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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Trump saves lives in Alaska

Jimmy Carter signed legislation in 1980 creating the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. This was to help save the black brant, a subspecies of the brant goose.

In the first 14 years of this refuge, 12 Alaskans died because the refuge reduced the access of King Cove, population 989, to the neighboring community of Cold Bay, where Medevac aircraft land.



We overdo saving species to the point where we are willing to let an Alaskan die every year because a few geese might be upset.

President Reagan could not undo this mess, nor could either President Bush. Clinton and Obama could not care less about the people of Alaska.

Republican Congressman Don Young of Alaska gave an impassioned speech for legislation to allow King Cove to get better access to Cold Bay.

"We're talking about an 11-mile, single-lane, gravel road to provide access" to hospitals that are "600 miles away in Anchorage," Young said.

The Anchorage Daily News reported, "He spoke of elders evacuated in crab boats and a woman who died in a Coast Guard helicopter crash while being airlifted for medical care."

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke cut through the red tape this week.

"Officials from the Trump administration and an Alaska Native village corporation signed a deal Monday aimed at advancing construction of the proposed road through a national wildlife refuge on the Alaska Peninsula, from King Cove to Cold Bay," the Bristol Bay Times reported.

ALM.

Alaskan Lives Matter.

King Cove is way the heck out there in that string of islands that juts into the Bering Sea from Alaska. It has a cannery for salmon and whitefish.

Call me heartless, but I don't think people should die just so we do not inconvenience a few birds.

Frankly, I would let states in the West have most of the land the federal government now controls. Alaskans can take better care of Alaska than Washington can.

It's taken six presidents and 38 years to get this 11-mile road approved. Sheesh.

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17 comments:

  1. There will be people that scream about this, you realize. To hell with saving human lives, that bastard Trump wants to kill off the black brant!

    Honestly, what took the rest of them such a long time?

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  2. The stupid idea that black brant would be bothered by a tiny road is, well, stupid. Especially there in Alaska where there is so much wide-open space it boggles the mind. Look at King Cove on a map - it's in the wilderness, way out on the peninsula.

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  3. Sounds like the Natives have a better advocate in Zinke.. btw I recall the black Brant was affected by the '64 quake-nothing to do with human activity...
    "Trust the EPA?-Ask a Navajo...TG

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  4. The name of the book escapes me, but I recall that in most areas that are designated as parks, the inhabitants suffer. The example cited was in the tropics, but the Adirondacks came to mind. A balance needs to be restored.

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  5. Out of curiosity, I looked at a map of the area, and the need to build a road makes no sense to me as I look at the geography. Cold Bay and King Cove are separated by water, Cold Bay. King Cove has its own airport, likely small but presumably suitable as a landing site for small aircraft like helicopters. The map does not show any road around Cold Bay from King Cove village to Cold Bay town, but there is a road on the eastern side of the bay that heads north out of King Cove, which terminates well short of the boundary of the refuge and also way short of the Cold Bay airport. As the geese fly, the distance and flight time from King Cove airport to Cold Bay airport would appear to be a lot shorter than a drive all the way around the circumference of Cold Bay. What ground conditions and flying conditions are like during the year are another matter entirely, of course. I'm just reporting what a map of the area shows. Inclement weather could make a rescue by air difficult or impossible; but then heavy snow could make the proposed road impassable. That is something a map doesn't reveal.

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    1. the King Cove airport
      has instrument approaches it sits in a hole 200ft mountainous surrounding it-also a factor. cold Bay does not have that problem:
      http://www.airnav.com/airport/PACD
      more open ans snow while a problem
      is plowed. any Aleutian flying is
      not easy, think "Deadliest Catch"
      in a Cessna.. TG

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    2. I lived in Alaska, and in bad weather I would much rather be evacuated by snow machine (or dogsled) than try to fly.

      Aso, in winter the rivers freeze over and ice roads are scraped on them. They are unusable in summer but very handy in winter. Does the bay ice up solid enough for a road? - Elric

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    3. During the Aleutian Campaign in WWII, there was a saying, "Pilots were old or bold, never both".

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  6. How soon before some LibDem judge issues an injunction to stop this life-saving access road?

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  7. We here all know and remember the preamble of the Constitution, where it says: "We the People of the United States, who want All our Land to be Owned by the Federal Government in Order to form a more perfect Union..."

    Whadaya mean, you don't remember that? They teach it in all the schools, don't they?

    OK, maybe I'm wrong- but I'm sure it's included in the emanations and penumbras!

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  8. There was a time when watermelon green nutbags were told to eff off because human beings are more important than animals. It's still true and they need to eff off.

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  9. Libs hate rural people. Well, some of them do. Too dang many of them.

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  10. We overdo saving species to the point where we are willing to let an Alaskan die every year because a few geese might be upset.

    Read a little about Ingrid Newkirk, founder of PETA, and you know why this comes as no surprise.

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  11. The left doesn't care about animals or people. They are just tools to increase power:

    --The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.

    Under the plan announced Wednesday, companies could kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles a year without penalty -- nearly four times the current limit.--

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/04/new-administration-rule-would-permit-thousands-eagle-deaths-at-wind-farms.html

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  12. Me. I think I’d rather stand trial on Judgement Day for some bird dying than for one of God’s children.

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