As there are born liberals and born conservatives, I've come to believe that some of us have an instinct to protect nature and some do not.
Very few of my Senate colleagues from the 1970s became lobbyists. By the time I retired from office in the later 1980s, not only former senators but also their wives and sons and daughters were joining or forming lobbying firms.
If our political leaders and our government had taken warnings seriously and had their hair on fire sufficiently to stand up all agencies on high alert, the 9/11 airplane highjackers could have been stopped.
A society in which private corporate interests and the interests of the public and future generations are balanced is not an impossible dream; it is how reasonable people behave.