DAPL – Profits over (Poor) People Exposed

Mark Paul, a postdoctoral associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, has written an economic analysis of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) that deserves to be widely circulated and read. here are some excerpts:

“While the pipeline was originally scheduled to cross the Missouri River closer to Bismarck, authorities decided there was too much risk associated with locating the pipeline near the capital’s drinking water. They decided instead to follow the same rationale used by Lawrence Summers, then the chief economist of the World Bank, elucidated in an infamous memo stating “the economic logic of dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest-wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that.” That same logic holds for the low wage counties and towns in the United States. The link between environmental quality and economic inequality is clear—corporations pollute on the poor, the weak, and the vulnerable …”

and

“As the Federal Water and Pollution Control Act makes clear, water quality should “protect the public health.” Period. Clean water and clean air should not be something Americans need to purchase, rather they should be rights guaranteed to all.”

Read the whole article at: http://triplecrisis.com/dapl-doesnt-make-economic-sense/

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Author: Art Myatt

Retired engineer and environmentally aware activist with Green Party of Michigan, Sierra Club and Alliance to Halt Fermi 3.

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