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

  • ontario john

    The environmental movement wants to stop all pipelines, and for us to give up oil. This of course makes perfect sense in a country that has winter ten months of the year. And of course the indians are using this issue to claim all of Canada as their own. They just took over a beach next to Ipperwash Provincial Park which they already stole from the public. The OPP stood idly by of course. And the mainline churches are also on the bandwagon, because it doesn’t matter if church members don’t have jobs or have to freeze in the dark.

  • simus1

    Their childish propaganda campaigns are so overreaching, unimaginative, and emotionally insecure as to insult the intelligence of any normal person.
    What is the cause du jour?

    Rape on campus?
    Plastic bags?
    Peanut butter?
    Carbon footprints?
    Protecting the Loch Ness Monster from capitalist exploitation?

  • G

    “Save The Planet Kill Yourself”.

    No prob. You first. I’m a bit busy but I’ll get to it later. Trust me.

    • J. C.

      Funny how the tree-huggers are never willing to lead by example, isn’t it??? 😉

      • Petrilla

        Like terrorists putting bombs on Down Syndrome people?

      • G


    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      ” I’m a bit busy”
      What, are you one of those “Got a job types”? 😉

  • Clausewitz

    I remember back in the late 60’s and early 70’s when we turned to Ecology. The difference? Ecology was local and was based on science, whereas Environmentalism is a new age religion based solely on faith. Gaia is their Goddess and they feel that they have to “rule” all of earth. Sound like anyone else we know?

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Before Ecology we called it Conservationism and really the only people who were into it were hunters and anglers. Clean air, water and soil. No fairy tales.

      • Clausewitz

        Yep, back before it became the political miasma of hysterical leftists.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Well, St Dave Bigbus, Chief Welfare Bear and their rabble can cause trouble and make an unholy mess of someone else’s neighborhood for a change. North Burnaby has had more than enuff of their act. There was talk in the local pub of full bladders being used to douse the “sacred fire”. I wonder how folks in the East will view this nonsense taking place in their neighborhoods.

  • Environmentalism is not just based on phobic hysterics but money from special-interest groups that stand to make a buck one way or another.