(The Luddites were proto-revolutionaries against industrial law.)
I responded to a comment in an earlier post. And the more I thought about the comment, the more intensely I disliked the comment. The comment showed--and shows--a disturbing lack of education. And it preys upon the weakness of others.
What passes for debate among those who oppose the proposed LNG pipeline is nothing more than preying upon the weakness of others, and that weakness is endemic among the chattering class of Clatsop county. These are the people who see nothing wrong with telling an adult that he must wear a helmet to ride his bicycle. These are the people who see nothing wrong with telling an adult that he may not supersize his fries. These are the people who eschew individual choice and risk and would supplant individual accomplishment and satisfaction with community goals and a sense of servitude.
And the tool of their method? Hysteria.
My disdain for the thought process demonstrated by this political class cannot be overstated.
Here is what one commentor thought passed for a bright idea:
"Not that I'm trying to scare anybody with misinformation but let's try 1740 Pounds per square inch on a 36" dia, High Pressure Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline." (Copied and pasted. Sic is therefore unnecesary.)
Has this maroon ever had a job beyond telling children in a classroom to "open your books"? Has this maroon ever been on a boat, a crawler, even in a car? Imagine, pressing the brake pedal in your car and generating 2000 psi!
Or, operating a hydraulic winch. In tiny little hoses, down to 3/8ths of an inch, with as much as 4000 pounds per square inch.
Worse yet? The harm we place in our children's way. Every time you take you child to a circus, or to a fair or the zoo, chances are you could see your child killed before your very eyes. Sure, to the child it's simply a shiny balloon. But you should be very afraid, because there, right before your eyes is death in the form of an helium cylinder, filled with a benign gas at killer pressures of 2000 pounds per square inch! Inches away from your child!
This silly hysteria preys upon the uneducated. It points out one "risk" while hiding all the others that you live with every day. Why no mention of the incredible danger presented by our nation's high power transmission lines? 157,000 miles of high voltage lines criss-crossing our country, with loads in excess of 230-thousand volts! That could kill a child, I tell you. And those lines are everywhere!
This is what passes for informed discussion among the Luddites who live among us. If you would like a rather more disspassionate discussion of piplelines, I recommend this. If you prefer a more passionate discussion of the mistakes we are making in a modern industrial society, I offer you this.
You need to choose the type of person you want to be, and what type of person you want your children to become. It's your choice. Far be it from me to expect you to make a reasonable choice.