Ending the use of fossil fuels isn’t just about slowing climate change. It’s also about surviving climate change. The extraction, processing, and use of fossil fuels all present hazards to human health that will only grow as the temperature rises.
From the dawn of fracking technology, there have been serious concerns about contamination of our water supply. These concerns were largely waved away, and in the years that followed, fracking became just another means for the fossil fuel industry to poison their surroundings for profit. Now, even as we hear about companies like Nestle hoarding access to fresh water, a new study has outlined the degree to which the fossil fuel industry is destroying the American water supply. Farron Cousins from Ring of Fire Radio has more:
Remember this when water shortages hit. The actions of the fossil fuel industry, allowed by the politicians they lobbied, removed a large portion of the water we had available to drink. This is neither a new problem, nor one that has had a low profile. There are no excuses for this, and nobody in a position of power should be ignorant of it.
When it comes time to pay for people to have enough water to survive, we will be told that we have to buy it from the companies currently hoarding the stuff, and we will be told that the people who are suffering and dying are to blame for their predicament. That is a lie. This is a path that was chosen, partially by those who are supposed to serve the interests of the people, for the sake of increasing the wealth of a tiny number of money hoarders. The crises caused by their greed and recklessness will be used to hoard more money, and I think we should try to head that off, if at all possible.
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