By Raging Yeti, Earth First! Durango
Despite the rhetoric of many mainstream environmental organizations and many “liberal environmentalists,” natural gas is not a clean energy, especially when the production process is considered in full. Like most commodities generated in the global corporate capitalist culture, natural gas is consumed regularly without much knowledge of where it is produced, how it is produced, or the deleterious effects it has on local people and local environments. Natural gas, like many commodities we consume, seems pleasantly ubiquitous, and without consequence.
In this short article, I will outline the insidious side of natural gas, leaving ample room for the reader to pursue this investigation further. I will sketch out four themes subtitled below about each of which a book could be written.
Criminogenic Corporate Gas Producers
In the oil and gas industry corporate crime is rampant as it is in all corporate sectors. In fact, corporate crime kills more people and costs taxpayers more money than all street-level crime combined. What makes this fact so insidious is that convicted corporate criminals can go right on offending because, as Baron Thurlow so eloquently noted, “corporations have no soul to punish and no body to incarcerate.” I would like to add to this observation that we have no valid legal system representing nonhuman and human life against the corporate murders of our planet. This is why our planet needs engaged and enraged human agents.