Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Too bad this guy isn’t on our side, and an example of someone getting involved and stopping planned environmental destruction.

I am, of course, referring the handsome leading man and director of Hollywood movies,
Mr. Robert Redford. You can read the story he wrote for the Huffington Post here.

You might recall that the other day I suggested that perhaps those in the “real environmental” community might want to consider approaching any wealthy folks that
they know, for them to consider funding a NEPA lawsuit as I felt we had no other hope
of stopping this “runaway renewable energy boondoggle express.”

I still feel like this may be the only option left on the table, after all other attempts have
been over-ridden by the CEC and now the BLM. Since the carbonmental groups can’t
or won’t get their legal departments involved, this appears to be the only option left, at
least as far as I can see.

Man, it’s too bad that Mr. Redford is so close to John Adams, because this would be a
perfect role, the role of a lifetime, a final environmental battle for him to get involved with.
What a boon this would have been to the activist community that is fighting everyday to
stop these projects--- alas, it was never meant to be.

But there are other rich folk out there that might have an affinity for nature and the desert
wilderness, I just know it but I don’t know them, if you know what I mean.

Allow me to mention a lawsuit from my home state of Georgia. The federal government planned to build Interstate 185 to connect Atlanta and Columbus, and the route was to go
right through Pine Mountain, close to FDR’s Little White House and Callaway Gardens.
The road would have torn right through an old growth forest among other things.

Mrs. Virginia Hollis Hand Callaway then aged 71, and the widow of Cason Callaway, the garden’s founder, immediately set things into motion to get this project blocked, including
the filing of lawsuits, and the creation of the 2,000 acre “Cason J. Callaway Memorial Forest”, now a national landmark. My memory is that this battle played out in the courts
for 2 or 3 years, and ended with the feds scrapping the planned route and going around Pine Mountain- events that played out in the newspapers daily, it seemed.

This was a mammoth undertaking, one widow, against the power of the federal government
and ultimately she prevailed. Understand though, she was well off, a pillar of the community,
and despite the cost and aggravation in the golden years of life, she took up the challenge
for those who couldn’t take up the struggle.

She cared for the area and her husband’s memory and continued the struggle
against overwhelming odds and won.

Mrs. Virginia Hollis Hand Callaway passed away in 1995, God bless her and thanks to
her the people can enjoy nature that she left us, by the virtue of her getting involved, and
making a difference.

We need another Mrs. Callaway now, we really do.

Someone of means, who actually cares, and will do what it takes to protect this desert
treasure which should be available for our descendants to enjoy into perpetuity.


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