From a movement concerned with halting the wholesale dumping of pollutants into the air and water to one determined to depopulate the earth, the modern environmental movement has had a spectacular ride. Its latest triumph was the destruction by flooding of the North Dakota town of Minot. A system of six dams along the mighty Missouri River was built earlier this century to control the flooding quite successfully. Many farming communities and homes grew up along the river. So too, did the environmental movement, which became convinced that dams were an inherent evil, the footprint of man on sacred Mother Earth, and that where they could not be removed altogether they should be operated so as to simulate the natural flow. Such was the case this year to the detriment of the people living in Minot as explained in this article.
This is reminiscent of the case in 2007 where environmentalists convinced a federal judge to cut off water supplies to the San Joaquin Valley in California, supposedly to save the Delta Smelt, an endangered small fish. The cutoff devastated farms, pushed unemployment in the valley over 40%, and raised food prices for everyone. Now it turns out the action did nothing to save the smelt. Its decline was due to other factors. The same story appears in the case of the famous Spotted Owl, where shutting down the logging industry in the Pacific Northwest has had no effect on the owl’s decline. But it has been successful in destroying the timber industry and the lives of many rural American communities, and isn’t that the point?
In the west, we have periodic forest fires that destroy enormous swaths of forest and not a few human dwellings. These usually follow years of environmental obstruction of dead wood removal by logging companies. Most recently we almost lost the community of Lake Arrowhead because environmentalists would not permit the removal of dead and dying trees infested with the bark beetle.
And don’t get me started about “wetlands.” The Constitution gives the federal government authority over the “navigable waters” of the United States. The EPA claims that any piece of land that has been, is now, or ever might be wet is part of these “navigable waters,” since the water may or may not drain into tributaries of these rivers. As such, they claim absolute, unquestionable arbitrary say over any activity on any piece of land. Just ask the Sacketts.
Let’s assume Global Warming is true and cutting CO2 is the priority environmentalists say it is. The problem is that the program they demand, windmills, solar power, electric cars for a handful of rich people, mercury laden curly cue light bulbs for the rest of us, won’t make a dent in total CO2 emissions. The one thing that might do the job, nuclear power, they oppose more than coal plants.
What is behind this “we must destroy the world to save it” madness of the environmental crowd? The answer lies in the name it is often called by its critics, the “Green Religion.”
Romans 1:21-23 describes the first steps in man turning away from God. Man does not turn away from God to nothing. He substitutes the worship of images “made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.” In other words, as verse 25 says, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator” that is, Nature Worship. Modern environmentalism is far more than a proper concern for “creation care.” It is a substitution of the worship of Nature for the worship of God.
God’s creation in the Garden of Eden was not complete without man, whom He ordained to “tend and keep it” and whom He charged to “be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it.” Man brings glory to God by his faithful stewardship of the earth, which includes its intelligent use for the benefit of man.