4 July 2004

Too much shrubbery

In the news today, we learn that Shrub wants to build more roads through wilderness. As someone who hikes, I know for a fact that there is a clear correlation between access to an area by car or boat and the amount of trash. If someone has to backpack into an area, there's only so much they can carry, but once cars can come in, you get everyone with their 4X4s, 6-packs and Fritos, and the wilderness starts looking like the back lot of a MacDonalds. On the other hand, roads do help large corporations extract the wealth off of public lands. Perhaps the wealthy folk will toss a few Frito crumbs and empty beer cans from their limos to us poor backpacking folk as they drive by.

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