Category Archives: frustration
on truth, progress, and stepping down
…feeling rather dramatic today, several sentences crafted in the ‘woe is he of little faith’ biblical tone. I found a paper with a Buddhist song about karma in the drawer of my new desk in my new office. Perhaps a sign? Seeking organic opportunities for community building and career advancement. Looking towards bright spots on theContinue reading “on truth, progress, and stepping down”
strawberry fields day
Art. After art comes the art of business. Is it wrong to mix the two? People build somewhat sustainable careers from this marriage. I think I can do that. However…to more effectively do that I need to make some changes…. Feeling more introverted the last few days, not the same as the weeks before whenContinue reading “strawberry fields day”
opportunity for all
I began composing this post prior to the May 4th vote on school tax in Terrebonne parish. After serval trashed versions, here are my thoughts on the results of the vote and the state of public education in Louisiana. You don’t own a home in Terrebonne, so your vote isn’t valid. My family works andContinue reading “opportunity for all”
I wish I knew
What happened today? It isn’t anything new, really. I know innocent people are lost all the time. Those children in those far off places I’ll probably never visit. I know about drones. Those kids in the part of town I avoid. All those kids locked in the New Orleans drug wars, reported on by theContinue reading “I wish I knew”
The Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast has been finalized and passed by the legislature, after almost three years of examining data and running computer models, and another year of a public comment and conflict resolution. This is Louisiana’s Hail Mary pass, our imperfect, best, last shot at turning the tide of our coastal crisis.
But before the ink on the plan has dried, it faces great challenges. We at GRN have watched while coal terminals have expanded across the country, as the United States moves away from burning this dirty fuel. These coal terminals have grown into mountains in Plaquemines parish. And RAM Terminals, LLC, is threatening to place another mountain of coal just upstream from the mouth of the Myrtle Grove project.
We need to put the River to work building healthy wetlands in Louisiana, but a river full of coal runoff cannot build healthy wetlands. Coal runoff has PAHs, heavy metals, and other toxins that will cripple the health of the existing marshes, as well as compromise whatever wetlands the restoration project seeks to build.
Not only is this a threat to the health of the people who live near Ironton, but it’s a threat to the health of all of us on the coast that will depend on the success of that project to build healthy wetlands. The coal dust that blows from the coal mountains covers boats in black dust, and gives people black lung.
Tell the Army Corps, Louisiana DNR and Louisiana DEQ, that they cannot allow the premier coastal restoration project, the Myrtle Grove sediment diversion, to be polluted with coal runoff.
For the Gulf,
Gulf Restoration Network
Big Gas attacks Gasland
Shame on them. This is not surprising really, considering what the Oil and Gas Industries have done/are doing to those who speak out against them down here in Louisiana… AN OPEN LETTER TO JOURNALISTS FROM GASLAND DIRECTOR JOSH FOX IN RESPONSE TO ATTACKS BY GAS INDUSTRY Affirming Gasland: A de-debunking document in response to specious andContinue reading “Big Gas attacks Gasland”
oil problems, part 2
My first “oil problems” post was incredibly mean-spirited and cynical. I’m leaving it up though, because it accurately represents my frustration about the oil disaster. One of the points I was trying to make is that a lot of people seem to be missing the bigger picture…the solution to the bigger problem…how can we overcomeContinue reading “oil problems, part 2”