Some history from an expatriated Pennsylvanian may be in line here.
Please don't interpret my replies as being apathetic but when I lived in my home area we were fighting this same battle in 1978 and I got a little too involved with the cause. By the time 1988 rolled around I knew too much about what was really happening. With this knowledge came a sort of curse. Whenever I drove down toward Muncy PA. and had a pair of polarized sunglasses on I could see the massive cloud of sulfur di oxide gas that was drifting over the sky as far as the eye could see. The cloud comes from the coal fired PP&L plant at Washingtonville PA. I also knew that none of the other drivers heading east on I 180 were noticing it and probably didn't care what it was if they did.
I ended up as a person who knew all the threats and couldn't ignore them. I knew what I was seeing when the new landfill was built in Clinton County right beside the Susquehanna River! I knew what that stuff in the lagoons at the International Paper Company at Lock Haven PA. was. I knew way too much and it began to take a toll on me. It was hard to enjoy even beautiful places like my special little streams way out in the Tiadaghton, Susquehannock and Tioga State forests because I knew what was up in the atmosphere and that a prevailing wind could bring it to them even though they were so remote. Instead of enjoying my life in the outdoors I was a man who everything I looked at was either already destroyed or threatened. In my eyes there was no safe place and all that existed were things I had to fight to protect.
I know, I know, someone has to do it. I spent my time in the trenches trying to sway the public. I worked for a large agency where our focus was to try to sway the State Senators and our U.S. Congressmen and Senators. The effort was exhausting and to this day I am not so sure I made any difference at all. It is hard to attract the attention of the U.S. congress to the cause of a bunch of Tree Huggers' when they are caught up in the Iran Contra scandal with one side protecting their President and the other so focused on attacking the Illegal deal that they don't have time for Acid Rain or Watershed Management issues and so on. After Iran Contra there were more "issues of National importance" for the government to deal with so....................... After ten years of thinking I could save a stream for future generations I decided to let it all go. I started going to my streams and finding a good place to sit then plucking one of those beers I stuffed in my vest pack out and enjoying what I had. After about a year of this I was cured, and no I was not drunk for a year
. I could once again see the beauty that was still available for my eyes and my mind to take in and I indulged to the max.
Now, I live in Alaska and it's The Pebble Project! And if not that it's "Drill Baby Drill" and turning our sights on ANWR, why not? There will always be a fight. There will always be someone who will not want to tear it down for the sake of creating a job. Right now it seems we need about 10 million of them but Pebble and ANWR combined will not solve that issue will they? There is no escape my friend, I am hoping to go to Illiamma this year and if I make it I will enjoy my time while over there.
God Bless you for caring,