Bound to learn the hard way
I don’t know how guarding the natural environment got to be a “right-wing/left-wing” thing, but somehow it’s become “liberal” to advocate conservation. Never mind the tremendous economic importance of topsoil, fish stocks, or a stable climate; you’re a ‘leftie’ and can be dismissed out of hand if you want to head off environmental catastophe.
But your precious ‘free market’ is no good when there’s no fish to sell, when kids are dying of asthma in your cities, or when your cities are underwater, or when our nation’s enemies are funded by our addiction to the oil that they have under their sands.
Take ‘bottom-trawling’ – please. In this method, a 5-ton steel plate is dragged across the ocean floor to act as a moving anchor for an enormous net that sweeps the sea clean. Not only does it leave behind only empty water, it mangles the sea floor that shelters the food and reproduction chain for the very fish it is catching.
This is a criminally stupid and short-sighted practice, but United Nations negotiations on fisheries have failed again to ban it. Heavens! You wouldn’t want to interfere with the ‘free market’!
The ‘conservative’ approach seems to be to deny that anything bad could ever happen. What, exactly, are conservatives conserving?