Exxon should accept responsibility
By Louise Clark
March 04, 2008
Dear Editor and Citizens of Alaska:
When a huge corporation such as Exxon has the audacity to show
such reckless disregard for our beautiful state, the people the
environment, and the wildlife it is my firm belief that, that
corporation must be banned from doing any kind of business in
this state ever again. If that is not possible they should be
banished for a minimum of 50 years and then they must show good
faith of their responsibility before being allowed back again.
After all they are not the only oil company around, furthermore,
I think all the people in the United States should band together
and demand corporate responsibility for their actions because
an oil spill is not the only disaster that can happen and Exxon
is trying to set an example whereby a large corporation is not
responsible no matter what they do.
On the subject of fuel, why can't we use some of the permanent
fund and build our own pipe line. I do not like being beholden
to any oil company for anything, look at the corrosion problems
for instance. Also why do we need a pipe line to ship our fuel
somewhere else so we can buy it back at exorbitant prices anyway?
With the stock market in such turmoil and the fund losing money
why not use it for something more tangible. The permanent fund
may not be such a great idea anyway because a person with six
or eight kids could move here and live on welfare for a year
just to qualify for a dividend for each person in their family.
Think about your tax dollars paying their welfare for a year
while they wait to qualify for their permanent fund payment.
I was born in this great state and lived here most of my life
and am tired of seeing people coming in and raping it and leaving
with the money. My father (a halibut and cod fisherman for over
50 years) told me 50 years ago we have to stop the big ocean
draggers, they destroy the bottom of the ocean where most species
spawn. I have been told that is what has happened to our ooligan.
The shrimp draggers were catching them for years as by catch
but never reported it and simply tossed them away since there
was no big money for them. Anyone interested in our fisheries
should really read William McCloskey's book "Their Fathers'
Work". This man actually fished the world over so for some
very interesting reading enjoy.
Thank you for indulging my ranting but I just had to vent.
Received March 04, 2008 - Published
March 04, 2008
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