Have you ever met anyone who likes
smog? Have you ever met anyone who does not like
clean water? Would you let anyone pollute your property?
"The environment" is best protected against pollution
when it is personally cared for by its owner. "The
government" is the worst polluter, and therefore the worst
owner. Experience shows that we cannot trust the government to
protect our environment.
Environmental health and purity can best be guaranteed by
growth and technology, not by a return to primitivism.
We live amidst health and sanitation undreamed of by our
great-grandparents 125 years ago. Production and standards of living are
up, and smog and impure drinking water are down. Meanwhile,
government exempts itself from sensible standards of environmental
stewardship, and is the world's greatest polluter. More than 40%
of America --
mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans,
white with foam
-- is now owned by unaccountable government bureaucracies,
increasingly off-limits to ordinary Americans. Private ownership
of property encourages personal responsibility and protects the
Creation for future generations, especially when property owners
graduate from competitive schools
which teach "religion,
morality and knowledge."