POLITICS, GOVERNMENT and ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
Simple solutions to the bogging-down of new construction in the U.S. by environmental regulation and a concomitant endless review process start with consideration of the entire environment. Birds, bunnies, bushes and bubbling brooks constitute only the fuzzy part that activists employ to elicit support for their varied and conflicting agendas (an example: protecting birds while at the same time killing them with wind farms). Environmental ethics issues include the existing infrastructure and mankind as well. Until this reality is brought into focus there will continue to be a shotgun approach to environmental review and regulation by the EPA and a myriad of disparate special interests as well. A return to reason is needed. The first step in solving a problem is identification.
The call for one independent agency is redundant–it already exists. That’s what the EPA (Economic Prevention Activists?) is supposed to be all about! However, since its inception it’s been polluted by special interests and their lawyers to become a wreckage of wrules and wregulations inconsistent with reality (not to mention each other).
The underlying problems include the ubiquitous agendas of special interests, politics and the phenomenon of ‘political correctness’, all of which have a deleterious effect on progress, employment, and overall improvement of our nation’s ills. Raucous well-heeled minorities intimidate the silent majority with a constant barrage of grievances and lawsuits requiring huge amounts of time and money to contest.
It’s time to take back our environment. Consideration of its entirety is the first step, determination the next. The existing situation is untenable, but another ‘independent agency’ is not the answer. Reforming the one we’ve got, IS.
Note: This article can be found in the Wall Street Journal of 11/30/13