WHALES: Cheney Blocking Right Whale Protection Effort

Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States.

Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A behind the scenes struggle has apparently been raging between the White House and US government scientists who want to force ships to slow down when passing through grounds of the almost extinct right whale.

Made public by Congressman Henry Waxman, it seems VP Cheney’s office has been actively trying to harpoon the ship speed legislation that recently passed committee in the Senate. The effort is directly related to the shipping industry’s perception that slower speeds will result in higher costs for shipping.

Whatever the motivation, it is clear that we continue with our culture of accelerating consumption of our planet. It is also clear that all the current hype about stopping global warming, population growth and the related global changes is really wishful thinking at best.

I think that we need to get ready for radical lifestyle changes. It’s gonna be “back to the future” folks and we no longer have the community skills or facilities to take care of ourselves. In the meantime we have a clear obligation to protect other creatures that share this planet with us.

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