Environmentalism weakened by schism of motive

Environmentalism is tripping over its own obstructionist tendencies.Recent stumbles highlight a schism of motive festering deep within environmental politics.At one level, environmentalism aims at cleaning up and protecting the environment. That motive is constructive.At another level, environmentalism aims at limiting human effects on nonhuman parts of nature. That motive, manifest in strong antidevelopment prejudice, is perverse.The motives are colliding over a study of ocean sequestration of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, off Hawaii.Funded mainly by Norway and Japan with help from the US government and several oil companies and automakers, the project would inject liquefied CO2 into...

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