People complain about environmental protection because it's inconvenient and because they don't see how it affects them personally, and deeply, and in a way that improves their lives.
Here's proof that it was -- and is -- a good idea, no matter how inconvenient.
From the Wall Street Journal:
Bald Eagle Will Be Removed From Endangered Species List
Conservationists called the eagle recovery a vindication of the 1973 Endangered Species Act, which has been under attack from property rights and business groups, and the subject of internal review at the Interior Department. Environmentalists worry changes in implementing the law will make it harder keep plants and animals from disappearing, especially ones lacking the symbolism of the bald eagle.
"No other species has that advantage," says Michael Bean, an endangered species expert at Environmental Defense. "It's the national symbol."
The kind of legislation that threatens our national symbol also threatens our nation.