Monday, October 01, 2007

Ho-hum- wait- now hey there!

A few of our avid readers may have noticed that we pulled a rather discouraging post yesterday about Green Groups Want(ing) to Stop Border Wall Construction. We expressed our disappointment that said Green Groups only wanted BLM to conduct more comprehensive environmental impact studies on the impact of the border fences before actually building them.

We pulled the post because we felt we were being a little too hard on Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club, which, in all fairness, were simply responding to the opportunity at hand. Submitting an Administrative Appeal is, by nature, a ho-hum endeavor, and even if asking for complete NEPA and threatening to sue without it is "so old news," we are deeply grateful to these groups for taking a stand on the San Pedro River. Other regional groups were noticeably asleep at the wheel on this one, so we tip our hats to Defenders and SC for a well-written and thoughtful appeal. We hope we didn't hurt anybody's feelings when we said to wake us up when you develop a new strategy for real opposition.

And lookee here: Border cities block access to border-fence land! A ten-gallon hat tip to the mayors of Brownsville, Del Rio and El Paso who have "denied access to some parts of their city property to Department of Homeland Security workers assigned to begin surveys or other preliminary work on the fence Congress has authorized to keep out illegal immigrants."

Meanwhile, Chertoff touts the new border wall as being better for the environment:
Illegal migrants really degrade the environment. I've seen pictures of human waste, garbage, discarded bottles and other human artifact in pristine areas," Chertoff said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "And believe me, that is the worst thing you can do to the environment."
Not to mention those troublesome piles of bones they are leaving behind. Ick.

- Lozen

1 comment:

What the Chuck said...

It's so interesting how so many conflicts go back to the root of the modern-day enviro movement. In the '60s, it was the fight between the science-based, large-picture conservation movement, and Lady Bird Johnson and the tear-shedding Indian-- the Keep America Beautiful crowd.

And in the new century...