Twenty-one miners were killed in a recent coal mine explosion in Columbia. As we have depleted most coal and petroleum deposits near the surface, companies have explored even deeper and more dangerous places.
Because of the growing scarcity of these raw materials, these already extremely dangerous jobs are getting even more dangerous. Unfortunately the people who already have it hard are the ones most endangered by companies ruthlessly trying to improve their bottom line.
This isn't only an environmental concern, it's a human rights and safety issue.
We were also disappointed to find out that Evergreen Solar will be closing it's plant in Massachusetts and laying off those employees. They will replace the plant with a cheaper one in China. This move comes as a shocker since Evergreen has always bragged about being a low carbon footprint company. That footprint is about to get a lot bigger with the fuel used to ship things around the world. The only way Evergreen could save their reputation at his point would be to engineer their own fleet of solar powered freighters.
The good news is that Sara is back home and we are enjoying our mild winter. It was another beautiful day in the desert, so we spent most of it outside. I worked on the bathroom roof and Sara butchered several chickens.
Rain would be nice though. . . .