Save the Earth - Screw Over a Mountain Biker!
There is so much going wrong in this that I'm not even going to lecture you about it. The bottom line is a lot of people want to accrue a whole lot of power, and that any old excuse will do. If saving the children isn't the excuse, then saving the smelt will work well enough. Too often we think about right/left divides but the real divide is between those who think about the state as a genteel big brother, and those of us who think about the state - any strong central power - as Orwell's Big Brother.
The term you're grasping for, is "statism." It's a mild-to-moderate form of that derangement of the sense known as authoritarianism. I joke about hippies sometimes but there's a lot to be said for holding as a virtue the notion that everybody should do their own thing and get off each other's backs.