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The Environmental Movement’s War on Humans

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This is exactly the kind of thing I have been pounding the drum about in my many warnings about how anti-humanism has poisoned the environmental movement. 

King Cove is a remote town in Alaska with an airport that can only handle flight in good weather. This means that when people become seriously ill and need hospitalization, they often can’t get from King Cove to life-saving help.

There is a simple solution that can save lives and not materially impact the environment. About twenty miles away, there is an all-weather airport from which sick people from King Cove could be flown for medical help if they could only get there. So the people of King Cove have asked for permission to build a simple one-lane gravel road that could be used for such evacuations. They even offered a land exchange to minimize any overall environmental damage.

No! says Sally Jewell, the Obama Administration’s Secretary of the Interior — even though this could lead to people dying. From the Fox News story:

During an August visit to Alaska, Jewell was told that building a road that connects King Cove and Cold Bay was vital. But in December, Jewell rejected the road saying it would jeopardize waterfowl in the refuge. "She stood up in the gymnasium and told those kids, ‘I’ve listened to your stories, now I have to listen to the animals,’" Democratic state Rep. Bob Herron told a local television station. "You could have heard a pin drop in that gymnasium."

Shameful! But alas, as I point out in The War on Humans, such despicable callousness about the value of human life is now rife in the environmental movement.

If it were Jewell’s loved ones under threat, if it were the swells who attend Davos or fly private jets all over the world to urge us to "save the planet," I suspect Secretary Jewell would demand that a paved highway be built to provide shovel-ready jobs. But radical environmentalists don’t care enough about the powerless people of King Cove to give them a better chance to live when they become seriously ill.

Photo: King Cove, Alaska; Paul Quesnell/Flickr.

Cross-posted at Human Exceptionalism.

Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.