Shuts down its environmental desk, via Lawrence Auster:
What is it—four years since the high tide of manmade global warmism, and four years since the fraud began to be exposed? Will any liberals have second thoughts about a belief system which periodically declares that our society or even the whole ecosystem is about to be destroyed by some horrible problem and that statist tyrannical wealth-destroying measures must be taken NOW to solve the problem and that anyone who questions the truth of the problem or the proffered solution is at best a mindless tool of evil forces?Lawrence's take is a bit different than mine. I have said for some time that environmentalism is one of those causes that the Left is going to quietly back away from. Most of our 1+ million new Americans a year come here precisely because they don't want to hunt, fish or strap on a backpack. Also, pensions, disability checks and public schools won't pay for themselves, so we better crank up the bulldozers.
The Left appears to recognize its dilemma, hence the move away from difficult, hands-on stuff like land stewardship and wildlife management and on to vague, incorporeal notions like 'global warming.' It's tough and fascinating to figure out biodiversity and the appropriate balance between Man and Nature. But now that global warming isn't panning out into flooded cities, bankrupt ski resorts, Dust Bowl II, etc., the NY Times just can't think of any more environmental stories to report. Aren't there still rising ambient levels of mercury in fish, destruction of fauna in Africa, thermal inversions?
The last wild California condors had to be captured in 1987 just before they slipped into extinction, and after what must have been some intensive work by extremely dedicated and talented people, their numbers are high enough that they have since been re-introduced into the American Southwest. So how is the largest North American land bird doing these days, and how did we accomplish this? The Ochs-Sulzberger Family Trust and Carlos Slim don't seem to think that's the sort of thing that matters much.