...chasing sustainable fuel unicorns

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor:
Everywhere I listen and look now, there are ads put out by the government telling parents to bring their kids to the woods. I think they finally figured out what I’ve known for about eight years now. Trouble is - it’s too little, too late.
During the “staycation” times of this administration’s tenure, we have lost an entire generation of kids interested in nothing but their electronic babysitters. Instead of improving the economy and then playing with climate change, they spent borrowed money on foolish things that they called “sustainable” which later collapsed into a pile of more debt for us all.
Meanwhile, with tens of thousands of environmentally-oriented initiatives and rules that continued to suppress the economy and business, the wilderness-interest chain has been broken because Mom couldn’t afford to take the kids beyond the backyard for a vacation. She instead gave them each an electronic babysitter to play with and they got hooked on it.
While those kids continue to grow away from the discomforts and dirtiness of actual, real wilderness all the environuts are getting old. Their numbers of new, environut enrollments HAS to be plummeting as wilderness is being completely forgotten by those up-and-coming kids who will grow into legislative power in 8-10 years either by active participation or, at very least, votes.
So, here we are saving the wilderness for essentially nobody down the road as is indicated by all the government ads beckoning Mom to take the kids outside and turn off the electronics.
Meanwhile, Nebraska and Oklahoma have alarmingly low water levels left in their aquifers. It took millions of years for the water to get there and now they are almost dry. I attribute a lot of that to the environuts pushing for ethanol which takes 800 gallons of water to produce just three liters of the “sustainable” “fuel” if anyone with a brain can actually call it that. We aren’t going to have to worry about climate change if the farms can’t water their crops.
As the world dries up its aquifers, chasing sustainable fuel unicorns, they are going to need water when we desperately need food to feed the increasing masses moving into the US. Where is the world’s biggest, freshwater, supply, untouched by man with very little development located?
And the second thought: Who will be writing the laws in 10-30 years? Why, the “staycation/electronic” crowd of course! Remember? Those are the ones with no interest in the discomfort of wilderness.
One has to ask:
How quickly will a law for a freshwater pipeline “to do the right thing and feed the masses” from northern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters be written and passed while they ignore the 90 year-old Sierra Club member waving his cane about “saving the BWCA”? This whole scenario smacks of Lenin. Something about being “useful.”
The irony of the whole thing is that saving the wilderness will only be secure until the future needs it for something deemed more important. In their quest to save the climate today, I’m willing to bet our current overzealous environmentalists have actually destroyed the BWCA of the future.
All that talk of having to “save the BWCA” today is just preserving the freshwater supply to save it for the masses from third world countries who will vote for food and water over prettiness and climate change protections, every, single, time.
Meet the new America. In our pursuit to save the future by tilting at windmills, we’ve completely severed the constantly eroding chain of wilderness enthusiasts. And like windmills that are “green” but kill our beautiful birds for little gain, we are killing our future wilderness by using up all the water down south to make “green” fuel.
Copper-nickel mining won’t be responsible for destroying the BWCA.
Its destruction has already begun.
Joe Baltich
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