The environmental movement is grounded in a religion of nature characterized by hostility toward progress, science and the Judaeo-Christian religious tradition. It is suspicious of reason. It finds mysticism in nature, making a ritual bow to a mystical sense of connectedness and refuses to take seriously humankind's place in the ecology.
The environmental movement and an increasing number of the public revere natural. Mother's milk is natural, spring water is natural, organic tomatoes are natural. So is the poisonous radon gas that erupted from a lake bottom in Cameroon claiming 1500 lives, as are the earthquakes that shattered Mexico City, San Francisco and Armenia, and as is the volcanic mudslide that killed 21,000 Colombians. Basing their beliefs on the teachings of Rousseau and the romantic poets; responding to the man made disasters of our age: Hiroshima, Bhopal and Chernobyl; and being isolated from the reality of nature these fuzzy environmentalist create a vision of the future that is neither politically nor economically feasible nor morally defensible. They call for the deindustrialization of the west and the use of appropriate technology, appropriate to an age when there were a few hundred million people on the earth and the life expectancy was 35 years.