The tyranny of gas-guzzling power boats

Recently it was disclosed that one reason that a local river group took so long (more than a year) to adopt a position opposing the planned reservoir was that a reservoir would be welcomed by the bass boat-owning portion of the membership.  “If you bought a $50,000 bass boat, you’d want a place to use it.”

These days, the big bass boats come equipped with huge gas-guzzling outboard motors, many in the 150-200 horse power range.  This enables them to attain high speeds quickly and cover a lot of water.  These boats are noisy, create a lot of wake, and scare wildlife.  Sooooo, according to this mode of myopic thinking, let’s take a beautiful, free-flowing, natural river and turn it into a playground for power boats.  Brilliant!

A recent post quoted author Kurt Vonnegut.  Another apropos Vonnegut-ism might be: “The good Earth– we might have saved it, but we were too damn cheap and lazy.” (Man Without a Country, 2005).  In that section, he was referring to our fossil-fuel addiction and its resultant effects on climate change (and now, looming chaos) and the end of oil.  “We have squandered our planet’s resources, including air and water, as though there were no tomorrow, so now there isn’t going to be one.  So there goes the Junior Prom, but that’s not the half of it.” 

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