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  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    Please point out for us where the author "admits" his article is conjecture.

    "China has announced its intent to peak carbon dioxide emissions around 2030, and to strive to peak earlier. The announcement did not specify at what level China’s emissions would peak, though multiple scenarios that peak around 2030 show peak emissions around 10 billion metric tons per year."

    "Scenarios that show China peaking in 2030 assume near-term action by China. For instance, the MIT scenario assumes a carbon tax will take effect in 2015."

    When you talk of "multiple scenarios" and "assume things" you talk of conjecture. Noone knows how high the emissions will go before 2030 nor whether China will follow through thereafter. Not a mistake, absolute fact.

  • Legislation Offered That Would Reroute Sections Of North Country Scenic Trail, Connect It With A.T.   1 week 6 days ago

    It's a good idea. Hopefully some Republicans will support it so it passes.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    Extreme Right? That's very funny. Very, very funny to be accurate. Would you please venture where JFK would be in the spectrum today? I'd say he'd be to the right of most anybody in the Republican body of leadership that we have today. You have been taken over by a bunch of subversives is what comes to mind but please answer the question (just for kicks). Where would JFK be? We're all saps in our enemy's minds today (we are). Yep, time to go on an extended adventure and deal with real reality. It is interesting that the big benefactor to all that is green today never ventures further than the ruff of a golf course?

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    The thing is, Lee, those in the extreme right wing have this quaint notion that Americans are not selfish enough yet.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    As countries get richer, their natality rate goes down. So, we can look forward to India and China to become rich for their population growth to decrease. It may be too late by then...

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    Y'just made more.

    But then again, perhaps when it's deliberate, it's not a mistake.

    Please point out for us where the author "admits" his article is conjecture.

    Hopeless. Absolutely hopeless.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    How can we possibly justify the personal emissions of each of us Americans?

    Why is justification needed?

    Let's hear some comments -- rational comments -- on the information in graphs in this article.

    Apparently you didn't read the article. There is no "information" it is all conjecture and supposition as admitted by the author.

    PS- still waiting for my "mistakes".

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    Great post, Alfred. Exactly what I've been clumsily trying to say. Green Energy -- Clean Coal, both great propaganda trying to sell something to gullible people.

    Have a fine dinner with your valentine!

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    Let's try to return to something I pointed out earlier.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    Let's try to return to something I pointed out earlier.

    Let's hear some comments -- rational comments -- on the information in graphs in this article. How can we possibly justify the personal emissions of each of us Americans?

    (I couldn't copy the graph, so here's the link to the entire article again)

    http://www.wri.org/blog/2014/11/numbers-china-us-climate-agreement

    And the Slate article -- but please don't coment until after reading the entire article.

    http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/11/obama_s...

    Don't try dodging again.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    Alfred - cheaper is good enough for me - assuming the same quality. If it is inferior, don't buy it. Nobody is forcing you to buy any product --- oh except for Obama forcing you to buy insurance.

    Now go take care of Christine.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    PS Christine is home and asking for her valentine. I told her it is tied up at the docks on one of those ships from China that can't unload. Guess how far I got with that? So, I had better take her out to dinner, but yes, you have been great valentines, and I salute you!

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    Suddenly, I'm not feeling the "love." EC, I have great respect for the corporate class; however, it is not the latest bunch. When my dad worked at "the plant," the owner made ten times his salary. Now it is often hundreds more. You say there is nothing unethical about sending a job overseas. Agreed. However, then you say that perhaps by exporting a job, the company can offer a superior product at a lower price. Today's corporate class argues this all the time. The adjective in play is "superior." But what if it is NOT superior? What if it is only cheaper to make? That blazer I bought from Nordstrom's made in the USA? It lasted me five years. I can't find it anymore at that allegedly "lower price." What I can find at the price is at Men's Wearhouse and hardly lasts a year.

    As a historian, I am always looking for the adjectives. Do they describe the action or do they mislead? Green in front of energy is also an adjective meant totally to mislead. How about just energy? Well, the corporate moguls know that will never work. As do you know by your choice of words that "superior" is needed to make your argument. The point remains that if the consumer cannot afford it, because the consumer no longer has a job, it doesn't matter the quality or the price. We're done. Asia rising. Until yes, WE go in the hole.

    Right now, we are spending down our inheritance to keep all of this afloat. Fine. I just don't want it to include our public lands. The billionaires can have the rest of it, but I still don't think we should give them that. And one day, probably when we are dead, they won't be billionaires any longer. Because the only thing that made them that way was the "superior" system of government that allowed it. You want to bet that the "system" will survive by sending our best jobs overseas? In that case, you are swimming against the tide of history, but hey, what does history have to do with it? All the kids are taking business now.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    Why bother? You'll dodge.

    Dodge, or provide answers you don't like and can't refute. Just more of your empty accusations.

    And I read the csmonitor article. Don't quite see what your point was. I certainly didn't see where the article claimed all the top of the economic heap had an entitlement mentality. Can prayer help. Probably, but more those that are praying than those being prayed for.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    Why bother? You'll dodge. Besides, the list would be so long I'd be up all night typing.

    But how about taking time to do some reading? Y'might find those "strawmen" aren't made of straw after all.

    Try this one for starters:

    http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Articles-on-Christian-Science/2011/...

    Read it all. Every word.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    No, many of them used cheating, influence peddling and purchasing, and other ugly methods to reach the top regardless of who they may have had to use or trample along the way.

    That's effort. You may not like their methods. But making an effort is not :"feeling to entitlement" And probably they are "rarely" caught because those that have used illegal methods are an infintesimal share of those that have made it to the top. Sorry, I am not inclined to condemn an entire class (upper or lower) based on the malfeasance of a few.

    They shouldn't be too hard to find. ;=}

    Perhaps you would like to point them out. Just make sure they are things I actually said or did, as opposed to your fantasy strawmen, and substantiate they are mistakes. With those two requirements, I don't expect you to comply anytime soon.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    No, many of them used cheating, influence peddling and purchasing, and other ugly methods to reach the top regardless of who they may have had to use or trample along the way. Now that they are at the top, they will do anything necessary to remain there. Only rarely are they caught -- as were our two recent Utah Attorneys General and some of their contributors.

    May I be so bold as to suggest that perhaps you might start looking for your own mistakes? They shouldn't be too hard to find. ;=}

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    Sometimes the best experiences a person can have are those times when they suddenly realize that they have been mistaken and have an opportunity to correct the mistake.

    Lee, I think you should start here: "I truly believe that the feeling to Entitlement is greatest among those at the top of the economic heap."

    People at the top didn't get there by sitting on their behinds and waiting for someone to hand it to them.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    Alfred, you are absolutely correct in almost everything you say there. I still believe (or at least hope) that most people are basically honest. But I really worry about those who have sold themselves to the highest bidders. The Great American Entitlement Mentality is a large part of the ugliness and I truly believe that the feeling to Entitlement is greatest among those at the top of the economic heap. I also believe -- based upon my own experiences -- that the most honest and trustworthy people are the humble ones near the bottom of the heap.

    What's happening in America today is pathetic.

    Our national parks and all the challenges they face are only a tiny microcosm of a much bigger, wretchedly fettid swamp of sewage.

    Yes, we are all trapped by THE SYSTEM. Worse yet is that we continue to enable THE SYSTEM that entraps us.

    Brian Williams is a tragedy. Unfortunately, he is only one out of thousands or perhaps even millions of similar tragedies.

    Again, all I can do is try to speak out against what I believe is wrong and in favor of what I believe is right. But I -- and the rest of us -- also need to recognize that we have a moral obligation to look beyond our preconceived notions to seek whatever truth might be out there. Sometimes the best experiences a person can have are those times when they suddenly realize that they have been mistaken and have an opportunity to correct the mistake.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    Reputation is a company’s biggest asset so you would think companies would avoid engaging in shady business practices. However, many large corporations find their reputations and credibility destroyed due to practices that are harmful and illegal.

    Agree. And I would never condone illegal. "Harmful" can be subjective. Is it unethical or even harmful to export a job? I think not. Especially when by exporting that job you can offer your customers a superior product at a lower price.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    Some suggest Business Ethics have no place in calculating the "bottom line", so,

    when you shop at Walmart, are You saying Business Ethics have No Value ?

    Consider How Walmart Discounted Ethics May 7, 2012

    Its Mexican bribery scandal shows the perils of bowing to local "custom"

    Also: http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2113176,00.html

    and http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/publications/ethics_online/0081

    http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/~davpy35701/text/walmart-long.pdf

    https://leaderswedeserve.wordpress.com/2013/11/04/walmart-faces-ethical-...

    Real-World Examples of Bad Business Ethicswritten by: N Nayab•edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 10/8/2014http://www.brighthub.com/office/entrepreneurs/articles/115557.aspx

    Reputation is a company’s biggest asset so you would think companies would avoid engaging in shady business practices. However, many large corporations find their reputations and credibility destroyed due to practices that are harmful and illegal.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    Thanks, Rick. I am sure a few of us will take you up on that. Getting rid of us will be your only problem!

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    In the spirit of the Valentine love of the day, I'd like to also invite any and all of the readers of this forum to let me know if you're coming to my corner of Alaska this summer or anywhen. We're both a cruise ship stop, and also driveable from the lower 48.

    Whether Kurt, Lee, or ec, trailadvocate, or beachdumb, or someone lurking I've never heard of. I promise a safe and respectful space, I'll buy the first round of coffee or our Spruce Tip Ale, and I would welcome getting to know the real person behind some of the posted stuff and sharing local lore. Retired now after a couple of years of giving daily tours to the visitors, hopefully I can share a bit about the Klondike Gold Rush and the Days of 98.

    This is a clean offer, no ulterior motives to those with whom I've had spats. It is sort of the same idea as 'National Coming Out Day' - when you get to know someone personally, you get more sensitized to them and less reactive. Plus I just like showing off our local piece of Alaska and the local national historical park.

  • Joy Riders At Cape Hatteras National Park Tear Up Cape Point Campground Grounds   1 week 6 days ago

    Not only that, Lee, but the NPS is trying to make up their budget squandering on the backs of the humble fine-paying public.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   1 week 6 days ago

    Lee, once upon a time in my life, I thought only of being a teacher. That was what was really important to me. The national parks would become my subject and the environment my larger subject. Then something in America changed. And it changed among environmentalists, too. Brian Williams is just the latest victim of it, but our colleges and universities are also victims. Why do we send our children to college? Because they need to get a JOB. It used to be that the job would take care of itself. Now young people are instilled with the fear of failure, and so yes, all they think about is what pays. Thus even Brian Williams, at the top of his game, felt he needed to inflate his vita. Someone might be gaining on him, and that someone better schooled in convincing the public that exaggeration is the norm.

    Here is how Peggy Noonan addressed the issue this morning in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. "A longtime reader of this column, age 84, emailed recently to say the heartbreak of his life the past few years has been witnessing the daily corruption of all information--the rigging of numbers and claiming of facts, the scientific papers that manipulate data to advance a political agenda, the misleading government statistics. We're drowning in lies, he said."

    Just so. When my colleague Dan Botkin dared even suggest that on these pages, half of you could not wait to rip his head off, and the other half to say "I told you so!" You dared not even think that ALL of you were wrong. That is what got us swamped in lies. Ever since Vietnam, we have been convincing ourselves we need to win the argument rather than learn the facts. If any single thing in this country is really important to me, it is getting past that phenomenon.

    As Dan reminded me some days ago, there is so much bad science out there these days that good science no longer survives. It doesn't get funded; those scientists are never hired, because now everything about science is a political agenda. Same in history, I might add. Who wants to teach the national parks? Or the environment as a collective problem? The fashion statement is American guilt. EC may be wrong half of the time, but on that his facts are straight. You can't be a patriot anymore, lest you offend someone unpatriotic. These days, you are not allowed to love anything but yourself. Am I surprised that Brian Williams lied? No, I am only surprised that someone finally called it a lie.

    Read Peggy Noonan this morning. There it is. Why we can't solve these problems anymore. We pay people to lie every time we allow them to call it something else. If no one is lying about climate change, they are lying when they suggest that we can stop it by insulting the land again. It does, however, make good press on the evening news. No time for facts; just enough time for a "personality" that will set the record straight. Cue Al Gore for another "interview," when it is substance the issue needs.

    This election, let us all resolve to confront the issues instead of one another. The Traveler is unique in that the forum of national parks leads to so many other pressing issues. If you will, the parks are the canary in the coal mine. As we treat our parks, so we treat our politics. When the parks were strong, our leaders were strong--two Roosevelts among them. Could Hillary or Jeb be our next Roosevelt? If not, perhaps Lee is right that we should start looking in the mirror again. We have certainly had enough of our lesser brand.