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Don’t fall for shallow green  

Credit:  www.northcoastjournal.com 15 September 2011 ~~

Windmills sound very green. However, to sacrifice virgin land on a fault-created ridge separating salmonid streams and overflown by marbled murrelets … to run miles of transmission line through unwilling owners’ yards … to destroy small towns’ roads and businesses … all in the name of “environmentalism” is shallow green, if it can be called green at all.

To threaten boycott against people whose properties and businesses are at risk for seeking to protect themselves (as has happened in the blog comments) is also shallow and not environmental.

Environment means “everything which surrounds us.” That’s not only trees and cows, but homes and businesses. I don’t think many in Ferndale would be against this project if it were adjacent to infrastructure already capable of dealing with it.

During the entire construction the towns of Petrolia and Honeydew will be isolated. Anyone entering or leaving will be required to drive an extra hour to hour and a half to get to Ferndale or Fortuna.

Tell me, how “environmental” is causing people to buy all that extra gas to get around construction which itself is burning a huge amount of fossil fuels?

Maybe the folks in Ferndale have a clearer vision than people who take shots at others in the blogs, but are too afraid to leave their names.

I’m not a company shill. My name is here. Read anonymous comments with caution; we all know anyone can post anything in an effort to sway opinion.

And here’s one more thing Ferndalians know. The whole project is being done, not really for profit – because it is not economical – but for huge federal government subsidies, which we all pay.

So this isn’t economic. This isn’t environmental. Instead, it’s pure corporate greed. And when the project is “over,” the local people will be left with the ruins to pick up and the eternal effect on currently undisturbed land.

Don’t fall for shallow green. The green this company represents is the deep, deep green of federal subsidies, a milk so pure and dark that the average welfare mom is green with envy.

Ellin Beltz, Ferndale

Source:  www.northcoastjournal.com 15 September 2011

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