Stewart Brand – John Tierney – An Early Environmentalist, Embracing New â€˜Heresiesâ€™ – New York Times
Stewart Brand has become a heretic to environmentalism, a movement he helped found, but he doesnâ€™t plan to be isolated for long. He expects that environmentalists will soon share his affection for nuclear power. Theyâ€™ll lose their fear of population growth and start appreciating sprawling megacities. Theyâ€™ll stop worrying about â€œfrankenfoodsâ€ and embrace genetic engineering.
So now one of the founders of the environmental movement more or less comes to agree with me on every one of these subjects, positions I’ve held for all of my adult life, and he’s some kind of hero?
Actually I’m glad he’s made these changes. Environmentalilsm has changed from managing the environment responsibly to technological Ludditism (“Luddism?”). Hopefully Mr. Brand can pull some more people on the movement to his side. I consider this progress. And I can’t wait to see some of my liberal friends joining me on the debates of nuclear energy and genetic engineering of foods. It’s gonna be fun.