Thursday, January 11, 2007

Ugly Part II

(For those of you reading from places other than here, there are four liquid natural gas companies attempting to build plants which will totally destroy the present commerce and uniqueness of the Columbia River.)

Speaking of ugly skies, I find it odd that with all the anti LNG stuff out there, few seems to be outraged by the concept that these towers will stand at three times the height of the tallest building in Astoria. Can you imagine what sort of shadow they will cast? It’s not bad enough that the LNG rat bastards want to screw up the fish in the river, screw up the shipping channel, pollute our air with the standard 1-3% escape from venting the gas in transit, but to top it off they want totally screw up the landscape and erect several two-hundred plus foot, white storage tanks?

People need to envision what ugly monstrosities these tanks will be. I don’t care how much they say or do. I don't care what they look like in a watercolor painting. They will never be able to cover these things up or make them look like they belong there.

You folks who say that LNG is OK with you… Why don’t you just invite the LNG people over to take a big shit on your lawns and drive ways? That’s what they are going to visibly do to our county and to the Columbia River. It’s going to look like Newark when they are finished.

They think that if they show us beautiful watercolor art we will be lulled by their sense of beauty. To them money is the only thing of beauty that they understand. It is that sort of concept of beauty that has stripped our forests to stumps and taken all the fish from our rivers and sent them away in shinny cans. Now every couple of years we have to reinvent our economy to compensate for our losses we suffered from corporate greed.

So, shall we take a lesson from history, or shall we do it again? If you are sick of the exploitation of our most unique and beautiful region, it's time to speak out and write to our representatives and the FERC.


Blogger Beth said...

I love your line, “Now every couple of years we have to reinvent our economy to compensate for our losses we suffered from corporate greed.” One of these days, we won’t be able to.

12:20 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Beth, had moderation been the rule, every industry here would still be thriving. Sadly our main industry here now is tourism, and if LNG arives we can kiss that good bye. The cruise ships will stop coming, the hotels will see fewer guests. The beauty that is here will be tainted by industry. At least with tourism our beauty and environment stayed intact.

Our political learders aren't looking at the whole picture. All they see is potential tax revenue and maybe some shiny trinkets and new fire trucks. They aren't considering the down side and the loss of current revenue.

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Moosehead said...

You are right to fight Guy. Here in the land of hewers of wood and drawers of water, we had two major industries/employers -a pulp mill and a mine. After almost a 100 years of polluting the air and the water, Stone Consolidated (Chicago) moth balled the mill and the mine will run out of ore in the next few years. Solution? Enter Bennett and a soil treatment plant so that we can process and clean up cuntaminated soil from New Jersey et al. Great - now we can add dioxins to our import list. Multi nationals rule the world...the future is here.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Mom of Three said...

What do we DO???? I mean, clearly the powers that be aren't listening, so what do we do?

11:27 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Pen a well crafted letter and send it to the FERC, the Governor, David Wu, Ron Wyden, Gordon Smith, Betsy Johnson, Debbie Boone, Each of the County Commissioners, Each of the Port Commissioners. The mailing addresses are easily found on the Internet and are also published in the Astorian every week.
Come to anti-meetings. As citizens that about it. We have to influence those with influence.

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with writing letters to the above listed individuals, with the exception of the Port Commissioners. Don't forget that they, and their Head Pimp Gearin, were the ones who allowed Calpine to slither onto "our" property. In the 40 years I have lived here, I have never been so disgusted with a group of elected individuals. They are truly the "ugliest of the ugly" where politics are concerned. Remember we are only victims if we allow ourselves to be victimized.

10:51 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

It is said that people get the government they deserve. Unfortunately the Port Commission was thought to be rather unimportant elected positions. The idea of many is that they keep the air port maintained, and over see the East & West mooring basin and deal with cruise ships. But their reach is much farther than thought. They are an arogant bunch, and letters to them may remind them that they are elected and they are not looking after the good of the population, but rather securing money for the Port. Rat Bastards...all of them.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

....and that's the truth!!! Well said.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Rich said...

guy, maybe you could post the addresses and contact info for the appropriate entities in the message board?

5:03 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Excellent idea, Rich. I'll do that this weekend.

Thanks Anonymous

5:41 PM  

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