© Original content written by James R. Carlson
How often do you hear about the responsibility we have to preserve wildlife, nature, and the environment? It is a constant drum beat by those who perhaps took God literally when He said to subdue the earth and take dominion over His natural creation. To do this requires a massive amount of power, which if distributed throughout the world to the billions of humans on the planet, would mean we all take responsibility for the small part of the world around us. Unfortunately, environmentalists are drawn to this power like a drug and are treating the issue of the environment like a political party in search of political power. In the process they have become high on the narcotic of power and have dismissed their responsibilities for preservation. As a result, they have become environmental maniacs – environmaniacs.
Since the days of preserving the nature reserves of Yosemite, Yellowstone, and other beautiful national parks, conservationists have discovered that they have a huge amount of power. Since the days of Muir, environmentalists have begun to return to nature in a sort of love fest that actually worships the natural world around us. Some like John Denver even sing about their love for nature and promote their pantheistic religion under the guise of a love for god. Their god, however, is not the Creator who told us to subdue the earth but the earth itself. Worshipping creature instead of creator these environmentalists have become fools.
Religion and politics are powerful draws to the human soul. Mankind respects both disciplines, which are a part of the 9 basic intelligences of mankind. However, people hate a fraud who deceives them for personal gain. The person who promote a truth to be more pure than their opponent cannot always be presumed to have a motive to be more pure than their opponent. We are witnessing in America the drive to put the religion of environmentalism into power to a degree that is challenging the U.S. Constitution and the very freedoms we all enjoy.
Take global warming for instance. Recently Dr. David Evans of the Australian Greenhouse Office said that the mathematical computer model used by the United Nations was wrong. Manmade CO2 is not in the driver’s seat for global warming and has little to do with it. As most of the work on global warming is based upon computer models and not actual scientific data (see my Polar Warming post), the computer models were set up incorrectly, he said, which led to incorrect predictions. However, the advocates of global warming do not seem daunted by this news as their drive is to conquer the world for the environmentalist cause. Power is their goal, not the environment.
In the caliph of liberalism (California), the government was asked to allow farmers to use the central water supply of that state to irrigate more than half a million acres of farm land. They were denied. The caliph said that endangered species of fish called the delta smelt might get injured or killed if pumps were used to irrigate crop lands. This decision in the middle of a drought is devastating. The caliphs of could in fact rescue these fish into fish farms in a responsible action of animal husbandry. But instead of what makes sense, the environmentalists chose to exercise power instead of what was good for fish and farmer alike.
In the most extreme example of environmental misuse of power I can think of, environmentalists of California refuse to allow people to clear forests of underbrush and cut fire roads in the forest. They say that doing so would disturb the natural environment. However, the underbrush is kindling for a spark to become a flame that begins forest fires and the roads are useful to put these fires out if and when they begin. But when thousands of acres of forest lands are destroyed by fire, these environmentalists claim that it was just an act of nature. How absurd! The environment is being destroyed as a result of environmentalist policies. These people are beyond power mad, they’re insane. They’re willing to sacrifice nature in defense of nature. This is why I call environmentalists maniacs – environmaniacs.
Not all environmentalism is bad however. I worked for a company that did scientific work to ensure that landfills were properly maintained. We did real testing in a lab of various liners that prevented the pollution of the water table and made reports based upon the data. But the religious political side of modern environmentalism has gone crazy. They have trashed common sense and are a source of pollution in nature, religion, and politics.
There is a point where we need to step back and ask the question, “Are these really the people we should follow?” If the environment is truly the objective of environmentalism then why is power being concentrated into the hands of the few instead of the many? I don’t mind voluntary recycling but eventually we may go to jail for not throwing trash into the right bin. Let’s remove power from the work of preserving nature and see who steps forward then. As long as the drug of choice for environmentalists is power, we can throw responsibility into the trash can. It is time for the adults take the lead!