Today, I'm going to strip away the emotional ties I have towards environmentalism, which for me has purely selfish reasonings behind it. I love the outdoors, the forests and the pristine meadows with a mountainous backdrop. Our country is beautiful and ecologically diverse from swamps to thick forests to the beautiful south western landscapes. I'm not a big city person nor am I truly a suburban type person. I prefer the rural countryside and the manual labor that would go along with taking care of the few acres of land I'd own. Hell, if migrant workers from Latin America didn't dominate the field work, I'd be out picking produce for a farm.
Alrighty, enough about me, back on track. Environmentalism, aside from preserving our ecological resource (that provides a source of revenue for states via tourism), there is also the health factor. If the environment is polluted to
the extent that people begin to develop cancer and other pollution related ailments productivity in the workforce would dwindle and the bills for hospital fees would weigh heavily on the family, insurance companies and probably even the State for whatever benefits might be provided. We Americans aren't a cold-blooded and callous people. We care, we care to the point where we'll give what is needed to those who need it, so it's only obvious that taking care of something that provides revenue for states and creates a healthy place to live and work is the logical choice in the matter. People don't want to drink tainted water. People don't want to breathe with gas masks in order to take a stroll outside. And people sure as hell don't want their food poisoned whether it's the fish from the sea filled with toxins or cattle grazing on grass that contains high levels of mercury, radiation or whatever crazy crap. We love our blue skies and rolling meadows that calm our stressed out souls. We Americans have the ability and the will to be excellent stewards of this planet and do it properly without government, but by self-government with the free market as it's foundation.
The Left, in my humble opinion, are going about it the wrong way, if they truly care about the planet and aren't using the "green" movement as a vehicle of oppression. People aren't stupid. As I've outlined in the above paragraph, we wouldn't stand for all of that so we'd figure out some way to combat the industries that would callously poison our wells and our food while destroying the scenery. We are far more powerful than what Big Corporation and Big Government figure us to be. From our own selfish need for beauty in the world to providing our states with a source of money to maintaining a healthy life, each of these factors alone would provide the determination for the American people to rise against the polluters. Together, though, they would provide a maelstrom of negative public sentiment from a citizen force that would roll them out of the towns, states and even the country. We've done it to the British in 1776 and 1812 and we will always do it again. Sure that was political, but when a supposedly weak force comes up against a stronger force, with the right amount of will, the underdog wins. The Right needs to end the Leftist monopoly on environmentalism and introduce rational and free market solutions to our environmental problems or else we'll be subjugated by a ruthless socialist bureaucracy that will use the "green" movement as a means for social engineering the "correct" society consistent with their views. This can not happen. Period.
For a free market, rational and innovative green movement.