Saturday, October 9, 2010

An email may hold a possible key to saving the Mojave.

I just received an email from a reader of this blog who has made the most insightful
comment yet, that I have read, about this whole fight to save Ivanpah and other
desert areas from imminent destruction at the hands of the industrialists and politicians.

It is an idea so simple, yet profound, that goes right to the heart of the matter, in a way
that complicated discussions of alternative sources of energy, or mitigation matters, or
the various but sundry other technical matters can never address.

The person who wrote this is a very private person I believe, and to the person who
wrote this, please forgive me for releasing this but I must, the matter at hand is so serious
and we are at such a critical moment in the battle. 
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It has occurred to me that part of our problem is also aesthetic. What I
mean is that huge numbers of people would not support plowing down
redwoods that are hundreds of years old to make way for solar, yet there's
not much resistance to plowing down old creosote bushes because they're
not dramatic enough. We do live in a superficial culture after all.
If we ever succeed in getting masses of people to think it's as cool and
dramatic to walk out into miles of endless old creosote-bush scrub as it
is to walk through miles of endless old redwood forest, the fight to
preserve the desert will really change.”

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You know I think the email writer is on to something here. Think about it, when Pacific
Lumber was planning on cutting the old growth redwoods in land they owned, activists
were galvanized into action and average citizens jumped in as well. Most people have
seen the majesty of the redwood forests, if nothing else on tv or in magazines. It was
something that when the lumber companies possible need to cut was possibly motivated
by a desire to pay off old junk bond issues, if my memory is correct, struck most people
at a visceral level, it really sunk in, and was something that people could easily relate
to and understand.

Most of those majestic old trees are still standing today thanks to those who helped in
the struggle for their preservation.

What I am trying to say is that without the help and encouragement from the people,
since most of the major environmental groups aren’t providing it, our efforts will

I have been watching this ongoing process for months, seen the letter writing campaigns,
the interventions at the hearings, the lobbying, testimony both written and oral, and the
main thing missing seems to be the people. Yes, the folks that are die hard desert
protectionists have been keeping up the good fight, getting knocked down and jumping
right back up, only to decisioned by the system in place. The fast tracking approval with
over-riding considerations given as the reason prove without a shadow of doubt that
the system is absolutely corrupt and will be shoved down our throats with or
without our consent, an absolute outrage in a supposed democracy, but business
as usual in Amerika and Kalifornia today.

It should be as obvious as the nose on one’s own face that the system as designed, has
succeeded in only furthering the interests of the renewable energy promoters, and bloodying the noses of those opposing those interests. As I have pointed out many times,
they had help from well placed and in their minds I am sure, well meaning “environmentalists”, who in pushing a climate change scenario, have almost
single-handedly set the deserts up for a raping the likes of which have never been
seen there, and for which, there may never be a recovery.

So yes, we need to maintain the pressure, keep doing what we’ve  doing, but we must
put some serious thought into how we can get the average person to really see the deserts
as we see them ourselves. I have tried and on a one-on-one basis I feel that I have made
some progress. But there are only so many of us, and many millions of them. How do we
make our case to all those millions?

If we could somehow make our case, soon enough, and to enough people, there might be
a chance to somehow shape opinion toward our point of view in those battles to come
as we try to avoid the total destruction of the Mojave and other deserts and wild
Yes, it is probably too late, make that it most likely is too late for Ivanpah, Blythe,
and some others that have already been approved by this kangaroo court type process,
but long term, our prospects for saving other possible pristine areas targeted for destruction, can only be enhanced by a caring and watchful public looking on at the process.archivecd18 206

I monitor a lot of forums and am starting to sense that the enormity of the odds against us,
is beginning to sink in. Somehow let’s keep up our pressure, despite the odds, but also
target our message in away that can hold some appeal to the average joe or jane out there.

If anyone has media ties out there, now might be a good time to do a walkthrough video of
one of these beautiful endangered sites planned for the bulldozer. You can count on me for
help if needed.

Thanks to all who have stopped in today for a backporch visit and please feel free to comment or email me your thoughts, pro or con.



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