Prescription for the Future: Leave Carbon in the Ground

U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service image
U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service image

…or put it back by planting trees and changing how we do agriculture.

Neither of these is going to happen. Not now. Not in Trump’s America Inc. It would not have happened in HRC’s plans either, for that matter, but it’s the Wild Wild West now–sidearms included.

This would have been good news once upon a time: the biggest-ever single formation of gas and petroleum potential has been discovered in the panhandle of Texas.

Texas Tea–total worth is in excess of $20 billion. That’s twenty billion dollars buys us that much additional climate chaos, even  though The U.S. has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide  by 26 percent to 28 percent by 2025 under the Paris climate agreement, which went into effect earlier this month. 

We want our cake (Exxon Mobile et al’s cake to be more accurate) and eat it too (that would be all who own stock in said 5 million metric ton GorillaCorp.) We can play now and pay later.

So a few reap the benefits. We all pay the cost. What’s not to like?

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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