What’s wrong with saving the earth? What’s wrong with protecting trees? What’s wrong with driving more fuel-efficient cars?

Don’t get me wrong – I’m more than skeptical about global warming. Even if you can show that it is taking place (which I find doubtful), you still have to show that we can do anything about it in the first place.

But if the only result of all this hype is that I drive a car that gets 50+MPG, then that’s fantastic. If it means that there are more trees in the world and fewer clouds of smog above Athens, great. This is something that conservatives sometimes lose sight of. It’s an issue for the lefties, so we have to be against it. But in our rush to protect personal property rights, we forget that we have a responsibility to be good stewards with the gifts God has given us.

And this is the problem with the current green hype: it doesn’t emphasize personal responsibility. It wants the government to save us from ourselves. The problem is not the outcome. Who wouldn’t want to live in a less-polluted world? The problem is how we do it. If we save the world through UN Protocols and government programs, we won’t ultimately be any better off. We ought to teach and practice stewardship.

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