Skip to main content

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.


Popular posts from this blog

Dirty Hands Can Save You from Hell

"Eternal life will be a shared experience of awe, in which each creature, resplendently transfigured, will take its rightful place." --Pope Francis, Laudato Si
     Wonder and awe abound in the natural world for those with eyes to see and ears to hear.

     Perhaps we are caught short by a vibrant purple emanating from the petals of a wild lupine. We might stare wide-eyed at the lazy circles of a turkey vulture soaring on thermal air currents. Even the most agoraphobic city-dweller can find something beautiful about a landscape even if it's simply the warm and varied red, yellow, and orange of a sunset glowing on a building.

     "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof" asserts the Psalmist. If that verse is true, why don't we live like it? Why are we flabbergasted trying to come up with the names of the many plants and animals we pass by everyday?

     All people respond to beauty in some way or another--even those who have willingly or unwi…

Worth Quoting

"Therefore whoever is not illuminated by such great splendors in created things is blind. Anyone who is not awakened by such great outcries is deaf. Anyone who is not led from such great effects to give praise to God is mute. Anyone who does not turn to the First Principle as a result of such signs is a fool.Therefore open your eyes, alert your spiritual ears, unlock your lips and apply your heart, so that in all the creatures you may see, hear, praise, love and adore, magnify and honor God, lest the entire world rise up against you." -- St. Bonaventure, Itinerarium mentis in Deum

Worth Quoting

"...[K]eep in mind that a human being is not made for the processing of data, but for wisdom; not for the utilitarian satisfaction of appetite, but for love; not for the domination of nature, but for participation in it; not for the autonomy of an isolated self, but for communion." --Anthony Esolen,  Foreword to Beauty in the Word by Stratford Caldecott.