Monday, June 6, 2011

On the FENCE

One of  hardest  parts about being a  fisherman who write articles  for a blog  is when you have to make conservation decisions and it  has you fence sitting. Last week you read about my strong distaste for a water well in Crawford county, Wisconsin.  This week ,I want a oil pipeline . Call me what? Every name in the book you say! I guess many popular bloggers wouldn't touch this one with a ten foot pole for risk of being banished from their readers but I can't put my head in the sand on this.

 Keystone XL Pipeline , has me just in knots.Long story short, Its a pipe line from Canada through the US delivering more oil across our country .Of course the environmentalists want the President to veto this one  . On one hand, we need oil. Gas prices are on the verge of pushing us into a double dip recession. On the other hand, what is the environmental impact it has on our country? We have a push here for wind power. Its ok, if its Not in your back yard. If it is in your back yard its UGLY energy as well.They make terrible noise, and ruin the skyline. You will be hearing a lot about Normandy and their wind farms in days to come. Thats a whole other article which I will write nothing about.. .It might be a long term plan but we need  action now.

  People are going broke filling their gas tanks. They have no money to buy groceries .If you are commuting to work the cost of gas has you maybe breaking even. No one has extra money to join,contribute,support the clubs or other environmental efforts so these struggle too.  Here is a easy example to follow .People  crab about walleye tournaments on "THEIR " lake and the terrible impact they have on the local water. The very guys giving money to research, lake clubs and stocking programs are the tournament anglers, not the people screaming about 'THEIR " lake.We the tournament anglers, are broke, so the environment will suffer. When tournament numbers are down ,less money  is generated for the lake. Its a ugly truth.
Environmentalists just cant veto everything. If no one is making money the environment suffers too!
So, I'm Sorry if I offended any of my loyal trout fishing, environmental loving readers with my yearning for fossil fuels. I love the environment too, but I love to feed my kids and pay my bills and for that I will not apologize .


  1. Alternative energy is a great thing to strive for, but in the interim we need something that is cost-effective and can get us to that next breakthrough without breaking the bank. While I might not like it, fossil fuel is a necessity and as such we as a nation need to find cost effective ways to get it while conserving the environment. And oddly, both can be done, if people truly want to. It's vogue to bitch about fossil fuels, but you have written what 90% of Americans are thinking anyway, so I wouldn't worry about offending anyone.

  2. It's a fact that this country is in a mess. The good news is it's the idiot politician's fault...going back to before you and I am were even born. There was talk of solutions and alternatives going back to when I was a kid in the 50s. The bad news is, we're going to pay the price one way or another. We have to do what we have to do to keep the cars rolling and food on the table.

  3. Here's a good one!

    Employee : Excuse me sir, may I talk to you? Boss : Sure, come on in. What can I do for you? Employee : Well sir, as you know, I have been an employee of this prestigious firm for over ten years. Boss : Yes. Employee : I won't beat around the bush. Sir, I would like a raise. I currently have four companies after me and so I decided to talk to you first. Boss : A raise? I would love to give you a raise, but this is just not the right time. Employee : I understand your position, and I know that the current economic down turn has had a negative impact on sales, but you must also take into consideration my hard work, pro-activeness and loyalty to this company for over a decade. Boss : Taking into account these factors, and considering I don't want to start a brain drain, I'm willing to offer you a ten percent raise and an extra five days of vacation time. How does that sound? Employee : Great! It's a deal! Thank you, sir! Boss : Before you go, just out of curiosity, what companies were after you? Employee : Oh, the Electric Company, Gas Company, Water Company and the Mortgage Company!