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  • GOP Gubernatorial Candidate In Wyoming Would Open Yellowstone National Park To Grazing, Mining   2 days 23 hours ago

    How is that show false? Because only 100,000 cfs flow instead of the average 200,000 cfs? Or maybe you'd rather have another coal plant to replace the 2.5 GW it produces?

  • Heading To Logan Pass At Glacier National Park? Bring Some Water!   3 days 6 min ago

    Or bring a filter, and bag some fresh glaciated runoff in your camelbak! Geez...our society is nuts.

  • National Park Service Promotes Parks As Economic Engines   3 days 26 min ago

    Don't worry too much Alfred. Those are, for the most part, manfuactured numbers.

  • GOP Gubernatorial Candidate In Wyoming Would Open Yellowstone National Park To Grazing, Mining   3 days 30 min ago

    Ah, the old power plant argument again!

    Alfred- joining the strawman club I see. Noone here has proposed a Niagra Falls like power plant. But then, you knew that.

  • GOP Gubernatorial Candidate In Wyoming Would Open Yellowstone National Park To Grazing, Mining   3 days 38 min ago

    Ah, the old power plant argument again! We tried it at Niagara Falls. Canada gladly joined in. It works beautifully, and the tourists barely notice that the falls no longer run at night. After all, they're off in the bars sipping cocktails or in the wax museum meeting Richard Nixon. When the falls become a trickle after midnight to feed the gigantic reservoir that feeds the penstocks, everyone is sleeping off their hangover, until magicially, the falls are turned on again at daylight. Wow! Why didn't we make a national park of THAT?

    Because the falls had been destroyed. Granted, they're still "there" performing for the seven million tourists annually who don't mind that the "show" is false. Why would anyone want that for Yellowstone? No, thanks, our forebears said. But do WE know better? I sometimes wonder if we do.

  • National Park Service Promotes Parks As Economic Engines   3 days 57 min ago

    I am so glad to hear that our national parks are making Big Money. I was indeed worried there for a moment that untrammeled nature was all they offered.

  • GOP Gubernatorial Candidate In Wyoming Would Open Yellowstone National Park To Grazing, Mining   3 days 58 min ago

    "It's a strawman!... no one is saying that we should develop geothermal on popular thermal features...BUT, we should consider it!

    Not what I said at all. Of course you know that.

    Noone is proposing that we develope geothermal on a popular thermal feature. Nowone is calling for pipes in Old Faithful or drilling in West Thumb Geyser Basin. But that doesn't mean we should not consider geothermal in areas of Yellowstone where "popular thermal features" are not prevelant but geothermal technology could still be used.

  • Yosemite National Park Concession Prospectus Includes Significant Lodging Changes   3 days 1 hour ago

    I agree megaera--- it's got so expensive to stay in the parks these days--and they are trying to get the American public interested in preserving the parks?? How can people appreciate them if they can't afford to stay in them??

  • Yosemite National Park Concession Prospectus Includes Significant Lodging Changes   3 days 1 hour ago

    I agree megaera--- it's got so expensive to stay in the parks these days--and they are trying to get the American public interested in preserving the parks?? How can people appreciate them if they can't afford to stay in them??

  • GOP Gubernatorial Candidate In Wyoming Would Open Yellowstone National Park To Grazing, Mining   3 days 1 hour ago

    Seriously, you take the cake in clownishness. "It's a strawman!... no one is saying that we should develop geothermal on popular thermal features...BUT, we should consider it! If someone of my fellow tea partiers said it, it's gotta be worth looking into".

    Do you follow? Good luck with your reading comprehension classes.

  • GOP Gubernatorial Candidate In Wyoming Would Open Yellowstone National Park To Grazing, Mining   3 days 1 hour ago

    A banker would call geothermal development on a popular thermal feature

    Once again the strawman. Nobody is calling for that.

    There are tens of thousands of geothermal installations, some of which have been operating for a hundred years without incident. It is hard for me to believe that there aren't opportunities to utilize Yellowstones thermal assets in a safe and non-destructive manner. At the very least it is worth examining.

  • GOP Gubernatorial Candidate In Wyoming Would Open Yellowstone National Park To Grazing, Mining   3 days 2 hours ago

    A banker would call geothermal development on a popular thermal feature progress and "balance", a conservationist would call it a travesty and destruction. And the best thing about "beliefs" is that it can be tested via the scientific method. And with all the scientific data accumulated at various thermal fields around the world, i'm pretty sure the EIA would be strongly against it in a National Park. On BLM scablands, well that's a different story.

  • GOP Gubernatorial Candidate In Wyoming Would Open Yellowstone National Park To Grazing, Mining   3 days 2 hours ago

    There can be no discussion with purists, because anything short of absolute perfect purity is anathema and cannot be even discussed. BTW, I have no idea as to whether geothermal would be a good or bad idea for Yellowstone. I'm just amused by the blinders displayed here.

    Gary, enjoy your trip. Sounds like a blast.

  • GOP Gubernatorial Candidate In Wyoming Would Open Yellowstone National Park To Grazing, Mining   3 days 2 hours ago

    Taking action based on a wild arsed guess

    And of course noone is calling for that. Try another strawman.

  • GOP Gubernatorial Candidate In Wyoming Would Open Yellowstone National Park To Grazing, Mining   3 days 2 hours ago

    Taking action based on a wild arsed guess that harnessing geothermal in Yellowstone could be done in a leave-no-footprints manner is definitely advocating to allow the camel's nose to slip under the tent flap. Generally I appreciate a sense of balance in things, but advocating for 'balance' in this is to me symantically identical to advocating 'balance' in the evolution vs creationism discussion ----- i.e., has no scientific basis.

    Am I an "elitist" for wanting wilderness to be wilderness? You can call me that. You can call me orange, or a warthog with equal validity. The point is, I don't really care what you call me.

  • Traveler's View: Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Backcountry Fee Debate Points To Larger Problem   3 days 2 hours ago

    Tom, you are correct. If they can concoct data to justify sleeping on unimproved ground, then they could easily fabricate data to justify a loop fee in the Cove. But here is why, in my opinion, they dont. If they started charging folks to drive the loop, then Sevier County would be up in arms because all those tourists would have no reason to visit the park. Because that is the extent of their experience in the Smokies. Heaven forbid they ever leave their vehicles. Sevier county wants people driving into their restuaruants, hotels and go kart tracks and Cherokee wants folks visiting their casinos. A toll on the road would eliminate that commerce. A tax on backpackers is a foot in the door for a tax on trailhead parking, fly fishing and many other nickel and dime schemes. None of which will affect those loop clogging rednecks because they keep the Pigeon Forge buffets in business.

  • GOP Gubernatorial Candidate In Wyoming Would Open Yellowstone National Park To Grazing, Mining   3 days 2 hours ago

    It's probably worth mentioning that Haynes has almost no chance of getting the Republican nomination. The incumbent governor is reasonably popular, and Haynes has to contend with a second challenger joining him to Mead's right. Worrying about any proposal from Haynes is only slightly more profitable intellectually than worrying about what I would do if I were elected governor of Wyoming. His chances are only marginaly better than mine.

  • Traveler's View: Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Backcountry Fee Debate Points To Larger Problem   3 days 2 hours ago

    A better fee idea would be charging folks who drive the Cades Cove loop (how about $4 per person, per loop!) I'd venture to say it gets the most visitation of any area in the park, and it's probably not even close. It also seems to require a lot of resources (rangers, etc) to open/close, patrol, break up bear-jams, maintain structures, etc. Finally I'd venture to say there is more pollution (auto emissions, trash, etc) generated from that area than any other area of the park. Let a loop fee pay for the upkeep and encourage carpooling, or gasp, walking the loop.

    If NPS can figure a way to charge people for sleeping in the backcountry, they can figure a way to charge for Cades Cove auto access.

  • Traveler's View: Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Backcountry Fee Debate Points To Larger Problem   3 days 2 hours ago

    The real travesty of this backpacking fee in the Smokies is the park has admitted that the fee money only covers a system to collect the fee! It doesn't help the park budget or other needs in any way. Truly a monumental waste to anyone with the least bit of common sense. I think what happens in this case will go a long way in setting the tone for the rest of the NPS system.

  • Traveler's View: Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Backcountry Fee Debate Points To Larger Problem   3 days 3 hours ago

    The reservation system is cumbersome when it does work properly. You need a printer, credit card and it really isn't operable on a phone with internet service. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. The lies that drove this fee are the biggest issue and why? To generate less than a couple hundred thousand in revenue? You want to know why Lamar alexander supports the fee? Because his friends are the beneficiaries of the political patronage of which the lawsuit speaks. Both the park and Lamar and the private resorts want folks out of the backcountry because they see people as the problem with the resource. Therefore they fabricated data to make it sound like a problem and successfully reduced visitation to the backcountry by %25. I've seen numbers that say up to thirty percent but the point is clear. Horses are the problem in the backcountry if folks are honest but the horse crowd is also the Lamar voting/Blackberry Farms crowd so instead of addressing something that really causes damage, we will just dispense with the meddlesome backpackers that actually can see the bs being spouted by Ditmanson and his cronies. Everyone except Clay Jordan that had something to do with this fee is gone. The lady who spearheaded the lies was promoted to a superintendency out West, Melissa Cobern. Ditmanson brought this scandal to town and quietly retired like the rest. It was his soul to the devil so he could live well. Charging an entrance fee is a whole other issue. I'd like to see Lamar try to get that on the books. He is vulnerable politically right now. The Southern Forest Watch has exposed him for the Smokies phony he really is.

  • GOP Gubernatorial Candidate In Wyoming Would Open Yellowstone National Park To Grazing, Mining   3 days 3 hours ago

    Sure Lee, some might want that. Far more want amenities. What is the count of backcountry permits vs developed overnight stays in Yellowstone?

    Once again it is all about balance. Those of us that accept front country development aren't out to eliminate backcountry experiences.(The same can't be said for the purist like Gary) We just recognize that we need the parks to appeal to a broad range of potential visitiors not just the purists if we are to expect the American public to continue to support the parks concept. We can have our frontcountry development without destoying the backcountry experiences.

    I also believe there could be geothermal energy installations that can be implemented without negative impacts on the geothermal features of Yellowstone. Are we talking about a 10,000 megawatt electric facility - no. But small geothermal radiant systems could be a clean, unabtrusive way to leverage the area's energy. Again its an issue of balance and ALL things should be considered.

  • Traveler's View: Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Backcountry Fee Debate Points To Larger Problem   3 days 3 hours ago

    I backpacked in Cataloochee last fall before the shutdown. It was a last-minute decision, and I did not have access to make the reservation online. I made well over 20 calls trying to get the permit. One reservation number didn't give the option for GSMNP. No one there could tell me who to call. I left voicemails all over the place, no one called me back. I finally crossed paths with another backpacker who gave me a number to call. There was NO signage at Cataloochee about how to call to get a permit. (Yes, I had cell service in the area) When I finally got someone to make the reservation, it took in excess of 20 minutes - how that is a good use of the Ranger's time is beyond me.

    But, I wonder how charging an acess fee for vehicles would impact things - that requires manning the booths, administration, etc. In the Spring and Fall, it certainly would generate a lot of revenue...

  • GOP Gubernatorial Candidate In Wyoming Would Open Yellowstone National Park To Grazing, Mining   3 days 4 hours ago

    D'ya think there just might be a chance that some of those "urbanites," seeking some quiet solitude in a place of refuge from the travails of urban life might actually WANT some places without development?

  • GOP Gubernatorial Candidate In Wyoming Would Open Yellowstone National Park To Grazing, Mining   3 days 4 hours ago

    Well, this elitist is planning on spending a few nights in Yellowstone's backcountry in the coming weeks. 50.00 to enter a world not found in most of the rest of the country because it's already been developed, shot out, or cut down. So, cry me a river Zebby. I'm going to enjoy it while I can, before people like you and EC take it from us. Maybe when I stop by a geothermal feature in the backcountry, i'll take a picture of it, so kids in the future will know what they lost in the case Haynes becomes Govna' and decides to plop a geothermal plant on it. I've always wondered what it would be like to see all those herds of buffalo on the Great Plains, other than old dated pictures of piled up skulls. But, hey..

  • GOP Gubernatorial Candidate In Wyoming Would Open Yellowstone National Park To Grazing, Mining   3 days 4 hours ago

    Gary wants everyone to enjoy wilderness the way he does. Because only his way is pure enough... Sounds a tad bit elitist to me.