A right to a clean environment? Unsurprisingly, not everyone agrees.

Okay - the article is from that bastion of liberal thought (ha!) "The National Review," but that doesn't mean that it is not worth consideration. However, just as the author warns against absolutism and unintended consequences in the "Blue Dot" campaign, we should read his article with the same eye.

Nonetheless, if we want to claim that our minds are open, we have to listen to all views. That is kind of what "an open mind" means.

However, if you invent a new and fundamental “right” to a clean environment–indeed, one equivalent to civil rights protections–that would eliminate political deliberation over these ideas, as the “right” would be absolute and subsume all other considerations, such as economics and individual freedom.

Indeed, Suzuki makes clear he wants to create a right that forces all levels of government to pass laws and regulations that drive (if he will excuse the term) only in the same Green direction. In such a milieu, the ”environmental” would always prevail over free enterprise, the rights of property, and indeed, individual liberty.