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    'sustainable Development' The Evil Facing America

    http://www.newswithviews.com/DeWeese/tom13.htm

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    The author's contention is that these sustainable development policies are a complete transformation of American society; away from the rule of law; away from the ideals of property ownership, free enterprise, free travel and even free association.

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    Re: 'sustainable Development' The Evil Facing America

    http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/index.php?id=144

    It's a peculiarly american slant on things. You need a balance, rampant capitalism is just as bad as rampant communism. If for example people combine to stop a large company clear cutting a forest that surrounds them is that local democracy in action or a bunch of left wing treehuggers that should butt out of something that does not concern them. Or if they find a local factory is polluting the water table why should you let them?

    I live in a country that was completely stripped of its forests now we have land that is only fit for grouse moors where there used to be vast temperate forests. Thanks to government intervention the woodlands are coming back. (they set up a foresdtry commision buying land off some of the landowners) and they are now beginning to plant native carietis as opposed to spruce for timber where nothing else goes. A few years ago they were talking about privatising the forestry commission but stopped because of the intense opposition because nobody wants to give the bastards the chance to do it again.

    The American Heritage Rivers Initiative was born that way. So were roadless policies designed to stop logging in national forests. National parks have become core biosphere reserves designed to shut out any human activity. And the buffer zones around them are designed to shut off existing human activity, allowing the core to continually grow like a cancer tumor.
    If it hadn't been for the likes of the sierra club and early environmentalists then you would have no national parks at all. You need to ask who runs the country people or big companies. The dust bowl disasters were al lesson in what can happen if you don't think about what you do to the environment. You can't replace what you destroy.

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    You can't turn over a rock without affecting the ecosystem so we do have to have a balance between "sustainable development" and preserving the economic environment.

    I rely on good, apolitical, science to guide our planning and development. The junk science that the Bush Administration uses to advance their destructive agenda is almost criminal. They've been exposed as frauds but they keep promoting their lies as scientifically sound policy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmc
    If it hadn't been for the likes of the sierra club and early environmentalists then you would have no national parks at all.
    That was then. Those organizations in those days were not the same as they are today.
    You need to ask who runs the country people or big companies. .
    Big Environmentalism is as bad as Big Business. As part of a local grassroots group I have personally witnessed the ugly side of these (sometimes non profit) environmental groups.
    The dust bowl disasters were al lesson in what can happen if you don't think about what you do to the environment. You can't replace what you destroy.
    I submit that some of what is being done today in the name of "the environment" will be proved to have been as bad as some of the "evil" practices used in the past that were also promoted (at the time) as being good.

    It's not as simple as them or us, the environment or developement, good or bad. Though They would like you to believe this.

    People are trying the sustainable thing in a small community near me. I attended the first meeting, curious to see if the members of the community knew what was going on. The old timers were very aware that a bunch of "newcomers" (and out of the area people who attended as well) were trying to foist an agenda on them.

    I've done a bit of research on this "sustainability" thing. While many of their ideas are good, there is an element that has an agenda and it isn't people friendly. The general public should be aware of this.

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    Re: 'sustainable Development' The Evil Facing America

    Quote Originally Posted by plazul
    You can't turn over a rock without affecting the ecosystem so we do have to have a balance between "sustainable development" and preserving the economic environment.

    I rely on good, apolitical, science to guide our planning and development. The junk science that the Bush Administration uses to advance their destructive agenda is almost criminal. They've been exposed as frauds but they keep promoting their lies as scientifically sound policy.
    problem: the left is just as guilty of promulgating junk science and promoting those lies as scientifically sound policy.

    for example, just look at invasion biology, the notion that 'foreign' species are destroying 'local' species, which has *no basis in any science at all*, and which is being used to bulldoze and clearcut natural areas because some soft-headed liberal decided that a plant was an invader (usually translating to "this plant is ugly and i don't want to look at it").

    note: i'm not a disinterested party in this - my brother wrote a devastating critique of invasion biology. you can get it at amazon, of course! :yahoo_big

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...949107-8104127

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    Quote Originally Posted by anastrophe
    problem: the left is just as guilty of promulgating junk science and promoting those lies as scientifically sound policy.

    for example, just look at invasion biology, the notion that 'foreign' species are destroying 'local' species, which has *no basis in any science at all*, and which is being used to bulldoze and clearcut natural areas because some soft-headed liberal decided that a plant was an invader (usually translating to "this plant is ugly and i don't want to look at it").

    note: i'm not a disinterested party in this - my brother wrote a devastating critique of invasion biology. you can get it at amazon, of course! :yahoo_big

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...949107-8104127
    We have a real problem with invasion biology in the Great Lakes region. Zebra Mussels are everywhere, clogging water intake pipes and attaching to port infrastructure. The Giant Chinese Carp is coming and it's scaring the hell out of DNR. They get to be well over a hundred pounds, eat everything that moves, and jump into boats when they're spooked by motor noise. Very bizarre.

    Many exotic species get trapped in ocean vessel's ballast and then escape when the ballast is released in the Lakes.

    Anyway, good science isn't a right or left thing. I agree.

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    It's not as simple as them or us, the environment or developement, good or bad. Though They would like you to believe this.
    Very true. The debate seems to get polarised very quickly with epithets being used rather than rational debate from both sides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmc
    Very true. The debate seems to get polarised very quickly with epithets being used rather than rational debate from both sides.
    Sometimes I wonder if the polarization is intentional.

    I believe we need to look at both extremes--they have their valid points. And perhaps a balance can be found. But we need the rational debate from both sides that you mention to find that.

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