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Environmental Madness (XIII)

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Chapter V

Egregious Environmentalists Disclose their Goals: Socialism, Miserabilism, Totalitarianism, and Communism

After hearing  the scientists and other personalities contesting man-made global warming, we will transcribe below what the environmentalists themselves say about their ideological goals. As will become clear, they are Reds camouflaged in Green. The ideological positions of many of these characters and movements are well known, and what they say about the subject also speaks for itself: “By their fruits you shall know them” (Mt 7:16).

1. Ideological Opposition to Capitalism, Industry, Agribusiness

Hugo Chávez

“Capitalist countries are the biggest climate assassins” (Hugo Chávez, late president of Venezuela, at the COP-16 summit in Cancun, Mexico).

“If we want to save the Earth and mankind, we have no alternative but to end the capitalist system” (Press conference at COP-15 in Copenhagen). If rich nations give up Kyoto, “we are responsible for ecocide and genocide because we’ll be sending many people to their deaths. Either capitalism dies, or mother earth dies” – Evo Morales, president of Bolivia at COP-16, in Cancun).

 

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

“Large-scale hog producers are a greater threat to the United States and U.S. democracy than Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network”— Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Jeffrey Sachs“Obama is already setting a new historic course by reorienting the economy from private consumption to public investments…free-market pundits bemoan the evident intention of Obama and team to ‘tell us what kind of car to drive’. Yet that is exactly what they intend to do…and rightly so. Free-market ideology is an anachronism in an era of climate change” – Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute.

Maurice Strong“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” – Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (ECO-92).

We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects… We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres of presently settled land” – David Foreman, co-founder of Earth First! (Confessions of an Eco-Warrior).

“Land Reform is essential for the ecological question. All the evils we are living derive from capitalism. So it is fundamental to search for a society beyond capitalism” – Geographer Carlos Walter Porto-Gonçalves speaking to Jornal Sem Terra (of Brazil’s radical left-wing MST, Landless Workers Movement).

José Bové“Ecology is not compatible with capitalism. All productivist ideologies have failed, and the risks involved with this model, as global warming accelerates, show that … we need to turn away from the productivist model of agriculture, which eliminated millions of peasants, destroyed the quality of food and ravaged the environment” – José Bové, “green,” anti-globalization and anti-capitalist French activist (in Le Monde, June 23, 2009).

“The answer to global warming is in the abolition of private property and production for human need. A socialist world would place an enormous priority on alternative energy sources. This is what ecologically-minded socialists have been exploring for quite some time now” – Louis Proyect, Columbia University.

Frei Betto“The flag of ecology is also revolutionary. The ecological question indiscriminately afflicts everyone. We had an idea of class very permeated by economics. Sometimes we failed to obtain more allies because we did not realize there are demands which concern both the life of the ruling classes and our own, such as the environmental issue” – Frei Betto, Dominican friar and liberation theologian in Desafios da Educação Popular [Challenges of Popular Education].

“No matter if the science is all phony, there are collateral environmental benefits…. climate change [provides] the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world” – Christine S. Stewart, Canada’s former Minister of the Environment.

“A climate change response must have at its heart a redistribution of wealth and resources” – Emma Brindal, coordinator of the ONG Friends of the Earth Australia.

“Chico Mendes might not have known what ecology and even less an ecological holocaust meant when he began his pilgrimage through the forest to organize rubber tapper peons – first at the rural workers union and later to create the PT [Workers Party]. He ended up by joining the ecological, trade union and partisan struggle under one flag because he knew they cannot be separated” – Marina Silva, Brazilian senator and former Minister of the Environment.

Guy R. McPherson“Global climate change threatens our species with extinction by mid-century is we do not terminate the industrial economy soon” – Guy R. McPherson, professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona, who became famous for having announced the “end of the world.” In 2009 he quit his career to prepare for the “collapse” and now lives from milk and eggs in a rural community.

“Other cars, homes, trucks and buildings, which belong to those who damage and exploit the land and animals, will burn just as these cars did” – Earth Liberation Front after an arson attack that destroyed a Land Rover dealership in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in June 2010.

“In fact, the life of all mankind is in danger because of global warming that to a large degree results from the emissions of the factories of the major corporations; yet despite that, the representative of these corporations in the White House insists on not observing the Kyoto accord, with the knowledge that the statistics speak of the death and displacement of millions of human beings because of global warming, especially in Africa.” – Osama Bin Laden

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