The fact that this could happen in America, not by accident, not by the will of God, but by the deliberate intent of some elected and unelected know it alls, who think that what they want is more important that the lives of thousands of people is a real tragedy.
If the smelt is saved by this action, what is it doing to the rest of the environment. Is turning the area into a dust bowl really what the environmentalist have in mind, or is it one of the unintended consequences? It amazing me that some people are so one sighted that they can't see that if you choose to stop one thing, that you better know what else it is going to stop.
Perhaps we should take everyone who claims to be an environmentalist and make sure they know how to play chess. It really helps it you can see what will happen when you make a move. I find it really hard to believe that they didn't know that something like this was going to happen. I find it much more likely that they knew it and just didn't care.
To some people, people themselves are worthless. They see the wonders of this earth as static and themselves as the protectors. They are too busy trying to control the world that they don't realize that everyday there are new discoveries, and that when something old dies, something new is born. This is the everlasting cycle that God has put in place on Earth. And if we die, there will be a rebirth with something new.
I am not advocating that we shouldn't take care of what God has given us, we are it's stewards, and it would show great disrespect if we were negligent in our care of this treasure. But he did give it to us and encouraged us to use it wisely and well.
He didn't give the smelt brains, but he did us, and I am sure he expects us to use them. The smelt, like all animals and plants are ours to use, people who cause the destruction of the lives and the livelihoods of others are no different than those who knock people on the head and take their money.