What’s all this fuss about "fracking" and why should we care?
In honor of Earth Day (4/22) and the earth’s capacity to support life, including our own, let's begin to “drill” into this phenomenon of hydraulic fracturing.
No, the extra "a" is not a typo. "Eaarth" refers to planet earth as our atmosphere heats up and changes due to a buildup of greenhouse gases (CO2). These gases are a byproduct of burning fossil fuels (gas, oil, and coal) and their effect on our planet are soberly laid out in Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (2010).
Eaarth may be three years old but its message and forecasts sound like tornado warning sirens. By presenting myriad evidence of climate changes already underway McKibben describes the consequences of our 150+ year history of burning fossil fuels. Last year in Colorado we experienced the Waldo Canyon Fire on the edge of Colorado Springs, the High Park Fire outside of Ft. Collins, and severe drought conditions throughout much of the state. 2012 was the hottest year on the planet in human history!
Remember the story associated with the photo on the cover of Censored 2013? A U.C. Davis police officer is blasting pepper spray into the face of a college student. The students are peacefully protesting tuition hikes and income inequality during a 2011 "Occupy" sit-in. Did you miss the story? If so it might be due to the corporate media's failure to bring it to your attention.
I bring this book and story to your attention in order to pique your interest and share my excitement about a conference Denver is hosting this weekend (April 5-7). The sixth meeting of The National Conference for Media Reform (NCMR) will be held at the downtown Sheraton Hotel. It will be my fifth NCMR and I am ready for a thought provoking, creative, and fun weekend! Here is what's on tap...
If the Occupy Wall Street movement has made it onto your radar screen but you aren't quite sure what the fuss is about, here are some documentaries you might be interested in viewing.
Frontline's February 17, 2009 broadcast of Inside the Meltdown might be a good place to start. It examines the 2008 collapse of Bear Stearns and the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, focusing on the response of the Federal Reserve, the White House, Congress, and the Wall Street banks.