Green Politics

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By Mark Hendrickson, Ph.D. ~

You can debate the details, but for my generation (the baby boomers who went to college in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s) the modern environmental is a half-century old. The movement was a twinkle in Rachel Carson’s eye when she published in Silent Spring 1962. Its embryonic stage included the dissemination of alarmist (and spectacularly wrong) predictions such as those in Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb in 1968. These intellectual precursors – the DNA or ideological gene pool, so to speak – of today’s greens achieved critical mass and gave birth to a popular environmental movement on April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day. From the start, environmentalism occupied a place on the left wing of the ideological spectrum.

As a young teacher in the ‘70s, I considered myself an environmentalist. My income was modest, but I sent multiple $5 or $10 donations to…

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