Tuesday, October 23, 2012

More Proof that One Should be Headshrunk...

...before being allowed to take office. Or, let's put a mall in the Grand Canyon.

Via MSNBC

A controversial ballot measure backed by Republicans in the state legislature is seeking sovereign control over millions of acres of federal land in the state, including the Grand Canyon.

Proposition 120 would amend the state's constitution to declare Arizona's sovereignty and jurisdiction over the "air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within the state's boundaries."

The measure is the latest salvo in the so-called "sagebrush revolt" by Republicans in the West aiming to take back control of major swaths of land owned by various federal agencies, much of it by the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management.

6 comments:

Tamayn Irraniah said...

So let me guess what they want to do with it; mine, drill, and generally destroy the beauty that exists in these places so we can live a few more years on the same forms of energy that have been causing all the same problems for years. Am I psychic, paranoid, or is this a little from each column?

Writer said...

Tamayn, a little from both but leaning heavily towards psychic. Arizona itself is a huge problem. All the energy necessary to cool it, to funnel water to it? It's insane. :(

Kyle Leach said...

I'm with JP. It's a little of all those things. I also agree that it is a place we really should not have high population centers. JP, your point about energy usage, water, etc is spot on.

Writer said...

Kyle, I have Barbara Kingsolver and her book Animal Vegetable Miracle to thank for that. I'd never really thought about how much energy it takes to bring water to the desert before that. Now, it seems both rather selfish and self-destructive to want to live there and still pretend it's a temperate climate.

JamTheCat said...

JP, you should read Fanny Trollope's "The Domestic Manners of the Americans"...and try not to be shocked at how a book written about her travels in Ohio and the northeast in 1830 reveals an American mindset that hasn't changed in over 180 years. It's breathtaking how backwards so many so-called Americans are.
And, so far as I'm concerned, traitorous.

Writer said...

I will check that out, Kyle (JamTheCat). Didn't I see that on your Goodreads?