Southeast Boise, DC
Stu's comments remind me of the stubborn resistance to logic (and sound science) that has fueled this entire frustrating debate. Seems his constituency is never happy with the science, unless it says what they want it to say.
If you've ever been to the park during a peak snowmobile day, this is what you'd likely experience. Coming from Idaho Falls, at the top of Targhee Pass you see a pale blue haze over the entire region--the entire Yellowstone region is enshrouded in exhaust fumes. At about 5 miles out from the park, the air smells like an oil refinery, and you can hear the constant "mosquitoes on steroids" whine of snowmobiles--that lasts from sun-up to nearly midnight. When I was last there many of the Park Service employees were all wearing half-face respirators to filter out exhaust fumes.
The pro-snowmobile lobby doesn't see anything wrong with that. They've fought tooth and nail over every reasonable initiative. They screamed like stuck pigs at the proposal to ban 2-strokes. They screamed when speed limits were set. They are always pushing to be able to access more areas that are currently off limits. More, more, more. They simply want it how they want it, and don't tolerate limits.
I started winter treking into the park in 1979, way before snowmobiling drew the numbers it now does. I'd occassionally encounter a machine, but rarely. It was a different place then. It breaks my heart to read how "educated" people like Stu care so little for the aesthetic beauty of this last great place. Science aside, most non-snowmobilers, if they could see, smell and hear how bad it gets during peak snowmobile days, would exclaim...that's terrible! It so totally dominates your experience and the landscape that it ruined the prospect for a serene winter experience, unless you're on a snowmobile.
Shame on you Stu, and those that support your views. It's just not right.
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