Environmentalists talk about America’s land, water and air, but their movement has become mostly about expanding regulatory power over the American way of life.
Some environmentalists will admit this reality, as in 2004 when the Sierra Club’s Carl Pope said that “environmentalism is part of a broader progressive movement.” It wasn’t always that way.
More than four decades ago, Americans decided it was time to clean up the air and water, and to have a more realistic balance between economic and environmental needs. Great progress followed, thanks to laws like the Clean Air Act of 1970.
Along the way, environmentalists acquired power in politics and became entrenched in policy-making positions throughout government.
They got comfortable wielding political, regulatory and legislative power. And many found in the movement a very comfortable living. Environmentalism went from cause to business to special interest.
Thus the “Big Green” in the title. In their success, environmentalists have gone too far, destroying the once-healthy balance between economic and environmental needs. Their agenda is now about stifling economic development and ham-stringing American free enterprise and the prosperity it creates.
This Examiner special report - presented in association with Pajamas Media - is thus about Big Green environmentalism as a dominant special interest power within the Democratic Party, and how it uses its power to advance its agenda, usually at the expense of the productive sector of the economy.