dear alan rathbone - for a first, i am going blatantly political in my
posts - regarding the issue of pollution while mining/treating
gemstone material - please bear with me while circuitously wending my
way to the bottom line:
there is no real gasoline shortage in the usa; no one truly believes
that opec would not increase production if the usa president
intervened - there’s a long history of such practice. however, the
vice president paid close to $2,000,000.00 in income taxes for 2000 &
that income, in excess of $70,000,000.00, was derived from his
business that sells/leases/etc. oil drilling equipment. this
’gasoline shortage’, even though the last figure i found for usa
consumption of domestic (usa produced) oil is at less than a double
digit amount - the lion’s share being imported, is looming at this
time only because big oil businesses want to ransom our children’s
futuRe: national parks, wildernesses, offshore bays, gulfs, oceans,
by exploiting them with oil drilling & mining - all for the sake of
profiting from the nongrowth oil equipment industry which the owners
knew could not continue without deceit & political backing. there are
numerous bills now being pushed in state legislatures and both houses
of the usa congress to allow the trashing & raping of usa resources
with oil exploitation on sensitive land & water.
NOW the bottom line: through a loophole in federal regulations, for
decades foreign owned companies have been allowed to mine precious
metals (mostly gold) on public land & in national parks - they are
not required to pay more than a few dollar permit fee NOR do they
have to share any of the materials or profits - NOR do they have to
clean up or rehab the sites on our land & in our wildernesses & parks
after they have raped it to their hearts’ & wallets’ content; they
just move on to another pristine area.
this rape of our children’s legacy is, & will continue to be,
supported & protected republican politicians & big businesses - HEY!
before you start screaming ‘liberal’ at me: i was the first
republican elected since reconstruction in another county & a gop
member for many years before waking up & divorcing both husband &
party. i know the paradigm of the current president & his cohorts:
what is theirs is theirs, what belongs to our children is also theirs
to do with as they please if there’s a profit to be made or stolen.
they not only stole the presidency, they are stealing our land.
SO, BEFORE YOU AMERICAN ORCHIDS SCREAM ABOUT PROTECTING OTHER
COUNTRIES’ ECOSYSTEMS BEING EXPLOITED FOR PRECIOUS MATERIALS, LET’S
CLEAN UP OUR OWN COUNTRY & GET RID OF THE WILDERNESS & CLEAN WATER
RAPISTS AT HOME!!