Conservative Conservation

Where Enterprise Isn't Always the Culprit, and Big Government Rarely the Solution

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Conservative but Rational

Far too often political ideology obscures reasoned analysis on certain monumental topics and fields of inquiry. People, as individuals and in groups, often seek the easy answers to complex and difficult questions which life raises. For this reason alone some are willing to accept the consensus understanding or the political mythology of certain movements, with no independent critical investigation. In a few rare instances large percentages of entire societies accept certain ideological viewpoints on a particular issue and thus manage to push out all competing viewpoints and eventually all continued interest by the vast majority of those whom do not share these viewpoints. Not only has the environmental movement of the left captured the support of those citizens most concerned with the environment, conservatives over the last half century have more or less conceded defeat on the topic. It seems that for anyone interested in environmental protection now-a-days, the liberal mantra is the only game in town. Perhaps most unnerving is the conservative response; which instead of faithfully searching for solutions to environmental problems, has decided that no such problems truly exist. Surely, the conservatives have argued, these supposed environmental problems are simply over-reactions by those demagogues on the left. While there may be exaggeration and hyperbole backing many of the liberal environmental movement's messages; this does not mean that there are, in fact, no serious environmental threats out there. It is the hope of this writer that the Conservative Conservationist will act as a much needed reasoned Conservative response and as a long overdue rejoinder in the battle over creating sound policies to guarantee a healthy environment. This blog will focus on many topics both current and historical, both scientific and political, both natural and social; but always taking a rational approach, fearlessly seeking out answers.