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    Re: Time visit Chaco Canyon

    From the Sierra Club's magazine, an article on Chaco Canyon. There is a map which shows the proliferation of current well sites. https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/20...s-chaco-canyon

    And unfortunately, the most recent legal ruling on nearby drilling, which now will be permitted as long as there is no physical damage to archeological remains: https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/le...efenders-chaco

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    Apparently the Judge is placing the responsibility to explain why it shouldn't be opened up to drilling on the BLM, which is obviously under the Interior Dept,
    which at this junction in history is like asking a fox if the henhouse needs protection. How do you think we feel here on the coast, where even the protection of National Parks like the Channel Islands and official marine sanctuaries like Monterey Bay with endangered sea otters is now hypothetically open for drilling.
    Of course, California has a lot of financial clout and can impose legal hurdles in a manner New Mexico cannot. But it's basically an all-out war on the environment which ironically doesn't even make economic sense - more about ideology and demographic revenge it seems. The long range goal is to remove
    all protection from Natl Parks, wildlife refuges, and designated wildness areas where extractable commercial resources might be found. A certain coalition in congress has been proposing this for awhile, and they have enormous financial backing from the usual suspects. But they've been stopped before.

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    Re: Time visit Chaco Canyon

    As a Vermonter, I can find the cost/logistics of dropping everything and heading to New Mexico on short notice a bit daunting - and so usually do lots of careful advance planning. But (delete this if its not appropriate)...if a group of passionate LF'ers/environmentalists/historical preservationists, etc. were to organize a well-focussed effort/protest on the scene, or in D.C. - count me in!

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    Not to mention the loss of "dark sky" from the 24 hour lights of the drilling rigs.

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    Re: Time visit Chaco Canyon

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    Apparently the Judge is placing the responsibility to explain why it shouldn't be opened up to drilling on the BLM, which is obviously under the Interior Dept,
    which at this junction in history is like asking a fox if the henhouse needs protection. How do you think we feel here on the coast, where even the protection of National Parks like the Channel Islands and official marine sanctuaries like Monterey Bay with endangered sea otters is now hypothetically open for drilling.
    Of course, California has a lot of financial clout and can impose legal hurdles in a manner New Mexico cannot. But it's basically an all-out war on the environment which ironically doesn't even make economic sense - more about ideology and demographic revenge it seems. The long range goal is to remove
    all protection from Natl Parks, wildlife refuges, and designated wildness areas where extractable commercial resources might be found. A certain coalition in congress has been proposing this for awhile, and they have enormous financial backing from the usual suspects. But they've been stopped before.
    California could do the rest of the nation a big favor and allow hundreds of offshore wind towers for generating electricity to be used by the cities along the coast. Would really cut back on the need for power from other parts of the country and lower the amount of coal burned to power California lights and air conditioners.
    I tend to procrastinate on stuff. One of these days I'll do something about it.

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    Would you want em ruining your favorite view, and spoiling a massive tourist economy? We already have thousands of wind turbines on land. They started here. We also have a massive oil industry. The world's largest hydroelectric projects were here - I say "were" because the snowpack is diminishing due to climate change. Not as many turbines are running. Massive solar farms are here too, spoiling some formerly pristine views, but easier to remove than dams. Nuke too. So scuse us if we don't want anymore wrecked. The only thing we import is natural gas. We're a net exporter, and also a "donor state" that pays way more in taxes than we get back, so that poorer states can be on the dole.

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    This reminds me that a couple of days ago I told a friend from Kenya that cheetahs were exported to Africa from here, and that we have bigger lions and elephants twice as big. He was shocked and wanted to see them. So I told him the next time he is in LA visit the LaBrea tar pits. Calif. is where most of the heavy crude oil comes from - road asphalt, petrochemical plastics, jet fuels. Fracking isn't realistic because everything is already pre-fracked by earthquake faults.

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    Re: Time visit Chaco Canyon

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    Would you want em ruining your favorite view, and spoiling a massive tourist economy? We already have thousands of wind turbines on land. They started here. We also have a massive oil industry. The world's largest hydroelectric projects were here - I say "were" because the snowpack is diminishing due to climate change. Not as many turbines are running. Massive solar farms are here too, spoiling some formerly pristine views, but easier to remove than dams. Nuke too. So scuse us if we don't want anymore wrecked. The only thing we import is natural gas. We're a net exporter, and also a "donor state" that pays way more in taxes than we get back, so that poorer states can be on the dole.
    Drew, California uses so much power for so many people. Same with sea coasts all around the USA. Let your view get ruined rather than ours. With 70% of the US Population projected to live within 50 miles of a sea coast by 2025 why shouldn't your offshore winds power your houses and businesses? Your offshore winds are much more regular than ours inland. Give the interior of the nation a break and use 'renewable energy' close to home. Walk the walk rather than just talk the talk.
    I tend to procrastinate on stuff. One of these days I'll do something about it.

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    Re: Time visit Chaco Canyon

    I don't want to argue with you Willie. Just come out here with a camera sometime. If you don't get it then ...

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    Re: Time visit Chaco Canyon

    If you need the economic perspective, Willie, why would anyone want to invest a hundred times as much on an offshore wind farm a nightmare to build and maintain in comparison to land? We have plenty of wind. And as the southern great plains go dr dry, wind is all that's left. Wind farming is rapidly expanding in the center of the country.

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