Jay, I’m not a wild-eyed environmentalist, but do believe in wise use of our resources. Not wholesale waste. And yes, those who “have” tend to be profligate.
And another yes, America got to its rich status because resources got trampled upon and exploited, that should not have. But we are going too far the other way. Humanity should be the priority before some obscure minnow. Species have naturally become extinct for millennia, and we had nothing to do with most of it.
A third yes–China is now changing some policies because those in power are being affected. The rich can afford the luxury to consider the environment after they are comfortable. Like in Africa–it is hard for poor villagers to observe “protected species” laws when poaching means your family will eat today.
I don’t think the environmentalists will follow their own convictions if civilization comes to an abrupt end…