When I was younger, I was taught to take care of the Earth and treat it as one should treat any gift from the Almighty: with respect.
I remember once, when I was only about four years old, watching my father clean up beer cans and other trash thrown out along Cline Avenue. There was no touchy-feely moment that followed with my father saying something about "loving your Mother Earth." It was just a simple life lesson: clean up your mess.
I'm not perfect. I've not always done my best to care for God's creation, but I try. I'm not an environmentalist, though, because there's a problem with modern environmentalism. It isn't about respecting the planet.
Don't get me wrong, at one time it probably was, but tell me this: Do you really think Al Gore cares about the planet at this point? How many thousands of gallons of fuel does he use every year while flying in his private jets?
Or take President Barack Obama. Does he really care about our environment? If he did, why did he have documents flown to him in Hawaii from Washington, D.C., last winter just so he could sign them? How many gallons of fuel did that waste?
So you see, the people who say they are "for the the environment" and want to "save the planet" don't really care about it.
Christ said of his true followers: "Ye shall know them by their fruits." Forgive me for saying this, but does Gore or any of his lot have "good fruits" to show for the planet?
Ask yourself then: What is environmentalism about?
A preacher I sometimes listen to, Pastor David Hoffman of the First Baptist Church of Lowell, always says politics is the study of "poly" (multiple) "ticks" (parasites). Isn't that true here?
What have Gore and others like him done so far? Have they set about living simple lives off the land like the Amish? No. Instead, they want the government to pass more laws and levy more taxes. Who will benefit from these things?
Will the Earth benefit? No. What difference does it make to the Earth whether mankind makes laws?
Will we benefit? Not unless you consider losing more freedom and more money a benefit.
Then who stands to benefit? Could it be senators and congressmen who draft laws and receive donations from corporations that stand to make a profit from them?
Another lesson I learned when growing up (though from my mother instead of my father) was to "follow the money trial" when you want to understand someone's motives. I think we should all do the same when dealing with the politics of environmentalism (especially if we live in Lake County), don't you?