Whacking Eagles: How the Right can Capture the Environmental Narrative
The Ivanpah Solar Electricity plant on the Nevada California border is sure to cook your goose. No, really, it will cook your goose. The $2.2 billion solar plant is arrayed on 5 square miles of federal land southwest of Las Vegas. With 3-40 story towers and 350,000 huge mirrors which reflect sunlight to boilers at the top of the towers, temperatures around the towers can reach over 1,000 degrees F. Casualties of the latest experiment in “green” energy range from grebes to songbirds to hawks to peregrine falcons. Although federal regulators are purportedly conducting a two-year study on this solar bird nukification, the outcry from the animal-rights Left is…nonexistent. Wildlife slaughtering green energy projects present a problem for the Left. This problem, if navigated with principle and consistency, gives the pro-development, pro-fossil fuel Right a golden opportunity to regain the high ground on environmental policy.
Conservationism, the ideology of smart management and conservation of natural resources conceived by, among others, Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir, has been snatched from conservatives by socialists and anti-capitalists and turned into “environmentalism.” Modern environmentalism is less about the natural world than it is about limiting human population, controlling human movement, and quashing human progress in the name of a pristine environment.
Beyond the fact that a “pristine,” unchanging environment is contrary to the very nature of earth and its systems and is impossible to achieve, the environmental movement is littered with fallacy, man-made natural disasters (which is not an oxymoron, and you will see why) and economic ruin. Greg Walcher, president of the Natural Resources Group, and an expert in the public lands, wildlife, and forestry, reveals in his book “Smoking Them Out: The Theft of the Environment and How to Take it Back,” that the environment, and its complex systems, are not the true concerns of environmentalists. Walcher, given the tasks through his public offices, to tackle the problems of threatened and endangered species, presented solutions to committees of so-called natural resource and environmental experts, which identified species depletion and the causes, and methods for repopulating the declining species. Walcher’s approach t-boned the entrenched environmentalists, whose modus operandi has always been to simply halt all human activity within the regions where threatened and endangered species are found, by offering up solutions which they could not oppose without revealing their true, socialist agenda. They balked when Greg Walcher and his team turned the focus of environmental policy away from shutting natural lands and resources off from human use, to the actual reclamation of lands and restoration of threatened and endangered animal populations.
Though late in the game, Walcher, and a few other genuine conservationists, are finally bringing attention to the undeniable duplicity of the environmental movement. True conservationism, where authentic sustainability and environmental well-being are promoted, is a conservative principle, but few on the Right have been able to articulate these concepts in a compelling way, until now.
The most adored pet project of the environmentalist Left, green energy, is turning out to be a major threat to thousands of animals and their habitats. Wind turbines kill thousands of birds and bats each year, many of them endangered species. Solar farms are disorienting and killing migrating bird populations, and scorching to death countless acres of open land. Solar arrays have resulted in the erosion of large swaths of desert soils, the stunting and destruction of plant life, and the loss of numerous ground-dwelling animals. Knowing what we know about the true agenda of the environmental movement, it’s no surprise that they, and their Democrat apologists, remain silent about the species and habitat destruction by green energy companies. There is no excuse, however, for the true political descendants of early conservationists–Conservatives–to remain mum about the problem. The fact that green energy is whacking eagles presents a golden opportunity to take back the high ground regarding land and wildlife issues.
Some Western politicians, such as Scott Tipton, U.S. Congressman (R) of Colorado, are introducing legislation to bring common sense back to taking care of our forests with smart management of resources as well as allowing natural burn and regrowth processes to take place with minimal intervention. But, although we love our forests and mountain environs, the way to the hearts of citizen voters is through cuddly critters. There are hundreds of videos available on Youtube.com documenting the slaughter of birds by wind turbines. There are numerous articles in respected publications documenting habitat destruction and the killing of species by other green energy systems. My advice to any organization, political or otherwise, which is truly concerned about our precious earth and its creatures, is to go on the offensive against the companies responsible for this mass slaughter and ruination, as well as the politicians who look away and refuse to fine these companies, and even go so far as granting them waivers for killing endangered species.
The Bald Eagle is our national symbol, and has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, as an emblem of a revitalized patriotism on the Right. It’s time for the Right to save the eagles from being whacked by the crony-capitalist Left.
by Marjorie Haun 8/16/14