RENewsletter | August 21, 2011


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The great conundrum of our times is that in a time of rapidly occurring Climate Change and a rapid disintegration of the environment that we need to thrive and survive, mainstream media still marginalizes environmental concerns. [Check often for this continually updated list on the possible consequences of Climate Change in our region--supported by facts.] If there isn’t a quick and substantial change in how environmental concerns are reported, edited, and chosen in mainstream media, the public will continue to believe that environmental concerns are merely special interest matters, issues they can avoid if they choose.  How can we inform the public and monitor our environment without abridging our Freedoms--in enough time to safe ourselves?


Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. -- Carl Sagan


Opening Salvo | NewsLinks | Daily Updates | Events | Environmental Site of the Month | Take Action |



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Opening Salvo:  Who’s prettier: wind turbines or fracking sites? The New York energy argument from aesthetics.


For a moment, let’s forget about Climate Change and renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions and all the usual stuff about what’s right for the environment and our economy. Let’s look at the energy options in New York State only from the perspective of a beauty contest.


I mean, when you’re out in the country enjoying the landscape as it melts because of Climate… (Whoops, sorry, I promised I wouldn’t go there) and you grab your morning coffee and go out on your porch, what would you rather see?

The visage of fracking or the looming towers of wind turbines?  


So, with wind turbines you have these gigantic monsters whirling away, ugly as sin to some, destroying the landscape visage with their incessant droning of those spindly blades.

With fracking sites you have a landscape scarred by trucks, newly built roads, and open dirt scars and little pools of grey water that look like you wouldn’t want to swim in them.

Just based on looks, what method of getting energy is prettier? Wind turbines or fracking?


From the perspective of the wind turbine haters, wind turbines are just downright ugly. But then there are those who just love them, as they whirl away producing energy from the wind making the planet inhabitable. (Sorry, there I go again.)

I heard a lot about fracking; but I haven’t heard anyone say that they just look terrific. Not even their proponents have said how great tearing up the New York State countryside and placing drilling apparatus all over the place will enhance our state’s looks.

There you are: on the whole, wind turbines are prettier than fracking sites.


I know, this probably isn’t a fair or a sane argument, but a beauty contest is a beauty contest.  We tend to judge our environmental issues on their surface appeal at times and I thought I’d just go ahead and see what the argument looks like.  With a beauty contest one wins and goes on to promote events and sell stuff in skimpy attire and the loser goes on to live a normal ‘just-get-over-it’ kind of life.


With the environment, it’s a little more complex.  (Click on my email for feedback)




NewsLinksEnvironmental NewsLinks – [Highlights of major environmental stories concerning our area from the past week]





UpdatesDaily Updates – [Connecting the dots on Rochester’s environment. Find out what’s going on environmentally in our area—and why you should care? Clicking on -DISCUSSION – will take you to my blog “Environmental Thoughts, NY, where you can add your comments.]





EventsRochester Environmental Events Calendar – [The most complete listing of all environmental events around the Rochester, New York area.]  If you don’t see your event, or know of a local environmental event, please send me the info: with (EV event) in the subject line.


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ActionTake Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 





AwardEnvironmental Site of the Month Award – [On the last Sunday of each month, we present an environmental award for the Rochester-area environmental web site or blog that best promotes the need to protect and offers solutions for our area's environmental issues.]