. We watch earthquakes in areas of fracking and drilling getting more frequent and intense. We watch the winters getting longer and colder and the summers getting hotter. We watch wildfires burn as droughts become more normal.
And still, most of us shrug it off. “Move along, folks, nothing to see here.”
And oddly enough, as we become less concerned about the earth, we appear to be also less concerned about one another as well, not all of us, of course, but one of the prevailing philosophies in this country these days seems to “every man for himself.” So we cut funding for food stamps and see providing healthcare to our fellow Americans as the be all and end all of awfulness. Meanwhile, we’re fine with giving ever more license and tax breaks to the rich and corporations who profit from the fracking and the mining and the deforestation and the drilling.
The Koch Brothers, the richest Americans, made $115 billion last year and they spent a huge hunk of that trying to sway politicians and elections in ways that will leave them free to continue their free-wheeling, greedy ways. Meanwhile, many of us are more concerned with making Cliven Bundy a hero though, in practice, he’s a welfare recipient himself. Strange.
But the sad fact is that when they hurt the land and the water and the air and the bees and the wildlife, they hurt all of us too.
Vicki Williams is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached through the newspaper at firstname.lastname@example.org.