I was very close to this situation, when I was living just off highway 12 as it crosses into the National Forest and winds over Lolo Pass, on the Idaho side. I know that highway well and love it for its scenic beauty. This two lane highway was the inspiration for the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and so it should remain. It is the wrong kind of road for industrial hauling - way too narrow and winding, no shoulder and that beautiful river right there, very unsafe for megaloads, DUH.
I am 110% grateful to Linwood and Borg ad FightingGoliath.org for all they have done to stop this idiotic plan of big oil to slip through where they had hoped they will be the least noticed. The world is watching thanks to their hard work and that of the many folks with common sense and an appreciation for that which transcends money and politics.
It's totally ridiculous that these gigantic loads would ever try to take such tiny roads - its like Cinderella and the glass slipper - you could fit a whole lot of cars, trucks, RVs, canoes, rafts, bicycles and motorcycles into one megaload footprint.
But that isn't really the biggest reason why these megaloads are a bad idea all around. They are headed towards a mining mess that you can see from outer space its so big and ugly. It is destroying indigenous lands and the health of the water, the animals, the plants and the people, everything that formerly thrived there for far longer than our memories reach.
There are clean ways of producing energy, and the technology is there. Oil is not the answer and its dirty. Fracking is another really awful idea, brought to us by those same interests. Greed is fueling it and that is not the way to do business in an enlightened world.
Since I may be offending big business, let's spread it around. I'll liken big oil's wrong-headedness to helicopter logging - do you really need to go to such great lengths to extract the last bit of resource you can? Why not invest in some new way of providing energy.
Why not let's talk about reducing our consumption so we don't need so much electricity and gas and oil? America consumes so much more than elsewhere around the world and we have a 'megaload' of unnecessary stuff keeping us from seeing how we are being used by Madison Avenue.
The Tribes have spoken, they don't want the megaloads crossing through their lands, or the tar sands polluting their ancestral home. Their voice must be honored because these are their lands under treaty and they are trying to protect them. The smallest voices carry the biggest truths. If you took out the special interests, and the politics, maybe the people's voice would be heard.
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