Religious bullies: How environmentalists are the new Puritans
TIM BALLREBEL BLOGGER
Religion is fine, but problems begin when it is forced on others. Proselytizing is the characteristic of Puritanism, which H. L. Mencken defined as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere is having a good time.”
Mencken’s quote applied to traditional religious extremists but is equally applicable to extremists of the new religion of environmentalism. I know most people are tired of being bullied from the moral high ground that only these bullies care about the environment. Most want to do the right thing, but weary and turn away from constant moralizing.
It raises another problem I confronted years ago when people accused me of giving comfort to the polluters. Yes, that was a concern in the short term. However, I soon realized the level of deception, exaggeration, and falsification of information would give greater comfort in the long term. It is a classic example of crying wolf.
Later, when a wolf appeared nobody listened. When the people realize the degree of the deception and the damage done to society they will not listen to real problems, to the greater comfort of the polluter.
Environmentalists cried wolf almost from the start of the introduction of a legitimate paradigm shift, namely to living within the confines of a finite planet. They misled, exaggerated and made a multitude of false predictions to the detriment of the environment and people’s willingness to be aware and concerned. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was a major starting point. Carson claimed her husband’s cancer and death was due to DDT. No evidence supported the claim, as Dr. J. Gordon Edwards explained.
I next looked up some of the references that Carson cited and quickly found that they did not support her contentions about the harm caused by pesticides. When leading scientists began to publish harsh criticisms of her methods and her allegations, it slowly dawned on me that Rachel Carson was not interested in the truth about those topics, and that I really was being duped, along with millions of other Americans.
In Eco-imperialism: Green Power, Black Death, Paul Driessen showed that banning DDT led to millions of unnecessary deaths from malaria with numbers that exceed deaths from AIDS in Africa. The figure is at least 90 million people. One authority says,
“One statistic often quoted is that, today, malaria kills about one million people every year, most of them children.”
Thousands of false stories made headlines over the last 40 years. All are conditional, that is prefaced by words like, ‘could’ and ‘maybe’, but the public only remembers the unconditional headlines. Ultimately, the stories proved incorrect, but that is never reported. Remember the stories of sheep and rabbits going blind in Chile because of thinning ozone. Scientists at Johns Hopkins showed it was due to a local infection. We heard of frogs born deformed because of human pollution. Biologist Stan Sessions showed it was due to a natural parasite. Each week some natural phenomenon is presented as unnatural and by implication due to human activity. The question becomes, who to believe…
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