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I’m 67 years old. Lately that fact, unfortunately, seems to disqualify me (and people like me) from just about anything these days. Nobody hires us…fewer people, everyday, listen to our input…and younger folk are quick to brand us with the stereotypes of past generations. Sorry, Kids, we may have marched for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam “way back then” but we also were right there when computers, cell phones and the internet were born.
What we have, that the kids of today don’t have, is experience and a memory that goes back to the early 1940’s. That’s important because without the Geezers who remember the last time we, as a society screwed it up, we’d keep making the same mistakes.
In the interest of full disclosure I must admit that when I watched that 24/7 video on CNN of the runaway oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico as they reported that everything they were trying to do was failing to stop it, I began to think in End Days terms. I envisioned the total poisoning of the Gulf, that would move into the Gulf Stream, Yadda, Yadda. It was the first time I had ever contemplated the possibility of a global oil spill. That runaway well was being drilled because we needed jobs and lower gas prices.
That said, I draw on all my experience, age and questionable maturity to say that fracking for oil in North Carolina has the potential to devastate this county and this state. It may be possible to do it right but from what I see and read these companies have not been forthcoming with their procedures and materials and the results could be disastrous. I know we need jobs and lower gas prices but not at the cost of the tourism in this state.
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