Friday, August 27, 2004

Endangered Species Act sparks battle: "The Endangered Species Act has left Native Americans and environmentalists pitted against farmers and ranch families 30 years after it was passed. Nowhere is that conflict more apparent than in Klamath Falls, OR, where in 2001 federal officials shut off irrigation water to protect endangered fish. 'How did 2001 affect me? My farm, how do you say, went 'bye bye,' said former farmer Venacio Hernandez. Environmentalists consider the act a success because it protected threatened species by stopping development and saving habitat. The act was passed to protect 100 species but it now protects more than 1,300, sealing off millions of acres from development. 'There has to be balance. If we continue down this road -- doing away with the ESA to solve this problem -- we are deceiving ourselves,' said Allen Foreman of Klamath Tribes"

No choice for the poor: "Affluent societies expend countless hours on 'fluff' choices while ignoring places in the world where choices are very different and truly tough. In third world countries, people choose between food or malaria medicine because they can't have both. During drought, poor farmers must choose between feeding their kids today, or feeding the family cow for milk tomorrow. ... Green do-gooders invade third-world countries to 'help' them avoid the 'bad choices' we Americans made -- those awful choices that led to abundant food, advanced medical care and unprecedented wealth -- the same wealth that paid for their airfare."


Many people would like to be kind to others so Leftists exploit that with their nonsense about equality. Most people want a clean, green environment so Greenies exploit that by inventing all sorts of far-fetched threats to the environment. But for both, the real motive is to promote themselves as wiser and better than everyone else, truth regardless.

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