Tomgram: Ellen Cantarow, Paradise Lost — or Found?

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Dirty Energy vs. Clean Power
The Past Battles the Future at Seneca Lake

By Ellen Cantarow  TomDispatch.com  July 9, 2015

Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here.

Let’s amend the famous line from Joni Mitchell’s “Yellow Taxi” to fit this moment in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. There, Big Energy seems determined to turn paradise, if not into a parking lot, then into a massive storage area for fracked natural gas. But there’s one way in which that song doesn’t quite match reality. Mitchell famously wrote, “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” As part of a growing global struggle between Big Energy and a movement focused on creating a fossil-fuel-free future, however, the residents of the Finger Lakes seem to know just what they’ve got and they’re determined not to let it go. As a…

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