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Conservatives and Environmentalists

Conservatives and Environmentalists
Conservatives and Environmentalists\r\nAllies, Not Enemies\r\nby John C. Vinson, Jr.\r\nConservatives and environmentalists generally have as\r\nmuch in common as the Hatfields and McCoys. Environmentalists\r\nlike to point to the career of conservative James\r\nWatt and the comment of Ronald Reagan that once you've\r\nseen one redwood you've seen them all. Most conservatives, on\r\nthe other hand, view environmentalists as sentimental antimodernists\r\nwho want to take us back to living in teepees.\r\nDespite the apparent polarity, there are good reasons for conservatives\r\nto be concerned about the environment—reasons\r\nthat go beyond GOP election strategies. Through the ages, a\r\nprominent strand of conservative thought has been love of\r\nthe land and attachment to the soil. In Europe and the United\r\nStates, the small farmer and the landed country gentleman are\r\narchtypical conservative figures who sense the changeless cycles\r\nof the seasons and regard man as the partner, not the master, of\r\nnature. From my own observation, it is the desire for these\r\nsame intangibles that prompts the average environmentalist toward\r\nthe wilderness, away from the arrogant sophistries and\r\npassing sensations of modern urban living.\r\nAnother common interest of both groups is an abiding\r\nconcern for future generations. If most environmentalists were\r\nonly interested in their own enjoyment of the wilderness, they\r\ncould relax and forget political action. Not even 100...

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