By Chuck Pinkey
The Daily Star
---- — Environmentally, this world is better off because of the existence of man. In 21st century America, that’s akin to heresy. It’s blasphemy against the Church of Environmentalism. How dare anyone make such a statement!
I may stand alone on this and be burned at the stake, but so be it. I am tired of the fallacies and catastrophic prophecies that we seem to revel in, when it comes to the effect man has on the environment.
On Facebook, I noticed a poster that showed a beach with four sets of tracks in the beautiful sand. They were labeled “sea gulls, dogs, and horses.” The fourth set of tracks showed litter, and was labeled “man.”
Sure enough, 435 comments and all were exclaiming how “People are pigs,” “No wonder our planet is dying,” “We’re the worst species ever to have populated the planet,” blah, blah, blah. I’d bet the litter is from students on spring break, who fancy themselves environmentalists.
An old farmer once said, “If you wonder about the weather, go outside and take a look.” We’ve all been to plenty of beaches, and when was the last time you saw milk cartons, beer bottles, half-eaten Chinese food, and pizza boxes scattered about? Even when it does happen, townships quickly pick up the litter and dispose of it properly.
That old farmer is simply telling you to look around and think, but the folks who worship at the altar of Environmentalism will be quick to point out that we are not scientists, and cannot possible grasp the complexities that only they can understand. So convinced are they of their own infallibility that debate is forbidden!
It is becoming a common occurrence that one scientific study after another, and even the credentials of many in the environmental field, are being scrutinized. Many studies have been tainted, politicized and conclusions drawn on flawed data. Shamefully, they are not the authorities they portray themselves to be.
Getting back to man’s effect on the environment, I’m sure someone could take a snapshot of your kitchen’s wastebasket or your dirty clothes in the laundry room, and portray your whole home as being in similar fashion. That seems to be the environmentalist’s favorite tactic, but let’s look at the big picture in America.
Before 1492, there were 60 million buffalo in North America, and now in the United States alone, there are more than 96 million head of cattle. All are bovines, but Holsteins, Angus, Herefords and Jerseys are far more useful than buffalo.
According to Forestry.about.com, 30 percent of America is forest, compared to 50 percent in 1630. Not bad, when one considers the population growth, large-scale farming, interstate highways and the hundreds of millions of homes that have been built.
They also state, “The forest resources of the U.S. have continued improving in general condition and quality, as measured by increased average size and volume of trees. The total forestland acreage has remained stable since 1900.”
How many more dogs, cats, horses and white tail deer exist because of man? True, fewer of some species exist. Grandchildren should not be endangered by rattlesnakes, wolves or mountain lions. Your daughter could navigate I-88 if New York had 500,000 elk. For this, we shouldn’t apologize.
This winter, my wife and I were out in Texas and New Mexico, while you folks were here in New York enjoying global warming. We drove through Bovina, Texas. It’s not nearly as pretty as our Bovina, but the soil is as black as coal, and you couldn’t see the end of the fields because of the curvature of the Earth. The sky was blue, the water was clear and the cattle were clean and healthy.
Further west in New Mexico, we ran into desert. On the south side of the road it was “au natural.” Sand, cactus, and tumbleweeds were everywhere, but on the north side with a little irrigation, the desert was converted to brown soil, and oxygen-producing, valuable food crops were planted. Man had greatly improved the situation, as he has done across the U.S.
I believe God created this world and man. Beautiful as it is, the Earth is soil and water, and our sphere is neither fragile, nor sacred. Mother Nature is not God.
We should use the resources He has given, and use them wisely. Regrettably, the Environmentalist’s Creed is not to use them at all. They fail to recognize the good job man has done, and continue to find fault at every turn. I may stand alone on this, but I’m not buying what they are selling.
Chuck Pinkey is a retired area businessman. He can be reached at email@example.com. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board, but the author thinks they ought to.