when i'm not under the blazer, trying to get it to some day roll under it's own power, i'm under the seat of my jetski, trying to make it rip my arms out of their sockets when i grab the throttle. If you have never had yourself launched 20 or so feet in the air off a nice fat swell on a jetski, then i can't adequately explain how fun it is. Those of you who are into motocross probably know what i'm talking about. anyway, the PWC community, like the 4x4'ers, have the environmentalist to deal with. They drone on endlessly about how PWC are the reason the world is going to [censored], and the water quality is degrading ( those oil refineries we have all up and down the texas gulf coast are all grandfathered EPA wise, and they have lobbyists to make sure that their interests are protected, so no they couldn't be the problem...) then there are the homeowners with lakefront property who complain of the cathedral silence and tranquility of their lives being shattered rudely by ' that buzzing jetski sound'... never mind the bass boat screaming at WOT, or what we get at lake travis, the triple-454 cigarette with thru-hull exhaust that is loud enough to literally rattle the windows in the lakehouse.... i'm sure those of you into snowmobiles up north are hip to this kind of problem. read this- This just in from BWN (freaks). Please help to counter their efforts. tj <snip> SUPPORT JETSKI BAN AT PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE! Tell the National Park Service that you want to protect Padre Island National Seashore from dirty, noisy jetskis! BACKGROUND On February 4th, the National Park Service released for public review its determination regarding personal watercraft (PWC) use at Padre Island National Seashore in Texas. The Park Service concluded that PWC, better known by the trade name jetski, are damaging park resources and wildlife. In light of Bluewater Network's court settlement, the agency decided to allow a PWC ban to take effect on April 22. The PWC industry is likely to oppose this common sense measure. If this ban is to take effect, the Park Service needs to hear from citizens who want their National Parks protected from PWC impacts. TAKE ACTION! Please send an email to Jock Whitworth, Padre Island's Superintendent, <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, and thank him for the decision to ban these inappropriate thrillcraft. To send your comments via the Internet, please visit the following link: <http://www.earthisland.org/takeaction/new_action.cfm?aaID=100> Please copy any comments you send to the Park Service to Bluewater Network's Sean Smith, Public Lands Director: email@example.com. A sample letter is provided below. With your help we are making a difference! SAMPLE LETTER Superintendent Jock Whitworth Attn: Personal Watercraft Comments Padre Island National Seashore PO Box 181300 Corpus Christi, TX 78418 RE: Support for the Elimination of Personal Watercraft throughout Padre Island National Seashore Dear Superintendent Whitworth: I strongly support the decision to prohibit personal watercraft (PWC), commonly known as jetskis, throughout Padre Island National Seashore. PWC are high-impact "thrillcraft" which pollute the air and water, create law enforcement problems, threaten public safety, endanger wildlife, destroy natural quiet, and diminish visitor enjoyment. Padre Island is the longest undeveloped barrier island in the United States. The park is home to countless plants and animals, including endangered sea turtles. I commend the Park Service for its efforts to protect this magnificent park from personal watercraft damage. Thank you for this action. Sincerely, your name your address ******************************* Bluewater Network 300 Broadway, Suite 28 San Francisco, CA 94133 Phone: 415-788-3666 x 150 Fax: 415-788-7324 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.bluewaternetwork.org <snip> nice, eh? let's just ban everything, and only enjoy our nations natural resources in canoes, or snowshoes, or on foot! never mind that the new PWC have 4-stroke engines, and catcons, and put out about as much pollution as a chevy truck, these bozos use antiquated data from the 60's to get their message out to people who don't know better. every a$$hole in the nation is pressured to buy the biggest, gas-guzzlingest POS SUV they can afford, cause you're crap if you dont. ( hmmm, please don't ask me what's in the driveway.... we actually use ours!) those SUV don't hve to meet the emissions demands that the government places on cars, cause they're truck-based. How many suburbans, Expeditions, Escalades etc. do you see driven by a single jackass who bought that whale 'cause he could, not because he needed the space? PS i'm buying a car here in a few months. for those of you like me, who have not had one in the stable for a while, go drive a good one. it's incredible how much better they do the job of getting to point b from a than an SUV....... there's a place for PWC, 4x4, motorcycles, snowmobiles. it isin't everywhere, but it also isin't 'legislated out of existence'............ i'm greg, and you have been listening to me rant. thank you.