Essay/Commentary: “Will The Real Ecoterrorists Please Stand Up” (Part 3 of 6)

Although certain individuals may be radically dedicated to presenting and conserving nature at all costs and sometimes commit questionable or illegal acts their actions do not justify the dismissal of all responsible foresighted people as ‘kooks’. Not only is the term ‘Ecoterrrorist’ an unjustified label and and as an insult to outdoorsmen (and women) and others who hope to preserve and conserve nature and the environment; as far as I’m concerned the label is completely misapplied.

As a matter of fact, as far as I’m concerned, those people in government(s), industry and corporations etc. who dismiss and categorize all of those ‘kooks’ in environmental or nature groups as ‘Ecoterrorists’; or as detrimental to the American (or elsewhere) way of life are the real ‘Ecoterrorists’. This is the case whether they be greedy real estate developers destroying habitats and bringing us urban and suburban sprawl; corporations which flout environmental regulations with virtual impunity; or government officials who continue to advocate the exploration and use of oil, coal and other fossil fuels despite the negative effects on the environment, plus contributing to unnecessary wars and the funding of terrorists overseas from petroleum coffers.

For example, the timber industry wantonly destroys rain forests, our National Forests, and the rich flora and fauna which exists there; not to mention causing pollution and exacerbating climate change here and around the globe. (to be cont’d)

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