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12/05/2003 Entry: "My contribution to ME's LJ "Trees vs. Jobs" discussion"

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My contribution to ME's LJ "Trees vs. Jobs" discussion

1. I don't think it's "jobs vs. trees" but "regulation and oversight vs. corporate profits, which might or might not mean jobs". For example, Peabody Mining in AZ uses drinking water to slurry (transport in water pipes or sluices) their strip mined coal because they don't want to pay to clean up water contaminated by uranium (from other mining spills)(http://www.nrdc.org/water/conservation/nblmesa.asp). And, yes, the Navajo Nation cut this deal for themselves because there were jobs on the Rez involved, but it still illustrates the callousness of corporate decisions. Navajos cope with less potable water so Peabody can use the drinking water for their coal. Go figure.

2. For many reasons, not just regulation, logging is a dying industry in the U.S.

http://www.jacksonforest.com/Publications/Articles/timber_decline_PD.htm

I hear we don't make much steel anymore either.

3. As far as changing jobs, well, Del Norte County in Northern California logged itself out and now it has the nastiest prison on the West Coast, Pelican Bay (http://www.worldfreeinternet.net/news/nws156.htm), providing the jobs. ("Boob Jubilee", Baffler, 2003 [http://hackenbush.org/hackenblog/blogives/00000923.htm])

4. I guess every generation has to ask itself "What are you willing to do to survive?" Being an administrative geek, I've managed to stay in jobs in industries I approve of because I could pick and choose and can live on very little money (like it, no, do it, yes). But, I'm also not trying to raise kids or own a home.

 

 

 

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