Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Smile, you're on candid camera!

The Border Patrol is apparently now committed to the NEPA process for the SBInet project along 262 miles of the Arizona border. And while we certainly commend the Border Patrol for engaging the public in the process, for whatever that's worth, we do find some of the enviro responses slightly puzzling:
"For our environment, our wildlife, for our natural heritage, the virtual fence is far better than a real fence that an animal can't cross through."
While we certainly agree that anything is better that the "secure fence/berlin wall," we shouldn't get all enthusiastic about a project that could become a creepy "Big Brother" nightmare. True, virtual might be better for the non-human animals, but who really knows what the Department of Homeland Security is up to? And recall, my friends, that some of the areas in question are Wilderness. So much for leaving the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable.

This project might also dissuade other charismatic megafauna.


1 comment:

Scott said...

I think it's really a matter of the lesser of two evils. A physical fence is about the worst idea you could come up with, as it has a huge footprint (particularly for maintenance), will severely restrict wildlife movement and further lop the Sonoran Desert into two distinct gene pools, and--as with the virtual fence--it won't work anyway. It also looks like hell.