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Fidel Castro Slams 'Fracking', Frets About Nuclear War

World  (tags: world, Castro, fracking, nuclear war, politics, news, freedoms, 'HUMANRIGHTS!', 'CIVILLIBERTIES!' )

- 2572 days ago -
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Thursday the world was on an "inexorable march toward the abyss," which he blamed in part on the discovery and exploitation of vast reserves of so-called "shale gas" around the world.


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LeMoyn Salmonsen (88)
Friday January 6, 2012, 5:12 pm
Well it's hard to say he aint dead on and it aint so.

Barbara W (342)
Friday January 6, 2012, 8:37 pm
Castro' never been anyone's fool. Right on Hawkeye..

Ellen m (215)
Friday January 6, 2012, 8:58 pm
Methinks this won't stop Cubans from wanting to come here.
Boy, has he gone through changes..stepped downup from communist party, considers himself sort of "chrietian" and now he's a prophet..and i had to look if he was dead or not!

Susanne R (235)
Friday January 6, 2012, 10:44 pm
I never thought I'd agree with anything Fidel had to say. Maybe hell did freeze over...

Carol H (229)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 4:26 am
noted, thank you Cal

Barbara DeFratis (21)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 7:19 am
Susanne R. I hear you, I never thought that I would ever be in this much agreement with Fidel Castro, either; especially during my Army Reserve days of 1980-92, which was the tail end of the Cold War.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 7:57 am
knowledge is not power its empowering lets all be empowered
Peace and Love

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 7:57 am
Finding 20B in reserves might have something to do with it - next, how to get it?

Lin Penrose (92)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 10:54 am
Thanks Cal. Gee, almost makes me like the guy, if he's being truthful. May be some other unseen/heard personal monetary future political reasons, even if he close to death. Perhaps he is rounding out his legacy for historical purposes, or 'seen some of the errors of his ways'!

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 12:46 pm
There are many things about Castro to dislike, but obviously the old man has a lot of intelligence. Maybe someone should listen to him now and then.

John D (50)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 1:09 pm
Hits the nail right on the head...

Ann Breeden (65)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 1:51 pm
I think he might be on to something. Wisdom comes in all forms.

Tim Redfern (581)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 2:37 pm
Fidel Castro has been vilified for the last 50+ years,
but no one except Cubans have listened to him. As
someone said above, he's never been anyone's fool.
He's an extremely intelligent man who has done great things
for his country. If we had Cuba's Medican system, we wouldn't be going
through the health care crisis we have now.
Thanks, Cal.

ewoud k (68)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 3:11 pm
Wisdom comes with age , they say.

Might be true, you know.

Let's send the man a green star, as he's right.

Thanks Cal for posting, and thanks Fidel for speaking up!

Mary M (29)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 4:38 pm
Yes, Fidel is right about the hyrdro-fracking issues as well as the nuclear arms race.

Stephen Brian (23)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 4:39 pm
I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that the world's largest shale oil-reserves are in the U.S., then China, and then Israel. I'm not saying the man who ran his country for decades is just playing politics, but the possibility should not be ignored.

Honestly, I disagree with him. There have been multiple very poorly-done tests which come out against shale-oil, enough to cast doubt on the rest. For example, in one recent case the EPA found unacceptable amounts of pollutants both in the water it tested (from far away and far deeper than the oil-wells), and in its control-sample. I have also heard that the Alberta tar-sands are ecologically horrible, but actually worse upstream of the excavations than downstream, implying that they are actually cleaning out naturally-occurring toxins. All that said, I won't conclude that he doesn't genuinely believe that he is fighting for humanity's future. From what I've seen of him, the man is paranoid (as anyone would be after setting the record for assassination-attempts) and overly committed to outdated policies (which is understandable as he led a revolution to put them in place) but otherwise generally not evil, certainly not nearly as bad as he has been made out to be.

Brenda R (6)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 5:51 pm
There are land owners in upstate New York who are fighting leases that they gave permission to companies who want to hydrofrack on their lands. Once they found out what exactly is hydrofracking and the amount of contamination and pollution is produces, they sent them to court and slowly they are getting those leases cancelled. This is horrible. Not only that, the companies will refuse to remove the waste by-product off the land, so it stays there. Just horrible.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 6:12 pm
It's something to think about or we can simply take it with a grain of salt. Fidel looks as if he is fearing something in the pic.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 6:14 pm
You and I both Ellen.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 6:15 pm
Ellen, maybe he was just passing gas in the pic. lol

Sylvia M (70)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 8:59 pm
Castro makes sense.

W. C (7)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 10:54 pm
Thank you for the article.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 12:22 am

Katherine Connor McKee (12)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 2:30 am
I can not beleive this .I actually lived long enough to agree with Fidel Castro...WOW

Glenda L (0)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 7:19 am
I'd really like to know if he's still alive.

Eddie O (95)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 8:40 am
Obviously fracking is one of the most horrible "advancements" we currently have working to totally destroy our precious environment. And, obviously the amount of pollution appearing in people’s drinking wells since fracking began in there areas, is a direct result of this massive pollution going on. Not only do we pollute the land to get the gas and oil, but then we pump the severely contaminated fluid into a separate well, cause more pollution and the recent earthquakes that are happing where the fracking is going on.

The saddest thing here is that Castro has much more heart and sanity in this case than a lot of our Heartless, Selfish, very Short-sighted, politicians in this country, mostly of which are obviously from the Greedy Obstructionist Party. We have a ways to go, injecting sanity into our own government leaders. A much more difficult task than drilling a hole and pumping millions of contaminated, horribly polluted, “water” into our planet.

My understanding is that these mega-corporations, that are doing this, basically bought off various politicians so that they’re protected legally from disclosing what poisonous chemicals they’re pumping into the earth. This gives them a shield from being sued for increased illnesses occurring due to all the destruction they’re doing to people’s drinking water.


Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 12:51 pm
This pathetic leftover Soviet puppet should be hanged, and his family alongside him. Communism was, is, and always will be a bigger threat than fracking. Down with the Castroach infestation in Cuba! Then we can consider what to do about fracking...

Tim Redfern (581)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 3:10 pm
And exactly what problems has Castro caused in America since 1959?
He's in his 80's and has never been a problem to this country. All he wants
is what he's never gotten, and that's to be left alone. If anyone is a relic, it's you, Fred.

Nicole W (646)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 4:24 pm
noted, thank you Cal

Colleen L (3)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 8:36 pm
Interesting to see that old age brings on wisdom. Thanks Cal

Past Member (0)
Monday January 9, 2012, 12:10 am
Noted. Thanks.
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