, Newburyport, MA


January 18, 2014

Thank you, Mother Nature


Thank you, Mother Nature, for this complicated creation of stuff that humans have learned to take from the earth and use to keep themselves warm, cook their food, run their vehicles. The addition of the human mind is what gave meaning to all that death and decay.

I suppose we could build a nuclear power plant on the Salem site, but I’ve disliked nuclear power since I learned about the Price-Anderson Act, which limited industry liability for accidents. Whoa, I thought, even before learning about the lack of responsible plans for storage of the nuclear waste. You want to send it across the country in trains to a mountain near an earthquake fault near my grandchildren?

But wait: Seabrook, just north of us, is on an earthquake fault. I asked an Edison executive about this once, and he told me not to worry, there hasn’t been a major earthquake here in 200 years. But, then, aren’t we due?

And even if we aren’t, maybe the earthquake schedule will be accelerated by the fracking about which many people, not just enviro-rads, are concerned, not only about polluting water supplies, but disturbing the geologic plates near which frackers frack. Are we reassured to learn that the government, which is overseeing Obamacare, is overseeing this new technology?

When I first heard about Cape Wind, my only concern was birds. I checked with Mass Audubon, which said not to worry. But, now, I hear about dead bald and golden eagles and learn that the federal government allows wind companies to kill eagles free of prosecution.

Recently read about firemen falling through solar panels on roofs. On the ground, the panels take up acres of open space that, at least here on the North Shore, we don’t have.

I need a bigger income tax cut, to buy another layer of flannel shirt.


Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is president of Citizens for Limited Taxation.

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