Sunday, April 3, 2011

Charlie Sheen and the Alberta Tar Sands

Charlie Sheen in March 2009Image via Wikipedia

Two articles caught my eye this morning as I was wandering through twitter.

One was about the fight of an indigenous elder in B.C. to stop a massive new Enbridge pipeline that will transport Alberta Tar Sands oil/gas to the U.s. and Asia through two provinces and six states and the other was about Charlie Sheen.

Not connected one would think.

But Charlie Sheen's life seems to mirror what is happening in North America right now.

Money, power and evil versus ordinary people like you and me.

Charlie Sheen abuses anyone he deems less powerful than himself.

And yet many men and even women identify with him.

Support him. Cheer him on.

Give him their money by buying tickets to his show.

Enbridge abuses the environment.

The pipeline from the Tar Sands will end up in Texas and will put at risk some of the most fragile and important natural areas in Canada and the U.S.

But many men and women support this by voting in governments that support these corporations.

And the corporations, much like Charlie Sheen, seem too rich, too powerful and too above the law to stop.

But maybe the tide is turning.

As I scrolled farther down twitter I read that the audience in Detroit had booed Charlie Sheen and demanded their money back.

And the New York Times editorial was against the Tar Sands development.

In Canada the fight is on to hear the message of the Green Party in the Leaders' debate.

This particular tide can't turn soon enough.

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Debra She Who Seeks said...

Addiction is at the root of both phenomena -- addiction to drugs/booze/sex and addiction to oil.

The Episcopagan said...

Very true, Debra.