City of Roses
Alicat, it seems to me you are more understanding of environmental issues than about 95% or more of other Republicans. I do believe you are more acknowledging of some environmental issues than most of them are.
I typically am not a person that expresses extremes, but I truly feel after all this, I am just about completely convinced that the Bush Administration knows nothing about our environment. Nothing!
There's that Biscuit Timber sale that happened recently down in southern Oregon in the Siskiyou National Forest and Fiddler Mountain, which was victim to the greatest national wildfire of 2002, which began July 13th that year and burned over 499,965 acres before being declared controlled on November 8, 2002.
The Bush Administration has this mentality that once a forest has been burned, it's no longer of use thus should be cut down. Thus the whole Orwellian strategy again with the "Healthy Forest Restoration Act"
The truth is that forests have repeatedly burned and regrown for millennia, and the burned trees perform significant roles in any healthy forest. The true life cycle of a tree is more correctly measured in terms of its years as a standing tree, as a snag, and as a fallen tree. So, a Douglass Fir, which might have a lifespan in the neighborhood of 600 years as a living tree, actually functions as an important part of the ecosystem for as much as 600 years more, because it stores and releases nutriens to the recovering forest, they retain moisture, they provide shade for germination and early growth of seedlings, and by stabilizing the soil and storing the sediments.
The fact is, fire is one of the natural processes that maintain healthy forests. Fires have performed their role for millennia, and most experts agree that we canít do better than the natural processes at maintaining the health and wellbeing of wilderness areas.
Besides that, if one were to just give attention to this issue more, it is obvious that the older trees resist fires quite well, and it is the undergrowth and smaller trees, including densely planted single-species tree farms, that are most prone to fire.
I'm convinced by this primary example that this administration does not take our environment seriously whatsoever and has no ecological wisdom.
With that said, I want to make some points clear here.
You have to understand the big picture here, beyond the rhetoric of "This oil will move Maryland for 100 years", etc.
None of us know exactly how much oil is there, but by the most accepted estimations, are you aware that the oil in the ANWR is such a small amount, that it's only approximately more than 2% of the U.S oil supply?
Are you aware, in terms of the nation at large, that this oil in ANWR is not enough to last us any more than 6 to 11 months? Add to that the understanding that the oil will take 10-15 years to put on the market.
"Energy independent" doesn't just mean ending the reliance of our oil from foreign nations. It also means looking toward renewable sources, NOT expanded oil drilling.
A 13-year old, Sierra Pell of Marlboro VT, who researched ANWR and filed a petition against oil drilling was right on here when she wrote about the importance of wildlife habitat in the region. She had this to say in her essay!
"Each Spring, one of the worlds biggest Caribou herds travels over 400 miles just to give birth in ANWR'S almost perfect nursery. Pregnant or nursing Caribou can be very sensitive and, at any disturbance, may leave the nursery and their calves.
Each Summer, millions of graceful Snow Geese, Sand Hill Cranes, Red Throated Loons and many other bird species come to nest in this precious place before starting their long journey south.
Each Fall, more pearly Polar Bears than anywhere else, come ashore to birth their cubs and build their dens. Pregnant and nursing Polar Bears are very sensitive and if disturbed they might leave their dens, resulting in fatal consequences for their cubs.
All throughout the year, over 350 cumbersome Musk Oxen (one of our few survivors of the ice age) roam the fragile plains that they depend on so much, the plain that gives them shelter, food and a place to be! They depend on this land!
If we let the Bush administration destroy this land that the animals depend on, our age old survivors may die! It may sound strange that they can survive the NATURAL ice age and yet not survive UNNATURAL land destruction; but it's true!
All year round, along with the Musk Oxen, Grizzlies, Wolves, Arctic Foxes, Golden Eagles, Snowy Owls and many others live off the hospitable land of ANWR. Do we really want to see such magnificent animals or their homes become destroyed?"
I'm telling you, I teared up reading that beautiful essay of hers a few years ago in warmth, and now I am tearing up sadly as I wish there was something I could say in condolence and warmth for her, for now all these beautiful creatures are truly are in grave danger.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"