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Greens beat the bushes

By Henry Lamb
web posted July 14, 2003

A handful of the largest environmental organizations have increased their revenue by more than one-third, since the 2000 election, expressly for the purpose of beating George Bush in the 2004 election. The League of Conservation Voters doubled its revenue between 1999 and 2001, while the Sierra club tripled its revenue, according to IRS records. LVC president, Deb Callahan, says the 2004 election will be the most important election in the history of the green movement.

Leaders of these same environmental organizations virtually ran the Clinton-Gore administration. A few of the more conspicuous:

  • LCV president, Bruce Babbitt, who was Secretary of the Department of Interior;
  • Wilderness Society contributed Alice Rivlin, Budget Director, and George Frampton, chief of the Fish and Wildlife Service;
  • World Wildlife Fund provided Thomas E. Lovejoy, a "scientific advisor" to the Department of Interior;
  • World Resources Institute offered three people: Gustave Speth, who served on the transition team, and then moved to the U.N. Development Program, as well as Rafe Pomerance and Jessica Tuchman Mathews, both of whom became Deputy Secretaries of State;
  • Sierra Club’s Legislative Director, David Gardiner, joined the planning department at the EPA;
  • National Audubon Society’s Brooks Yeager was a policy analyst for Department of Interior;
  • Natural Resources Defense Council’s John Leshy was Solicitor of the Department of Interior.

Once inside the government, these people hired other environmental organization leaders to fill middle-management, and field positions throughout the various agencies. These middle-management types are protected by civil service rules, and many are still at work inside the Bush administration.

No wonder the Clinton-Gore administration advanced the extreme green agenda. No wonder the green extremists are so desperate to get rid of George Bush, who disrupted their use of the government to advance their extreme agenda.

Now, these same environmental organizations have the audacity to charge the Bush administration of being "in the pocket" of corporate polluters, when it is they who polluted the government for eight years.

The green extremists are desperate. They are using their new money to organize at the local level in key states, such as Florida and New Mexico. They will not rely simply on TV ads, they are arranging community workshops, and get-out-the-vote programs. Winning is the goal, and any means to that end is acceptable.

Propaganda is still their most potent weapon. When the Bush administration edited an EPA report to remove references to global warming predictions developed during the Clinton-Gore era, the greens cried "censorship," and newspapers across the country amplified their charge. The predictions were omitted because, since they were developed, they have been subsequently disavowed by scientists around the world, as fatally flawed numbers that bear no resemblance to reality.

In their propaganda, however, these same environmental organizations censor the scientific data that disproves the catastrophic claims they continue to make. Even as the fires continue to destroy the forests that their anti-logging policies were said to protect, the greens ignore scientific facts, and the truth, in order to point the finger of blame at Bush, claiming that his goal is to reward loggers with profits from public lands.

These people are dangerous. Their goal is control. They have successfully used the environment as an excuse to impose all kinds of regulations to bring society under the control of central government authority – which they expect to implement once more, after Bush is defeated. They will stop at nothing.

These green extremist organizations are fueled by dozens of huge, left-leaning foundations, by federal grants, and by misguided individuals who continue to believe their propaganda.

Opponents of their government-enforced worship-the-earth policies are at a disadvantage, because they have no giant foundations to provide funding, and they disdain federal grants.
While the Ford Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts are only two of dozens of foundations that fund green extremists, the tiny Paragon Foundation is almost alone in its efforts to encourage property rights and resource use organizations.

The 2004 elections may well be the most important in the history of the green movement. If they are successful in recapturing the government, a renewal of the Clinton-Gore surrender to global governance will surely follow, as will the continuation of laws and regulations that abolish private property rights, and the continuation of ever-tightening government control over every facet of human life.

Henry Lamb is the executive vice president of the Environmental Conservation Organization, and chairman of Sovereignty International.

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