(And Energy Production)
Everyone at heart is an environmentalist in the sense that everyone likes to experience
pristine, natural beauty. And everyone at heart wants sufficient energy to meet the needs
of our economy. Unfortunately hard-core environmentalists have emphasized one the
side of the equation to the exclusion of the other. They have radicalized their position to
such a degree that reasoning people cannot join their noisy protests (which in themselves
are a form of pollution).
Radical environmentalists have fallen into a classical dilemma of their own making: they
want to have their cake and eat it too. While railing against energy companies producing
electricity as well as gas and oil products, radical environmentalists use these products in
an ever-increasing manner to power their transportation, heat and light their homes etc.
On the one hand, they cannot keep telling energy producers to stifle their production
while at the same time using more and more of their products. We would take the radical
environmentalist message more seriously if its proponents were not using products of the
very companies they condemn.
Also, it seems as though radical environmentalists are totally oblivious to our precarious
energy situation. With over half of our oil coming from overseas countries who may not
generally be in favor of our foreign policy, on very short notice our economy could be
seriously crippled if the valves were turned off. We have already experienced that
scenario during the Carter administration. Yet, radical environmentalists are telling us
not to explore new domestic oil resources with the result that we are becoming even more
dependent on foreign oil. This is a totally irrational and irresponsible position if there is
any concern at all for our national welfare.
The message is clear to radical environmentalists who unfortunately are having some
success in limiting our energy production: you cant have your cake and eat it too. You
cant condemn increased domestic oil exploration and production while at the same time
continuing to use it products. Instead, why not work with oil producers to find energy
solutions so that our economy will not become increasingly vulnerable to foreign