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When I worked as a water plant operator in the Grand County gas fields the problem was too much water, more than could be disposed of in fracking. All the water used there was "production water", meaning it came up with the gas and oil from deep strata where it had been for millions of years. We had the equipment to clean it up to a theoretically potable condition, but there was no demand, so we simply cleaned it to a less toxic condition so we cold safely handle it (and recover all the salable hydrocarbons) then re-injected it into much the same strata it came from, sometimes pushing out a little more product in the process.
Another more local example I observed was on Apres Ski Way at Ski Trail Lane. There was a twelve or fifteen foot depth of homogeneous soil, apparently from a mudslide.
To the question posed regarding whether we ought to be pursuing alternatives to fossil fuel with some urgency, the answer is yes, and that we are doing so. The real question is whether the level of urgency assigned the task is appropriate.
To the discussion of catastrophic flooding, it is worth note that a major mechanism for topographical change in the western US is the (1000 year?) cloudburst in a steep drainage. While excavating for a fish hatchery renovation in the Uintas my geologists' curiosity was aroused and I had to stop work to examine the strata. From a drainage of less than 100 acres, debris flows had accumulated to a depth of more than the twenty feet I had dug into, in layers generally two to four feet deep, apparently since the retreat of the last glaciation.
A community that "hosts a vibrant, equitable society.” This phrase is being implemented on the federal government level to serve as the new political correctness, the social engineers mandate, the equal outcomes regardless of efforts mantra, the all value systems are equal philosophy.
If completely implemented it would assure a path for tyranny to follow on, first by the majority, then by the minorities, and eventually by a dictator. The former Soviet Union is an excellent case in point.
I fully support sustainability in its elemental form, the prudent use of the earths resources. Most of this other baggage has hitched a ride on that wagon.
Of we who assiduously practice lifestyles that aspire to include core values of conservation, self reliance, responsible stewardship and harmony with the universe, many find the definitions given to "Sustainability" and the efforts to enforce the use of that "lens through which all decisions are made" through government mandates to be rather contrary to those same values, even to the degree that we find it challenging to acknowledge ourselves as supporting "Sustainability".
To engage Rhys' analogy to Christianity, there are those who believe one can only be a true disciple if actively proselytizing, others quietly maintain that simply following the precepts oneself is sufficient, and that many of the missionary's efforts over the centuries have been abhorrent as seen in light of Christ's example.
Scott's points are well taken, both regarding prudent financial decision making itself as a factor of sustainability, and the recycling issue. Many people will make decisions to participate more actively if the opportunity is present, but still object to those conditions being created by the compelled participation through taxation and regulation. The current recycling challenge could be resolved by creative use of market forces, promoting competition between the businesses involved, removing obstacles to the economical management of the waste stream, placing an "Honor System" donation box at the collection point.
It is an uphill battle to force people to behave as you would wish, better to have them decide for themselves that is an attractive path to follow.
Full two piece bikini, or just the top half?
I'm not buying the conspiracy, but I do think it should be an individual decision to add fluoride to one's intake.
The choice of who one shares sexual relations with is not critical to the Olympics, but how far down this road is the declaration of sexual identity to be accepted as whatever the athlete says they are? I foresee creation of an additional category of "transgendered" added to the current "mens" and "womens".
Many states have laws that allow a mother to take her infant to a fire station, hospital, or similar location and abandon it without any penalty. That law should be extended to the viable fetus as well. As the mother plans to "abandon" it at an abortion clinic, they could instead be required to deliver it live and let it become a ward of the state.
Ken, you brought mothers in when you espoused the right of a mother to kill an unborn child.
For any reason!
Do you support her right to abuse the child within her as well?
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