Freedom Rider: Fear of a Dead Planet

By Margaret Kimberley

Fracking is a corporate oil extraction technology. It uses vast quantities of water and irretrievably poisons water tables for entire regions before it brings up an ounce of oil or gas. Refining fracked oil & gas takes several times the energy and is vastly more polluting than conventional gas and oil, and once refined, burning even the cleanest gas and oil is altering the climate, possibly killing the planet. Fracking is fracked up.

Freedom Rider: Fear of a Dead Planet

By Margaret Kimberley

It is always challenging to work for the goals of peace, justice, and equal protection under the law. There is so much war, injustice, and inequality and most of it originates right here in the United States. Fortunately there are millions of people who persevere in the fight and more will join them as conditions force them out of their lethargy. But what difference will their efforts make if money and power are used to destroy the planet?

Hydraulic fracturing fracking, is poisoning air and water and in some cases causing earthquakes. No one wants fracking but it is nonetheless being forced upon people all over the world. It is flourishing because it is highly profitable for corporate interests. In such cases where popular will opposes capital, the wishes of the masses of people are first ignored and then conspired against and disappeared.

No one wants fracking in their back yard. The initial support for what is seen as an economic boon gives way to hostility when tap water can be lit with a match after fracking does its damage. The now widespread knowledge of the risks inherent in this practice are pushed aside when the 21st century robber barons want to get their way.

Fracking and tar sands oil extraction point to an unavoidable fact. Not only are fossil fuels the cause of pollution and global warming, but unfortunately they are also not in short supply. The long predicted crisis of peak oil hasn’t arrived. There is oil in great abundance and there are always new methods of getting it out of the ground. The Brakken shale fields in North Dakota may hold more oil than Saudi Arabia does.

Humanity is at a cross roads. We may be the first creatures in the history of the planet to wipe ourselves out. The upcoming third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill on the Louisiana gulf coast brings with it stories of continued species die offs and contamination that will last for another 100 years.

The news goes from bad to worse. The Obama administration searches for a way to approve the Keystone XL pipeline which will bring tar sands oil from Canada to Texas. Tar sands have destroyed vast areas of Canada’s forests, poisoned water and ruined the lives of indigenous communities. While environmentalists insist on saying that they still support Obama, he will no doubt find a way to give approval to the project.

The city of Mayflower, Arkansas just found out the hard way why the XL pipeline is a very bad idea. An ExxonMobil pipe in Mayflower ruptured last month and spilled thousands of gallons of oil. Most residents of Mayflower didn’t even know that they lived near a pipe which transferred tar sands oil from Canada to Illinois to Texas. Despite a heavy handed news blackout which prevents full reporting, it is clear that the Mayflower spill is quite serious and a reminder of why fossil fuels ought to stay in the ground.

Earth Day came into being as a result of sustained popular action and a political effort which saw politicians go down to defeat. Now that political legacy has given way to feel good stories about eating local and buying electric cars. The environmental movement must reclaim its place as a force with clear political objectives.

The task is daunting. Capitalism dictates that new sources of fossil fuels must be discovered. Its power reaches into legislatures in every nation and puts our desires on the back burner. There is little chance that the Keystone pipeline will go unapproved. The people who choose the presidents and the prime ministers want the deal done, and so it will be.

The two faces of Barack Obama will make it so. Progressives still foolishly proclaim that they don’t want social security cuts but still support Obama, or they don’t want drone strikes but still support Obama or they don’t want expansion of off shore oil drilling but still support Obama. Obviously their tepid opposition is meaningless and Obama is allowed to be thought of as an environmentalist when he is anything but that.

Of course he will without any irony whatsoever, mark earth day with proclamations and platitudes and Michelle Obama will celebrate growing veggies in the white house garden. Meanwhile the flames from the North Dakota oil fields can be seen from space.

There is an old saying that money makes the world go ‘round. Money can do that but so can people who demand change. If the people who see that monied interests are killing the planet don’t step up as political agents, then money will make the world go around, or rather what is left of it.

Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)


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The Real Ultimate Threat to the Eco-sphere Ain't CO2

Increases in atmospheric CO2 is IMO at most a symptom & by-product of what the real-deal threat is. The ultimate threat to the eco-sphere & to all man-kind is the current global social / economic / political- system based on white-supremacy- spear-headed by globalized neo-liberal corporate 'free-market' capitalism & western military imperialism [= racism, militarism & economic exploitation - the triplets of evil MLK said, on April 4, 1967, must be conquered by a 'radical revolution of values' to bring about a just society for all men]! Until that political / economic / social system is dramatically reigned-in or even abolished, the global-warming / climate change folks can go on & on about the dangers of CO2 from now until- because the fact is the eco-sphere & humanity are under threat by more than just excess CO2!

Most climate change / global warming / 'green' activists seemingly fail recognize &/or acknowledge that estimated increases in CO2 began more or less w the on-going +500yr assault of European / Euro-American white-supremacists on the entire non-white World- which also closely correlates w the rise of the modern capitalist system- let alone challenge that system. Heck many / most lame-stream 'green' activists won't, as Sis Kimberley states, actually challenge / break w Dim-o-crap / Obama hypocrisy RE their/his pro-green rhetoric vs their / his anti-green policies [the 'Inconvenient Truth' is such Dim hypocrisy goes back to Slick Willie's & Al Gore's regime].


Technological Threats to be Phased-out First: Fission Nuke Power; Coal; Tar Sands Oil [ironically uses cheaper & cleaner burning methane to produce it- plus most of tar-sands oil is to be refined in TX near the Gulf & then be sold on the global market] & Deep-sea Oil; Gas Fracking [most of these wells have only 2 yrs of practical productivity]; Over industrialized agriculture based on heavy machinery, GMOs, mono-cropping, Petro-chem fertilizers_pesticides_insecticides, CAFO animal factory farms; & wanton deforestation. Then ultimately the SAD meat-based diet must be addressed. 

Beware of These Phony Solutions: 1} 'Green' [NOT!] Nuke Power- Even when it doesn't go 3-Mile Island / Chernobyl / Fukushima- fission nuke power still ain't green- it's quite dirty from start [uranium mining, processing, fabrication] to finish [radioactive waste that must be safely isolated & stored for eons]. Plus 'natural' uranium is due to run-out by 2100 at present rates of usage. And nuke power is directly linked to the MIC's nuke weapons prog. AND- The real net energy balance for nuke power plants = 0! Yet so-called green nuke advocates IE: George Monbiot & NASA's [linked to MIC's ICBM missile prog] climate-change guru Jim Hansen hype it as 'green' [NOT!]

 2} Cap & Trade w Offset Give-aways: A Wall St Bankster / Enron styled scam of a {non}Solution. Riddled w enough loop-holes to almost certainly make the problem even worse.

3} 'Bio-fuels': Sounds good in principle- Yet has been a disastrous scam as currently implemented. It incentivizes using food crops & farm-land to fuel SUVs rather than feed the hungry, as it drives up food prices [= ADM & Wall St get RICH as the poor STARVE - getting 'green-wash' PR in the process]. It also drives the clearing Amazon, African & SE Asian rain-forests to grow sugar-cane & oil-palm for so-called 'bio-fuels' [NOT!]

4} Draconian Population Control: Billionaire Ted Turner claims climate change's due to 'too many people using to much stuff' - declaring 1 - 2 billion to be Earth's max carrying capacity [present estimate = 7 billion]. Ironically Turner, the father of 5, calls for a so-called 'voluntary' [HUMM] 1 child / couple policy for 100yrs- & owns 15 ponderosa spreads totaling 3000 sq-mi in land-area [= 10Xs the land area of major cities like NYC or Chicago]. PS - FYI: The total population of the US, EU, Canada, Australia & NZ = 1.1 billion

5} Clean Coal [NOT!] via CO2 Capture & Storage: This has been some-what of a hard sell. Most folks know coal is inherently dirty- from start to finish. CO2 capture & long term storage is a huge [& expensive] technical & safety challenge [thus likely a wet-dream]. Yet NASA's climate-change guru Jim Hansen also advocates this 

6} Global Geo-Engineering Schemes: IMO. besides reforestation, large-scale geo-engineering schemes are a bad idea- that may or may not solve one problem while creating others that are just as bad or worse.

NOTE- Each of these phony solutions looks to corp capitalism &/or the military industrial complex &/or even the elitist white supremacist agenda / ideology of Eugenics to solve the problem(s) for which They're THEE MAIN CULPRITS!


Real Solutions: Energy Efficiency & Conservation for factories, bldgs, homes & vehicles [IE: increase CAFE standards to 35-40 mpg by 2016 {not 2025 as Obama proposes}, 45-50 mpg by 2020 & 55-60 mpg by 2025]. In combo w up-grading & expanding  public transport infrastructure [including hi-speed rail] & incentivize folks to park their cars & use public transport as much as possible.   

In Combo w-  Wind & Solar: Often sited as not being energy dense & continuous enough [for heavy industry], IMO they're likely more suited to be scaled to service residential & community areas. Plus folks need to think beyond the power industry's grid & meter & the need to convert solar-power to electricity. Solar is capable of being used to heat & cook directly- especially in warmer / sunnier climates .

In Combo w- Geo-thermal & Ocean Tidal Power: Unlike wind & solar these are energy dense & continuous. Likely will require overhauling the power grid infrastructure. Plus there's tactical reduced-scale hydro-electric power stations [NOTE: large-scale hydro-electric projects mean radically altering rivers' eco-systems, often large scale population displacement & even generate moderate earth-quakes]    

In Combo w- Bio-gas: A simple technology that converts organic waste into relatively clean burning methane [IMO can completely replace gas-fracking & maybe even Tar-sands oil too] & organic fertilizer [along w composting, can replace petro-chem fertilizers]. Bio-gas systems are can be easily scaled down for residential, community & farming needs or scaled-up to serve industry & municipalities. This can be used in combo w moving towards more organic / eco-friendly farming as well as more effective waste-management.

In Combo w- Reforestation: Forests are likely nature's best carbon capture system, yet have been cut drown at increasing rates proportional to increased over-industrialization & industrial farming [mainly for raising cattle, 'biofuels', & so-called 'cash'{= non-food}crops']. This = a double-whammy! Forests must be replanted & even parts of deserts like the Sahara should be re-greened.  IMO this is the only large-scale geo-engineering scheme, I'm aware of, that can be trusted as safe. 

Plus Looking Toward a possible break-thru in Fusion Power technology [cold &/or hot]. AND Ultimately the issue of the SAD meat-based diet must be addressed. The SAD diet [= over-consumption of meat & its by-products] pushes these problematic trends: CAFOs, GMOs, deforestation, soil-degradation, the 'dead zone' at the mouth of the Miss.River, etc- let alone the obesity, heart disease & cancer epidemics & food-born illness out-breaks & plagues [hope nobody has a 'Big-Mac Attack' on me]. 

Out of all I've sited only Fusion power is a bit exotic. Everything else is well known & understood & can be rolled-out fairly quickly. Yet vested corp-capitalist & poly-trickal interests are arrayed against any serious implementation of these solutions- as they push phony solutions [IE: those noted above] to ensure global corp-capitalism, the US & NATO's MIC & ultimately white-supremacy remains intact, dominant & unchallenged. YET- If they're allowed to continue to run rough-shod over the Earth unchecked, expect further global ecological collapse & even genocide to accelerate!

Population Control

As far as I know, their aren't any serious proposals for draconian population control in the U.S.

Are You Aware of Kissinger's NSSM 200 Foreign Policy Doc?

Henry Kissinger in his role as National Security Advisor / Sec of State for the Nixon / Ford Regime wrote a forgien policy agenda called NSSM 200 calling for just that. 

Some Key Excerpts: } "This study [NSSM 200] should focus on the international political and economic implications of population growth [IE: US’ geo-political & economic ‘interests’] rather than its ecological & sociological aspects...

The U.S. economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries [LDCs]… Wherever a lessening of population pressures through reduced birth rates can increase the prospects for stability, population policy becomes relevant to resource supplies and to the economic interests of the U.S. . . The location of known reserves of higher grade ores of most minerals favors increasing dependence of all industrialized regions on imports from LDCs…

Some LDC leaders may see developed countries’ pressures for family-planning [in LDCs] as a form of economic &/or racial imperialism…

Should food be considered an instrument of national power? ... Is the U.S. prepared to accept food rationing to ‘help’ [IE: force] people who can't/won't control their population growth?

Family Planning’s services are a vital and effective element in reducing fertility rates in the LDCs…

Abortion… has become the most widespread fertility control method in use in the world today...

No country has reduced its population growth without resorting to abortion…  

It would be unwise to restrict abortion…”

“Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the Third World, because the US economy will require large & increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from ‘LCD’ countries.” {

Kissinger specifically named these 13 African, Latin American & Asian countries as targets of his NSSM 200's population control agenda: IndiaBangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Turkey [Asia]-  Nigeria, EgyptEthiopia [Africa]- MexicoColombia, & Brazil [Latin America]


Then there's this population control agenda declaration from the UNSC under the guise of an Eco-Policy objective: 

INITIATIVE FOR ECO-92 EARTH CHARTER- Secretariat for New World Order, Sept 1991

The purpose of this document is to demonstrate that action delayed could cost our objectives if opposition by mere minor races is tolerated and unfortunate vacillations of our closest comrades causes hesitation. Open declaration of intent followed by decisive force is the ‘FINAL SOLUTION’.                                                                                                                                  The present vast overpopulation, now [allegedly] far beyond the world’s carrying capacity, cannot be answered by future reductions in the birth rate due to contraception, sterilization and abortion, but must be met in the present by the reduction of numbers presently existing. This must be done by whatever means necessary.

Compulsory cooperation is not debatable with 166 nations, most of whose leaders are irresolute, conditioned by localist "cultures," and lacking appropriate notions of the New World Order.

UN action against Iraq proves conclusively that resolute action on our part can sway other leaders to go along with the necessary program. 

THE FOLLOWING POLICY MUST BE IMPLEMENTED: A. The UN Security Council [UNSC] led by the Anglo-Saxon Major Nation Powers [IE: US, UK, France + Germany], will decree to all nations that its suffrance on population has ended, that all nations have quotas for population reduction on a yearly basis, which will be enforced by the UNSC by selective or total embargo of credit, items of trade including food and medicine, or by military force, when required.

B. The UN Security Council will inform all nations that outmoded notions of national sovereignty will be discarded and that the Security Council has complete legal, military and economic jurisdiction in any region in the world and that this will be enforced by the UNSC’s Major Nations [IE: US, UK, France + Germany].

C. The UN Security Council will take possession of all natural resources, including the watersheds and great forests, to be used and preserved for the good of the UNSC’s Major Nations [US, UK & France + Germany].

D. The UN Security Council will explain that not all races and peoples are equal, nor should they be. Those races proven superior by superior achievements ought to rule the lesser races, caring for them on suffrance that they cooperate with the UNSC. Decision making, including banking, trade, currency rates and economic development plans, will be made in stewardship by the UNSC’s Major Nations [US, UK & France + Germany].

E. All of the above constitute the New World Order, in which all nations, regions, and races will cooperate with the decisions of the UNSC’s Major Nations [US, UK & France, + Germany].