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Tag: environmentalism


SPOTTED OWL: Jobs lost on bogus science

In the April 6 “Looking Back 25 Years” feature, the story was of how politicians and industry were working to define how jobs and science regarding the spotted owl could co-exist. Now, 25 years later, we know the spotted owl “won,” and jobs “lost.”

The story led me to look up the most current “science” regarding the population of said owl. I found the following report from the 2005 state Department of Fish and Wildlife: “The primary causes of mortality for juveniles appear to be starvation and predation. The single study conducted on habitat use during dispersal indicates that spotted owls made substantial

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FORESTS: Viewpoint writer made serious factual error

A Viewpoint (TNT, 7-2) by David Overton included a serious factual error about the Forest Stewardship Council. His claim that the FSC provides money to ForestEthics, an environmental advocacy organization, is entirely false and reckless. We hope the error was based in the author’s ignorance and was not an intentional inaccuracy.

We’d also like to set the record straight about choices in forest certification. There are, in fact, considerable and substantive differences in the objectives and outcomes of existing programs.

Most environmental organizations, including many advocacy groups, exclusively endorse the FSC because they are able to play a direct

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ENVIRONMENT: Are activists modern Druids?

Re: “Why was article even published?” (letter, 4-24).

The writer refuted Professor Robert H. Nelson’s contention that environmentalism and traditional religion are similar. Christianity was cited to support the professor’s argument.

Perhaps the writer is right in claiming the environmental movement cannot be equated to Christianity. Christianity deals with the spirituality of humans while environmentalists deal with the spirituality of trees, etc.

The environmentalists’ literature is loaded with references to the spiritualist feelings projected by living trees, etc. The environmentalists’ near worship of nature could easily be compared to the Druids who preached their religion in ancient Britain

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ENVIRONMENT: Peril in overzealousness

Robert H. Nelson’s assertion that modern environmental activism is evolving into a quasi-religious movement (TNT, 4-19) is an enlightening yet potentially alarming hypothesis.

Few would argue with the contention that the beauty and glory of our natural surroundings, especially in the Pacific Northwest, can only conjure the feeling of a benevolent power at work. But not unlike the pitfalls of devout religious fundamentalism, activism can quickly degrade into extremism.

The belief that human existence is the scourge of the planet and regulation and demonization should replace common-sense-based initiatives as the prevailing force driving environmental policy smacks of dangerous historical

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