The Spark

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

Natural Gas Leaks

Sep 30, 2019

A month after leaking natural gas pipes caused an explosion in a suburban commercial building, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) reported it finds nearly two dozen such leaks in the city every day.

BGE has over 1,000 miles of corroded 3/4 inch iron and steel natural gas pipes installed before the 1970s, but is replacing them so slowly it will take another two decades to finish the job. In the meantime, not only will customers pay more, but explosions from leaks will continue. And scientists warn the leaked methane stays in the atmosphere collecting heat and moisture, which makes climate change worse.

Over 1,000 corroded pipes in Baltimore. Nationwide, over 70,000 miles. And world-wide, probably into the hundreds of thousands of miles.

This whole world-wide system, capitalism, is like these pipes: corroded and degraded, because its motive is profit. What human beings need is an infrastructure in good shape. To get it, we would have to have a different society, one that put human beings first.