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October 20, 2005

Lessons Learned From the Northwest's Katrina

The 1973 Endangered Species Act, and its misguided application to the spotted owl, inflicted devastation on the Northwest. Because ideologues' erroneous conception of what was in the best interest of an animal was given priority over the clear best interests of human beings, the logging industry was crippled. The result, according to the Wall Street Journal, was 130,000 lost jobs and the closure of over 900 sawmills, pulp mills, and paper mills.

To add insult to injury, the draconian logging restrictions didn't even help the owls. The spotted owl population continues its tailspin, declining 7% a year in Washington State. This is because their population problems had nothing to do with logging, but have been caused by barred owls, a hostile species that seems to be getting the better of them in the time-honored tradition of Darwinism.

This was at least dimly understood even back in the early 90s. But the point of extremist environmental regulation isn't to help animals. It's to hurt humans. Deep down, all moonbattery is an expression of self-hatred. Moonbats hate their own country, they hate their own race, they hate their own history and civilization. It's a small surprise that some find excuses to side against their own species.

But there may be a change in the air. Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) has passed a species reform act through the house. Two features could help put an end to the type of economically devastating moonbattery the spotted owls caused. For one, better science will be required, so that whole industries can't be choked to the edge of death on the basis of unsubstantiated ideology. For another, "critical habitat" will be abolished, preventing activists from designating vast areas of land off-limits to humans.

It's too late to repair the lives that were broken when spotted owl lunacy tore through the Northwest like a hurricane, destroying family businesses, throwing tens of thousands out of work, inspiring divorces and suicides. But the important thing now is to put the era of environmental fanaticism behind us, so that they we can move on toward a saner future.

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More harmful than it looks.

Posted by Van Helsing at October 20, 2005 6:38 AM

Comments

Yeah, last time I checked animals where known to go extinct before logging and pollution existed.

I'm all for preserving the environment, but the junk science and extremist attitudes of the Sierra Club and their like aren't ones we should give too much creedance too.

Posted by: Junker at October 20, 2005 1:52 PM

We have a lot of barred owls around here. When we got our kitten I wouldn't even let her out of the house until she was too big for them to carry her off. Have you ever listened to them? Creepy. Listen to all three recordings here.

Posted by: Oyster at October 20, 2005 1:57 PM

Had I not been told otherwise, I would have thought I was listening to monkeys hooting. It'd be interesting to see if an avenue could be found for legal redress for the harm caused to the victims, by the perpetrators of junk science.

Posted by: ex-expat at October 20, 2005 3:20 PM

Environmentalism is nothing short of a state sponsored religion. I saw that first hand at the EPA. You do not DARE question the catechism.

The fact that mother nature (Gaea) often demonstrates a reality contrary to that catechism is immaterial if your true desire is to impose an anti-capitalist, anti- economic, socialist regime on the United States.

And as with the rest of the socialist catechism, they are successful in imposing their terms on the debate. Want to have an honest debate on race, you're a racist. Want to have an honest debate on the environment, then you favor dirty air and water and corporate greed.

When environmentalist effectively demonize ANY rational opposition they win. Even if they are WRONG!

Posted by: Mike's America at October 20, 2005 4:04 PM

I don't know what is wrong with you people! Why do you hate the spotted owl? I absolutely adore the spotted owl...especially when deep fried and served with some fava beans and a nice chianti!

Slurp-slurp-slurp-slurp-slurp!

Posted by: Jonathan at October 20, 2005 7:37 PM

Multiply by a few hundred and you get the effect of the Kyoto Treaty.

Posted by: V the K at October 20, 2005 7:49 PM

Sounds like my old dorm...

I am highly disturbed about this barred owl nonsense, and I won't stand for it. If we, homo sapiens, sit idly by and allow this bird-on-bird crime to escalate we will prove no better than those avian buggers.

In other news, deer-on-man crime is up in California, begging the question: when will deer regulations require them to humanely dispatch people, or will this "wounding" continue?

Posted by: Josh at October 20, 2005 11:29 PM