Camp Mather matters
 
How funny, This old video with its heart-wrenching musical score, extols atomic power as being a preferable alternative to hydroelectric. 

The scenes in this film were at a low water mark that was not seen before, and has not been seen since. 

And I still wonder why the vacationing hoards of tourists are valued over daily life provided to the Bay Area by the clean water and power that flows from Hetch Hetchy. Why should the water that sustains SF and the bay area be removed to make way for vacationers and day-trippers? Yosemite is crowded, as confounding as the crowds that clog Disneyland each summer. Is there a reason to bring those same hoards to another nearby natural area? The bay area depends on that clean water and power for life. 

San Francisco was lovely before it was built into a city. Should we try to roll back the calendar there too? Take down the buildings? Tear up the roads? Probably not. Then why take away the water and power that make SF possible? 

Whose water treatment plans and power generators are waiting in the wings to charge and overcharge the people of the bay area? What we have works. 

It's the out-of-towners who are keen to "restore Hetch Hetchy". But - as a naturalist ancd geologist has said - "Hetch Hetchy has already been restored - it was a glacier lake once, and it has been restored as a lake once again."

 





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