Environmentalists hate our consumer society, the symbol of which is the plastic bag. They want to get rid of them, not because they constitute only 0.2% of landfill rubbish, but because they are a symbol of our freedom to shop, to carry things, to make an unplanned purchase and carry it home.
Environmentalists hate housing and want it more cramped. They support green belts and other restrictions which make it much more expensive to buy a first home. Environmentalists are a key factor in the 'unsustainable' housing boom in many countries, which is in turn a key factor in our current economic troubles.
Environmentalists hate transport and want it restricted to expensive and crowded trains. They have mounted a sustained campaign against family-sized cars which has helped to bring down the US car industry (although it has mostly itself to blame).
Environmentalists hate energy and want it taxed and restricted as much as possible. All current forms of electrical power generation (coal, oil, gas, hydro, nuclear and even wind) are discouraged either for CO2 emission, affect on land, disposal problems, affect on views or whatever by the environmentalists and their puppets the nymbys. Most countries have crippling petrol taxes as a direct result of environmentalists' efforts.
Environmentalists hate children and want them restricted to two per family, or less. Children are the symbol of the future pillaging of the planet by humans, and the fewer of them exist the better. So much of the economy revolves around children (schools, entertainment, transport, activities, food). Reducing the number of children is the key to reducing the world population.
Environmentalists dance around a word and that word is sustainability. What it means in practice is unclear, but in general anything that you do can offend the word. Our roads are unsustainable, our housing is unsustainable, so are our children. Our light bulbs are unsustainable and our supermarkets. Having a decent shower is unsustainable. In the end, of course, human life is 'unsustainable'. The whole sustainability debate has collapsed in on itself as we realise there is no actual end in this, just the means to restrict and control our lives.
Having spent so much effort trying to bring down the world economy and make our lives more difficult, many environmentalists are thrilled that it has now happened. They see it as 'inevitable', even if they don't see that they helped to bring it about.
As the environmentalists said in early 2008 of the coming recession:
The second principle would be to take the
opportunity to restructure our economy –growing our way out of
recession is no value if the growth is unsustainable or harms our
communities and environment.
No value at all. We might as well stay in recession forever if the recovery is 'unsustainable'.
But what is very unfair about all of this is that environmentalists seem to have hardly suffered at all. If anything, they are thriving in the environment that they helped to create. 'Cleantech' is the new growth area attracting lots of investment even in the recession. Environmentalists have been hired in their droves both by councils and private companies desperate to protect themselves from adverse press. Entire government departments have been created (or simply renamed, as in Environment Canterbury) to push their agenda. Staff are well looked after - I remember the MFE was the first to get a $5000 automatic coffee machine in Wellington when these were introduced some 8-10 years ago.
So it is with enormous satisfaction that I see the Ministry for the Environment is to cut staff, even if only a tiny number. I would argue that the entire ministry should go, except that these people would then pollute the private labour market with their poisonous anti-human ideas.
The MFE was established a little over 20 years ago to no great fanfare. Since then a number of additional acts have increased its power and scope, not least the dodgy Kyoto agreement. It now has its tentacles into the economy (and our lives) in many many ways. When you add in DOC, MAF and Fisheries which each contain legions of environmentalists, a clear picture emerges of environmentalists taking over our government.
The environmentalists are upset now:
“There’s more and more evidence of an anti-environmental agenda from the new Government,” Dr Norman said. “The Ministry for the Environment is being clinically ham-strung by the National-led Government.”
[And as an aside, environmentalists do a world-beating line in hypocrisy:
“We are swimming against the tide claiming it’s about saving money when the Government’s actions will prove expensive in the long run,” said Dr Norman. “Since these decisions defy reason, the only conclusion left is that they are driven by belief instead.”
Environmentalists are of course never driven by belief. Plastic bags, decent sided back yards, moving about, using electricity and having children are all of course scientifically proven to be bad for us]
Well when environmentalists are upset, we humans should be pleased. Happy environmentalists generally means sad humans and vice versa.
As we try to work our way through the current recession, let's keep in mind the partial blame that environmentalists hold for the situation. Recessions have perhaps only one good side, and that is to weed out the weak companies and help to reallocate resources to more useful and important areas. For this reason they are sadly important, in fact essential, for continued growth to occur.
But for the good of humanity, and for the same reasons, let the environmentalists feel the recession too.