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CaptainVertigo
2013-12-11 01:57:44
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Prelude to The Case for Pristine Mountains
An unintended benefit of our relative isolation and underdevelopment has been the preservation of some pristine wildernesses, no doubt at a great historical cost to our people. The hierarchy of a nationís needs may well require that its natural beauty be damaged to some extent in the name of a population that is fed, has health, has education and general welfare. There is not much point in having a magnificent environment populated by the cold, hungry and depressed. Clearly a balance must be struck.
Simon reminds us that there are no free lunches................................................. See "Safeguarding the Comeraghs and electricity" ( http://mountainviews.ie/motleyviews/general/comment/7067/) We need energy, but no one appears to be willing to pay the price, preferring the ostrich approach. Harnessing energy always comes at a cost. Fossil fuels allowed us to leap forward in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries but caused tremendous environmental damage. The consequences of nuclear power are potentially catastrophic, no matter what the immediate benefit. In this context perhaps wind energy is the least worst option of all the energies? Considerable reflection is required.
I ply my trade in what is known as the adversarial system. Two opposing sides clash head on: someone else decides. Hegel described how this works for ideas: Marx for material things. Its called the dialectic. Thesis, antithesis, synthesis. With respect to Simon (and that is no empty formula, I mean true respect) I want to be adversarial. I want to nail my colours to the mast. I want to preserve and protect our mountain wildernesses. That is what I am about. There will be no shortage of those who argue the opposite: that the high places are there for the taking in the name of electricity. I am damned (by my own conscience) if I am going to begin the debate with a compromise. Some sane person can decide that I am wrong. In the meantime I am committed to the crazy proposition that the mountains are entitled to have their cause pleaded without reservation or compromise. I already inhabit a world where there is no shame in pleading a seemingly hopeless case. A world where I may be wrong more than I am right. I am not the judge and jury. I am the advocate.....................................................
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Summit Comment
Crockmain: A Great Viewpoint
Aidy 5 hours ago.
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Summit Comment
Mamore Hill: Part Of A Brilliant Ridge Of Hills
Aidy 5 hours ago.
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Forum: General
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wwwalker a day ago.
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Summit Comment
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Aidy 5 hours ago.
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Track
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Bunsen7 a day ago.
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Summit Comment
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Aidy 5 hours ago.
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Track
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Onzy 2 days ago.
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Summit Comment
Brandon Hill: The Barrow way
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Summit Comment
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Summit Comment
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Summit Comment
Stoney Top: A haven of peace away from the multitudes!
Colin Murphy a day ago.
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