The Heart of the Monster, an exposé on ExxonMobil’s proposed heavy haul, written by David James Duncan, Rick Bass and a team of dedicated and concerned people, is like a horror story except that it is real and is about to happen if we don’t do something to stop it.
Everyone should read this book. What ExxonMobil is bulldozing through is monstrous and devastating (see “Crossroads,” Jan. 20, 2011). By allowing big oil to move their weight and greed through the Pacific Northwest and Montana to the Alberta tar sands, we will become accomplices in ruining the wild land and water we love and the quality of life and freedoms we currently enjoy. And all for a sickening addiction—oil. There are less destructive ways to go about this.
And just to clarify, this is not a right versus left political issue. The entire tiny town of Kooskia, Idaho, showed up at a recent meeting on the topic and every one of them—loggers, tree huggers, anglers, hunters, river guides, geeks, hippies, old farts—said “hell no” to big oil and sent the businessmen slithering out of town with their tails between their legs. There was very clear consensus.
My husband and I know very well how crucial healthy ecosystems are and how they contribute to healthy cultures. We have spent much of our adult life working in and advocating for wild places. We recently hunkered down in the wild woods of the Seeley Swan Valley to live a quiet life and do our art—we thought. After reading this book we see no other option than to stop this haul. Its ramifications are too far-reaching.
In my husband’s words, “If we go on and on about being proud to be Montanans and then let this haul happen, we are giving up our lives to multibillionaires who don’t give a rat’s ass about what or who we are.” We can’t let their sweet lies brainwash us. This is trouble. Please get the book, read it, and help.
Randi de Santa Anna