…and birders are doing almost nothing about it.
Per Ted Eubanks:
The Republican’s anti-environment stance, I fear, is all about political gamesmanship and has little to do with the challenges facing us. Anti-environmentalism is now an integral part of (and a plank in) the Republican manifesto, principles governed not by reality but by affectation. Political principles, like religious principles, are tests of faith. Republicans choose the dark side in environmental debates because to do otherwise is heresy. Environmental issues have joined no new taxes, no family planning, no illegal immigration, and no social safety net as irreducible (and nonnegotiable) planks in the Republican platform.
How more blatantly anti-environment do Republicans need to be before birders act to protect themselves and their interests? In this instance, I believe that birds serve well as surrogates for the natural world, and birders as stand-ins for conservationists. No matter how dire the situation, I see no uprising, no eruption.
Go read the whole blog post. It is well worth the read.