I have come to a new way of looking at fracking. I have had acupuncture to stop smoking. (It didn’t work.) I figure the fracking gas companies are simply acupuncturing the planet. Why remains an open question. Are they healing the planet or padding their profits? (More)

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Acupuncture “is a collection of procedures involving penetration of the skin with needles to stimulate certain points on the body. In its classical form it is a characteristic component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), a form of alternative medicine, and one of the oldest healing practices in the world.” People who believe in alternative medicine believe that properly placed, the acupuncture needles can realign the energy in a person’s body and promote healing.

What if the fracking companies were really out to heal our planet by drilling holes deep into the crust to let gas and crude oil escape? Maybe they believe in ley lines. Expect a new commercial any day. I admit to never having given the gas and oil companies credit for wanting to heal the planet. Especially after Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson asked a shareholders’ meeting, “What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?”

Rex isn’t really thinking about healing the planet. Just saying.

Exxon does not see carbon emissions falling significantly until 2040. Staying on this path will mean more suffering: heat waves, conflict, food insecurity, Dust Bowl-like drought, extreme flooding, sea level rise, increasingly destructive storms, and worsening refugee crises.

Okay, it was a fantasy to think that the oil and gas companies wanted to heal the planet. Fracking as planetary acupuncture, really? I don’t think even the right wing would swallow that line.

What good is a booming oil and gas economy if it makes our planet inhospitable for human beings? Now is a good time to restate one of BPI Campus’s progressive values:

“The Earth is our home, not our trashcan.”