When Oystermen Offend the Earth

When they’re leasing public land, and that must be stopped:

Kevin Lunny’s struggle to keep his family’s oyster farm running in Point Reyes National Seashore appears to be over, closing out an era of oysterman plying the park’s pristine waters and ushering in the nation’s newest ocean wilderness.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s announcement Thursday that he was allowing the oyster farm’s lease to expire took many by surprise — especially Drakes Bay Oyster Co. owner Lunny — whose family also operates a cattle ranch in the park.

“We expected a different decision. We really thought that there was a right and a wrong here, and we expected the secretary to make the right decision,” Lunny said.

I’m not sure why he’s surprised.  The real surprise is that the Interior Department will allow the 15 cattle ranches to continue at the park.

One of the tenets of environmentalism is that humans are intruders on the earth, to be restricted in scope and numbers when possible.  In some ways, that’s an easier case to make with New-Earth Creationism than with an evolutionary model, especially if hatred for the Creator is thrown in for good measure.  Given the current obsession with people “believing in evolution”, one wonders what traverses the minds of our environmental establishment.  But if environmentalists are closet New-Earth Creationists, perhaps it’s time for yet another group to come out of the closet.

It’s some comfort to note that at least one member of California’s senatorial delegation has some sense about this:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and the National Academy of Sciences claimed park officials were trying to get rid of the oyster farm by exaggerating its negative impacts on the environment.

On Thursday, Feinstein said she was extremely disappointed by the decision by Salazar that will put 30 people out of work.

“The National Park Service’s review process has been flawed from the beginning with false and misleading science,” she said in a statement…California’s other senator, Barbara Boxer, voiced support for Salazar’s choice, saying he made his decision based on science and law.

It’s highly doubtful that Sen. Boxer, in common with most Americans, is in a place to evaluate much of anything on a “scientific” basis.

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