Givers and Takers

My piece de resistance — Netwar at Cherry Point — turns one on April 1st.

This case study about the dark side of white power on the Salish Sea focuses on fossil fuel export versus indigenous peoples, or perhaps better stated — Wall Street versus human rights.

For some, the beloved San Juan Islands beckon as paradise in a world of total chaos. For Warren Buffett, BP and other major energy investors, they are collateral damage in the pursuit of oil portfolio profits.

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New Situation

The religious networks that are crucial to indigenous peoples in the US need to appreciate the new situation. As of January 20, all three branches of the U.S. Government align with Wall Street and corporate media against them.

Religious leaders’ blind spots, i.e. vigilante groups, will respond to prompts from the new administration and media to intimidate tribal governments opposing the fossil fuel industry. In this new situation, most present allies of these tribes will run and hide.

The important thing is that religious leaders respect the value of opposition research, and seek out researchers to help them. Their networks have education programs, that would benefit from the Public Good Archives.
Three essential documents from the Public Good Archives Netwar Reader that they need to study in order to understand modern social conflict: 
  1. Communications in Conflict
  2. Communication, Power and Counter-power in the Network Society
  3. Netwar at Cherry Point

Inherently Human

In 1975, the Tse-shaht tribe (part of the Nuu-chah-nulth first nation and the Wakashan language group on Vancouver Island) hosted the inaugural meeting of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples. That conference led to the establishment of the Center for World Indigenous Studies in Olympia, Washington in 1979, and to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007. As the ‘catalyst for the contemporary global indigenous rights movement’, the 1975 gathering–led by Chief George Manuel (founder of the Center for World Indigenous Studies)–was a historic event in the reemergence of indigenous governance, and in the development of the international regime first established by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN in 1948.

War and Pollution

In addition to the fact that alternative energy does not scale to meet existing electrical demand, the components used in manufacturing solar panels are highly toxic, and become hazardous waste when these panels wear out. Meanwhile, mining and manufacture of these panels overseas is already creating environmental and social disasters for rural indigenous peoples.

Stopping fossil fuel export, as recommended by the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, would help to protect the Salish Sea, and to preserve these fuels for the future energy needs of Canadians and Americans. The real challenge for the future, however, is for industrially advanced societies to use less energy.

Conservation in heating and lighting is part of that reduction, but the major part is reducing consumption of petroleum-based products, i.e. plastic, jet fuel and gasoline.

Since the U.S. military is an enormous consumer of petroleum, curbing wars of aggression to secure access to foreign minerals used in generating so-called clean energy, i.e. gold, copper, lithium and uranium used for solar and nuclear power, would make a huge dent in the US/NATO carbon footprint.

The American way of life–that consumes vast quantities of minerals for electricity and electronics, car and jet travel at the expense of the rest of the world–demands both endless war and increasing pollution. Reducing demand is not a popular position to promote, but it is the only effective one.