Rare Earth News is an on-line journal tracking the measurable progress of ongoing projects to make
The projects we cover include:
--acquisition and preservation of the California "Mega-Park", an interconnected 1000-mile California park system, that preserves our farmland, working forests and wildlife habitats from expanded urban sprawl;
--creation of a rail transit system that will directly compete with cars to significantly cut air pollution;
--construction of clean power projects using solar and wind energy to attain independence from not only hostile foreign nations but also from greedy oil companies and their monopoly on fossil fuels, and
--removing the concrete from our urban creeks and rivers and implementing zero-waste technologies to stop the pollution of our natural areas and ocean with chemicals and trash.
By tracking our successes, we can make certain we continue moving forward, not falling backward, as sometimes happened under the Bush administration. With the election of Barack Obama as President, I am hopeful that we finally have a president and congress that care about domestic issues, the environment and global warming; people we can work with, rather than fight against.
HERE IS A SHORT SUMMARY OF 2008'S BIG STORIES:
In 2008, we saw some of the biggest enviro-wreckers go broke.
At Least 90,000 acres were Preserved statewide in 2008. See Our 2008 Update to the California Conservation Lands Inventory:
On the North Coast, we have new management at Pacific Lumber that promises to end clear-cutting and bring back sustainable, long-term logging practices. In
In the Bay area, strong urban growth boundaries in each county are keeping urban sprawl in tight control, while voters and land trusts are making sure that threatened properties and "development rights" are being bought up to expand the Bay Ridge trail system and keep farmlands green.
In largely built-out
In the Central Valley, lawsuits flared against the biggest timber owner Sierra Pacific Industries;
In the desert and South Coast, proposed wind and solar farms created both the opportunity for clean energy and controversy over threats to wildlife and huge power lines through existing parks. The feds, also, however, proposed to convert even more of the desert to military base land, a much-more destructive possibility. And finally, both the state and federal governments put the nail in the coffin to a tollroad through a coastline state park.
It's been a very exciting and interesting year at Rare Earth News and the California Mega-Park Project.
---Rex Frankel, the editor
FOR LINKS TO ALL THE ARTICLES WE HAVE POSTED IN THE LAST 3 MONTHS, CLICK HERE: