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Economy vs. Ecology

Here's a perfect example of the foolishness of our leaders.
(From today's Detroit Free Press (I couldn't embed the link for some reason))

Asian carp DNA found in Great Lakes

The Army Corps of Engineers announced new DNA findings Tuesday that show Asian carp, a voracious fish that many experts fear could wreck the food chain in the Great Lakes, may already be in Lake Michigan.

DNA tests show the presence of carp at the breakwater of Calumet Harbor in Illinois, be­yond the nearest lock. The breakwater leads to the open waters of Lake Michigan.

The announcement came just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Michigan’s plea to shut down the locks leading to the lake.

Federal officials suggested the DNA could have come from ballast water carried by barges from carp-infested rivers downstream.

“We do not believe that’s plausible,” said Lind­say Chadderton, one of four members of the Uni­versity of Notre Dame who developed the DNA test and have done all the sampling and analysis for the Army Corps of Engineers.

The DNA testing indicates carp were there within 48 hours of when the sample was collected Dec. 8, he said “It is an early warning that an undetermined number of Asian carp have likely entered Lake Michigan,” he said.

Our, oh-so-wise, leaders wish to put off short-term unpleasantness, i.e. lost business and up front cost, for a wait-and-see attitude that stands a good chance to create a long-term disaster. If the Asian carp make it into the lakes with a breeding population, then perhaps 50-100 years from now the the western Great Lakes fishery will collapse. Not diminish, not slightly hurt, but COLLAPSE, DISAPPEAR, perhaps for good, to go, where Bruce Cockburn sings, "To where wild things go to disappear forever."

This is a case of putting the economy (the rules of the household) before the ecology (the study of the household). As my prof. O. Gelderloos stated, shouldn't we know the characteristics of the household before we make the rules (eco=oikos (Gk.)=household)?

No matter who is in office, they really don't care about much beyond what the corporations tell them to. I fear for the lakes, you should too.


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