“The Beginning of the End of the World”

The article below, “The Beginning of the End of the World”, was adapted from “Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America”.  It is an amazing, heartbreaking, and terrifying article.  It is a bit long, but I hope you will take the time to read it.  The story of Buzz and his family is a very familiar story to some of us, as is the conclusion of their story.  The mining, smelting and fracking industries are necessary.  I am from a family who has been in mining for three generations.  The jobs these industries provide are necessary and priceless to small communities, but so are our lives and the lives of those we love… and our land, which to many of us represent where we came from and who we are.  There is a safe and responsible way to run these companies.  However, many are not willing to spend the extra time and, ultimately, money to do it the safe way.  They don’t have to because the regulatory agencies are worse than the companies not meeting their regulations.  I have witnessed first-hand how the EPA will twist and construe the scientific truth of a study to hide the danger a community is in from the pollution of a powerful company, from a Goliath.  The truth is these companies are bigger than Goliath….as Grace, Buzz’s mom in the article below, points out; they are bigger than God.  They are knowingly creating “the beginning of the end of the world”… and our Government Agencies, created to protect us, are helping them.

Click here to read “The Beginning of the End of the World” by Eliza Griswold.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jane Harper Barber on July 10, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    In my little town of Northport we have had for the population way too many deaths and bornwith diseases! They have fought back but to no avail. You see Trail BC has a smelter that has been dumping their slag in the Columbia river for many many years! The river is poisonous. The air is also poisoned. Canada doesn’t seem to care and has fought to keep from fixing the problem they have caused! Even our own government doesn’t seem to want to put any pressure on Canada! I moved to Texas at an early age. Luckily I seem to have dodged the bullet, but my Mom died living in that town from cancer at 64, my father died of pneumonia and a broken heart missing my Mom!



  2. Posted by Kathy Mcintyre on July 10, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing this article. It sounds like the rest of the stories out there. The Teck Cominco smelter is still a working, producing, CURRENT source of pollution to all downstream.



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