The white bearded scientist scowled as he scraped the gooey substance out of the Petri dish. Some of the foul smelling matter dripped onto his lab coat and he swore angrily. When he loaded the slide and slipped it under the microscope he knew he had found evidence of “anthropogenic distress”. This was not some unknown virus. This was something much more pervasive. The scientist had discovered evidence of human activity in the natural marine environment and he was really ticked off!
Today there are many mad scientists. Not mad like Dr. Frankenstein. No. Their anger is righteous. They know what is best for us. They just lack the required consent to force their point of view upon the unwashed populace. They are extremely frustrated because some people don’t share their ideas about science and the environment.
Science has evolved from the time when man thought he was the center of the universe to today where obviously even a fish like the snail darter is superior to man. According to popular scientific consensus wherever there is conflict between humans and natural ecosystems the needs of man are subordinate.
Today this concept is called “best available science” and it is used as a weapon by an elite group of enviro-fundamentalists to bludgeon those of us who need to work and want to live and enjoy life in these islands. Those who claim ownership of this tool wish to see human activity in the islands severely restricted. They don’t want anthropogenic distress stinking up their ecosystem. To accomplish this they need to create marine sanctuaries so they can experiment in the name of preservation ‘till their heart’s content.
Locally, a small group of like-minded people including the Marine Resources Committee, along with many environmental and government groups are taking the position that the islands should be designated for research only. According to their plan all other uses will be subordinate to science. They trust the Department of Natural Resources to manage it all for us.
There is a small problem with this scheme. Some of us don’t want our home turned into some kind of research laboratory where we are forced to live like lab rats for the next 90-years. We don’t care to live in a community where a state agency becomes the exclusive lawmaker and treats local citizens as trespassers. We enjoy living in our environment not worshiping it. We think it is ridiculous to pretend humans are not part of our surrounding ecosystems. And we have no intention of giving up our local control without a fight.
We face a choice. We can stay silent and let the "greener than thou" people who claim ownership of "best available science" sit in the lab at taxpayer expense and experiment for the next 90-years while our freedom disappears, OR we can do something to stop this nonsense. I am not the silent type. I want to live here too!