Montana coal production USA via: serc.carleton.edu
By Dave Jones, Montana
But this infrastructure is just one piece of the larger “dirty energy supply chain”, and as a Montanan, I wanted to explain a little about the place so much of these filthy fuels originate. Montana has a long, often sordid history of being a resource colony for the rest of the nation. “Extractivism”, to use a term coined by author Naomi Klein, could be called our state religion!
The city of Butte is the poster-child of this “tradition” with its laid –off workers, boarded up buildings and poison-filled Berkley pit. Right now we are witnessing the dying gasps of King Coal (halleluja!) and with his demise we can expect the all-too-familiar legacy of abandoned communities and unfunded liabilities.
Now every good resource colony needs a subservient government
The Belly River in Waterton Lakes National Park, via wikipedia.org
Which brings us right back to Anacortes and the refineries on Marsh Point. With our up-coming action we will be sending a clear, concise message to the entire Fossil Fuel industry, along every link of this chain, from source to inter-state transport to over-seas shipping: Out With The Old, In With The New! From here on out, any infra-structure build up will support clean, renewable energy, produced and used as locally as possible. With this new direction in mind, many folks from the Northern Rockies region will be travelling west this May to support this bold action. Breaking Free from Fossil Fuels we also break free from our tired, demeaning old role as a resource colony. Come be part of this growing movement. We urge you to join us!
– Dave Jones, Montana
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