[FoRK] Malthusian machinations

Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo ken_ganshirt at yahoo.ca
Sat Jun 12 09:35:36 PDT 2010

--- On Sat, 6/12/10, J. Andrew Rogers <andrew at ceruleansystems.com> wrote:
> The problem with the Nevada site was always political, not
> scientific.  Other states with nuclear waste
> essentially forced the site to be in Nevada without Nevada's
> consent and were unwilling to make any concessions to Nevada
> in return. 
> For example, the government controls ~90% of the land in
> Nevada. About half of this government land has no purpose,
> it is unmanaged land sitting on the Federal register for a
> century with no designation or use. This has created
> terrible land pressure around the metro areas because the
> government never gives up land, they will only trade for a
> bigger piece somewhere else.  In exchange for allowing
> the Federal government to turn 40% of the state into a
> nuclear waste dump, they wanted a portion of the unused
> Federal land returned to the state so that the metros and
> agricultural counties would have more land available. They
> were laughed out of town.
> It is easy to see why land use issues become political.
> There is a terrible shortage of non-Federal land in most
> parts of  Nevada and the Feds will not release any of
> it and have no real reason for this policy.  At the
> same time, other states essentially use the Federal land in
> Nevada for their own purposes. It isn't about nuclear waste,
> that is just a convenient political football that both
> parties in the state use as cover for a more complicated
> bipartisan matter.

Thanks for that. I've always wondered what the real resistance was about. It seemed deeper and/or different than simple NIMBY or basic science.


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