Great Risk to the (cycling) Environment is Environmentlists?

Sometimes, cyclists are accused of being environmentalists which is usually not really true.

That is, most environmentalists don’t really think of cycling as a “practical” choice for their cause.

To me this is hilarious for many reasons outlined before, but the main one being that, with the wealth of Midas, we don’t live in Soviet Russia. That is, if you can afford to have a car, you can afford not to.

But why is it that we believe, so badly, that we do need to own cars?

One of the biggest reason is the American dream, owning one’s own home.

Not only is it important to have a place of one’s own, but one needs to have a place that’s a minature country estate.

The funny thing about living in the country, in contrast to city living, is that the more people who move there, the more the country sucks. In fact, the more people who move there, the less of the country it is and the more like suburbs.

In order to preserve this awesome “country living” (snore), people have taken drastic measures to preserving their isolation.

One of them has been pointed out in the excellent book, _Reluctant Metropolis_ by William Fulton.

In it, Fulton talks about how LA (and other places) sprawl is caused, in part, by people wanting all to live out in the country. As silly as it is, as LA is NOT the country in most places, people are STILL trying to preserve their way of life.

So it is there, it is in San Diego county.

That is why this story angered me so much.

It’s not that I don’t like people to live out where they want to live, but part of this whole thing is for people who have chosen to live out in the country to keep it that way under the guise of “environmentalism”.

This is pure twaddle because if an area does NOT urbanize then you here the lame-ass excuse that “things are too far for me to bike”, “biking is dangerous”, and “biking is not practical.”

All of this really means is that the powers that be made things that way.

Now instead of fighting this, and focusing on cycling and city living, both of which have a smaller footprint on the environment, we are instead wasting time protecting the property values of people who spent too much for their homes.

That’s right, some of this so-called environmentalism is just a way for people to keep their own personal environment pristine while living a life which exports their damage to other parts of the world.

I have a big stake in this because as a decade long resident of Philadelphia, I was well aware of the parasitic attitude suburbanites have of the city. They love to brag about how they are from this really big city, but in reality they never go there. Most wealthy suburbs are the products of successful cities which ought to be glorified as the antecedents to _civilization_ but instead problems such as homeless and stadiums are relegated to the city while the suburbanites try to hold back the tax money they have produced in a large part by the city that they scorn.

It gets worse. From the article:

“John Weil, chief of staff for County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, said Friday that the acreage is quality habitat worth exploring as mitigation land that developers could buy in exchange for destroying nature elsewhere.”

So they aren’t even going to preserve the environment, but rather use the land to mitigate guilt as well as legal requirements for other developments! Ug, this just makes me want to scream!

I’m actually not against preserving green spaces nor to I hate the environment.

I just hate it when people aren’t totally honest with their intentions.

If you want your area to look natural and beautiful, I am in favor of this.

However, I really hate to see the notion of actually realizing the Earth, like everything else, has a carrying capacity and that resources are limited conflated with making a home in nature.

Living in nature is the anti-thesis of environmentalism.

If you care for nature, live in a small apartment on weekends and commute by bicycle. You can take public transportation out to the nature you preserved by not building a house on it.

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