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Here's a thought, out of the blue. Are your concerned about animal and plant extinction? Want to do something about it? There's a simple way, at least in most cases, to assure the survival of a species: encourage the commercial exploitation of it.

If you're one of those people who can only do static analysis you would conclude that this would quickly lead to the complete exhaustion of the existing "supply". So then why aren't chickens an endangered species?

Anything we eat, wear, ride, make do our work, or simply enjoy having around will never disappear so long as it is possible to go out and buy one. Anything that is in demand, particularly those things for which that demand can be translated into profit, will never be fully used up so long as there is a way of creating more of it. Endangered species are, by their nature, reproducable.

So I think the best approach for the Sierra club would be to put out a series of books containing recipes for bald eagle drumsticks and spotted owl eggs, clothing patters for alligator skin, and 101 things to make from elephant ivory. Oh, yeah, and work to get the law out of the way of using these things.

The fact that the Sierra Club and the rest of the leftstream environmental movement would be horrified by this solution is evidence that their goal is not the preservation of species.


Back in the late Eighties, Walter Williams gave a talk to an LP-NY convention at which he observed wryly that pigs, chickens, and cows are in absolutely no danger of extinction, despite the prodigious rate at which we consume them. It was spot-on then, and it's spot-on now.

The "green bigots" (Thomas Sowell's phrase) are either unaware that most danger to the environment originates with concentrated <b><i>collective</i></b> (e.g., political) action, or are aware of it and determined to keep the rest of the world in ignorance. Sigh. Once again, the choice is between stupid and evil. One gets so tired of that dichotomy.

Posted by Francis W. Porretto at Sunday, January 01, 2006 10:43 AM

What a rubbish post.

Posted by Your mother at Sunday, January 15, 2006 09:17 AM

Gee, Mom, I've never heard you use the word "rubbish" before.

Posted by kylben at Sunday, January 15, 2006 12:07 PM

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