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Theory Matters

by on September 11, 2013

Theory Matters

Can we have both $ and Nature?

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  1. For me, this article hit home as it mentions the fight for the Adirondacks. I have grown up and live in the Adirondacks. As a citizen of that area, I know first hand how lucrative the mountains and other natural attractions are to my town and the surrounding area. At the base of the Adirondacks, Lake George serves as a getaway for locals, but it also draws in large amounts of tourists and the famous biker event Americade. For us, the focus has been on protecting the lake from invasive species and damage caused by fertilizers and other harmful runoff. Both have the ability to greatly impact the ecosystem present. Though damaging, these issues seem petty to the harm that could take place from fracking. I understand how tough the economic environment is for many, however I feel as though we can only focus on profits for so long. Why would our economic standing/well-being matter if water is contaminated, land is unable to be cultivated and safe conditions to settle amongst are hard to come by?

  2. While I stand on the conservation side of this commerce vs. conservation debate, I acknowledge that fracking in the national forest land in Virginia and West Virginia can fall under the description of managing resources, which is what the national forest system was created for in the first place. Having camped in these forests, I would certainly prefer to see the land be maintained in its pristine condition, but I understand what it is there for. The situation in North Dakota is completely different. Theodore Roosevelt National Park falls under the category of a preserved area and therefore fracking should not be permitted despite any possible economic advantages. Regardless of the effects of fracking on the land, if it starts to take place within the boundaries of national parks, it sets a precedent for managing national park resources in the same way as national forests allowing for the possibility that places like Yellowstone become unrecognizable. Tourists are putting money into the economy to see and enjoy these places, and it should be enough to make up for any short term losses in the long run.

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