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NOT FOR NUTHIN’ - They shoot pigs, don’t they?

I fear rivers overflowing; I hear the voice of rage and ruin…

When push comes to shove, sometimes the pigs have to go — and so do the caribou.

Near Des Moines, Iowa, 10-16 pigs were shot when they became stranded atop levies in Kingston. As the waters of the Mighty Mississippi rose up and flooded the shores, people desperately filled sandbags and beefed up the levies in order to save their town. Unfortunately, whatever pigs were left behind desperately tried to survive the swirling waters by waddling to shore. They picked the top of plastic-coated levies to land. The stranded swine, as they slipped and slid on the wet plastic, dug their hooves into the plastic. Fearing that the plastic would puncture and the waters would swamp the sand bags breaching the make-shift levies, the DesMoines County Sheriff’s office together with veterinarians decided they had no choice but to euthanize the unlucky swine.

Not for nuthin’, but if the people in Des Moines accepted the fact that 16 hogs had to go to save the town, I think that environmentalists should have to live with a few migrating caribou traveling somewhere else to mate in order for us to drill in Alaska.

The “tree huggers” would have us believe that if we stopped driving big cars or cars that only use gasoline, we will all be right as rain. Bull dinky — our reliance goes way beyond filling the tanks of Hummers. What about all those other petroleum-based products, like disposable diapers, plastics for medical equipment, lip gloss, body care products, feminine hygiene products and all those plastic bottles with spring water “coming at you straight from Maine” right to your door step?

Yes, autos are a great consumer of crude oil, but there is also the diesel that runs the trucks that deliver our food; or the fuel that propels jets from coast to coast and shore to shore, along with all the other products we have come to rely on. “Tree huggers” don’t wear leather shoes, and they ride their bikes. But where will the oil come from to make the tires that clad the wheels and the “pleather” that’s used to make the soles of their sneakers? As far as I know, you can’t make pleather without the use of petroleum. And how comfortable are the shoes made with sustainable grass and bamboo? More important, how long would they last in the New York winter?

The time is now to start drilling and to opening up the refineries that were closed before Katrina and have yet to be re-opened, in order for us to claim our independence from foreign wells.

Since science has found a way for us to reach the moon, live on a space station, dive into the deepest trenches of the world’s ocean and transplant organs almost as easily as changing hair color, then surely it can come up with a way to drill in Alaska and still keep the caribou mating like bunnies.

Whichever hopeful comes up with a viable solution to the price of gas and now the rising cost of food due to the flooding in the Midwest will win my vote.

E-mail “Not for Nuthin’” at JoannaD@courierlife.net. All letters become the property of Courier-Life Publications and are subject to publication unless otherwise specified; please include your name, address and daytime telephone number for verification.

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