In 1976, Greenpeace became internationally recognized because of their protests against Canada's annual seal hunt. It was this Greenpeace fundraising scam that kindled my skepticism about environmentalist promoted panics. Greenpeace was quite happy to destroy the livelihood of Newfoundlanders for no reason other than that baby seals are cute enough to boost donations.
Of course, clubbing seals is gruesome - even if humane - but most of the people offended to the point of contribution by viewing the Greenpeace videos have never visited the slaughterhouses from which they receive their neatly packaged steaks. That is quite gruesome, too. No matter, Greenpeace is concerned about the hypocrisy of their donors even less than they are about their own.
The Envirostatist pattern: Produce scant, or even fabricated, evidence about some future environmental catastrophe; insist on strict observance of the precautionary principle; and demand that governments force their citizens to live as if the dire outcome is a certainty, and tax them as if death were not.
None of this is about the environment. Notably absent from the litany of woe is any mention that it is economic liberty, and the wealth created thereby, that produces a better environment. Witness what we discovered about Romanian industrial production after the Berlin Wall came down. There, the government had absolute control of environmental regulations.
When the panics Reason notes (and there were many others) proved to be nothing more than sequential plots to loot governments and force all persons to affirm that the looting was in their best interest, the envirostatists were not dismayed. They proclaimed global cooling, then global warming and morphed that into climate change.
If the precautionary principle were actually the trump Envirostatists portray it to be, they would be demanding trillions of dollars for an asteroid defense system. There is a danger demonstrated to be life-ending on a planetary scale, and the probability of it's occurence is at least as high as the 0.5 degree reduction in global temperature 30 years in the future; the benefit of the Kyoto Protocol claimed by its proponents.
The application of the precautionary principle as implied by Silent Spring, has made Rachel Carson into a biological mass murderer.
For other interesting views on environmental topics, check some of these links:
- Bjørn Lomborg
- Climate Audit
- Climate Depot
- Climate Policy
- Global Warming Politics
- Ponder the Maunder
- Roy Spencer, Ph. D
- SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY PROJECT
- Talking About The Weather
- Watts Up With That?
They're always available here, just scroll to the "Environment" section of the links.