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Date: 10/4/19 7:39 am
From: Nate Dias (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Re: N Carolina Birder is featured guest on podcasty
You make good points regarding carbon footprints and "travel shaming"
But I think the truth may be somewhere in the middle of your position and
Mike's. I think listing for the sake of listing and hyper-competitive
birding are not exactly positive endeavors and they deserve some social
pushback. I regret being such a gung-ho lister earlier in my life and am
really glad to be back into the joy of birding for its own sake and not
giving a damn about listing any more.
I suggest another shaming avenue for folks - giving birders heck who keep
their swift-capable chimneys capped and inaccessible. If birders won't do
the right thing on that topic, who will?
Regarding the subject of this thread: I don't agree with Edward's
characterization of "a quest to see 50% of the species in each of the lower
48 U.S. states and D.C." as an "amazing goal".
Terms that leap to my mind about a quest like that are ones like
‘pointless’, ‘arbitrary and insipid’, ‘list-obsessed’ and so forth. A
better quest might be volunteering on conservation projects in each of the
Lower 48 states and DC. Now that would be an amazing goal.
Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC
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"These days I prefer to hunt with a camera. A good photograph demands more
skill from the hunter, better nerves and more patience than the rifle
shot." -- Bror Blixen
On Fri, Oct 4, 2019 at 9:49 AM "Shultz, Steven" <carolinabirds...>
> But where does the electricity come from to power that EV? Four words:
> coal, natural gas, nuclear.
> EVs are great for a number of reasons, but are not necessarily “clean”.
> It just moves the pollution upstream and out of sight. Sort of like
> getting the meat wrapped up at the grocery instead of killing the cow.
> Yes, wind and solar are nice (although they have environmental issues of
> their own). But for, example, solar to replace coal, we would need to
> cover an area of the United States equal to about the eastern third of the
> country with solar panels (the power density of coal is so much higher than
> solar). And I don’t think we really want to replace all that space with
> So it’s not simple. And it’s not just about travel. All power generation
> pollutes or replaces land with infrastructure. Solar might be the
> cleanest, but it only works during the day, and is very inefficient
> compared to other sources. Nuclear is probably the next least harmful, but
> all one has to say is Chernobyl and that discussion screeches to a halt.
> It’s not easy. And in about 100 years the current discussion won’t matter
> (coal, natural gas and oil are finite and expected to essentially run out
> in a blink of time from a geological perspective). Yes, we will be left
> with the CO2 problems from the present, but will need to still find a way
> to create the energy needed for civilization (which increases at a
> significant rate).
> Don’t get me wrong, I support clean power and the push for environmentally
> friendly solutions, but pragmatically, publically outing a person for
> choosing to burn a few gallons of gasoline (or the equivalent in generated
> electricity) isn’t helping. It’s preaching to the choir.
> So let’s please stop with the “travel shaming” and “lifestyle shaming” on
> the mailing list. If you are using the power to type the message, you are
> using electricity and creating associated environmental impacts. Maybe a
> few of us are off the grid and producing power with pico-hydro stations,
> but for the most part, it feels disingenuous to shame folks for driving 2
> hours while sitting in an air conditioned house.
> Written from an air conditioned building (it was 100 degrees yesterday for
> crying out loud!)
> Steve Shultz
> Apex NC
> *From:* <carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:
> <carolinabirds-request...>] *On Behalf Of *Gary Harbour
> *Sent:* Friday, October 04, 2019 9:27 AM
> *To:* Mike Judd
> *Cc:* Edward Pullen; <carolinabirds...>
> *Subject:* Re: N Carolina Birder is featured guest on podcasty
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> Hi Mike, Get an EV then you can 😊 about doing it. Good birding, Gary
> On Oct 2, 2019, at 10:41 PM, Mike Judd (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <
> <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> Wonder what his carbon footprint looks like😩.
> Thinking about running around to taste state & regional pies myself.
> Surely that would be meaningful, yes? My life list of pies is nearing the
> magical 700 mark👍
> Mike Judd
> Formerly of Brevard
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Oct 2, 2019, at 10:22 PM, Edward Pullen (via carolinabirds Mailing
> List) <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> Mike Resch, newly relocated to N. Carolina, is the featured guest on the
> most recent episode of The Bird Banter Podcast. Mike has a quest to see
> 50% of the species in each of the lower 48 U.S. states and D.C. He is only
> 2 states from accomplishing this amazing goal, and talks about it on this
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> You can listent on the BIrd Banter site, or get the episode on Apple
> Podcasts, Stitcher or Spotify. Links on the signature block below.
> Ed Pullen
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