Lazarus Long on Environmentalists

Robert A. Heinlein’s character Lazarus Long stated in his notebooks:

There are hidden contradictions in the minds of people who “love Nature” while deploring the “artificialities” with which “Man has spoiled ‘Nature.'” The obvious contradiction lies in their choice of words, which imply that Man and his artifacts are not part of “Nature” — but beavers and their dams are. But the contradictions go deeper than this prima-facie absurdity. In declaring his love for a beaver dam (erected by beavers for beavers’ purposes) and his hatred for dams erected by men (for the purposes of men) the “naturist” reveals his hatred for his own race — i.e., his own self hatred.

In the case of “Naturists” such self-hatred is understandable; they are such a sorry lot. But hatred is too strong an emotion to feel toward them; pity and contempt are the most they rate.

As for me, willy-nilly I am a man, not a beaver, and H. sapiens is the only race I have or can have. Fortunately for me, I like being part of a race made up of men and women — it strikes me as a fine arrangement and perfectly “natural.”

Believe it or not, there were “Naturists” who opposed the first flight to old Earth’s Moon as being “unnatural” and a “despoiling of Nature.”

The above Heinlein quote pretty much describes what I think about certain current examples of EPA insanity. For instance, new EPA regulations will exert economic force to shut down many coal fired power plants across the nation (16 in Texas that I know of) – in order to protect us against manmade global warming, a concept that has not even been satisfactorily proven. This will put many thousands of people out of work. And personally, I really like having electricity. 49.1% of U.S. energy was supplied by coal fired boilers in 2006. Imagine what that would do to our daily standard of living if we shut all of them down because of these insane rules.

The EPA will cause real hardship to our people and real damage to our nation’s economy in order to “protect” us against a threat that might or might not even exist. Pardon me, but that is just stupid.

That is just one example. The resistance of the Obama administration to drilling for oil and gas (which would provide hundreds of thousands of jobs and radically reduce the amount of oil we buy overseas) is based on environmental concerns – or at least that is their stated reason.

We have enough real problems to deal with that we don’t need to waste our resources jumping at shadows. Which is what the EPA does.

The EPA is detrimental to our survival as a nation. They need to go – or at least be severely reigned in.


Addendum 6/19/2011: It looks like the EPA has it in for Texas in particular.

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