Rex Murphy: Has the environmental movement ever seen a collapse it didn’t want to be on the brink of?

The most important thing to understand about an environmental concern is that it is infinitely malleable. It has Play-Doh’s or putty’s wonderful power of accommodation, to take whatever shape, for the moment, might be called for. Because the environment is, by definition or tautology, everything that is around us — there will always be something “in” the environment on which to hang an objection, mount a protest or, as Samuel Johnson, ever elegant, put it, “to point a moral, or adorn a tale.”

Thus I was not surprised that when the debate on pipelines recently shifted from oil flowing west to oil flowing east, someone raised the fate of the “endangered beluga whale.”

h/t Ontario John