The corporate leaders of the U.S. are engineering a massive upwards redistribution of wealth, from the poor to the 1% — and the fossil fuel industry is at the center of it. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett just awarded Royal Dutch Shell $1.65 billion in tax credits and zero liability for environmental impacts to build an ethane processing plant in western PA. All in the name of job creation. Interestingly, Corbett also seems to think that cutting $1 billion from public education won’t have a negative impact on jobs.
Fossil fuel exploitation, not education — this is the nationwide mantra for 2012 and beyond. The political system is not offering any solutions. Institutions of conscience must do everything they can to confront the fossil fuel industry. Divest now!