“An environmentalist is a totalitarian socialist whose real objective is to revive socialism and economic central planning under the subterfuge of 'saving the planet' from capitalism. He is 'green' on the outside, but red on the inside, and is hence appropriately labeled a 'watermelon.'- Thomas J. DiLorenzo, "The Watermelon Summit" (Mises Institute)
A conservationist, by contrast, is someone who is actually interested in solving environmental and ecological problems and protecting wildlife and its habitat. He does not propose having government force a separation of man and nature by nationalizing land and other resources, confiscating private property, prohibiting the raising of certain types of animals, regulating human food intake, etc. He is not a socialist ideologue who is hell-bent on destroying capitalism. He does not publicly wish that a 'new virus' will come along and kill millions, as the founder of Earth First once did. More often than not, he seeks ways to use the institutions of capitalism to solve environmental problems. There is even a new name for such a person: enviropreneur. Or he may call himself a 'free-market environmentalist' who understands how property rights, common law, and markets can solve many environmental problems, as indeed they have.”
Hey liberal statists, I’ll let you all in on a little secret: we libertarians and conservatives care about the environment as well. As much as you all claim we want “dirty air and dirty water”, the truth is that we don’t want any of that stuff anymore than you do. Like you, we want to save the planet.
The big difference is that—and this is a major difference—we don’t believe that pollution can be controlled by the biggest polluter on earth. The best way to take care of the environment is not through government. It’s by protecting property rights!
Also, most so-called “environmentalists” (especially of the Greenpeace/Earth Liberation Front variety) don’t give two shits about the environment. The only use their “concern” for the environment as a façade to push their radical political agenda. Most of them are more concerned about “redistributing the wealth” than they are of “saving the planet.”
To learn more about how environmental hysteria is used to cloak political radicalism and crony corporatism, watch these two episodes of Penn and Teller's BS!: