Skip to comments.Can Environmentalists Deceive Conservatives?
Posted on 04/26/2014 7:58:25 AM PDT by WXRGina
If only the environmentalists would simply tweak their message to make it more palatable to conservatives, we could once again have bipartisan agreement that the premises of environmentalism are desirable. Thats the sentiment of a column published Friday at the Huffington Post. In her piece, How to Talk to a Conservative About the Environment, Robyn Purchia seems to believe that it really is just a messaging problem that keeps conservatives from accepting the environmentalist agenda, as if conservatives somehow dont understand what its all about.
Not too long ago, environmental reform was a bipartisan, no-brainer issue. President Richard Nixon, a social conservative on many issues, established the Environmental Protection Agency. Our major federal environmental laws, like the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, were all passed with bipartisan support, as was later legislation which strengthened them. But things have changed. Data from the Pew Research Center shows that Republican support for the environment has sharply declined.
What happened? What changed so drastically in the 40 years federal environmental laws have been in existence?
Putting aside the unconstitutional, federal power grab in Nixons establishment of the EPA, and Ms. Purchias faulty claim that conservatives dont support the environment, lets take at look at the answers to her question.
What has changed so drastically in the past 40 years of federal environmental laws is the ever-increasing power and overreach of unelected, unaccountable, unconstitutional federal bureaucracies into the lives of the American people, businesses and industries, under the bogus guise of saving the planet. What has transpired is hoax after hoax by environmental extremists in positions of power, hoaxes used to push the tyrannical agenda that lies at the bottom of the environmentalist movement.
At its heart, the environmentalist movement is aligned with the Marxist dictates of the United Nations Agenda 21 scheme, which is nothing more than a global plan to tightly control the people of the world, to sharply curtail freedom, to eliminate private property, to commandeer resources and to redistribute the wealth of people and nations so that everyone is an equally miserable serf of the state. It is a Godless, anti-human movement born in the pit of Hell that has nothing to do with clean air and water and everything to do with brutal power over peoples lives.
Nevertheless, Ms. Purchia states that to make conservatives like environmentalism,
the rhetoric must change to show how protecting the environment is both a religious responsibility and economically beneficial.
I am willing to give Ms. Purchia points for her apparent sincerity, however misguided she may be. She really does appear to genuinely lovelove the Earth and environment. She is the founder of a nonprofit, environmental group called Eden Keeper, which seeks to instill a religious element into environmental stewardship. In this, she has stumbled into one of the truths of environmentalism: it is indeed a religion, but a tyrannical, Godless one, because it places the Earth above people, and the Lord is nowhere to be found in it.
However, Ms. Purchia is either utterly deceived or horribly uninformed when she claims that there are economic benefits to environmentalism. Environmentalism, with its attendant horde of federal, state and local regulations and taxation on all aspects of business, energy, production, building, development and land use, is one of the most expensive, wealth-destroying, freedom-robbing monsters in existence. Beyond keeping the air and water clean, there are simply no economic benefits to this Marxist scheme, none.
Under Barack Obama (or whatever his name is) we have seen a grotesque explosion in outrageous power grabs by the EPA, the Bureau of Land Management and other extra-constitutional environmentalist bureaucracies. One result of this is that more and more people clearly see the inherently evil fruit of the environmentalist movement. We see it in skyrocketing energy prices and other costs. We see it in unconscionable federal regulations that are deliberately closing down our power plants and preventing drilling for our own oil and other energy supplies.
The environmentalist movement does not have a messaging problem. It has a mental problem. Informed conservatives can see right through to its evil, tyrannical core. Ms. Purchia is only wasting her time imagining that there can be an effective way to talk to conservatives about environmentalism, because conservatives will still recognize the pig under the lipstick.
What’s happened? The government went from (correctly) saying that levels of mercury, lead, sulfuric acid and other pollutants should be regulated to “CO2 is a pollutant”. That’s what happened.
Environmentalism now means worshiping mother earth, or worshiping Al Gore. It now means you have to be all in on this global warming crap.
Environmentalism was very different decades ago. It was very different when you had incidents such as the inversion over Donora, PA, which caused people to die. It was very different when Pittsburgh seldom saw a sunny day due to so much industrial pollution. It was different when the Cuyahoga River caught on fire due to so much pollution. It was different when L.A. didn’t see too many bright sunny days, due to so much smog.
All of the above problems have been solved, but the environmentalists of today act as if these problems have not been solved. The enviornmentalists of yesteryear went after problems such as I have mentioned. The environmentalists of today, many of whom weren’t even born when we grappled with those previous problems, worship Al Gore and are convinced that we will all melt in global warming if we don’t do something. There’s a big difference in the focus and solutions between now and then, in my opinion. Today’s enviro-nazis are nuts.
I’ve got one cousin who is becoming surprisingly conservative despite growing up in Minneapolis and Ann Arbor. “Conservative” probably isn’t the right word but she is starting to question things she was taught were common knowledge.
She recently chaperoned a school trip to the museum of science and industry in Chicago and told me about a display that said a species of wildlife goes extinct every 4 seconds. Something about the declaration made her uneasy so she wrote to me because I’m the family science guy.
I told her to do the math. The known species number in the 100s of thousands and she needs to do the math. I seriously suck as math but I come up to some 20,000 species per day. At that rate we would wipe out every species on the planet in a week or so. Its exactly the same thing that is supposedly happening with the rain forests.
For that matter Al Gore told us that the ice caps would be gone by now.
In other words change the lie to sound more convincing.