Andrew Klavan’s review of the movie The Martian hits the sweet spot when describing environmentalism today:
You can’t walk out of The Martian without feeling — without knowing: The stars are ours for the taking. The future lies — not in the dreamy backward illogic of primitivistic left-wing pap like Avatar — but in the science and faith that take us deeper and deeper into the universe and closer and closer to the truth which is our destiny.
Compare this to the ceaseless carping demands of modern environmentalism: ”Don’t move! Don’t dig! Don’t explore! Don’t go! Don’t build! We’ll all die! Stuff will run out! People will be exploited! Air will turn solid! Heat will kill! Cold will freeze! Huddle in! Return to the earth! Go small! Die stupid!”
It’s nonsense. Our resources won’t run out because our only true resource is the bottomless human imagination and its infinite cleverness. Oil was just goo till we turned it to energy. We’ll do the same with sea water and atoms and shoelaces and whatever else we need until we reach new planets with new stuff to make into energy and go on from there.
So thanks, environmentalists! Now shut up and buzz off while we make use of the earth and explore the universe.