Thursday, January 26, 2012

LEISURE ECOLOGY

"The person who built his mountain cabin last year is an environmentalist. The person who wants to build one this year is a developer."

Broken Windmill
This has been sent and linked a lot in the last couple weeks but I wanted to push it here as well, in case some of my readers had not seen it. William Tucker wrote a piece in American Spectator - a source I view with some suspicion given the antics with facts they played in the Clarence Thomas story - that actually is really insightful and fascinating.

It starts out with another examination of the Keystone pipeline extension, but then Tucker gets into an area that I hadn't considered but makes a lot of sense, when you think about it:
People who are already comfortable with the present state of affairs -- who are established in the environment, so to speak -- are happy to go along with this. It is not that they have any greater insight into the mysteries and workings of nature. They are happier with the way things are. In fact, environmentalism works to their advantage. The main danger to the affluent is not that they will be denied from improving their estate but that too many other people will achieve what they already have. As the Forest Service used to say, the person who built his mountain cabin last year is an environmentalist. The person who wants to build one this year is a developer.
Its a lot like the SOPA/PIPA debacle. Big, established corporations do not want competition or change, unless they control the change. They are for these laws not out of some selfless desire for greater copyright protection, but because it cripples competition and keeps the sweet money train rolling in. And like those corporations, many environmentalists - even if they aren't aware of it themselves - are driven by a desire for things to never change.

Like the idiot boomer generation who thinks that if weather changes from what it was like as they grew up something catastrophic must be happening (which they, as the greatest humans in history, must be causing and can stop), these environmentalists are driven by how things are and how comfortable they are. No one has only one motive, so there probably are some genuine desire to protect beauty and care for the environment mixed in. Its just that this is a driving concern as well.

The richest environmentalists are set and comfortable, they have things how they want it, and don't want to see change. Those wind turbines make my horizon ugly, and besides they mince birds and terrify whales. Those solar panels are ugly in the neighborhood and bring down the property value. I saw China Syndrome you can't build that power plant, on and on. There's always an excuse but behind it is the certainty that things will be different than how we understand and like them. We got ours, you can't have yours if it involves making me uncertain.

So the third world countries that want to have prosperity and cut back the jungle? You're killing the rain forests, you can't have that, it might cause the weather to change where I am. You all have to cut back, you all have to fly less, you all have to stop producing and become more "sustainable" so I can keep flying and living like I do.

Just something I thought was pretty wise and helpful to understand what's going on behind the scenes.

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