McCain bill shoots down limit on flights over the Grand Canyon


There are actions underway to limit the noise in our national parks, specifically in the Grand Canyon, where commercial flight tour programs are one of the most popular ways people experience the parks. Sen. John McCain, it seems, as been contacted appropriately on the matter.

Personally, I don’t know how peering into the canyon from the window of a helicopter and amongst the din of its rotors counts as an “experience,” but it all depends on how we interpret the point of our parks. I like to think it is to preserve and enjoy our most natural and wild places.

To me, limiting what does not preserve them makes sense. Those who feel it’s more about enjoyment may disagree. Moreover, the American way of enjoying something, that is to say, mass consumerism, does not overlap well with the idea of making something last.




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