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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Where We Part Company

America's environmentalists are dangerous. Also borderline stupid. And rather inclined to hysteria. But mostly dangerous.

I came to this conclusion many years ago when I listened to a senator from the state of Colorado (a Democrat ...) warn the American people that we had to do something about the problem with the ozone hole in the stratosphere. The evidence to back up ozone-depletion theory has always been circumspect, but that didn't matter to this scientist/senator. He advised that we couldn't wait for the evidence to appear; by then it would be too late to do anything about the soon-to-be catastrophe.

I knew at that moment we were in big trouble.

So the senator decreed that we needed to ban air-conditioning freon and raise your taxes - without any real evidence that a problem existed. Before a problem arose.

I knew we were in for it when - sure enough - Congress banned freon and raised our taxes and the "problem" with the ozone hole went away forever. Before it ever appeared.

If only the environmentalists had then hopped back aboard their (air conditioned) Lear jets, inhaled a few joints, and headed back to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to celebrate their victory.

No, environmentalists now focus on the problem of global warming. It must be stopped. Scientists aren't sure that it has actually started or that it represents a potential problem or that there is anything we could do about it if we wanted to or that it may not actually be a good thing. But stop it we must.

From an editorial in The Roanoke Times this morning:
Briefly put...

No one can be certain whether human-induced global warming, natural cycles or a one-year anomaly caused the record-setting hurricane season, but humans can affect only one of those possible causes.

Americans should get serious about their contribution to global warming, lest 2005's storms mark the start of worse to come. (
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There you have the argument. We can't do anything about "natural cycles" (thank God or we'd raise taxes to stop them as well) and we are unable to prevent one-year anomalies, so we need to prevent global warming. Because we can. Even though a whole host of scientists will tell you that we can't.

How do you argue against such logic? The environmentalists - in this case, a Roanoke Times editorialist - tell us that we don't know what has "caused the record-setting hurricane season," which means we don't know how to fix it, but we need to act anyway. Aren't you glad your brain surgeon doesn't operate with such rationale.

But we can't stop them. They're on a mission. They're not all that sure where they're headed but, by God, they know they're going to get there. And save the planet. From certain destruction. And they intend to take every one of us with them.

If I didn't think it would disturb the environment, I'd crawl under a rock and hide.

Don't Even Try

Chrysanthemums.

After exhaustive research - and many disappointments - Paula and I have come to the conclusion that the mum is the only form of plantlife that deer won't eat. They love hastas. And lillies. Holly bushes. Pine seedlings. They even enjoy the occasional leaves off the poplar and maple trees - just to gain variety in their diet. And don't even think about growing a vegetable garden. Except for pumpkins (and even they sometimes succumb to the rapacious appetite of our neighborhood deer), no vegetable goes uneaten. Including the blossoms off the tomato plants.

I've often wondered how farmers - and vintners - can possibly make a living in these parts what with the burgeoning deer population such that it is. Well, it appears they can't. From The Roanoke Times:

... neither Debra Vascik nor her vintner partner and husband, Dr. Jim Vascik, could joke about the ravenous deer.

... the Vasciks, like others who work the land, have begun to accept that a burgeoning population of white-tailed deer will harvest each year a portion of the vineyard's crop.

"The deer damage starts in May," said Jim Vascik, and continues through the summer and early fall, when the herbivores' attention turns from shoots and leaves to the sweetening grapes.

"By the time hunting season comes, the damage is done," he said.

"We lose whole rows of grapes in the vineyard," said Debra Vascik. Especially vulnerable is the fruit nearest the covering woods. (link)

Along with a variety of other vegetables, I tried to grow sweet corn several years ago. It was a heartbreaking experience that still fills my heart with sadness and my eyes with tears as I look back on that bumper crop that was just at the point of ripening (oh, I should mention that I love garden-fresh corn-on-the-cob) when I'd begun to find corn stalks trampled in my garden and the tips of the ears on each stalk gnawed through. Within a week, every plant was destroyed. That was the last time I attempted to set a garden of any kind.

Even the flowers and bushes around the house are now fair game it seems. Back when Beazer The Hound From Hell was still with us, the deer seemed to keep their distance. But since Beazer passed on, the deer have realized that there is now nothing to stop them from destroying everything in sight. I fear for my cedar siding. The neighbor's grandchildren. And the tires on my Chevy truck.

As the Vasciks make clear, hunters do their best to control the deer population, but they barely stem the tide. In Bland County, Virginia, the whitetail rules. Humans are only - and temporarily - tolerated as being the nuisance that we are.