- Sorry if this needs to be moved, mods. For some reason, I thought this was more appropriate for the pit, looking around at all the other political things in here and the reactions they garner.
My local radio show guy (Joe Soucheray, “Garage Logic”) spent all day yesterday bashing the living hell out of the environmentalists in California.
Now Joe is a good guy in my book as he isn’t like any other radio guy (Read: you can actually listen to him and laugh, whereas Rush gives me a migraine five minutes into it). But Joe tends to go off on the whole tree-hugger, environmentalist, and pacifistic issue more than most would probably like. He’s brutal towards their cause.
But on the whole, I tend to agree with his sentiments—environmentalists are a pain in the ass, and their ‘cause’ is often not fully explained (Read: they have ulterior motives).
But yesterday really surprised me in how many people he had supporting his premise. The premise being, ‘the tough environmental standards that have been put in place, like bans against clearing forest brush, downed trees, etc., along with bans against motorized vehicles in environmentally protected areas, among a host of other ‘California thinking feel-good legislation’, has come back to bite them in the ass. All the environmental legislation and their rules have made it neigh impossible to put this stuff out, or even minimize the impact towards people in deference to the forest. One burned house is better than one burned tree, if not a presupposed mantra and guiding force of the environmentalists, is at least a result’.
Heavily, heavily paraphrased but accurate in its overall scope— environmentalists, in their zeal to outlaw anything man-made, have exacerbated the problem they have now.
What got me the most was the reaction from some California listeners (His show is streamed as well). Every one of them was in agreement that things have gotten out of control in terms of stringent environmental laws and once the immediate problem was taken care of, they’d move next towards the laws and lawmakers and get some of the more bizarre laws changed around and back to something reasonable.
Listening to them, it was hard to disagree with some of the more inane laws – laws against clearing brush. Brush that is now everywhere and burning. Laws against clearing dead trees. The trees are burning too. Laws against access roads and fire lines. And laws against using motorized vehicles in forest land to put out fires, which means all those fires need to put out by hand, without the help of fire trucks and the like (That one really killed me).
What are the Californians thinking right now? Have the environmentalists, ironically enough, played an unwitting role in the extent of these fires? Is environmentalism itself out of the loop and out of control, becoming almost a ‘Save a tree at the expense of an evil house’ kind of group? Are the Californians pissed at their tree friendly laws, or happy?
Or, am I turning into more of a conservative than I ever thought?