“Compromise, Hell!” Wendell Berry

“Can we actually suppose that we are wasting, polluting, and making ugly this beautiful land for the sake of patriotism and the love of God? Perhaps some of us would like to think so, but in fact this destruction is taking place because we have allowed ourselves to believe, and to live, a mated pair of economic lies: that nothing has a value that is not assigned to it by the market; and that the economic life of our communities can safely be handed over to the great corporations.”

“Compromise, Hell!” Orion magazine , November/December 2004 – Wendell Berry


The more that I listen and read about the politicians and their move to drill in every little corner of the United States I get sick to my stomach. I truly can’t believe that the American people really understand the magnitude of the decision to open up federally protected natural areas to corporations for natural resource extraction at the expense of an addiction to oil. It will take years to get the first barrel of oil out of the ground or ocean. Do the American people believe that if congress votes yes, on drilling, the price will immediately go down? Even with the added supply, if the US Dollar remains weak the price WILL remain high. We now know that the weak US Dollar along mated with aggressive investor speculation is the real driving force to the huge price increase in oil. I only hope that the American people will heed the words of a past President.

“The object of government is the welfare of the people.” “Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.”
Theodore Roosevelt -“
The New Nationalism” speech, Osawatomie, Kansas, August 31, 1910

We are the most wasteful Nation in the world! We should be embarrassed that we, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, would be so ignorant to this manufactured situation that we would sign our wildlands over to the profiteers of “Big Oil”. While we struggle to overcome this energy situation the CEO’s sit back and count their Billions in profits. I can still remember the interview on the Today Show where the CEO of ExxonMobile answered a question as to why they will not give up the big profits to help the US economy and citizens. The CEO stated that they were not in business to help out American citizens, they’re job is to make as much money for their share-holders as possible. Now, why in the world would we be giving “Big Oil” tax breaks and a free ride to our natural areas when they care nothing about us, the US citizens. Think about it, we are paying huge prices for oil, then we are, on the back end, giving them our hard-earned dollars through huge tax-breaks and they do not care one bit! WAKE UP AMERICA!

4 thoughts on ““Compromise, Hell!” Wendell Berry

  1. Very well put! The degree of ignorance on this issue is astonishing to me. The degree to which the general population has been manipulated to support what I truly consider is a rape of our resources is even more astonishing. ANWR Bottom Line: Two Cents A Gallon very succinctly introduces the benefit the general public would receive from opening drilling in the Arctic Refuge and it isn’t much. The response to my comment by an Alaskan is alarmingly mind blowing. Wilderness being equated with a wasteland. It is this manipulation of perception about the last areas of natural beauty that blows my mind. I can only hope that the perception to our wilderness areas are righted. Long gone are the days of someone principled enough to take a stand as bold as President Roosevelt. I can only hope that someone steps up to the plate soon.

  2. I like the passion you have been writing with lately Jerry. This is as good as it gets when it comes to using nature photography in meaningful ways.

    The focus should be on reducing oil demand, not increasing the supply.

  3. Thanks Guy! That means a lot coming from you. I just wished that someone could get this message out to the masses. I’m just one tiny blip on the internet but I’m certain that I’m not the only one that has a brain!

  4. Jerry, this is one of the most powerful and meaningful posts I have seen online in a long time. Thanks!


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