What is behind much of the effort to stop human activities like mining, drilling, and logging?  Well according to a recent report by the Capital Research Center, it is a radical philosophy known as Deep Ecology.  Deep Ecology traces its origins to a Norwegian philosopher named Arne Naess who rejected the notion that some living things have greater value than others.  The movement’s eight principles include the idea that human intervention in the natural world is rapidly worsening, and that the flourishing of non-human life requires a lot less people around.  A Foundation for Deep Ecology has been giving away millions of dollars in recent years to support various lawsuits and advocacy projects, and has cost thousands in lost jobs and millions in rural revenue.

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