The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Trump Opens Public Lands to Drilling

Jan 7, 2019

Recent reports from the Trump administration have pointed out the increase in global temperatures, the rising of the seas, the increasingly violent storms and wildfires.

But not to worry! The Trump administration has a plan: more drilling of fossil fuels – the very practices that have helped global temperatures to rise to threatening levels!

In early December, nine million acres of public lands in 10 western states were opened to oil and gas companies to come in and drill. The energy department had also already given permission for companies to drill all the way up and down both the Atlantic and Pacific coastal waters.

In addition, the administration is proposing to cut back on water standards protecting about 60% of the country’s waterways.

Capitalism is a runaway freight train of dangerous environmental practices, ready to throw the world off a cliff rather than change direction. And why? Because helping oil and coal companies make profit is the priority.