I was remembering recently an adult object lesson one of my parents taught me long ago. In the way of many moral lessons we learn as children, the physiological facts of the tale are flawed but the point is nevertheless worth heeding. It is that we can slip into bad circumstances by degrees, so slowly that we don’t even notice the slide until we’re in too deep to pull ourselves out. The main character in the story as I was told it was your …

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I’m reminded of the well-known cartoon showing the primordial ooze evolving ever upward. It becomes a salamander that becomes an ape that becomes a caveman who becomes a modern man in the age of science. As of the last election, we can now take humanity’s first step back down the ladder of disorder as the sapient man of science devolves into Senator James Inhofe. Science was okay in its day but it has outlived its useful lifetime.  The Not-a-Scientists will take it from here. And just to be clear: The book, …

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Sign-on bonus: MV Pipeline gets FOUR of these!

I learned from a local reporter that there would be big news for Floyd yesterday afternoon. My hope was to hear that the Mountain Valley pipeline had been cancelled. Instead the news was that the pipeline would be routed north of our county. I did not immediately do a happy dance. My first impulse was caution. Could this even be believed, considering the duplicitous games the big utilities have played with communities all across the nation? And if true, how happy, how relieved could I allow myself to …

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That’s how many additional shale gas drilling wells are predicted to be included in the “all of the above” energy menu of our President and the Virginia Governor. Add up what that means to your children’s future. Do the accounting of debits and credits with regard to another 30 years or carbon fuels from “unconventional” sources, now that we’ve blown our way through all the easy carbon. Calculate the number of hundreds of millions of gallons of potable water that will be sucked out of our …

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The first SustainFloyd movie of the Fall season will be Gasland 2, showing at the Floyd Country Store on Sunday, September 28. The Floyd community recently watched together the premier showing of the Floyd County water documentary, To The Last Drop. The timing was a nice fit with our concerns about the water consequences of the proposed natural gas pipeline. In a similar way, Josh Fox’s sequel about the natural gas fracking industry and its impact on people and planet extends the discussion of …

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