I offer a bit of a fluff piece for the night. I am currently at my brother-in-laws to celebrate my father-in-law’s birthday so I am in a strange house that takes me a bit out of my element for writing. But I saw this and it epitomized the movements towards energy independence for the US. The culprit this time is Diane Feinstein, a very liberal Democrat Senator from, you guessed it, The socialist republic of California. She is all for alternative forms of energy, so long as they are not in her back yard.
We need to get to a place where we are using alternative forms of creating energy in the United States. Not only because we need to wean ourselves off of foreign oil, but because Americans are energy hogs and we seem to constantly need more and more of the stuff. The energy grids we have now are overworked and falling apart. Technology has us at a place where we could do something better, yet we never seem to be able to make it happen. Ever wonder why this is?
Enter Diane. There are several proposals to to build and operate wind and solar projects in the Mojave Desert in California, 19 of them to be exact. It seems like a good idea, right? After all it would make use of an otherwise unusable tract of land in the US. Furthermore it would create better and cleaner energy, create jobs in her state, and we all know the government will eventually find as many ways as possible to profit from the hard work of others in these projects just like the do in everything else.
Diane says that she supports these types of projects but not in her Mojave Desert. According to the Senator, not only would it be aesthetically unpleasing, it could potentially wreak havoc on the ecosystem of the Mojave. It would put the desert turtles at risk. We can’t do that now can we. I mean the desert tortoise is an essential creature that we depend on for…. what exactly?
I throw my bullshit flag on this one. I am tired of the environmental whackos jumping up and down every time we put a beetle or bird’s habitat “at risk”. And when they do it, not only are they usually lying about the dangers and ignoring the facts of life and evolution, they are also under the impression that the rights of the animals somehow trump the rights of the dominant species on the planet.
Let’s take a look at the debate on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. the environmentalists claim that it will do serious damage to the environment and destroy millions of acres of pristine land. They also claim that it will do dire damage to the herds of caribou that migrate through the area. Both are lies. The drilling in ANWR would be on the coastline, not the beautiful mountain ranges they love to put in the ads as being in danger. Drilling would be nowhere near those mountains or the areas in the pictures. Furthermore, the visible drilling equipment would cover roughly 2,000 acres of the roughly 1.5 million acres the park covers. Alaska currently has 141 Million Acres of protected land, roughly the size of California and New York combined.
As for the caribou. Prudhoe Bay field is where the drilling has been taking place there, roughly 55 miles west of ANWR. The pipeline runs right through these pristine areas and right through the migration and breeding areas of the caribou. 10 Billion barrels have been pumped thus far and moved through that pipeline. The caribou herd that migrates through Prudhoe field numbered 3,000 in 1977 when drilling began. The herd now totals over 23,000. It sure doesn’t seem like we are hurting their ecosystem that much to me.
Environmental opponents of drilling cannot point to a single species that has been driven to extinction or even a population decline attributable to Prudhoe Bay. In addition, the drilling there was done with decades-old technology and methods far less environmentally sensitive than what would be required in ANWR. Yet they continue to yell and scream about how horrible it would be to drill in ANWR.
And that is the problem that we are facing today. Everyone wants an answer to the energy problem in America, but the groups involved all seem to battle each other. Furthermore, they spend a lot of time living in the “not in my back yard” mentality. They are all for wind power, so long as the windmills aren’t in their back yard. Solar is the savior, but not in their back yard. We want it all, just not at any expense to us. Can’t do nuclear, too dangerous. Those who can admit that it isn’t that dangerous only agree so as long as there is not a plan to put one near their hometowns.
In this way the environmental groups are just like the everyday American: They want the world to be a better place so long as they don’t have to pay for it, see it, or hurt a bug doing it. A solar field in the middle of the Mojave Desert makes a lot of sense to me. Governor Terminator stated it best when he said, “If we cannot put solar power plants in the Mojave desert, I don’t know where the hell we can put it”. It is a frakkin DESERT Diane. No matter where we choose we are going to put some form of life in jeopardy according to all the environmental folks. So I say the best place to use is where the least life lives…. THE DESERT.
Let me first say that I am not concerned about the caribou or the turtles. They are cool and all but I, as a human, think that our species outranks them on the food chain. This is how nature works. You know that there is only one other animal that alters its environment to create living conditions the way that humans do: The Beaver. It tears down trees, damns up a trickling stream, and creates a lake in order to provide the living conditions it desires.
And you know what, the Beavers don’t get together and discuss whether the birds that might have nests in those trees might lose their babies or their habitat. They don’t worry about whether the ant colonies that will be flooded by the new lake will be having their ecosystems devastated. They don’t think about the impact on the environment or ecosystem around them. You know why? Because they know by instinct that the ecosystem will naturally adjust itself to the new conditions. They know that the birds will find another tree. The ants will build a new nest.
That is how nature works you dolts! The caribou adapted. The ants and the birds adapted. Because that is what creatures in nature do. They adapt or die out. If they die out it is because the no longer serve a purpose in the new world. Their species has outlived their usefulness and ability to survive. It is NATURE. And you know what, at some point it will happen to humans too. Of course we will destroy each other, but we will cease to exist as well. Evolution is real. You same environmentalists who espouse the teaching of evolution but fail to give creation equal time in the public school systems apparently do not believe that evolution takes care of things efficiently and effectively every time. Just like the true free market, nature always prevails, and usually does better when we get out of its way and let it do its thing.
So I am not concerned about the desert tortoise. The turtles will adapt and do just fine in the new ecosystem that results from a large wind or solar farm in the Mojave.
So all of you environmentalists out there who are steaming from both ears as you read this…. Zip It. You are full of hot air. I understand that you would rather the human race die off than to kill a few bugs, turtles, or caribou. But the fact is that humans are the dominant species. We alter the environment. Adapt or Perish.