Reading the Undercover Activist Blog, published by
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), I learned of
the development of a new type of solitude assault vehicle: the href="http://www.gibbstech.co.uk/mediacentre/quadski.php"
rel="tag">Quadski, by Gibbs Technologies.
Searching Google Image for “quadski” returns two types of results.
The top image is from the href="http://www.disabledskiing.ca/national/eng_home.htm">Canadian
Association for Disabled Skiing. It shows a person
using adaptive aids in order to ski. That is cool.
I’m not sure I’d want to do it, but for those who do, it’s
The second illustration shows a device that converts from a jet-ski to
a four-wheel drive all-terrain vehicle. I am a fun-loving
guy, and I don’t mean to rain on anyone’s parade. But this
device poses an environmental threat. From href="http://peer.org/wordpress/?p=77">PEER:
The device is a particular threat to href="http://www.peer.org/chapters/ak.php">Alaska
where creeks and rivers limited the nemesis ATVs, but now this device
opens up hundreds of thousands of additional untrammeled lands to the
tracks and muddy paths of an ATV.
It is marketed to enthusiasts, but the company claims that it will have
a serious use as well:
“I know consumers will love the fun of
driving a Quadski on land one
minute and then head straight into the sea or river the next. But there
is a very serious side to Quadski as well: emergency services and aid
workers will be able to reach areas and people no two or four wheel
drive vehicle could reach.”
I should think that if a person is in an area that cannot be reached
except by Quadski, then a Quadski would be necessary to carry out the
rescue. But if the person in need of rescue was able to get
to wherever he or she is without a Quadski, I should think that rescue
workers could get there also, without one. So it would appear
that the only truly necessary use of a Quadski would be to rescue other
Quadski users. I’m not sure that is a legitimate reason to
If a part of the world is so difficult to get to, that a person would
need to use such a device to get there, then most people who go there
are probably looking for serenity and solitude. I say, if
someone needs serenity that badly, then the rest of us should respect
that, not go around making a racket, spewing pollution, and driving
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