Now the second front opens. Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to eviscerate the Endangered Species Act, one of the more successful environmental laws enacted in the country. Specificall, they eliminated the features of the law that limited development in areas of "critical habitat."
This means that developers, whose only interest is in the bottom line, will be free to do just about whatever they want, despite it's impact (immediate and continuing) on the environment. When will these people realize that you don't shit were you eat. While I have my differences with some of the tactics employed by environmental groups, at least they realize that our health as a species is inextricably linked with the environment we inhabit.
Call it the selfish reason for environmental protection. We should protect the environment because we kind of need clean water (most water pollution is caused by runoff from development, not from chemical companies).
When will Americans realize that these guys aren't acting in anyone's interest but that of people who have more money than God and who don't give two craps about anyone else's immediate surroundings.
Coming soon to an unspoiled area near you, a parking lot and dozens of McMansions! (Or maybe it's already happening.)
NP: "Been Caught Stealing" - Jane's Addiction