Friday, April 11, 2014

It's Only Called Capitalizing on Disaster When Someone Else is Doing It

"This pipeline will go through the neighborhood of Rockaway, NYC - an area that has just been devastated by Hurricane Sandy and will be highly vulnerable to future weather-related incidents.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, some folks who really should have known better and certainly should have behaved better thought it was a superduper idea to misinform people living in the Rockaways about exactly where the Rockaway Pipeline was going, of all things.  The only phrase for this that readily comes to mind (my mind at least) is disaster capitalism.  Occupy the Pipeline, Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline and friends promoted this even though some of these same people had actually seen maps that clearly demonstrated that they were both physically moving the path of the pipe a few miles and taking it from through Riis Park to down someone's street. I believe the phrase "literally under people's homes" actually is heard in at least one video "interpretation" of the Rockaway Pipeline story during this time period.

I wish that the story of the rockaway pipeline activists actually got better from that point on and that this was just a wee bit of misinformation and an aberration. But the opposite is true. From start to finish the only place the collective minds demonstrated any consistency at all was choosing not fact but fiction. From fabricating where the project was to what potential impacts might be/are to even what direction the gas is moving to claiming that National Grid's project received no environmental review at all nearly a year after that environmental review a few hundred pages long was published, the list of misinformation was a near constant onslaught and only got increasingly more bizarre over time.

I still can't help but think the truth would have been a lot less confusing. If no other reason, than simply because it's easier to remember.


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