I would like to briefly respond to a comment of a few days ago, and break it off in several pieces.
Because I will be away from my computer today, I will post what I can and add more to this post over the weekend.
On June 5, William wrote,
"after reading your profile, I thought how could this woman be a conservative? Particularly, loving nature, hiking etc... and apparently supporting the worst environmental administration in our lifetime?"
And here's my response to that:
You're too young to know this, but our air and water quality, among many other things' is so vastly improved from when I was a child, and coming of age in the sixties, that it's hard for me to be too upset about how "bad" things are today in that department. It is truly a staggering improvement. That is not to say there's not always room for more improvement.
Did you know that CO2 levels actually decreased last year in the United States even as GDP went up several percentage points? Of course that won't satisfy you or your idealism, but it is a point worth noting here in the non-MSM.
But to a larger degree, I would bet that you and I vastly differ on what the true precursors of improved environmental quality really are. I'm sure you would say that more laws and regulations are required, not to mention our country's signing on the Kyoto Treaty. I've heard the arguments ad naseum.
You see, I believe, however politically incorrect, that democracy, free markets, the rule of law, low taxes, strong property rights and economic prosperity are the greatest enhancements of environmental quality there can be.
Conversely, where you find tyrannical regimes, dictators, controlled markets and economic impoverishment, you find environments and environmental quality in deep decline. I think of North Korea. Or the decimataion of Iraq's wetlands under Saddam. Or Cuba. And let's watch what will happen to the envronmental quality of Venezuela in the years to come.
This is all I have time for right now. I will address that and that alone. I am not willing to be assaulted by multiple comments, psychological studies and the like. Those are for your blog. I am sticking to my own knitting here. And remember, it's your First Amendment right to leave when and if you so choose.