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An Open Letter to the DAPL Builders, Bankers, and Their Supporters

Water is Life Dakota Pipeline
Written by Cindy A Matthews

Dear Sir:

This is probably one of many emails regarding The Dakota Access Pipeline you have received and will receive, so I will keep it short and to the point.

Shut the pipeline down. Now. Forever.

You are infinitely wealthier than most ordinary human beings on the planet, so you have no worries where your next meal is coming from. You can afford to be generous and shut the Dakota Access Pipeline down, once and for all.

Your children’s and grandchildren’s futures are at stake. Whether or not you believe in climate change or that fossil fuels are a finite resource, you must know that oil leaking from your pipelines pollutes our water supplies. Just ask the folks along the Kalamazoo River in Michigan and recently in Alabama and Pennsylvania, among many others in this country and around the globe.

Yes, I know you personally will never worry about having enough clean water to drink or food to eat, but the vast majority of human beings do worry about these basic needs. Can you not find it in your heart to be compassionate and considerate of their needs?

The Standing Rock Sioux have suffered long enough, due to our government’s racist and genocidal policies. Why would you want the DAPL, branded by your name, to be listed in the history books alongside these horrendous deeds? What satisfaction will you gain from having your reputation sullied by association with the violence perpetrated against peaceful water protectors praying over their sacred lands and water?

If my words can’t convince you, please consider the fates of Sophia Wilansky and  Vanessa Dundon.  It makes me sad to know that 21-year-old Sophia could lose her arm, because of your lust for more profit, and that Vanessa has suffered a detached retina, because your militarized “oil police” shot rubber bullets into water protectors’ faces. You have forever transformed the public’s perception of our law enforcement officers from being defenders of the weak to paid bullies acting on behalf of oil companies. Covering for your cupidity, your bought-and-paid-for politicians – especially in the statehouse of North Dakota and all the way up to the presidency – have destroyed our sense of fairness and justice.

It’s some trade-off: the lives and health of Sophia, Vanessa, and possibly millions of others (because of an oil leak) and the maligning our public servants’ characters in order for you to make millions of dollars in profits to buy yet another mansion, yacht, golf course, etc. You have created enmity between neighbors where there may have been none before, just to make a fast buck.

You have added to the threat of climate change because of your unwillingness to let go of government subsidies and, instead, have done all you can to block the growth of clean energy, such as solar, wind, tidal, and geothermal, simply because of selfishness. Science has shown that the burning of fossil fuels is the cause of the ice caps melting and causing low-lying areas to go underwater. Whole island nations and many cities along coastlines will soon become inundated and inhabitable, causing mass exodus and a global refugee crisis.

Do you truly enjoy knowing that your actions are the potential cause of so much anguish in the world?

Try to look at the situation from an ordinary human being’s point of view for a change. Try to think what God (or your Higher Power) would want you to do–to show mercy, to practice compassion, to act justly and to care for those who have little and will have even less because of your greed.

Shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline today. The human race might not have a tomorrow if you don’t.

Sincerely,

C.A. Matthews

P.S. As this year draws to a close, let’s hope 2017 will be a year in which we all re-discover our humanity and humility and truly live out the Golden Rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Just think, one day because of war, disaster or famine you may be in need your neighbors’ help. How can you rely on them in your darkest hour, if they can’t rely on you during this season of light?

 

Bio: Cindy A. Matthews is a freelance writer, novelist and editor of Our Revolution Continues blog: http://bernie2016.blogspot.com

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Cindy A Matthews

Cindy A. Matthews is a freelance writer, novelist and editor of The Bernie Blog. http://bernie2016.blogspot.com