The song lied. It is easy being green. Easy is something we take all too granted. Our president has really embraced it. Congress run on the platform. Dire warning have and continue to abound. “Progressive” cities do in pop machines and happy meals.
I ran into this movement in about 1954. I was in high school and making $.50 an hour. I joined the Sierra club. My buddy and I were into hunting and fishing. In the spring we knew where to look for the big-ass fish hawk that would stop for a few days. But, we weren’t that great a woodmen. Although, there were a few of those hunter-gathers still living down by what was left of the Great Kankakee Marsh. I Googled that. I could have gone with another version but this one is from one of the most corrupt entities in the adjoining state. It is a giggle their criticizing anybody.
I’d seen picture of an uncle returning from a hunt with several big wooden barrels of ducks they’d shot head for sale in Chicago. But, even then the land was being drained for farms. That took a while. Those farms were sold during a land boom that was the equal of all that Florida swamp land sales to Northern idiots. Poor investments but they added ditch after ditch to drain it and created some very fertile farmlands.
The 14-year old hunter in me yearned for that lost chance to slaughter ducks like my great-uncle. So, I joined the Sierra Club and got a taste of ecology — early on. Now remember that $10.00 membership represented 20-hours of my labor. What I got was a monthly magazine that seemed like a bunch of nuts asking me to send them more money. The whole magazine was designed to get me to send more money.
In later years, I joined Ducks Unlimited and Trout Unlimited. They wanted some money too. But, they were proposing viable projects and offering sweat equity to work on various projects. I could see the good. They really didn’t have the PR people and fundraisers of the caliber of The Sierra Club. But, the results they obtained with their grass-roots efforts are beneficial today.
Today, it is all in the Sierra Club mold. At least that’s my view. They’ve taken over the asylum. DU and TU grass root efforts have been pushed aside by “serious” fund-raisers. I’m sick about the loss of that marsh — although it ended up with a lot of benefits. Would I really be happy with mosquitoes in masses unimaginable today? A huge marsh like that in a populated area has it share of problems for humans beyond the bugs.
I must report that things are better. I see more ducks in the fall than I did. But, much of that was because DU restored a lot of land in Canada that is productive today. They did it at far less cost than the projects proposed. They look at cost:benefit and did the most productive things they could. With minimal financing they accomplished a lot.
We aren’t all that knowledgeable in all this. Guys with doctorates have all these warnings and ideas. They insist government (citizens) pay for all those past mistakes. There were mistakes; there always are. But, there is no analysis of the cost:benefit around correcting those mistakes or what such correction might do to add mistakes.
Green energy seems one of those disasters in waiting. It isn’t economical. That makes it a drain on the economy and society. I feel confident that time will resolve those issues to our benefit — I have seen that happen. But, I’ve also seen ambitions and funding taking precedence.
I am as green or greener than the average. But, realism is also part of my view. Doing something, even if it is wrong, isn’t a benefit. It is the opposite. Funds we need for practical jobs and work are playing second fiddle to the greedy stupidity I saw in the Sierra Club. I am not saying such efforts can’t do something but they do it without looking at the human cost. We should at least have an equal right for survival and success.