Polish mafia extracting banned coal
I've just come home to a worrying vid-clip from a friend at the Multinational Energy Agency. It seems that the Polish government may have stumbled upon a novel way of avoiding their 2010 Climate Accord commitment to phasing out coal extraction.Of course they're subject to the same tight inspection regimes as everyone else, designed to ensure that the dangerous substance remains untouched in the ground. There really isn't any way a Government could break their agreement without getting into some pretty severe economic sanctions, but it appears that organised crime can.The Polish Government are officially asking for financial assistance in dealing with some major 'unauthorised' coal extraction, but my source believes they may actually be receiving 'black taxes' for turning a blind eye as the Polish mafia become the only source of cheap fuel for many. I'd love to dismiss this as rumour-mongering, but it would be a terribly plausible - a terribly *human* - way for us to end our hopes of a livable climate once and for all... in fact I find myself wondering if this has been happening for years, but is only just coming to light.. let's pray not.It's funny, it all seems so distant at times. Earlier today I was riding the wind home, tasting the salt spray in the air and enjoying a rare beautiful, clear October day after a successful day's barter - all seemed well with the world. Even knowing all I do of what's happening in our world I couldn't help but sing for the joy of it all. Strange how our immediate environment can so transform our emotions... I guess that's quite human too.