Why does Bush hate Nature?

Posted December 9th, 2008 in Blog, Featured 1 Comment »

Fostering Ecological Hope
Today from Margaret Swedish:

Really, I don’t know how else to describe what he’s doing as he mercifully prepares to leave the White House.  From drilling in fragile ecosystems to blowing up mountains to pushing policies that will increase pollution and noise in our public parks and forests…

Mountaintop removal WV - photo by Vivian Stockman

Mountaintop removal WV - photo by Vivian Stockman

I have wondered this for a long time.  There are these sorts of people who see Nature and seem to hate its natural wonder, its pristine beauty, its raw and sometimes harsh beauty and balance.  Maybe it feels threatening, something out of their control (any relationship to addictive personalities?).  Maybe they didn’t get enough love from their mothers.  Maybe it’s another form of self-loathing, the kind you need to inflict on others.

Okay, enough psycho-babble pontification.  It’s just that I don’t know how to understand people like Bush, Cheney and others who seem to want to prove a point to us by damaging what the rest of us love.

Anyway, the latest action that enraged and baffled me (it shouldn’t baffle anymore, should it?) is Bush’s new rule on mountaintopping — coal industries are being given permission to expand their mindboggling devastation of some of the most beautiful natural mountain areas in our beloved land, the Appalachian Mountains.  According to the new rule, companies can continue to dump the toxic detritus from the blown-up mountains into the magnificent valleys and streams of Appalachia.  Indeed, the new rule makes it even easier.

Massey Valley WV - mountaintopping fill and pond

Massey Valley WV - mountaintopping fill and pond

Really, what is the matter with us?

What I believe about this, and it is the center of this project, is that we humans in this society must begin to get a sense of how our lives are connected to the vast destruction of the ecosystems of our planet.  When we hit the switch to turn on the lights, we maybe, maybe, are beginning to appreciate that this has something to do with global warming.  But we don’t know or don’t want to know that turning on that switch has a direct relationship to setting explosives in the Appalachian Mountains and blowing away the mountaintops, then poisoning the streams and rivers, then sickening the families who live in those mountains and valleys.

Just the price we pay for our economic lives?  for our comfort?  Oh well, that’s life.  Somebody has to be sacrificed right?  As long as it’s not me.  As long as it’s poor people who are pretty much invisible to the rest of us.

Or, do we have a moral obligation to understand the affects of our lives on others and the planet and to act with a sense of justice, to change our lives according to the ethical and spiritual demands embedded in our shared human and shared species life on this precious Earth?

Well, I guess I don’t have to tell you how I would answer that question.


ACTION: Do what you can.  Help put an end to mountaintopping coal mining.  Go here to participate.


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One Response

  1. Steven Earl Salmony

    Perhaps too many of our political leaders literally worship the most dangerous of all forms of anthropogenic interference in the world God blesses us to inhabit.

    We can see that the global economy is the most colossal construction of a patently unsustainable pyramid scheme ever conceived by leaders of the human community. But this modern Tower of Babel is not made of stone. The global political economy is an object of idolatry and nothing more or less than a gigantic “house of cards”.

    Yes, definitely yes, some of the darkest of dark days are passing into history……finally.

    The future is about to begin…….mercifully.

    An unnecessary and unjustifiable war at a cost of three trillion dollars; a crashing economy at a cost of trillions more; a degraded environment, a dissipated Earth…….priceless.

    And people responsible for these nightmares want their 2008 bonuses and celebrity privileges……predictable.

    Steven Earl Salmony
    AWAREness Campaign on The Human Population,
    established 2001