I don’t believe that it’s but a coincidence that as ultra-conservatives come into power in the Western world, though especially in Canada and the U.S., global-warming and other serious environmental hazards are the last concern on most surveyed people’s minds, while the economy and jobs are the greatest consideration.
As I repeatedly, rhetorically ask: What good is creating or preserving businesses, jobs and a strong economy when the planet is deathly polluted and people are getting sick and dying because of mass industrial and vehicular pollution?
Regardless, heads remain bewildering very thick on these distorted priorities—perhaps thanks to the opinion-making of vast-majority, very pro-big-business and economy-orientated metro-daily newspapers.
But, still, why on Earth would so many governments go to such a resource-extraction, environmentally-apathetic (at best) extreme?
My theory, as one who’s spent some early years extensively consuming fundamental-protestant Christian preaching and teaching (on the local Christian radio station)—transmitted material including the evangelical sort towards which many ultra-conservatives claim to be devout—it’s crystal clear that such theology does not at all concern itself with a healthy, pristine Earth eco-system. For, according to the Book of Revelations, Earth is to eventually (perhaps, in many believers’ minds, sooner than later) be laid complete waste for a considerable period of time—if not permanently (depending on Biblical interpretation).
So, really, why the hell worry about an unhealthy state of the planet’s environment—especially when there are so many jobs to be had?
Although we can all sigh a sadness for the death of the earth, the problem with the levels of environmental decay and pollution have not in any sense harmed the health or longevity of the human race.
Life expectancy is at an all time high, and child mortality at an all time low. And it seems, that every instance of a new country technologizing always results in these trends being re-inforced. It appears then that the very thing that is causing what you warn as the end of the earth is the very self same thing that is improving the health and lives of humans.
In fact the most significant diseases have nothing whatever to do with pollution and the destruction of the environment - they are all the unintended consequences of affluence and longevity.
Cancer has always been with us, but most people would die of infection or malnourishment long before they were old enough to get cancer. Heart disease and obesity are also big killers that relate to long life and affluence.
Add to this the dominant ideology of Christianity and Judaism that demands that man be the master of nature and that it will all end in catastrophe - this leaves us little room to consider the earth.
We ain't gonna make it, and maybe we don't serve to. Earth will abide - even a nuclear disaster.