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About DD

I’m an environmentalist, and I’m a conservative.
I didn’t start out that way, in fact I started out as an environmental activist, a fairly radical one. I was involved in some of the earliest actions of Earth First, was designated one of the top 100 grass roots activists by the Sierra Club, and helped put together ad hoc groups in Ohio and Arizona directed at specific issues—controlling coal surface mining in Ohio and protecting mountain lions in Arizona.
I changed my “environmental politics” because I came to believe that mainstream environmentalists—the great majority of whom are liberals—are more interested in expanding the role of government than in fixing what’s wrong with the environment. Or in sustaining or enhancing what’s right. And because liberals operate by, within, and through the government to control an ever greater portion of our lives—where we get our health care, what kind of cars and food we can buy, how we dispose of our trash, raise our children, etc.—any increase in government power is an increase in their power.
Liberals, in other words, measure success, environmental and otherwise, in terms of their ability to control more of the environment (and therefore of us) via government regulation.
Conservatism is the home of the free market, of rewarding people for producing outcomes, not applying policies. What does that have to do with the environment? I know a rancher who has managed the habitat on his ranch to such a state of health that it hosts one of the largest known populations of an endangered bird (a flycatcher). An adjacent preserve of similar habitat hosts none. Leftist environmentalists have lobbied to remove the flycatcher habitat from the rancher’s management and increase the size of the preserve. A conservative environmentalism would reward the rancher for his success and empower him to increase the number of flycatchers even more.
Does the conservative approach bring problems? Of course it does, but so does the liberal approach—just ask those flycatchers.
If you’re interested in producing results rather than regulations, you’ve come to the right place.

DISCOVER YOUR IMPORTANCE TO NATURE

Gardeners of Eden, Rediscovering Our Importance To Nature (my second book) has been reprinted by the University of Nevada Press. Copies are available at Gardeners of Eden nevada press. Gardeners serves as a handy way to delve deeper into the insights and principles revealed on this … Continue reading

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CONNECTING WITH ENVIRONMENTALISTS — GETTING BEYOND WORD GAMES

I’ve presented a lot of evidence here on Dan Dagget.com (and in plenty of other places including my other blogsite – The Right Way To Be Green) that grazing livestock on grasslands here in the West, especially when that grazing is done … Continue reading

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WE NEED A NEW ENVIRONMENTALISM

Why do we need a new environmentalism? Because the old one doesn’t work. Says who? Says Nature. OK, how does Nature tell us environmentalism, old, new, or otherwise, doesn’t work? She tells us in terms of results, because Nature doesn’t … Continue reading

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CONSERVATIVE ENVIRONMENTALISM : You Can’t Have Your Cake Unless You Eat it Too

Recently (10/14/2015), I registered the domain name: “ConservativeEnvironmentalism.com.” Actually, I’ve been describing the content of both of my blogs/websites — “DanDagget.com” and “The Right Way To Be Green” as “conservative environmentalism” since their inception, and any web search for that category would have turned up … Continue reading

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GET READY TO CHANGE YOUR IDEAS ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES… Dan Dagget will give you good reason to.

“Dan Dagget is a ‘must-hear’ for anyone who cares about this magnificent land that we inhabit. Whether you are a rancher, environmentalist, farmer, gardener, nature lover, meat eater, or vegan, Dan’s message of sharing, healing and action is as good … Continue reading

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Climate Change, Witch Hunts, Zombies, and more…

Most likely you’ve suspected that the current flap over “climate change” isn’t the first time our society has been torn apart by a controversy over the weather and our alleged effect on it. And, of course, you’re right. But I’ll … Continue reading

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GLOBAL WARMING, SEE FOR YOURSELF

How much do cows and grazing really contribute to Global Warming? Some groups say they are the greatest contributors of all, creating even more carbon loading than all forms of transportation combined. I like to find things out for myself, … Continue reading

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PROTECTING THE WEST FROM ITS PROTECTORS

In 1980  when I first moved to the West, to Flagstaff, Arizona, one of the first things I did was become involved as an environmentalist and join the Sierra Club and, shortly thereafter, Earth First!. I was excited about my … Continue reading

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ENVIRONMENTAL REPONSIBILITIES

Profile written by Courtney White, originally published in Headwaters News. Dagget’s book “Gardeners of Eden” urges humans abandon their hands-off preservation efforts and put Nature to work. “When author Dan Dagget gave a talk recently at the annual Bioneers Conference, … Continue reading

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ENVIRONMENTALISM AS FUNDAMENTALISM (THE LIBERAL CHURCH AS STATE)

First published on American Thinker: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/12/environmentalism_as_fundamentalism.html Most environmentalists I know consider themselves non-religious, even anti-religious. A few subscribe to “new” religious denominations such as Unitarianism, which I have heard described as “church for atheists with children.” None, as far as I … Continue reading

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