I also understand the defense of LEED. If I had invested the time and money to become a LEED AP I would have to think hard before not defending it. I feel that many of the people vehemently defending this program are in this position.
I have looked into being an AP for years, been involved on some projects and even filled out the templates. I just don’t think I can justify it as it exists now and wonder if they will ever get it to a point where I can.