The modern-day environmental movement has replaced individual behavior with collective policies which are aimed at redistributing wealth and consolidating power. Prior to Richard Nixon establishing the Environmental Protection Agency on December 2, 1970, environmentalism was the responsibility of each individual citizen. And after forty years of growing more powerful and drifting further from its original charter, the EPA has infiltrated aspects of American life that would make the most ardent statist proud. Its budget has swelled to over 8 billion dollars a year, and growing, all for the purpose of controlling the use of private lands and creating an environment that is hostile to business and Capitalism.
The Environmental Protection Agency is not only anathema to the founding principles of limited government, but it is the very essence of the arrogance of big government. The idea that government should spend 8 billion taxpayer dollars a year to make thousands of regulations that restrict personal freedom, is an idea, the thought of which would make the Founders lose their minds. From the very first "success" of the EPA, the banning of DDT, it was clear that their agenda was to stifle Capitalism and not to protect the environment. As is the case with every other left-wing initiative, the environment was the ruse used to lull the American people, while the statists' real goal was political power funded by taxpayer money without accountability.
A Federal judge took months to pour over the study done on DDT by multiple scientists and made the determination that it was completely safe for humans. William D. Ruckelshaus, the first director of the EPA, without studying any data or reading a word of any scientific reports, decided to ban DDT. The world community quickly followed suit, and because of it malaria, which was all but eliminated by DDT, now kills thousands of people every year. Other mosquito-borne diseases that were made almost non-existent by DDT, are also on the rise. The recent resurgence of bed bugs is also directly attributable to the banning of DDT. All this human suffering caused by statists at the EPA who are so arrogant as to think that they are the chosen few who have been endowed with the ability to "protect" everyone and everything from the evils of Capitalism.
And what about that individual responsibility for the environment? In my opinion, people are less individually responsible because they choose big government solutions to individual efforts. I recently saw a young mother tell her screaming child that the juice box he had dropped on the ground was too dirty to handle. She then got into her car with a "Save The Planet-Live Green" bumper sticker on it and drove away. This is the attitude that the left has inculcated in so many people in this country, that their ultimate responsibility is to empower government to solve problems ostensibly created by the evils of Capitalism. Oh yeah, and you also have to festoon your automobile with politically correct bumper stickers, and then you'll be a caring, compassionate citizen of the world.
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