“Destroying the planet” is not hyperbolic. I am on the front lines of ocean wildlife rescue and all I see is how humans are destroying the planet.
(Watches the goalposts move again. Now, we’ve gone from “corporations” to “humans”. Pretty soon we’ll be blaming the cows for farting greenhouse gases.)
Yes, I quite agree that we are a mess. You should have been around in the 60’s and 70’s, when the air and water were a helluva lot dirtier than they are today. We’ve made vast strides and substantial improvements.
Ever been to Beijing? I go there often. You’ll long to be in L.A. on a heavily polluted day.
That said, who do we want to demonize next? I think we’ve pretty much covered everyone, now. We are all evil.
And yes, while reasonable people may be able to agree on smart regulations, we never get that far because there are too may “small government” congresspeople, bought by corporations, who fight tooth and nail to avoid regulation.
The assertion you make is that small government people are not reasonable. Don’t tell Switzerland; they have a very environmentally clean country, and a federal government with very little power. All the power is in the states.
“The current administration is now trying to completely dismantle the EPA.”
Patently false. They are returning the EPA to its core mission, which did not involve them creating regulations of the scale that should be first passed by Congress as law. Just because something has a good result does not mean it’s good governance. Apparently you are wiling to have an authoritarian style government as long as that leads to a cleaner environment. I disagree.
As for turning people away from arguments, it is hard to anything constructive you might have to say through the dripping, patronizing, conceit.
I get that way around sanctimonious virtue-signalers. It’s a vice of mine.