My Journey From Traditional Environmentalism to a People First Environmental Perspective By: Mike Gemmell I have written this memoir of my early professional life to help individuals and groups working in what I refer to as “the cultural persuasion business.” In the context of this memoir thatRead more →
Climate Change and the Larger Cultural Picture Round IV: What it will Take to Win “Climate Change and the Larger Cultural Picture Round II” outlined the existence of an ever-intensifying conflict the likes of which few of us in today’s world have ever witnessed—and the events thatRead more →
Since the early days of America, a conflict of visions has torn at the fabric of American society. Its foundational ideas of liberty and the right of an individual to pursue his own life’s purpose has co-existed with an idea completely antithetical to it: that individuals areRead more →
The current level of environmental awareness has its origins in the ecology movement, which began in the middle of the 19th century. It developed when the ideas of the Age of Reason were coming under attack.
The fundamental ideas set forth in the Age of Reason were that man’s rational faculty was his means of dealing with reality and that a rational faculty was the property of the individual, not society.
by Jay Lehr and Mike Gemmell on December 11, 2011 An Open Letter to the Oil and Gas Industry: The Ethical Case for Fracking Those of you in the oil and gas industry are no doubt familiar with EPA’s claim that fracking is a potential source ofRead more →
“Billions of dollars are being spent each year on publicly funded scientific research in the U.S. However, the Climategate scandal has brought to light glaring problems in publicly funded science including: the slowing of the advancement of science to a crawl, vast sums of money being squandered, and disturbing occurrences of political correctness, science by consensus, and alarmist science. This paper presents an integrated approach to reform based on the principle of full disclosure of data and data protocols at the time of research publication.Read more →
The driving force behind the environmental movement is the idea that nature is a value regardless of its utility to man. Its wonders are to be preserved rather than modified. Modification is destruction according to the environmentalist creed. The more extreme elements of the environmental movement such as the group Earth First say this explicitly.Read more →
To many observers, the resolution of environmental issues with the libertarian principles of private property, personal liberty, and limited government appears a hopeless goal. If we are overheating the planet with CO2 emissions, destroying the ozone layer, overpopulating the earth, and destroying species, how can such a limited perspective cope with these problems?Read more →