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  • Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park   2 weeks 6 days ago

    Oh ya, save the Grand Canyon (disputable) but welcome a Nuclear Iran and proliferation throughout the Middle East. Johnny one notes are going to kill the whole nation.

  • Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park   2 weeks 6 days ago

    Dr. Runte is right of course. And while we are it it we need to abolish the mortage deduction, abolish all non-profit categories including the girl scouts and tax all religious properties. And the list goes on and on. Regarding the Grand Canyon we need to get rid of all soveriegn nations within the US including the "nation" building the tourist resort in the Canyon. Of course some will say the National Parks should not be subsidized but instead should make a profit from their users.

  • Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park   2 weeks 6 days ago

    You're all missing the point. It's whether two wrongs make a right. If it isn't right to subsidize fossil fuels, how is it right to subsidize their "alternatives?" How about ending all subsidies period rather than arguing which are the "legitimate" subsidies?

    Here is the main reason, as admitted by Warren Buffett. Because large-scale wind and solar would immediately die. They need the subsidy, along with those gas-fired power plants smoking in the background. Alternatives only "work" 15 to 30 percent of the time.

    So their builders do what? They divide and conquer. If he gets a subsidy, I deserve one, too. Tesla is just another car costing a bundle, $7,500 of which is paid by US.

    The Wizard is good at this, and we stink at it, because we get lost in the hype. How do you stop the uranium mine at Grand Canyon? You tell Barack Obama, as David Brower told Lyndon Johnson, that you are not going to let him get away with it. If he wants his place in history, he had better protect the national parks.

    It starts at the White House, not on K Street. From John Muir to David Brower, activists always knew that. Our system of government demands an alert citizenry that doesn't get lost in the hype. The President of the United States--and Congress--have all of the power they need did to protect the Grand Canyon. They don't use it because we don't insist they use it. The Wizard is good at making us forget who is in charge.

    So, Hillary Clinton is now in Iowa telling us we need a grandmother as our next president. No, we need someone willing to save the Grand Canyon. Then we will know we have a candidate.

  • Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park   2 weeks 6 days ago

    Domestic Tax showed less than $1B plus less than $1B deffered for a total of domestic tax of less than 2 billion

  • Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park   2 weeks 6 days ago

    If you don't believe in taxes then a tax break is not a subsidy I guess. Hopefully EC will respond to David Crowls comment.

  • Paddling The Misty Mountains: Kayaking Milford Sound In Fiordland National Park   2 weeks 6 days ago

    Great article! It sounds like you had an epic New Zealand experience. I especially liked where you pivoted away from the boat cruises and talked more to the adventurous traveler. I just wrote a post about 3 of the best experiences you can have while visiting Milford Sound, and it's very much in the same vain, having had very similar experiences to you. Cheers to the adventurous advocate!

  • Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park   2 weeks 6 days ago

    I might be bad at reading an income statement because I did not work on Wall Street, but I see income for Exon Mobile of $51.6B and total income taxes listed as $18.02B which breaks down to showing $14B as foreign taxes for a net profit of $32B. I was just curious where you get $82B in taxes?

    http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/xom/financials

  • Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park   2 weeks 6 days ago

    From Wikipedia.

    You need a better source Roger. Embargos? Yes the US companies can't export the oil. That is a subsidy? Preferential treatments? You mean the same all other companies get? Try the companies' financial statements. For example Exxon Mobile, the largest US oil comany paid $82 billion in taxes in 2014, and had $32 billion in net income. How is that "subsidized"? Would you feel subsidized if you paid 2 1/2 times what you took home in taxes.

    Sorry Kurt, won't post on this again. Just had to respond to the absurd accusations. Don't know if it is ignorance or willful deceit but I couldn't let it go.

  • Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park   3 weeks 2 hours ago

    You're lying and know it. Not even the Alaskan Tea Partiers bother denying that one now.

    Lying and you know it.

  • Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park   3 weeks 5 hours ago

    From Wikipedia. A simple search lists numerous examples besides these from many sources.

    Types of energy subsidies are:

    • Direct financial transfers – grants to producers; grants to consumers; low-interest or preferential loans to producers.
    • Preferential tax treatments – rebates or exemption on royalties, duties, producer levies and tariffs; tax credit; accelerated depreciation allowances on energy supply equipment.
    • Trade restrictions – quota, technical restrictions and trade embargoes.
    • Energy-related services provided by government at less than full cost – direct investment in energy infrastructure; public research and development.
    • Regulation of the energy sector – demand guarantees and mandated deployment rates; price controls; market-access restrictions; preferential planning consent and controls over access to resources.
    • Failure to impose external costs – environmental externality costs; energy security risks and price volatility costs.[5]
    • Depletion Allowance – allows a deduction from gross income of up to ~27% for the depletion of exhaustible resources (oil, gas, minerals).
  • Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park   3 weeks 6 hours ago

    Oil and coal are heavily subsidized

    Total myth -as has been demonstrated here before.

  • Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park   3 weeks 6 hours ago

    Oil and coal are heavily subsidized, why not alternatives?

    Besides, why worry about a little radioactive material finding its way to the Grand Canyon. Just think of the possibilities when the Canyon begins to glow in the dark. I'm sure someone will be able to figure out a way to market that and reap some hefty profits from the glow.

  • Reader Participation Day: Grand Canyon Float, Or Appalachian Trail Trek   3 weeks 10 hours ago

    The wonderland trail - all of it!

  • Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park   3 weeks 13 hours ago

    Bottom line Ron, you can put solar on your roof all you want. Your complaint is that others won't subsidize it.

  • Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park   3 weeks 13 hours ago

    EC, it is a complex subject, off topic and I am certainly no expert. You can do much research on this issue on the internet, good place to start is Wekipedia, Power Tramsmission. Over 500 companies now own the grid, very difficult to gain the changes necessary to improve what is needed to serve greater efficiency, economy, buy back of energy savings from solar (which could be very beneficial), etc. It was tried in 2006, but 12 senators stalled it because of their concern that the Feds were interfering to much in the energy sector. Good luck.

  • Reader Participation Day: Grand Canyon Float, Or Appalachian Trail Trek   3 weeks 15 hours ago

    If I had to choose I would go with the rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. I can't imagine backpacking for months on the AT. I'm sure it would be great, but I like the idea of the shorter trip on the river with the excitement of running the famous rapids.

  • Mount Desert Island Road Trip Loop: Schoodic Peninsula, Saint Croix Island International Historic Site   3 weeks 16 hours ago

    Nice piece! Springtime is a fabulous time to enjoy Acadia. Just note that the Thunder Hole stairs and viewing platform are closed till Memorial Day for repairs (though you can still clamber about on the surrounding ledges to your heart's content) and the carriage roads will likely be closed in the next few weeks for their annual drying-out. Parts of the Loop Road are still closed to auto traffic due to the unusually snowy winter, but the length from the Hulls Cove Visitor Center to Otter Cliffs is now open to cars. Check the "park alerts" at http://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm for up-to-date closure information.

  • Reader Participation Day: Grand Canyon Float, Or Appalachian Trail Trek   3 weeks 16 hours ago

    Roger, I can assure you the AT has more than its fair share of large tees and treeless areas with massive vistas. That is one of the great things about the AT - huge variety.

  • Reader Participation Day: Grand Canyon Float, Or Appalachian Trail Trek   3 weeks 17 hours ago

    I have hiked short sections of the AT and do not care for the second growth jungle of small trees. I am happiest in treeless country unless it is the high sierra with it's huge trees, open understory, and slick rock granite. I have not done a boat trip in the Grand Canyon but have walked from top to bottom on both sides of the river and much prefer it over the AT.

  • Reader Participation Day: Grand Canyon Float, Or Appalachian Trail Trek   3 weeks 17 hours ago

    I agree, these are two very different experiences. I did a ratfing trip through the Grand Canyon. You get a real appreciation for the magnitude ofthe Grand Canyon from river level, and the opportunitues for exploring and seeing hard to reach places can't be beat. You pack a lot of experiences in a 1 or 2 week period.

    I have hiked sections of the AT in Georgia and North Carolina. While the AT is unique for its length, most people don't have the time to commit to a thru hike. I am just as happy hiking in national parks.

  • Reader Participation Day: Grand Canyon Float, Or Appalachian Trail Trek   3 weeks 17 hours ago

    I agree, these are two very different experiences. I did a ratfing trip through the Grand Canyon. You get a real appreciation for the magnitude ofthe Grand Canyon from river level, and the opportunitues for exploring and seeing hard to reach places can't be beat. You pack a lot of experiences in a 1 or 2 week period.

    I have hiked sections of the AT in Georgia and North Carolina. While the AT is unique for its length, most people don't have the time to commit to a thru hike. I am just as happy hiking in national parks.

  • Wild Things With A View   3 weeks 17 hours ago

    Thanks, Deby. I enjoy your articles and photos. Keep it up! :)

  • Reader Participation Day: Grand Canyon Float, Or Appalachian Trail Trek   3 weeks 18 hours ago

    Not even close for me. I'll take the Grand Canyon (I have only hiked part of the AT). In addition to the different rafting experiences (thrill of whitewater or solitude on flat calm water), you can also take some spectacular side hikes. The scenery of the Grand Canyon is also more unique than that of the AT (in my opinion). I think it is also easier to get similar experience to the AT in many parts of the U.S. vs. the Grand Canyon. EC is right though, two vastly different and enjoyable experiences.

  • Reader Participation Day: Grand Canyon Float, Or Appalachian Trail Trek   3 weeks 19 hours ago

    Two very different experiences. I have done the AT and had an opportunity to do the Canyon a few years ago but passed. I guess if one votes with your feet, that puts the AT on top for me.

    A few of observations on the comments above:

    1) While the AT often takes you close or through civilization, there are major sections of pure wilderness. On a gross miles basis, far more than the Grand Canyon.The AT also offers alot more variety - though not the thrills of running rapids.

    2) You'd be trucking to do the AT in 4 1/2 months. According to the AT Convervancy the hike typically takes 5 to 7 months and that is only if you are part of the 25% that makes it all the way. Fortunately, the percent making it the whole way of those intending to try in the GC is much higher ;)

    3) The 16-21 day version of the Grand Canyon assumes the use of an unpowered raft and includes long stretches of very slow movement. An alternative is a commericial trip using powered rafts that can speed through those slow sections and cut the time in half.

  • Federal Judge Okays Uranium Mining Near Grand Canyon National Park   3 weeks 1 day ago

    Aha! I caught you not reading the whole assignment,

    Yep, but only because you started on a false premise. We are on the same page on this one Alfred. Now if only Ron would answer the question.

    Not sure I can do the raft trip, but would like to meet up with you some time in a park.