Max Civili and Cecilia Sandroni have just come out with the English-subtitled edition of the video, “Il metodo Piombino”, telling the story of a crucial conflict in Italy.
In short… Last year the Italian government – a picturesque coalition of the far right, the right, the center, the left and a supposed “protest party” all following a banker as premier – once again decided to participate in a war they have nothing to do with, in order to show that “Italy too matters“. The same inferiority complex for every disastrous war that Italy has taken part in.
To do their part, the Italian government is cutting its own country off from the gas supplies that run the electricity, cookers, blast furnaces and heating of the whole country.
To solve the huge problem it has thus created for us all, the government decided to buy gas extracted by fracking, the most destructive method ever invented by man, in the United States.
A gas that costs Italians four times as much as the gas they bought before.
Since such long pipes cannot be improvised, this requires turning the gas into a liquid at an incredible environmental cost, stowing it on a regasifier ship bought for a very high price by paying our money into the account of a company based in a tax haven.
The aforementioned ship, with an explosive power equal to 50 Hiroshima bombs, will be placed in Piombino, in Tuscany. In a small and crowded port where all the ferries leading to the neighbouring islands land.
To impose this, the government passed a law that allows it to do so by simply issuing an order, that bypasses all the authorisations, environmental and otherwise, required by the law. When a rightcentreleft government issues such an order, there is nobody left to object.
Piombino was a historic industrial area, where nearly everybody worked in steel mills.
During World War Two, it was the scene of what was probably the greatest victory of the Resistance, when the factory workers took 200 German soldiers prisoner, killing another 120 and losing only four of their own.
The Communist Party held undisputed sway over the town. However, absolute power corrupts absolutely, and the follow-up of the Communist Party, the Democratic Party, supported the regasifier project (and many other disastrous local disasters).
In protest one of the “reddest” cities (in Italy this has the opposite meaning of the US) elected a mayor of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, only because he opposed docking the regasifier. However the protests have involved the whole city, across all political identities.
This has led to a slight hitch in the project, as the new right-wing government – which fully toes the NATO line – is a bit embarassed to to throw their new voters to the wolves, so they say, “we have to dock the regasifier, but maybe/perhaps/if possible not in Piombino“.
They will of course put it in Piombino in the end, but that is exactly the point: the problem is not where the regasifier will be docked, but everything else in this project.
Which is why the people of Piombino have just set up a national “No LNG” network.
Let us be INBYs, In Nobody’s Backyard!