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Green or Greed: What's Next for This Poor Old World?

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18 June 2010: Fascination with Frontiers: Green or Greed? LeftRightLeft!

I have a fascination with those new windows of opportunity afforded by the greenhouse gas invasion of theatmosphere: new frontiers 2 miles down into the Atlantic Ocean, melting continentsyielding untold amounts of precious resources, including, in the case ofGreenland, 3 million gallons of oil a day, some of it in the form of gas,however, which makes exploitation more difficult. Oil is the largest giftglobal warming offers to its victims--more than enough to complete the job andpollute us back to the Stone Age, if we're lucky.

According to one recent study,"human-caused greenhouse gas emissions over the past several decades haverendered the Arctic region warmer than at any time since 1 B.C." "The Arcticsea ice is melting so fast that most of it could be gone in 30 years. Withlittle ice to reflect sunlight back into space, the Arctic Ocean will just getwarmer, leading to an acceleration of warming around the world," another study revealed.

Possibly more alarming are some ofthe responses to such reports, printed by the Las Vegas Sun, all sourced from theBrookings Institute, calling environmentalists "chicken littles" and "boys who cry wolf." They have their own factoids to prove the validity of their counter-claims.

Between the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexicoand the ghastly situation of continuous oil spills in Nigeria (see below), notto mention the Chevron debacle in Peru and the ExxonValdes and so many more, Iwonder how long all that wasted oil--10,000 barrels a day in the Gulf, I readtoday--could suffice to fill the worldwide demand, especially with 50 million gallons already lost?

What of the looting that occurs duringearthquakes or other natural disasters? The reverse is evident with Louisiana's unnatural catastrophe andspreading. The oil is going to waste and worse, ruining lives. One Gulffisherman, whose livelihood, fishing for shrimp, was curtailed, received,compensation from BP indeed--a check for $5,000, an amount he could formerlyhaul in in two days during the "good" season, he said. Fourteen millionother residents of the Gulf have similar laments.

The looting is in Greenland, oneof the melting ice-lands of the world, which is being bought up by the Greeds.

Then there is global cold war over the ocean floor directly beneath the NorthPole. I believe Russia got there first, but whose is it really? Their flag issomewhere beneath the ocean's surface, attached to a titanium flagpole.

So, more effective than prophets like AlGore and other conventions of great minds to combat global warming, the actualcatastrophe is being wrung for all it's worth--zillions.

Adanse macabre? Who will win, green or greed?

The "cold" countries are the bass sectionof the world. An orchestra cannot perform with depth without its bass violins, ,tubas, bass clarinets, and contrabassoons and trombones. When theserefrigerators and freezers of the world melt, I guess we'll be huddling inNebraska or the steppes of Central Asia, essentially overpopulating the inlandsand spoiling in the process. Where will the farms go? The wayof forestry and water supplies, according to another recent study.

The beach is no fun anymore, between riptides and BP and other forms of pollution. There is a new commercial ontelevision trying to entice tourism to the more-than-two hundred miles ofbeachfront in northern Florida.

"Better go quickly," I think to myself.

This summer, the Jersey shores will be oily, "they" predict, and that's not"early" with a Jersey accent.

When will it dawn on the Greeds that theyare destroying the world? How can they keep their backs turned? Every time ahome is foreclosed on, we all suffer, even they. It will be too late when theyrealize it.

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