Twilight at the mud hills of the Carrizo Badlands, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California.
The title “Denying Fragility” is of course a bit of a wordplay, and the desert can be denying in multiple ways: as a habitat for humans, or from the perspective of beauty. As beautiful a landscape as it is to some, not everyone can see and appreciate this beauty. But it’s also a fragile ecosystem, with soils that cannot store what little precipitation there is and extremes not just in temperatures but weather in general, from blasting winds to thunderstorms with flash flooding.
And yet, we humans continue to deny granting the desert this fragility, accepting it. Instead, we’re bulldozing thousands of acres of sensitive habitat for yet more abominations of utility-scale “green” energy power plants like Ivanpah, add myriads of rows of solar panels that could just as easily sit of residential rooftops (which are already connected to the electrical grid anyway), erect bird-threatening wind turbines in questionable areas, and so on, and so on. All in the name of greenwashing the profits of investor owned utilities. If you’re reading these lines and have not installed solar panels on your rooftop, please consider doing it.
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October 30th, 2017
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