Chris Kelly: No Love For Landfill

In Today's Sunday Scranton Times, Chris Kelly speaks with Lois Gibbs, Founder of the Center for Health and Environmental Justice, and gives his perspective on KSL's plans for a 50 year expansion.



“As long as there is a place to dump, (politicians) never have to answer the real question, which is, ‘Why are we dumping this stuff at all, and especially where people live?’ ” Ms. GIbbs said.

That such a basic question remains open nearly 40 years after Love Canal is a national disgrace. The poisoned water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is just the latest empirical evidence that government and industry are too cozy for public comfort, let alone safety. We are living in a new Gilded Age. Its beneficiaries will reign as long as we cooperate.

I marvel at the mendacity of those who demonize defenders of the environment. Really, what could be more precious than the natural state in which we live and leave our descendants? That’s a rhetorical question, of course. Nothing could be more important. The conspiratorial silence of our alleged elected leaders — with the exception of Mr. Casey — is testament to Mrs. Gibbs’ assertion that salvation awaits in the ballot box.