That's a great assessment. and please, the Sierra Club, Ducks Unlimited and a host of well-funded do-gooders are creating more harm than good. Years ago they funded a campaign to stop the annual wolf kill. They succeeded for three years before farmers, ranchers etc. sued the government to bring it back.
The meme from these "think tanks" is that over-fishing caused the collapse of the cod fishery. Yes, but not solely. The pressure on the Atlantic Seal hunt increased the numbers of by-the-ton eating seals while no one thought to reduce the harvest at the same time.
I hear "think tank" and I hear propaganda. I covered these dead beats for years, they draw a conclusion, like "minimum wage increases spending" draft some numbers to support it, get a whole bunch of friends to sign off on it, then "publish it" as a "research paper". It was a technique developed here in the 1960's and 70's when someone realized no petition in the history of Canada has ever been read by anyone remotely connected to government. I believe there is an abandoned mine north of Ottawa where they are kept for posterity.
It is an effective tool for the modern information age. We hear a neat sounding name like "Progressive Research", some numbers that are frightening and a simplistic conclusion. Talk show hosts needing to fill hours of air time eat up this crap, and the "stupid voter" who only gets the headline and a bit, accepts it as Gospel. It is "science" after all.