recent essay, The Hypocrisy of
Environmentalism, certainly struck a nerve. Many responses
were positive, however, several of the negative ones were
downright nasty. The one that struck me the most came from
a woman who wished my untimely demise and called me "subhuman."
Others queried as to why I was so upset with the green movement:
for what have they ever done to me? To this question, I shall
limit my answer to my professional and personal experiences
with the unsavory practitioners of green socialism
and will close with some final thoughts.
I have first-hand experience in dealing with a family-owned
sawmill that closed down its operations when it became economically
unfeasible to continue battling with environmentalists. As
a surety bond underwriter, I provided performance and payment
bond credit to this timber-products company which was
one of my absolute favorite clients. Such bonds guaranteed
that the timber would be harvested and paid for as prescribed
by the contract with the U.S. Forest Service. During the years
of this business relationship, I watched this once-thriving
business be slowly strangulated by greenies.
important lesson, I learned about environmentalists, is that
they "play" dirty. One example of the underhandedness
this lumber company endured, at the hands of environmentalists,
pertained to a false claim that a wolf’s footprint was found
on a remote road that went through a timber sale my client
had recently secured (in a nearby national forest). Based
upon the "discovery" of this footprint, the U.S.
Forest Service (USFS) shut down this sale and called in wildlife
biologists to investigate the matter after all, wolves
are an endangered species and hadn’t been seen in this particular
national forest for decades. Several months elapsed and it
was finally determined that the footprint was either that
of a coyote or some hiker’s pet dog. By the time the USFS
gave my client the approval to harvest the timber, winter
was upon us and the timber would have to be harvested in the
ensuing summer. The environmentalists knew that the trees
would eventually be harvested; yet, they had accomplished
the goal of inflicting economic damage on this family-owned
business for the revenues, profit, and cash flow this
timber contract would have generated, in the current fiscal
year, had to be pushed into the next year. Indeed, even eco-fascists
understand the time-value of money.
make matters worse, my client had to deal with harassment,
vandalism, and tree spikings. To be sure, environmentalists
condone eco-terrorism. Fortunately, none of their employees
were injured by these nutty greenies. Nonetheless, the owners
of this sawmill became emotionally exhausted from constantly
worrying about employee and personal safety. In this terrific
little company, employees (not trees) were viewed as family.
the end, my client could no longer afford to engage in expensive
battles with the environmentalists. It came to the point where
every timber sale would be contested with a lawsuit. Operating
the sawmill ceased to be a profitable venture, hence, the
family decided to close down the business. This was heartbreaking
as dozens of long-time employees had to be let go and, in
turn, dozens of high-wage jobs were lost. My client agonized
over the impact the sawmill’s closing would have on scores
of families while the environmentalists danced with joy as
the trees (a renewable resource) would be "saved."
At this point, it became crystal clear to me that environmentalists
really view humanity as nothing more than a parasite sucking
the life out of Mother Earth. Of course, we know who the real
of the favorite targets, of greenies, is the SUV. A couple
of years ago, a silly anti-SUV campaign emerged under the
banner of "What Would Jesus Drive?" Even Bill O’Reilly,
an anti-SUV goon himself, provided prime-time coverage for
this vapid campaign. Of course, he and his guests concluded
that Jesus wouldn’t drive a sports utility vehicle
as if they knew the mind of God. What arrogance.
with the aforementioned anti-SUV campaign came a wave of SUV
vandalism in the Pacific Northwest. Unfortunately, my SUV
was vandalized to the tune of $700 worth of damage. When I
reported this incident to my insurer, the claims adjuster
stated that an obvious pattern had materialized in which SUVs
had been targeted for vandalism. Thankfully, the repair work
was absolutely perfect and my insurer treated me with the
highest level of professionalism. This incident reinforced
in my mind that the good guys were the capitalists and the
bad guys, as usual, were the private-property-hating green
it comes to writing essays for LRC, I have discerned an unmistakable
pattern pertaining to e-mail responses. Inevitably, when I
write an unflattering essay about the green movement, I receive
virus-infected e-mails yet another example of greenies
trying to damage my private property. Fortunately, Symantec
provides excellent anti-virus software. Thanks to a profit-seeking
company, no damage has been done to my personal computer.
the responses I have received, there were those from individuals
who are simply animal and nature lovers naïvely sympathetic
to the green movement. Such respondents believe that ethical
vegetarians and environmentalists have clear claim to the
mantle of moral superiority. To these people, my advice is
to be careful with whom you associate. If you dig deeper into
the green movement, disturbing facts will come to light. Here
are a few:
In writing The Green Book, Libyan dictator and
terrorism sponsor Muammar Al Qadhafi has written
what is considered, by many, to be the manifesto for green
socialists the world over.
Nazism was a green socialist movement.
Hitler and Heinrich Himmler were both vegetarians.
the Soviet Union collapsed, Mikhail Gorbachev that
skull-cracking communist became the president of
Green Cross International.
party platform, for the Green Party of the United States,
advocates socialism quite frankly, I consider Ralph
Nader to be a communist.
looking at the vile characters listed above, it came as no
surprise that an environmentalist would wish me ill
or for that matter, call me subhuman. To this I will close
with a quote from Dr. George Reisman’s magnum opus Capitalism:
kind of potential murderers that are to be found in the
ranks of the environmental movement are, for the most part,
probably not personally violent in any apparent way. In
eras that are philosophically and culturally better than
our own, they might even pass their entire lives quietly,
in modest obscurity, causing harm to no one. In such a better
era, Hitler might have passed his days as an obscure paperhanger,
Himmler as a chicken farmer, and Eichmann as a factory worker
or office clerk. Lenin would probably have been a disgruntled
intellectual, and Stalin perhaps an obscure cleric. But
in the conditions of a collapse of rationality, frustrations
and feelings of hatred and hostility rapidly multiply, while
cool judgment, rational standards, and civilized behavior
vanish. Monstrous ideologies appear and monsters in human
form emerge alongside them, ready to put them into practice.
The ecology movement is just such a movement, with just
such a potential. Its expressions of approval for such images
of a terrified human being, being eaten alive by alligators,
is an invitation to torturers and murderers looking for
a rationale to call for the exercise of their blood lust.
embrace environmentalism is tantamount to embracing terrorism,
war, death, and destruction.