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.