September 19, 2001
On September 11th, the Environmental News Service, (http://enn.com) one of the main sources of every bogus environmental claim, shed big crocodile tears about the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. The event evoked a sudden realization by Jerry Kay, ENN's general manager. As he was riding his bicycle to work, he concluded that "In no way do I do anything from an environmental standpoint that places me on a pedestal or gives me the right to preach to anyone." The hubris of the Greens has allowed them to dictate to everyone just how we should conduct our lives for decades.
That is why we live with meaningless and costly mandates to separate our trash into paper, glass and plastic, paying a lot more for the increased costs of "managing" the waste. That is why Greens love higher prices for gasoline because they hate our use of automobiles, trucks, off-road vehicles, and, especially, SUVs. That is why the Green attack on "second-hand smoke" has deprived Americans of enjoying a cigarette, cigar or pipe, just about anywhere except the basement of their home. That is why you can't build a home, an office building, a factory, a hospital or a school, without an "environmental" study. That is why Americans have been steadily deprived of pesticides, many used safely for decades, to protect us against the diseases spread by insect and rodent pests. That is why 1,400 farmers in the Klamath Valley have lost their livelihood to protect a damned suckerfish. That's why millions of acres of our national forests burned this year because Greens won't let them be managed through selective logging or to allow roads to be built into those forests.The list goes on and on because the Greens have been responsible for one third of every law and regulation in the Federal Register today.
But ENN's Mr. Kay now thinks Greens don't have a right to preach. This despite, while riding his bike, he thought it was "unconscionable that we would build homes that make us so dependent on cars to get to work or take our children to school." As Bugs Bunny would say, "What a maroon!"
So, on September 11th, Mr. Kay invited comments from those who visit the ENN website for daily doses of conceit and deceit. Here are some samples from those who replied:
Until Americans understand how Greens really think, they will never understand that they are united against everything that has made America great. They oppose our economic system – Capitalism – and they oppose virtually every aspect of the lifestyle it provides, i.e., our technologically marvelous automobiles, our homes filled with time and labor-saving devices, our extraordinary agricultural, ranching and fishing industries that put food on our plate every day, our timber industry that uses a totally renewable resource – wood – so that we can build new homes for our growing population, and just about everything else we identify as American.
This is the essential evil of environmentalism. Not that it doesn't make sense to insure we have clean air, clean water, and restrict unnecessary emissions and the wastes generated by a modern society, but that they would run that society like a totalitarian government. The Greens, at heart, are despots, convinced of their righteousness, called to tell everyone how many children they should have, how many cars they can own, where they can live, what work they can pursue.
The Greens are the Taliban of America.
|Alan Caruba writes a weekly column, "Warning Signs", posted on the Internet site of The National Anxiety Center (www.anxietycenter.com).|
Alan Caruba, 2001 |
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