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    This is simply a conversation I struck up with a guy I met in Las Vegas this past summer and I thought it was interesting and had political relevance.

    I tried to write down the exchange as accurately as I could, but I couldn't get pen to paper until after we had finished talking and I bought an overpriced pen and notepad at The Stratosphere Gift Shop and wrote down as much as I could remember.

    I've always been a huge Studs Terkel fan and think there's a lot to be said for just having the words of someone else describe a situation from their point of view. Personally, I think fracking is abhorrent and an unmitigated environmental disaster, but I also can't deny the fact that this man is racking in some serious bank with a high school diploma while many millions of Americans are stuck with massive student loan debts and jobs that don't command a salary commensurate with their educational acumen.

    It's just interesting to think about and, I believe (beware, soap box coming out) for the environmental/green movement to be successful, it has to provide legitimate, high paying jobs to replace/compete with the existing dirty energy jobs. You can see this story played out on a daily basis in places like West Virginia where King Coal still reigns because it's historically been the biggest job creator in the region (despite the fact that it's completely ruined the ecological and social infrastructure). I can sit here and objectively know that carbon emissions are cooking the planet from the inside out, but that argument won't hold water with a man or woman who is dependent on money from the mining and refining of said hunks of carbon to feed their family.

    •  Thanks for relating the account. (1+ / 0-)
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      Oh Mary Oh

      And there needs to be  rational, emotional, and substantial alternatives to today's soul- planet- and life-  destroying ways of being.

      "..The political class cannot solve the problems it created. " - Jay Rosen

      by New Rule on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 11:28:59 AM PDT

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