Video: Four-Wheelers Tearing Up the Desert

| 12/10/2010 5:08:44 PM

Four-wheelers ripping through Southwestern U.S. desert landscapes can do a lot of damage to fragile ecosystems. And some of the best evidence comes in the form of YouTube videos made by the drivers and their buddies themselves.

To see for yourself, tune in to the ORV Mayhem video collection created by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. (ORV means off-road vehicle, a broad class that includes full-size 4x4 vehicles as well as all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, and motorcycles). SUWA challenged its members to submit videos showing ORV abuse on Utah’s public lands, and they responded with a veritable gallery of jackassery.

Watch in awe as groaning Hummers clamber over boulders, spewing exhaust and burning rubber. Thrill as Jeep Cherokees overturn and clatter down slickrock. Cheer as a helmet-mounted cam follows off-road motorcycles on a thrilling race of destruction through scenic arroyos.

Here’s just one of the videos on ORV Mayhem:


You may form some opinions about the folks in the videos. For instance, I found myself thinking, “Golly, that certainly is inconsiderate. Someone should teach those naughty people some manners!” Here’s what a less reserved Edward Abbey had to say about this breed in Postcards from Ed:

12/13/2010 10:22:20 PM

HA. I find it interesting that there is better value and truth in the "used cars for sale" spam than there is in Mr Goetzman's slanted so-called "journalism". True Journalist report the facts not try to spin their own whacked agenda as some sort of factual writing. Shame on Keith Goetzman and Utne both for bad taste and letting false articles get past them.

Bo Hica
12/13/2010 9:46:48 PM

This article, presented as objective journalism, is such an obvious piece of propaganda for the “green movement” masquerading as journalism that I was possessed to look into the background of this fine publication. What I found was a green movement propaganda machine. Here’s a very enlightening interview with the publisher of not only The Utne Reader, but other publications like Mother Earth News, Natural Home and The Herb Companion. The interview was for Elephant Television’s Walk the Talk Show, “A Talk Show for the Green Movement.”

12/13/2010 7:51:42 PM

I guess after reading the authors bio.....I just have to shake my head. " Utne Reader senior editor Keith Goetzman is a veteran journalist who has worked for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Monthly, the Rake, the Twin Cities Reader, and many other publications. He oversees Utne Reader’s arts and environmental coverage and has written about subjects including Afrobeat, midwifery, genetically modified trees, and the FCC for the magazine. He also writes the Wild Green blog, which covers environmental issues from climate change to composting. Keith enjoys outdoor activities from bicycling and canoeing to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and their three environmentally incorrect children." How would you like to go through life knowing your dad who should unconditionally love you thinks that you are enviromentally incorrect? All I can say is sad.

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