Shortly after buying Trinchera Blanca ranch Bacon realized he had a serious problem and that in order to fix it he would have to do the previously unfathomable: become a public figure. His paradise was under siege, threatened by an invasive, man-made species–a proposed energy transmission line, which was to be held aloft by a series of 150-foot-tall metal towers. Seventeen miles of that line was to cut through the heart of the Blanca portion of the ranch and right in front of the trio of 14,000-foot peaks, the signature “viewshed” of the San Luis Valley. The project, a joint venture between Xcel Energy and Tri-State Generation & Transmission, was being sold to the public as a needed “green” line that would carry solar energy and was backed by a prominent environmental group in Boulder. It looked like a huge loss for Bacon…[A team he assembled] discovered that the energy companies had cheaper alternatives for existing lines, that Xcel had already met its renewable energy mandate with the state and that the line, which hadn’t even gone through an environmental impact study, would in fact most likely not even carry any “green” energy at all. “The more we looked into it, the more we felt like Erin Brockovich,” says Bacon, referring to the environmental sleuth immortalized by Julia Roberts in a 2000 movie…Feeling the heat, the energy companies fought back, painting Bacon as a Nimby (not in my backyard), a rich Easterner who wanted to dictate the energy needs of Colorado. (“Poor little rich boy,” the Pueblo Chieftain called him in an editorial.)…“What’s wrong with Nimbyism?” Bacon asks. “The entire environmental movement was built on it. Some of the greatest environmentalists were Nimbys. Thoreau protected Walden, right?” [Forbes, earlier]

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  1. Posted by Cock-a-roaches | September 19, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    mmmmm, Bacon.

  2. Posted by Lowly Assistant | September 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Easy. Cock-a-roaches were in Scarface with Al Pacino. Al Pacino was in Carlito's way with Sean Penn. Sean Penn was with Kevin Bacon in Mystic River.

  3. Posted by Guest | September 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    The Bonobos dude is starting to freak me out. He pops out on the screen like he's in a Wes Craven movie.

  4. Posted by Guest | September 19, 2012 at 2:47 PM

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  5. Posted by A Male | September 19, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    I'd like to see some of myself in Erin Brockovich.

    Lights on, against the 150-foot-tall metal towers while Louis watches.

  6. Posted by Guest | September 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Let the salad days continue at the Bacon ranch.

  7. Posted by guest | September 19, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Real EB or Julia Roberts as EB?

  8. Posted by B. Masters | September 19, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Dear Louis,

    Good news. We are going to compromise on your green suggestions and will be putting a line of giant Wind Turbines up on your land that we are taking control over by easement through prescription by exercising our right under eminent domain.

    Forget Erin Brockovich. You can know start calling yourself Don Quixote.

    Yours ever

    Colorado

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    impressive my Padawan

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  11. Posted by guest | September 19, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    "Thoreau protected Walden, right?"

    Look out Colorado, someone's about to stop paying his taxes.

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  12. Posted by Cock-a-roaches | September 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Gotta agree with guest. Lets have a hot babe or three to wash our eyes out.

    Oh, and a babe in a Lululemon outfit rather than this scary Bonobos stuff.

  13. Posted by Lawrence | September 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Both.

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  14. Posted by Guest | September 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Don't let him fool you: Google Bacon Number

  15. Posted by Motives | September 19, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    People under the stairs? or Serpent and Rainbow for the old school guys?

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    We need American Apparel to start purchasing ads through Breaking Media.

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    At once, right?

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  19. Posted by The 47% | September 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Taxes?

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    Whoever blinks first is out

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    I had always thought so, but then the guy that moved in after you told me it wasn't possible to do so. He said he worked at the LA offices of a Swiss bank, I think his title was "sexual positions and not taking things to literally quant." Never really got the deal with that guy.

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    Always with the three names!

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    Try again?

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    Easier: Cock-a-roaches were in Scarface with Richard Belzer. Richard Belzer was in the Big Picture with Kevin Bacon.

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