Showing posts with label Nature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nature. Show all posts

Thursday, December 26, 2019

A Reminder of What is Being Destroyed


If the Democrats had taken back the Senate last year, I'm convinced they could have stopped entirely the insanity of building a bio-diversity killing wall on our southern border. This story reminds us of what is at stake, and it's one of the few clear and stark warnings that people have been ignoring in the Trump era:
The National Butterfly Center, in danger of losing access to most of its wildlife nature preserve along the Rio Grande, is asking a court to stop federal officials from building a border wall across its land. 
The North American Butterfly Association first sued more than a year ago after government officials allegedly cut down trees and cleared brush on its Texas property. The planned wall would cut the 100-acre property in two, with as much as 70 percent of the land inaccessible between the wall and the Rio Grande, Butterfly Center Executive Director Marianna Trevino Wright has told NPR. 
Trevino Wright told CNN last week that the case had been "languishing" in the court since then and that she was exploring further legal action. This week, she asked the court to stop the government from bringing heavy machinery onto its land, until the court can rule on its original 2017 request. 
It's the latest court challenge brought by environmental groups that lament the damage caused by construction of barriers between U.S. and Mexico. On Monday, a federal court ruled that the Trump administration has broad authority to waive environmental laws in the name of border security. The Department of Homeland Security has already said it will waive regulations to build along the Rio Grande.
The wall continues, unabated. It's the stupidest goddamn thing we could be doing, and it won't accomplish anything, but welcome to the Trump era. It cannot end soon enough, and, when it does, we will be spending a lot of time, energy, and money to put things right. What a waste.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Leave the Damned Owls Alone




How many posts have I had to write about this? Too many:

A Utah man is facing federal charges for allegedly chasing a barn owl with a motorized paraglider.


The United States Attorney's office in Utah on Tuesday charged Dell Schanze, 45, with two misdemeanor counts of "knowingly using an aircraft to harass wildlife" and "pursuing a migratory bird." The alleged incident happened in March, 2011.

The first count alleges that Schanze violated the Airborne Hunting Act, and count two of the document alleges Schanze violated the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Schanze did not return a call to NBC News Thursday.


Schanze is a minor celebrity in Utah who once owned a chain of computer stores and worked as a TV pitchman. As a candidate for Utah governor, he received less than 3 percent of the vote in the 2008 election, according to NBC affiliate KSL. He also failed in a 2009 mayoral campaign.

Do you remember that scene in The Shawshank Redemption where the warden says "I'll pull you out of that one-bunk Hilton and cast you down with the Sodomites?"

That's the part of the jail where owl chasers are sent.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bears Are Environmentalists




They are not giving up their oil:

A worker at an oil sands plant in Canada was attacked and killed by a bear Wednesday.
The attack took place at a Suncor Energy base plant, 200 miles north of Edmonton.


"We are shocked by this very unusual incident and there are no words to express the tragedy of this situation," said Mark Little, a Suncor executive vice president.


Between 1900 and 2009, 63 people were killed in 59 incidents in Canada and the United States, according to a 2011 Journal of Wildlife Management report. The study concludes that as human populations and developments rise, so have bear attacks.


The bear in the Wednesday attack was put down.

While it is rare for people to die from a bear attack, it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that the environmental impact of absolutely destroying the land in order to extract fossil fuels is going to be thwarted at times by the inconvenient reality that there are bears trying to live where the oil is.

The bears are no different than the people who had to be displaced and the real tragedy is that there will be no introspection and no debate over whether it's a good idea to build the Keystone Pipeline or continue to wreck everything. The only thing that matters is cheap gas and looking the other way.