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Wall dares invoke the constitution

Wall dares invoke the constitution

Having attended the Salem No-LNG export rally referenced in pro-gas booster Mark Wall’s gushing praise of America’s regulatory process a certain irony is worth pointing out. Both sides are claiming that the same regulatory agencies and rule of law will either be their salvation from unwanted fossil-fuel development or the source of success for permitting yet another 19th century, polluting, non-sustainable energy project.


A woman supporting Columbia Riverkeeper at the rally told me that the Jordan Cove and Oregon LNG projects violate the CZMA and so would not be built. What a relief to those of us opposing this polluting industry if it were true. However, Peter Hansen, CEO of Oregon LNG also quotes from the CZMA as confirmation for the success of his project. How can they both be right?


The Columbia and Rogue Riverkeeper along with other anti-LNG groups, like Wall, have placed their faith in the regulatory agencies even though they know the odds are stacked statistically in favor of the industry. These organizations work to build the public record filing substantive comments to support the eventual legal challenge once a permit is granted.


Sustainability is effectively illegal under our current system of law and because we have yet to assert our inalienable right to local self-government the traditional strategy for stopping or delaying these projects is to sue the regulatory agencies for violating NEPA once a permit is granted.


It’s like watching the Ducks vs Beavers. Both sides know the rules and both sides acknowledge that the referees may have a bias. The underdogs want to play anyway and barring a Hail Mary pass, hope to cry foul when the winners are caught using under-inflated footballs.


Wall invokes the constitution in his rant against anti-gas activists. Our own constitution is used by non-sustainable industries to elevate the rights of corporations over the rights of the community. The existing rule of law denies us the right to be self-determining or to implement a sustainable energy and economic future like that envisioned in the SDAT report.


Rally keynote speaker Robert Kennedy Jr, himself pro-gas but opposed to exports, calls the process “an assault on democracy.”


Oregon’s Constitution notes that “…all power is inherent in the people, and … founded on their authority …” We have the right to “alter, reform or abolish” our government if it stands in the way of sustainability.


Support the Coos County Right to a Sustainable Energy Future Ordinance.

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Avatar When my oldest son, a Marine, left for war and crossed the border from Kuwait into Iraq in March 2003 I started writing my conscience. After two tours that young combat veteran’s mother is now an ardent peace activist and advocate for social, environmental and economic justice. MGx has matured since those early vents and ramblings and now covers relevant and important local and regional matters in addition to national and global affairs.


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6 Responses to "Wall dares invoke the constitution"

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    the reminder  June 9, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    I like your analogy using football. Using that comparison its like the antis ( team BS’s favorite name for us) are the local team from across the tracks that only get to choose their players from the poor neighborhoods, while the business community (the rich kids team), gets to hire NFL players and NFL referees, who are all former players from the NFL, to oversee the game.
    The Oregonian editorial board has decided to join the fight in the press by pushing Gov. Brown to support the rich kids and get on their side of the field when she emerges from behind the curtain in Kitzhabers owners booth she inherited on team BS. I expect theworldlink will follow suit very soon and write a similar endorsement for the locals here to read.

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      magix  June 10, 2015 at 3:53 AM

      Well, the whole “process” is nothing more than a game meant to give the illusion that the underdogs have any actual say in the matter


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