I keep trying to remind people that environmentalism is, well, an “ism.” Folks who want to be good stewards aren’t necessarily into the religion of environmentalism. Those who “believe” strongly keep swerviing over into other aspects of the religion. Charles Colson, Nixon’s “hatchet-man” and convicted Watergate felon does a great job in his Dec. 18th radio broadcast of showing how the two keep intertwining themselves.
Read for yourself why we have a hard time keeping our fight to real property when taxes confiscate our private property and enironmentalism wants to threaten innocent life to reduce CO2 emmissions. They call for limits on children as a way to reduce the discredited theory of global warming. Talk about religious zealotry.
Just keep in mind that spotted owls and salmon never really were the goal. Saving a tree and a tract of developable land always has been the true goal.
And just like those who found that opposing the death-penalty for jury convicted criminals was harder than simply running the cost up beyond what is reasonable, so environmentalists have figured out that driving up the cost of a permit is easier than admitting that “back-to-nature-with-no-human-footprint” is the real goal.
So the battle really comes down to those who think mankind should be in charge of the environment and those who think the environment would be much better off without any human effect.