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Gedicks explains how the mining industry has: leveraged political influence to win exemptions from environmental rules that would severely restrict its scope of operation; blackmailed governments, demanding huge compensation for agreeing not to despoil indigenous lands; looked to state and national government to override local and state laws protecting indigenous interests; and undertaken major greenwashing public relations campaigns to convince the public that environmentally devastating projects will have benign consequences.
The more people who know how incredibly diverse and rich the wildlife populations are up there, the more people will realize that some things are too precious to despoil for petroleum.
Pressure for development has been partly resisted by the Government, which wants local authorities to approve new-build on brownfield sites rather than despoil further the countryside.
First is the increasingly common but untenable characterization of the medieval period, beginning with Lynn White's troubling misreading of the Genesis injunction in 1:28 to "replenish the earth, and subdue it," as being responsible for the notion that people have a divine brief to subjugate and despoil nature rather than act in due humility as stewards over it.
CLF opposes the Bush administration's policies that threaten to despoil millions of acres of pristine forest--including over 100,000 acres in New England's Green Mountain and White Mountain National Forests--that provide wildlife habitat, clean water and recreational opportunities.
I knew nothing of the plans for Ragley Hall, which read as wholly out of keeping with that area, and it does seem sad that those now in stewardship of that great Estate should themselves wish to despoil.
We cannot continue to squander our natural heritage and despoil our home for the accumulation of mere trinkets.
If allowed to take over and despoil these species' spawning grounds, the mollusks could jeopardize the walleye fishing industry (valued at $900 million a year in Lake Erie alone) and thwart efforts to reintroduce lake trout to the Great Lakes, just as the trout have begun to recover from massive predation by another Great Lakes invader, the sea lamprey.
It's the same scheme that gives the owners of windmill installations the right to despoil the countryside and laugh all the way to the bank with their subsidies.