The following quote was taken from page 261-2 of the book “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” by authors Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco:

“”As a native of West Virginia,” [Timothy] DeChristopher told the court when he was sentenced, I have seen from a young age that the exploitation of fossil fuels [as is the case of sand for fracking and Gogebic’s ore] has always gone hand in hand with the exploitation of local people. In West Virginia, we’ve been extracting [aka mining] coal longer than anyone else. And after one hundred and fifty years of making other people rich, West Virginia is almost dead last among the states in per capita income, education rates and life expectancy. And it’s not an anomaly. The areas with richest fossil fuel resources [or other natural resources being depleted], whether coal in West Virginia and Kentucky, or oil in Louisiana and Mississippi, are the areas with the lowest standards of living. In part, this is a necessity of the industry. The only way to convince someone to blow up their backyard or poison their water is to make sure they are so desperate that they have no other option. But it is also the nature of the economic model. Since fossil fuels [and other natural resources being subjected to depletion] are limited resources, whoever controls access to that resource in the beginning gets to set all the terms. They set the terms for their workers, for the local communities and apparently even for the regulatory agencies [all by exerting their raw money power]. A renewable energy economy is a threat to that model. Since no one can control access to the sun or the wind, the wealth is more likely to flow to whoever does the work of harnessing that energy, and therefore to create a more distributed economic system, which leads to a more distributed political system. It threatens the profits of the handful of corporations for whom the current system works, but our question is which segment of the public are you tasked with protecting. I am here today because I have chosen to protect the people locked out of the system over the profits of the corporations running the system. I say this is not because I want your mercy, but because I want you to join me.”

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