The Politically Incorrect Show - 10/04/2001
[Music - Die Fledermaus]
It's good to see those we call the "watermelon socialists" - green on the outside, red on the inside - don't always have it their own way. Later this month it'll be Earth Day, & hordes of eco-fascists will be out in force. But they won't be the only ones. Here's an e-mail I received yesterday:
As part of the Center for the Moral Defense of Capitalism's "Campaign in Defense of Industry and Technology," the Center is organizing its 2nd annual Earth Day Countermarch in Washington, DC on Sunday, April 22--and we ask you to join us. Environmentalists bill Earth Day as a demonstration of their numbers and political power -- and for the second year in a row they will face open, articulate and principled opposition.
This year, the environmentalists are going all out to prevent the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil production. Beneath a one and one-half million acre tract on the North Slope of Alaska is estimated to be between six and sixteen billion barrels of recoverable oil. If the Congress supports President Bush in opening the North Slope to development, this oil reserve could produce up to one and one-half million barrels of oil per day for at least twenty-five years-nearly twenty-five percent of current daily U.S. oil production. The importance of this resource to our future cannot be overstated.
Yet despite the obvious value in developing the North Slope oil reserves, environmentalists argue that oil production should be forbidden in the name of protecting "wilderness," and "wasteful" Americans should go without. According to environmental lobby groups like the "Defenders of Wildlife," if oil exploration goes forward the harm to wildlife would be huge and irreparable.
But oil is the very lifeblood of modern civilization. As oil is drained from the arteries of American commerce, we lose the energy to meet our needs--to heat our homes, to pump water from the ground, to harvest food from the fields, to transport goods to markets across continents, or to light the laboratories that save the lives of generations. Restricting oil for the sake of wilderness can only be a detriment to human life. Nothing could be a greater waste...
Science, technology, industry, and capitalism have provided all of us with inestimable values. From the food we eat to the homes we live in, from the computers that make our lives easier to the oil that fuels our cars -- all of these things are made possible by industry and technology. Yet today, these fountainheads of life are under attack by environmentalist zealots who want to take us back to the Stone Age. Don't let them do it without a fight. Join us for the Earth Day Countermarch on Sunday, April 22.
If you're on the Internet, you can find this organisation at www.moraldefense [with an 's'] dot com. Washington is a bit far to go to join the counter-march - but you CAN offer it financial support on the web site. And learn a lot of other things you didn't know about capitalism as well!
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