Quotes on Environmental Special Interests
"...the environmental movement is not merely about the environment per se. Rather, it is partly motivated by a cultural perspective on the nature of the good society. This worldview determines, to some extent at least, how environmental groups and their media allies as well as businessmen and businesswomen, political figures, and scientists view reality and how they deal with scientific evidence."
"According to the Boston Globe, Scramento Bee, Capital Research Centre and others, the US environmental movement alone has annual revenues of some $4 billion, primarily as a result of contributions from foundations, corporations, unions, trial lawyers and taxpayer-funded government agencies. The international green movement's budget has been estimated to be in excess of $8 billion a year."
I need your help to stop an impending slaughter.
Otherwise, Yellowstone National Park -- an American wildlife treasure -- could soon become a bloody killing field. And the victims will be hundreds of wolves and defenseless wolf pups!'
So begins a fund-raising letter from one of America's fastest-growing environmental groups -- Defenders of Wildlife."
"Sustainable development, as defined by environmental activists, focuses too little on fostering sustained economic development, and too much on restricting development - typically in the name of protecting the environment. It also reflects their erroneous doctrine that we are rapidly depleting our natural resources and destroying the planet. The putative welfare of 'fragile ecosystems' again trumps even the most obvious welfare of people, frequently leading desperate people to wreak havoc on the very ecosystems the activists claim to be protecting."
"[F]or the last ten years, the story of grants management is seemingly a revolving door of the EPA IG audits, GAO reports, Congressional hearings, and new EPA policies in response. Even with this constant cycle of criticism, hearings, and new policies, the GAO reported later last year that the EPA continues to demonstrate the same persistent problems in grants management. These problems include a general lack of oversight of the grantees, a lack of oversight of the Agency personnel, a lack of any measurement of environmental results, and a lack of competition in awarding grants. It is imperative that Agency personnel are accountable for monitoring grants - that measurable environmental results are clearly demonstrated."
"[T]oday's groups prosper while the land does not. Competition for money and members is keen. Litigation is blood sport. Crisis, real or not, is a commodity. And slogans and sound bites masquerade as scientific fact."
"The nonprofit [Nature] Conservancy has traveled far beyond its humble beginnings, when it relied on small donors and acquired a few small plots at a time. Its governing board and advisory council now include executives and directors from one or more oil companies, chemical producers, auto manufacturers, mining concerns, logging operations and coal-burning electric utilities."
"Canada is on the edge of an historic choice: to diversify our energy markets away from our traditional trading partner in the United States or to continue with the status quo.
Virtually all our energy exports go to the US. As a country, we must seek new markets for our products and services and the booming Asia-Pacific economies have shown great interest in our oil, gas, metals and minerals. ...
Unfortunately, there are environmental and other radical groups that would seek to block this opportunity to diversify our trade. Their goal is to stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth. No forestry. No mining. No oil. No gas. No more hydro-electric dams."