Enviro-Marxists seek to protect the environment by destroying capitalismby Hugh Holub on Aug. 10, 2011, under environment water and energy, politics
From the LA Times August 7, 2011:
By Victor Davis Hanson August 7, 2011
California’s water wars aren’t about scarcity. Even with 37 million people and the nation’s most irrigation-intensive agriculture, the state usually has enough water for both people and crops, thanks to the brilliant hydrological engineering of past Californians. But now there is a new element in the century-old water calculus: a demand that the state’s inland waters flow as pristinely as they supposedly did before the age of dams, reservoirs and canals. Only that way can California’s rivers, descending from their mountain origins, reach the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta year-round. Only that way, environmentalists say, can a 3-inch delta fish be saved and salmon runs from the Pacific to the interior restored.
COMMENTARY: The California Water Wars article is just one of many you can find all over the country as battles rage between environmentalists and various business, agricultural or energy projects.
There are two common themes to these battles.
The first is that those evil nasty humans have destoryed a pristine Eden Earth and things must be restored to a point in time before all those evil nasty humans built their roads, carved out their farms, diverted rivers, built cities, dug holes in the ground to mine coal and copper, and so on.
The second is that what makes this human activity evil is because of a profit motive. Greedy corporations destroying the environment to make money. Welfare ranchers…agribusiness, foreign corporations, etc.
You’ve heard this all before if you read the jihads from groups like the Center for Biological Diversity or articles about the Rosemont mine in the Arizona Daily Star.
The Central Valley of California is one of the most productive agricultural areas on Earth.
But it exists as a result of humans managing the environment to human purposes…diverting rivers, building dams, clearing land for farms.
Phoenix and the Salt River Valley exist because of dams and irrigation canals.
Tucson survives via importing Colorado River water from the Central Arizona Project.
Now some of you might remember during Bible class or something similar the story of the Tigris Euphrates valley and Babylon.
Or the Nile River and the civilization that grew up in Egypt 5,000 years ago.
Thousands of years ago humans began diverting rivers and opening up farmland and creating what we now call “civilization”.
Even in the supposed pre-Columbian “Eden” that was North and South America humans had been busy for thousands of years managing the environment to human purposes. Lying beneath modern day Phoenix are the ruins of the Hohokam that diverted the Salt River with hundreds of miles of irrigation canals.
Read “1491″ by Charles Mann if you doubt the extent to which Native Americans were busy changing the environment for their purposes before the first Europeans set foot in the New World.
Today the “America” we all live in is a vast construct of roads, power plants, electric transmission lines, food production, transportation systems, dams, pipelines, oil and gas wells… all of which have created a “civilization” unprecedented in human history.
But according to the radical environmental mantra you and I are all evil because we depend on this vast interconnected development that has destroyed the environment and threatens the calamity of Global Warming.
Given a choice between destroying the most productive agricultural area on Earth or protecting the 3 inch fish called the Delta Smelt, there is no choice in the radical environmentalists’ mind….shut down the agriculture to restore the fish.
The Tucson area is blessed (or cursed depending on your point of view) with much of the US natural deposits of copper.
But God forbid if a few thousand acreas of land will be disturbed because some Canadian mining company wants to dig up that copper. The world will end in Tucson if that mine is approved, according to opponents of the project.
Augusta Resource is a publicly-traded corporation, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. To fund the Rosemont Mine, Augusta has received financing from Japanese and Canadian interests. According to Augusta, the copper extracted from Southern Arizona would likely be sold to China with the profits going to a Canadian company and its international investors.
But Tucsonans can happily drive a Toyota Prius around town (made in Japan) which has 200 pounds of copper in it and not see the connection between mining copper and being “good” when it comes to reducing carbon emissions, and enriching a foreign corporation that happened to bring to market a cool hybrid vehicle.
In putting environmental protection ahead of jobs and the economy, radical environmentalists are really asking you to cut your own throat and throw the country back to some 12th century level of civilization that is “better” for the environment…but not for you.
Your ability to live and work as you are accustomed to doing is totally dependent on water importation projects (like the Central Arizona Project), power plants, electric transmission lines, freeways, railroads, trucks, mines, oil and natural gas production and a host of other elements to make the life you live today possible.
Try this experiment….go one week without copper, imported water and fossil fuel consumption.
That mean turn off all your electrical stuff including your phones, televisions, computers, refrigerator, heating and cooling and do not touch your car.
Do not buy any food (assuming you can get to a market) that was grown with irrigation project water, or transported over roads or rail by truck or train.
Do not use your tap water because that was diverted from a natural source and fossil fuel energy was used to bring it to your home.
According to the radical environmental mantra, since big corporations make money providing you your food, electricity and everything else you use….that is evil and that must be destroyed because the environment comes first always no matter what the consequence to water supplies and food production and costs.
See how far into your week you can live without using anything with environmental consequences and potential corporate profit.
But there is another way of looking at all this that integrates economic issues and environmental impacts:
Instead of the “humans and corporations are evil” approach to the environment…using the “negative externality” approach to management clearly spots where decisions are made that shift environmental consequential costs to you without your having a say.