The liberal environmental movement takes for granted that strict government regulation and public ownership is necessary for the preservation of the environment. Yet who, in the end, is responsible for the great environmental catastrophes of the recent past? According to Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the real answer is: environmentalists themselves. “The dogmatic ideologies and restrictive policies pushed on us by the environmentalLeft have harmed nature more than helped it,” argues Murray, “but the environmentalists have never borne the blame.” Now, in “The Really Inconvenient Truths: Seven Environmental Catastrophes Liberals Don’t Want You to Know About — Because They Helped Cause Them,” Murray reveals just how often and gravely liberal environmentalists have harmed the environment, how they have covered up this fact, and how conservatives can reclaim the environmental issue by stressing free-enterprise, private-property solutions.
To make his case, Murray focuses on seven major modern environmental catastrophes that illustrate the failure of the liberal approach. All had tragic consequences for humans or the environment. All could have been avoided or mitigated by alternative approaches based on conservative thinking. Yet, in each case, the liberal approach was not to admit failure — but to condemn the alternative approach, deny the problem exists, blame it on something else or even to claim it as a victory.
The REALLY Inconvenient Truths reveals:
In this election year, Republican politicians tell us that conservatives need to adapt and develop an “environmental” policy to compete with liberal Democrats. In truth, no adaptation is needed. As The REALLY Inconvenient Truths demonstrates, liberal laws and policies that were introduced in the name of saving the environment are hurting it — whereas conservative principles such as freedom and property rights help to preserve and protect the environment whenever they are allowed to work.
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