Success: I saw this Nick Denton post about how environmentalists might have been proven wrong about three of their main beefs, so I forwarded it over to my favorite rational environmentalist, Laura Crane, for comment. Go read her detailed reaction; I'll just excerpt a bit from her intro:
Time and time again, it seems to me that environmental groups believe they need to scare people into supporting their initiatives -- and their initiatives are a jumble of real and perceived environmental problems. Instead, I wish that these groups would do something useful -- like provide an objective analysis, based on science, to help people focus their efforts on those environmental issues that truly should be of concern. Explain science, explain the uncertainties, don't distort and automatically describe the world as seen through your worst-possible-case colored glasses, and most importantly – don't act like this world would be better off without people. As humans, a world without human life means nothing to us.
She also points out that the closing of the ozone hole is a victory for environmentalists, not an argument against their silly claims.

Posted by at September 19, 2002 04:11 PM

If Truth, rationality, logic and fact based science were to become the tools of the environmental groups, their fundraising would drop to less than zero and they'd all have to disband.
It's all about somebody paying you so you can feel superior and tell the world the "word according to (insert idiotic name here)".

Posted by: Mikhal at September 20, 2002 04:00 PM

Mikhal -- I disagree: I think an environmentalist group dedicated to rational truth-telling and pragmatism could be *enormously* popular. For example, the coalition of forces in Los Angeles that have helped re-green the banks and bottom of the L.A. River have been tremendously successful, just by daring to dream & being willing to treat the opposition like human beings. But I'm an optimist that way....

Posted by: Matt Welch at September 20, 2002 04:17 PM
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