September 7, 2010

Journalist and Political Scientist: Environmentalists Are Lost in the Wilderness

The Environmental Movement in Retreat?
What!? This is good. Conservative columnist George Will cites Walter Russell Mead, Yale political scientist to show that environmentalists have gone from skepticism of government and science to being in bed with same therefore portraying tree-huggers as a confused wrong headed lot. Both ignore the fact that the environmental movement fought government and science most often during conservative Republican regimes in the US, leaderships that promoted science and technology to subdue (exploit) the environment for profit while showing almost no concern for environmental degradation. It should not be surprising that environmentalists now align themselves with science and government particularly when the current liberal, progressive regime is trying to move the economy forward with greater concern for the well-being of the environment. Will and Mead are content to merely point at the current environmental movement as foolish lacking credibility flip-floppers. It is not surprising, and far from laughable, that science and its findings regarding climate change and environmental degradation, and a government determined to move the economy forward in an environmentally responsible way are allies of the environmental movement. It wouldn't make sense for them to be otherwise.

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