North American Energy Colonies

Publisher:  World Student Christian Federation (WCSF), Canada
Year Published:  1977  
Pages:  23pp  
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Resource Type:  Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number:  CX384

This particular issue of the newsletter is a product of the World Student Christian Federation-North American Region- Energy Education Project and focuses on some energy issues important to all North Americans. Included are articles on the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, Canada: U.S. energy colony, the politics of coal, and development and domination.

Abstract:  This particular issue of the newsletter is a product of the World Student Christian Federation-North American Region- Energy Education Project and focuses on some energy issues important to all North Americans. Included are articles on the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, Canada: U.S. energy colony, the politics of coal, and development and domination. Also included is a resource guide relevant to the issues covered in the newsletter.
The newsletter ends with a reflection on the energy crisis. The author suggests that the response to this crisis -- which for many people has been an attempt at conservation and life-style change -- while necessary, is ignoring the real cause of the problem. The reason stated for this is that, while many people may be sympathetic, they do not feel the anguish of the people in the Canadian North, in Appalachia, and in the reservations of the Great Plains states whose homes, families, lands, lives, and cultures are being ruined as part of the response to the energy needs of our society. We do not feel their anguish, and thus we cannot share their anger. The author also suggests that, as a whole, society is well conditioned not to feel, not to respond. People develop a thought process which accepts progress as necessary and so do not question the quality of progress, the right to perhaps control and define that progress. This reflection concludes by speaking to the necessity of going beyond alternatives to opt to "the basic reality of control and direction in our societies Who makes decisions? Do we have control over our lives. For whom are decisions made? These are political questions; the inevitable political questions to which we are pushed; it is on this level that we must respond."

Periodical profile published 1977

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