Friday, October 14, 2011

Selling Out


Driving north on interstate 25 between Denver and Fort Collins, it is hard to miss the suburban sprawl that has exploded in the last 10 years. Strip malls, housing developments, fast food restaurants, and Starbucks’s hug the highway in a perverted exploitation of water and land. But in a time where more and bigger is better, we simply call this type of development “progress”. Maybe it is, but I’m not one that has ever been motivated by such things.

There was a time in our country’s history when we pushed west in discovery of the unknown. Leaving our homes east of the Mississippi for this “Manifest Destiny”, to claim what was rightfully ours. Taking from some, propelling the fate of others into the unknown as we nailed stakes into the ground to build an empire like no other. This was all done in the name of progress, never wavering in scope, we pushed hard.

It is this push for progress that has defined us as a people. We became connected through railways, roads, and commerce. We fought to make our mark, and successful we were. The ideals of the “American Dream” drove this explosion, the world was at our fingertips, we just had to reach out and grab it.

There was also a time in our country’s history where we chose to protect certain lands from being exploited. National Parks were created and deemed too beautiful to “develop”. We understood the value of shared ownership, and that the people whom pay their taxes deserved to share in the spoils of such beauty. I am reminded of that every time I string a fly rod in search of healthy trout in Rocky Mountain National Park. These are my fish.

As the proposed Pebble Mine and the fate of Bristol Bay hang in the balance, so too does the very existence of a species, a livelihood for many, and a culture. The salmon of Bristol Bay interconnect the region as they have for generations. They provide a livelihood for many, sport for some, and life to a pristine part of the world. They are under attack (as a friend wrote), and need someone to stand up and fight for them.  


The potential mine waste from this operation is not worth the consequences. The devastation of such action, would not only be reckless, it would be regrettable. There is no need to cut our nose to spite our face. Asking a species, community, and industry for forgiveness later is not an option, as we still have the opportunity to do what’s right. Foreign investment or domestic, it doesn’t matter. The end result is the same; No Salmon, Loss of Jobs, and the fleecing of a culture.

Do what’s right…Don’t sell out…Please help save Bristol Bay.

*Trout Unlimited and Save Bristol Bay are at the forefront of this fight. Please check out both www.tu.org and www.savebristolbay.org, to see how you can help.

22 comments:

  1. I couldn't have said it better, nor did I!

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  2. Sanders, man, you pulled out the stops for this one. Great job, I only hope that the collective voices are enough to stop this travesty. Is it really necessary for us to exploit every last inch of the planet? It's like that bumper sticker says- "Earth First! We'll log the other planets later"

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  3. This is definitely a cause to get behind if ever there was one. If we begin allowing huge corporations to rape and pillage our few remaining protected places there will be no stopping them. These people know nothing except profit margins and when dealing with issues such as this that shouldn't even factor into the equation. Thanks for helping to get the word out Sanders , every person can make a difference. That being said I'm going to post a link to the Pebble Mine "Save Bristol Bay" site on my blog as well , no excuse for not practicing what you preach.

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  4. Well done Sanders and you didn't seem to make any of our neighbors defensive!

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  5. Sanders, as you say, we have an opportunity to do things different this time. We all need to stand up and make it happen.

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  6. Urban sprawl, new wells drilled, dry streams.

    I stopped swearing, I don't think I can finish what I want to say.
    It stinks.

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  7. Hope to see you at the Bristol Bay Road Show on the 27th! Nice Post!

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  8. Greed over everything seems to be the focus of most. Like you said, we have supposedly progressed, when in reality they really have made things worse than they have ever been before. To bring things back to the day when the Native Americans ruled these lands is impossible. Let's hope things start turning around and these ignorant greedy corporate a$$holes wake the F up. Sorry about the insinuated cuss words :) Tight Lines.

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  9. Kirk- Thanks. Your post this morning ruffled my feathers a little bit. Thanks for the motivation. Go Cougars!

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  10. Jason- All we can do is voice our concern...then cross our fingers.

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  11. Jeff- We can only do so much. It's hard to compete with corporate greed, but at some point you can't ignore the numbers. Thanks for posting that link!

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  12. Howard- Thanks. I chose to take it easy on the Canadians as I know that one company doesn't define a country's feelings. Besides, I also say "aboot". Us North Dakotans are pretty much Canadians anyway...

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  13. Alan- I hear ya. The more we dwell on what is happening, the more frustrating it becomes.

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  14. Trout- Progress is defined differently by different people. It's just unfortunate that profit helps to define some people's definition.

    Let those cuss words fly...I can relate.

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  15. good post sanders - theres a delicate balance we have to have between industry and protecting the environment, but pebble doesn't fit into that balance, it just sucks

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  16. Travis- Thanks. Balance is a tough thing...and you're right, it just sucks.

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  17. Sanders
    Great informaiton although the balance factor is the down turn--thanks for sharing

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  18. Bill- Thanks. It will be interesting to see what happens.

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  19. Great work my friend... the salmon thank you...

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  20. Chris- Thanks. All we can do is voice our concern. Hopefully people are listening and taking action.

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