I have just read the review in The Tribune of the opposition to the Phillips 66 rail spur project at the recent Pismo Beach City Council meeting. It sounded much like the same folks who opposed the Excelaron oildrilling proposal in Huasna Valley a few years ago. I always wonder whether these folks, who attend these functions, walk to them. This exhibition, by what can only be described as Luddites, reminds me of the famous quotation from Karl Marx, “The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope.” So when we have run off all the oil companies in town, we will have accomplished that socialist goal of conducting all our affairs on bicycles and on foot. We have already run off the quarry, so we do not need more aggregate for roads, and the nuclear plant is the next target — even though it might be a source of water for the community.
Just like feudal times all over again, but we will have clean air and a pristine environment!
In the words of Benjamin Franklin: “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”