The United States has poisoned the Four Corners river water, and immediately began a dirty tricks campaign, attempting to have Navajos sign ‘waivers of liability.’When the power plants first poisoned the air, water and land of the Four Corners region, the United States declared the Four Corners — including this area of the Navajo Nation — is a “sacrifice zone.”This is because the electricity produced here is primarily for distant US cities. The coal-fired power plants here, some of the most polluting in the world, depend on enomormous amounts of water.Now, with the poisoning of the Animas River by the US EPA, with water from the Gold King mine — whether it was intentional or accidental by the US — the US has once again carried out a scorched earth campaign.The US EPA has poisoned the water of those with the least financial resources to recover and survive: Navajos and farmers in the Four Corners region who depend on this river for water, livestock and crops. The US EPA admits it is responsible for this spill. …
The question of “intent” is not just a function of the intentions of individuals acting in the moment. The very structure of the economy is built on privatization of profit and externalization of cost. The creation of a holding pond full of toxic waste was certainly intentional, its eventual discharge was predictable given the long-standing lack of funding, corruption and prioritization for toxic cleanups and the lack of money/power of the people affected. Therefore the taxpayer-funded discharge can be seen as having been part of the initial decision to create the pond, and the consequent forced migration of the inhabitants from the area will remove the last impediment to expanded mining and endless repetition of the pattern. The system “intends” to kill us all, even its supposed controllers. It’s a cancer, a wildfire which will keep burning and consuming until nothing is left.
The deliberate atomization of families and communities ( http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2014/02/the-war-on-empathy-love-and-family/ ) has replaced the localized social cohesion and organization created by empathy and compassion with the far-flung chains of the empire’s money, but money is an extremely poor substitute for empathy and compassion.