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The veteran of the Air Force as well as the California
Department of Fish and Game sparked a recent uproar among
environmentalists when he questioned whether ‘the loss of species
in and of itself is inherently bad.’ In his interview with Griscom,
Manson added, ‘Darwinian science suggests that some species are
lost because they are not unable to adapt to changing
circumstances. And those changing circumstances may be natural
circumstances, they may not be artificial or human-caused.’ He also
questioned statistics raised by Griscom, indicating that the rate
of extinction has escalated tremendously in the last several
decades, nearly borrowing one of Bush’s favorite easy-out terms:
We just don’t have enough information yet to act on
that
.’

Manson refutes the necessarily adversarial relationship between
the Endangered Species Act and corporations that have been known to
harm the environment to pad their revenues. ‘We are now in an era
of cooperation under the ESA and other environmental laws, where
the first thing out of the mouth of [Fish and Wildlife Service] is
not, ‘No!’ It’s, ‘Let’s see how we can make this work.’ … In
terms of [the ESA] meeting corporations’ bottom line, there are
frequently ways in which economic development and environmental
protection can coexist.’

Craig Manson hopes the environmentalists and polluters will hold
hands and become friends. Meanwhile, America’s natural ecosystems
are screaming out for help.
Jacob Wheeler

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