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  • Backcountry Fees Going Up At Rocky Mountain National Park   2 weeks 2 days ago

    My own bias perhaps Smokies backpacker, but I must agree, I just feel charging a fee for hiking/backpacking is wrong. Having been a wilderness manager of a major park for almost 25 years, I always resisted the idea. I realize how important it is to have the funds to provide the services necessary, but this whole fee business is getting a little out of control in my own humble opinion. It will not be long before someone proposes a fee to use the restroom. A stretch maybe, but somehow, charging someone to hike a trail is just offensive to me. It maybe my age and the opportunities I had to use the backcountry/wilderness areas all my life, but I know it is now the accepted trend in many circles. What are the options, well that is a whole another debate, in any case thanks for the post.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 2 days ago

    The problem with your argument dahkota is that a 50 acre solar farm would generate about 10 megawatts of power. New coal plants are generating 100s or even 1000s of megawatts. You would need a 500 or 1000 or 10,000 acre solar farm to be equivalent.

    Not to mention - you still need the coal plant for when the sun ain't shining.

  • Reader Participation Day: How Would You Build A "Top 10" National Parks List?   2 weeks 3 days ago

    I've been to 28. I hope to add 12 more through this year. So far, Glacier, Capitol Reef, and Badlands are high on my list. Death Valley, Yosemite, and the Yellowstone area would have to be included. But I reserve judgement until I see them all...

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/American_Legislative_Exchange_Council

    http://www.alec.org/

    http://betterutah.org/alec-members-in-the-utah-state-legislature/

    My fight is not with conservatives per se, but with crooked politicians of any kind; with those who try to use money and power to cause harm to those less powerful; and with people who willfully make the decision to remain ignorant by obtaining their information only in one of the extremist echo chambers (left or right) rather than making an effort to learn the truth by stepping out of the chamber of propaganda into the light.

    Alfred, with all due respect, I believe that people who are making an effort to help advance progress in the alternative energy industry are real American heros who are willing to put their dollars where it counts. While the extractive industries' push for continued subsidies for their industry, they continue to push for legislation or other policies that will hamper competition. Our legislators should have the good sense to level the playing field. But the playing field now has so much money piled on one end that the other team has to climb a very steep hill to reach the goal post.

    It's also not necessary for everyone to spend $24,000 for roof top solar panels. If thousands of people across the country were to spend whatever they can afford, their collective contributions would have a terrific impact diminishing the harmful consequences of our dependence upon fossil fuels. Replacing those fuels cannot and will not be instaneous. But if we work together wisely, step by step, inch by inch, foot by foot, we will find ourselves far ahead of where we are now and where we will be in the future if we refuse to look to the future.

    It absolutely stumps me as I try to understand why people who claim to support American businesses, jobs and leadership in the world are willing to sacrifice the opportunities that alternative energy offers.

    I believe that we MUST start looking to the future and not try to cling to the past. If we don't, our grandkids are going to be in an awful pickle.

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  • Backcountry Fees Going Up At Rocky Mountain National Park   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Thanks to American taxpayers for increasing the NPS budget to the tune of half a billion dollars of your hard hearned money. As a token of our appreciation, we bring you an increase in fees to use this public lands for which you have the privilege of being doubly taxed.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Just my opinion but, having the option and understanding that I have to choose one or the other, I would greatly prefer a 50 acre solar or wind plant than a 50 acre coal plant.

    When we owned a farm in rural virginia, a power company wanted to put in a new coal fired plant less than 10 miles away. Besides the air pollution, we would have had to contend with the fly ash disposal (on-site), the slurry ponds, the increased rail and truck traffic. Property values went down but, lucky for us, rebounded a bit when the project was canceled.

    Yes, any form of energy generation has its drawbacks. But I like breathing clean air and drinking clean water more than I like looking at beautiful landscapes. The footprint of a wind or solar plant is much more limited when pollution (air and water) is taken into consideration.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

    While the extractive industries' push for continued subsidies for their industry,

    Pure fantasy

    they continue to push for legislation or other policies that will hamper competition.

    More fantasy. Perhaps you could provide some examples.

    are willing to sacrifice the opportunities that alternative energy offers.

    Resisting the subsidization of uneconomic activites is hardly a "sacrifice".

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

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  • Reader Participation Day: How Would You Build A "Top 10" National Parks List?   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Assuming the crowds can be avoided:

    Yosemite

    Glacier

    Yellowstone

    Grand Canyon

    Glacier Bay

    Mt. Rainier

    Olympic

    Virgin Islands

    Rocky Mountain

    Grand Tetons

  • Wolf Spotted At Grand Canyon, Killed In Utah, Was From Yellowstone Area   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Yea the whole thing sucks.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

    dup eliminated

  • Wolf Spotted At Grand Canyon, Killed In Utah, Was From Yellowstone Area   2 weeks 3 days ago

    This story continues to get worse.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

    ec is just pointing out your ignorance and stupidity.

    I didn't make that accusation. I'll leave that to others to conclude.

    Also asks, which you never able to do, is backup your statements.

    Bingo. Highlights how correct Alfred was. Pick a bogie man (the Kock Brothers) and attack. No specifics, no substantiation, just stick with the narrative, facts be damned. .

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Lee, your fight with the Conservative Wing is misguided. Im not so sure about the Republicans. There is profiteering going on in leadership levels (of both sides of the isle).

    If a few on here would actually consider the possibility that all is not what it seems and investigate actual outcomes and consequences........

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Don't bother to look Rick, once again ec is just pointing out your ignorance and stupidity. Also asks, which you never able to do, is backup your statements. Your delusional obsession with the Koch is comical, just shows how far out of touch you lefties are...

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Lee - I don't want to peek - is he ranting?

    No Rick - you are the one ranting and don't have the onions to back up your accusations. Just keep collecting your oil checks and sucking off the public teet. But you are getting heavy.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

    [[ Lee - I don't want to peek - is he ranting? ]]

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

    I see the Koch brothers and what they are now openly and blatantly doing as a real and present danger to the nation.

    And exactly how are they a "present danger to the nation"? You think they are more danger than ISIS? Than the progressive attack on our Constitution? Than those that want to be parasites on the productive? Than the flood of illegal aliens? How exactly are the Koch brothers more a danger? How has a family that has created massive wealth, not only for themselves, but for thousands of others, have enabled a comfortable lifestyle for millions of Americans and contributed massively to eleemosynary causes a "danger to the nation"?

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

    We differ, Al.

    I see the Koch brothers and what they are now openly and blatantly doing as a real and present danger to the nation. No Greek references or allusions to other things. Today, as they stand, no code. They are a cancer. Elmer Gantry was a great role for Lancaster, but I get tired of allusions and illustrations that tend to obfuscate evil.

    It's great to live in a country where we're allowed to have these differences of opinion. Please feel free to think you're right. I definitely think I am. Have a nice day.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

    As for the Koch Brothers, I consider them "code," much like Xerxes was to the Greeks.

    Nailed it Alfred. When in doubt, throwout "its backed by the Koch brothers". But of course Lee can't identify "it" or why "it" is bad.

    Reading your Yosemite book now. Can't say you nailed the Hutchings v Low argument but hey, you are pushing a point of view.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Lee, I priced solar for my home here in Seattle. The estimate came to $24,000. My electric bill averages $100 per month. That would take me 20 years to recoup my investment. As for the Koch Brothers, I consider them "code," much like Xerxes was to the Greeks. The Persians are coming! The Persians are coming! Well, it sure made a bundle for all of the Greeks selling war supplies.

    Forget the Koch Brothers and focus on the real issue: If green energy is so efficient, why does it need so many euphemisms to sell it--to say nothing of the subsidies? Why do people promote what they have not yet invented, as if the invention is sure to occur? Elmer Gantry would understand, but why must we understand? When government assisted the railroads, it was a proven invention. Why must the taxpayers "assist" what requires constant backup, i.e., the gas-fired turbines placed right next door?

    I know; fossil fuels are subsidized, too. That doesn't make wind and solar "right." The batteries are coming, we hear. Well, I want to see them first. I know batteries, and I fail to see how any battery could store enough to light a city. Just north of us, one county public utility just announced its battery farm this way: "It stores enough electricity to light 400 homes for an hour!" In other words, it is next to worthless, since the county has 500,000 souls. Certainly, the utility did not say that 20 homes could be lighted for 24 hours. You mean to say that one battery--the size of a shipping container--can do no better than that? Even if those "new" batteries come along, how many will it take?

    I am not prepared to give up my public lands because Xerxes might be on his way. As for Elmer Gantry, he is already here. Trust me! Believe me! Now, pardon me while I pass the plate. In my case, I already contributed. I believe he called himself the Wizard of Oz. He said that cancer would be cured by now. He said that an atomic pill would run my car. He said that by 2000 no one would have to work a day. He said that people would live 200 years. He said there would be fusion, just like the sun. He said we would colonize the moon.

    He said, and he said, and he said. But all I keep seeing is the plate. The Koch Brothers? They are amateurs in the game of misleading the public. We have perfected that all by ourselves.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Such a surprise, Lee. Koch is looking for anything to either encourage consumption of their products or discourage alternatives to their products.

    It helps them to have bought and paid for most of Congress.

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

    So why not encourage more and more people to install panels on their roofs.

    Because as of yet, without subsidies, it is uneconomic in most cases.

    Instead, we have Koch funded ALEC pushing state legislatures to pass laws that will penalize people who do so. A few states have already passed their prefabricated "suggestions" into law.

    More strawmen or do you have specific examples? I think in reality you are showing your basic lack of understanding of economics or intentionally misrepresenting the facts.

  • Reader Participation Day: How Would You Build A "Top 10" National Parks List?   2 weeks 3 days ago

    My 1/50 of a dollar:

    1. Arches

    2. Great Basin

    3. Crater Lake

    4. Mt. Rainier

    5. Glacier

    6. Yellowstone

    7. Yosemite

    8. Grand Canyon

    9. Carlsbad Caverns

    10. Isle Royale

  • NPCA: Desert Sunlight Solar Farm Evidence Of Why California Desert Protection And Recreation Act Is Needed   2 weeks 3 days ago

    So why not encourage more and more people to install panels on their roofs. I just noticed a new condo or apartment complex this afternoon that has panels on the roofs of all their carports.

    Instead, we have Koch funded ALEC pushing state legislatures to pass laws that will penalize people who do so. A few states have already passed their prefabricated "suggestions" into law.