Arkansas Pollution Isn’t “Natural,” But Order-Taking GOP Koch Puppies Might Be
Every time I leave Arkansas to travel home to KC to visit family, I always pass a chemical plant that can be seen off in the distance along the Interstate near Crossett.
I always hold my breath when I pass by because it stinks horribly along that section of the highway. It stinks so bad it makes you hiccup even from 50 miles away, especially if you’re passing by downwind. The plant emits more pollution than anything I’ve ever seen, and the sky is literally grayed out for about a 10 mile radius all around the industrial smoke stacks.
It’s so ironic that Arkansas is dubbed “The Natural State.” It’s also a southern Republican state, and if you take one look at the billowing chemical clouds you immediately become aware that there’s absolutely nothing natural about that much unchecked environmental pollution. Recently, I’ve learned that there’s a cancer epidemic going on in Crossett. The local politicians seem to say that this chemical plant is “good” for the local economy because it brings jobs to the population of about 6,000. However, those same politicians also accept campaign contributions from the plant’s ownership. I’ve heard the local population has a different opinion. Jobs are great. They’re important. We all know that. But, what good is a steady subsistence salary if you’re too dead from cancer to spend it?
I don’t mean to say that in jest, but only out of concerned observation. I’m concerned because recently I’ve become aware of the institutional ownership of that massive chemical plant. Why am I not surprised by all of this? Ever since relocating to Arkansas I’ve grown evermore familiar with the sleuth of peculiar everyday ironies of southern behavior. I could elaborate, but that’s besides the point. Right now, I just want to share a pic. The truth is that I had no idea that disgusting chemical plant was owned by Koch Industries.
Thanks for stopping by today, Dear Reader! Now don’t get down on yourself. Never. Nope, not ever. Just remember to look up and observe the world around you once in awhile. The world needs you. If you’re alive today, there’s hope. There’s always hope. We just have to take action, real positive concerted action, to help make the world a better place.
Peace & Love,
Congratulations! You made it this far. Why not go ahead and subscribe? I’ll be sure to send you positive vibes on whichever schedule you prefer.