After going through the appearance of hand-wringing, I wouldn’t expect much of a problem if scientists said they really wanted to proceed.
Environmentalism isn’t about conservation or protecting endangered species anymore.
This was about raw power. If Alfie had escaped the diktat, there would soon be others demanding their freedom too.
I know Judge Bea, who wrote this decision — and he’s no left-wing radical. So, I think the court is sending a warning.
If the current trend continues, “river rights” will exert a tremendously destructive force.