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PRACTICAL, NOT ROMANTIC ENVIRONMENTALISM NEEDED FOR EARTH DAY

April 22, 2011: The following article is as timely this Earth Day as it was when originally published nine years ago:

"Practical Environmentalism vs. Romantic Environmentalism", by Steven F. Hayward, and Christopher DeMuth.  Hayward is Senior Fellow, Environmental Studies, at the Pacific Research Institute and F. K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI). DeMuth was the president of AEI from 1986 to 2008.

"Environmentalism comes in two primary categories: the practical and the romantic. Practical environmentalism is the world in which environmental standards are established and applied in a multitude of discrete circumstances, from gasoline formulas to local land-use disputes. Two realities govern that world: first, uncertainty over cause and effect; second, the need to make trade-offs between environmental quality and other social goods ...

Romantic environmentalism is a strong and uncompromising environmentalism that holds that environmental values should always or almost always trump other values, especially those associated with economic development and growth."

Read whole piece. 

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