If you, dear Reader, are a Republican American, and you are demographically “middle class”, and you support the Tea Party movement, you are likely to have been seriously deceived – by Big Energy. Or Big Mining.
Who are these “Big Diggers”, propagandising the naive, well-intentioned, right-wing citizens of the United States of America, so they don’t realise they’re thinking somebody else’s thoughts, shouting somebody else’s slogans, riding somebody else’s train ?
One of the key players is a company whose environmental record is exemplary, whose commitment to the rules of the EPA is legendary :-
They cannot be faulted.
It may be useful to do some reading…
Don’t believe that it’s fair to support your fellow citizens who get ill ? You’ve probably been listening to the words of the health insurance firms who want to carry on creaming off a profit from your medical care.
Don’t believe that Climate Change is real and dangerous and happening now, and that we must inevitably change the sources of the energy we are using ? You’ve probably been listening to the words of one of the big oil, gas or mining companies who want to say in business in fossil fuels and petrochemicals.
You might have joined a group fighting for small government, against so-called “red tape”. You might have a pathological aversion to community-backed health insurance. You might believe that free enterprise needs to have less regulation, less legislation, so it can create more (part-time, low-paid, insecure) employment. You might believe that the rich need to pay less taxes. You might believe you have the right to keep your uninsulated home heated to 24 degrees in winter, and drive an SUV. You might think that petroleum gasoline still flows from Iraq by the forces of the free market (we won’t mention the other “forces”). You might think that Canada’s a big enough place to cope with the tailing ponds from mining Tar Sands. You may have heard that some poor people in farming counties have received lots of cash for gas locked up in the rocks under their wells. You may think that economic “recovery” is just a new credit card away. You may even think that coal-fired electricity generation is “clean”.
But why do you believe these things ?
Grassroots campaigning ? Who’s paying for it ?
You have been suckered.