Six Flags Wants to Go “Eco-Friendly” by Trashing a Forest

It sounds like the park will consider alternatives. Good.

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(Photo: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images) (Photo: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

My latest for Takepart:

I have a lot of fond memories of the Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park in Jackson, NJ. When my kids were small, we made regular trips to visit grandparents at the Jersey Shore, and many summers, we also headed 24 miles inland for a day braving the latest thrill rides (or just the merry-go-round). But those fond memories are fading fast.

Early this year, John Fitzgerald, president of Six Flags Great Adventure, announced a plan to become the world’s first solar-powered amusement park. He touted it as “part of our ongoing commitment to conservation and eco-friendly initiatives,” and said it would also “enhance our role as good stewards of the environment.” The press release went on to boast that Great Adventure, which includes a 350-acre Safari Park, “has cared for more than 70 different species of animals, including some…

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