September 15, 2020
SEQUOIA NATIONAL FOREST, CA – If the National Surplus Management Agency (NSMA) grew wary of the continual, live-in protestors outside Yellowstone Nuclear Solutions this past summer, the brutal weeks that lie ahead in California should frighten them.
The NSMA will hold its second unveiling of a re-purposed former National Park on Thursday as select members of the media and government officials will be on hand to see the NSMA’s re-imagining of Sequoia National Park.
Known for its sprawling forest containing some of the world’s largest trees, the NSMA pegged Sequoia for massive wood harvesting under its new name: Sequoia Lumber Initiative.
“This resource could provide materials to build and the resources to power millions of American homes in the coming decades,” said Jeff McIntosh, the Director of the National Surplus Agency. “Not only is the Grove of Giants a vast resource, but it’s a renewable, sustainable and clean energy source as well.”
Since the NSMA began teasing this second unveiling at Sequoia in June, opposition groups warned its supporters of the government’s message tactics.
Agency and President [Melissa] Glenn’s vision
for a stronger, energy-driven nation,” he said. When pressed for comment on California’s future, he declined.
“The federal government was always going to tout clean energy and sustainability as a way to make this deforestation effort more palatable for Americans,” said outspoken environmental activist and co-founder of America Needs Parks, Graham Hodgson. “Their attempt to control the message, however, cannot succeed when too many Americans now know the truth about this systematic takedown of our National Parks.”
Helping their protesting efforts is the location of Sequoia. While Yellowstone was located in the remote mountains of Wyoming, Sequoia National Park is in close proximity to the densely populated and left-leaning California cities.
Based in San Francisco, America Needs Parks was able to organize thousands of protestors to occupy the gates of the Sequoia Lumber Initiative, with countless others expected to participate over the next few weeks.
The timing of the unveiling could also prove massively detrimental to the NSMA as much of California is riding a wave of political enthusiasm with the Nov. 8 vote to secede from the United States looming.
While McIntosh expressed that he is “not at all concerned” about the prospect of California become a sovereign nation in the coming months, protestors at Sequoia on Monday were.
“For them to come here and try to put one of these power centers right before the vote doesn’t make any sense,” said Sheila Robertson, a college student from Bakersfield. “When we vote ourselves out of this insane regime on Nov. 8, that thing’s coming down anyway.”
As that pivotal vote lingers on the minds of everyone involved, questions surrounding the Sequoia Lumber Initiative have reached the House and Senate floors in recent weeks, with legislators wondering what will happen if, indeed, the United States loses one of its largest and most influential states.
Harry Reiss, the executive director of the Sequoia Lumber
Initiative, shirked questions about the potential secession when asked for comment on Monday.
“The Sequoia Lumber Initiative remains committed to the National Surplus Management Late last week, however, in an interview with United Media, Reiss said to right-leaning
television host Beck Rickett that California “will not secede if they know what’s good for them,” and called poll numbers showing 54 percent of Californians want independence, “entirely fabricated”.
Those remarks reportedly landed Reiss in some hot water with the Glenn administration as rumors swirled about his potential forced resignation.
In the chaotic moments behind the curtain leading up to the unveiling of Sequoia Lumber Initiative, more chaos presented itself in plain view.
Over the weekend, marches against the NSMA took place in San Diego, Los Angeles, the Bay Area and Sacramento, with other marches happening in major cities across the country. Chants of “One planet, one chance” stretched from Anchorage to Miami.
The outcry even sparked the White House to issue a statement from President Glenn.
“The passion we see surrounding the new, exciting National Surplus Management Agency is the ultimate expression of democracy,” read the brief statement. “As always, President Glenn and the NSMA are working for all Americans so we can live sustainably and comfortably in every community in our great land.”
As the NSMA prepares to unveil the Sequoia Lumber Initiative later this week, speculation of its next park-turned-energy project has run rampant. Last week, Facebook News cited sources inside the Glenn White House who expect a project in Hawaii to be underway soon and to be unveiled this winter.
While the NSMA hopes its second project will provide them some momentum in the coming year, the mounting and unrelenting support for its opposition will surely prove a formidable adversary.