I was reading environmental news on Oregon Live.
It is pretty depressing.
You know in the old days when the government scientists and university people thought every wolf should be shot, streams should be bulldozed straight, forests should be clear-cut to the beach, Dioxin could be used to keep the dust down on country roads, every river should have a power plant and Salmon could be fished with a water wheel?
Well, there is no in between.
Now wolves are noble creatures which only kill what they need and every snag should be saved and all the dams need to be blown up.
If you read the comments below the stories you will get the picture.
If only wolves would move to the city and chase bicycles. Or be attracted to scratchy wool underwear or the thread used to sew on the REI patches...
The thing is, while wolves may be good for the ecosystem the ability of the Feds to manage them is questionable. Same as every other screw up in management it will be blamed on someone else, farmers or ranchers or loggers.
And you certainly can't depend on science, as science is the is determined by the popular opinions of the rotating door between the University and the Government.
Judge opines on river temps-Kind of funny due the utter failure to recognize years of Ag cooperation and leadership in building stream buffer zones and fencing and water quality and the years of NRCS programs providing incentives for those efforts. (One program I actually agree with. They actually got farmers to do soil tests!)
To understand the environmentalists you need to just realize they hate anything to do with 1. The internal combustion engine 2. Domesticated animals (cows) 3. Farmers who don't wear wool underwear 4. Human's in general 5. Only the Judeo-Christian God because apparently they believe He is responsible for the internal combustion engine with is evil beyond belief.
They Shoot non-Spotted Owls don't they?
The undeniable virtue of the oppressed as applied to the environment. There should be an icon of the spotted owl on the wall of every university science room. The Spotted Owl stopped logging in Oregon and has achieved environmental Sainthood status.
Funny to an Oregonian as the Spotted Owl number are declining regardless of logging being virtually at a standstill. Of course the possibility that the Spotted Owl might be in decline for reasons other than the most useful to the cause reasons is not mentioned...
I attempted to read Animal Farm a couple years ago but it was too depressing.
Apparently it has been used as a how-to guidebook, instead of a cautionary tale...
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