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Radical Environmentalists Should Mind Their Own Business ^ | June 15, 2013 | Julie Gunlock

Posted on 06/15/2013 6:47:16 AM PDT by Kaslin

Typically environmental organizations target consumers with overwrought warnings of how some everyday product or activity is destroying the world and threatening their health. Yet now, activists are turning their targets toward major retailers. These companies should reject these scare tactics, which will harm not only their businesses, but consumers too.

The “Mind the Store” campaign, the latest initiative of a radical environmental organization, pressures the nation’s top ten largest retailers to remove products from store shelves that contain, in any amount, a list of one hundred chemicals the organization deems hazardous. Following the alarmism playbook, the organization claims these chemicals are linked to a variety of frightening health problems like hormone disruption, cancer, and birth defects despite the overwhelming body of scientific evidence to the contrary.

Alarmism about chemicals is nothing new. Environmental groups have long disseminated their exaggerated claims through the media to consumers in the hopes that Americans would be scared into altering their purchasing habits and would start demanding chemical-free products.

This strategy had some success. Bisphenol-A, a chemical used to make plastics more durable and to prevent bacterial contamination in canned food, is no longer used in certain products. Why? Not because BPA is unsafe—it has been used in products for over 60 years and has been declared safe by every major international health agency—but because faced with myriad looming state and local bans and restrictions on the chemical, manufacturers actually asked the FDA to ban its use in certain baby products. From the manufacturers’ standpoint, it’s far easier to face one outright ban of even this useful, perfectly safe and reliable chemical, than to try to comply with thousands of regulations.

Yet, in this sluggish economy, environmental groups have found that fear mongering is less effective than it once was. Americans appear less willing to pay more for products based on flimsy science. Consequently, these groups turned their attention to the retailers--demanding retailers stop offering certain products. The logic goes: if we can’t scare consumers into behaving, we’ll take away their choices.

Americans who assume such groups are harmless distractions might be shocked to learn what compliance with the “Mind the Store” campaign actually means. Thousands of common items would be removed from store shelves and would become hard to find. In their place will be higher priced alternatives which at best don’t work as well and spoil easily, and at worst cause an uptick in food borne illnesses, skin irritations, and other infections as food and many other products are left vulnerable to dangerous bacteria.

Sure, ultimately alternative, chemical-free products might improve in price and quality as they compete for market-share, but it’s worth asking: will manufacturers be interested in developing new products when they might be targeted by similar campaigns in the future? And how long will this overhaul take? Likely years, considering the hoops through which manufacturers have to jump to bring new products to market. Meanwhile, people will be forced to pay more to use inferior products.

That’s a fact often lost in the conversation about chemicals. Organizations vilify them, and suggest that their benefits are negligible and use is unnecessary. Yet these chemicals actually make products better, safer, more durable, longer lasting, and a lot more affordable—which is why they became so widespread in the first place.

For instance, among the chemicals the campaign wants removed are phthalates, formaldehyde, and certain flame retardants. While the anti-chemical activists will tell you those hard-to-pronounce words are just harmful additives, the truth is phthalates are added to plastics to make toys less breakable, and therefore, less harmful to children. That’s important to parents who worry their children could choke on shards of a broken plastic toy. Flame retardants, which are now common in furniture and building materials, are largely responsible for the sharp decline in household fires since the 1970s. Formaldehyde, which is used in personal care products, helps prevent bacterial growth.

Consumers who want to purchase products free of certain chemicals are able to do so since there is no shortage of alternative products already in the marketplace. Yet, consumers deserve other options too: the option to make use of the most-advanced new technologies and substances, which have typically been subject to aggressive government oversight and testing.

Consumers may not be the direct targets of the “Mind the Store” campaign, but they have a lot at stake. They should encourage stores to reject the radical environmentalists’ strong arm tactics and tell those groups to mind their own business.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: energy; environment; environmentalists; fda; radical

1 posted on 06/15/2013 6:47:16 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The problem is that radical environmentalists want to control your business, and then eliminate it, and then eliminate you.

2 posted on 06/15/2013 6:51:20 AM PDT by fso301
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Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism:
by Robert Zubrin
“In a world of plenty, antihumanism declares that the hungry may not eat. Where there is space enough for everyone, anti-humanism insists that myriads must be slain to make room for others.
Where cures are available to avert disease, antihumanism demands that they not be employed. When new technology could make power cheaper and cleaner, antihumanism cries halt. When
improved crops offer more food with fewer chemicals, antihumanism says no. Instead of welcoming the human spark of inventive genius, antihumanism decries it as a threat. When the human
race improves nature, antihumanism condemns it for doing so, and calls for arrest and severe punishment. Where democracy allows for freedom of thought and conscience, antihumanism seeks
to submerge reason and compassion and turn citizens into a herd. Where means exist on every side to make life on Earth a Heaven, antihumanism demands they be forgone to sentence ourselves to Hell.”
“If the idea is accepted that the worlds’ resources are fixed with only so much to go around, then each new life is unwelcome, each unregulated act or thought is a menace, every person is fundamentally
the enemy of every other person, and each race or nation is the enemy of every other race or nation. The ultimate outcome of such a worldview can only be enforced by stagnation, tyranny, war and genocide.
The horrific crimes advocated or perpetuated by antihumanism’s devotees over the past two centuries prove this conclusively.”

3 posted on 06/15/2013 6:56:55 AM PDT by RBStealth
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To: Kaslin

We had a gas pipeline explosion near my home last week when a truck ran over a pipeline valve. The enviroweenies came running from hundreds of miles around to screech about clean up.

It was a natural gas fire. There was nothing to “clean up”.

4 posted on 06/15/2013 6:57:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: fso301
Take the ending to the Tom Clancey book, “Rainbow 6”, and rejoin them with a pure Nature/Environment.
5 posted on 06/15/2013 6:59:43 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kaslin
I would use their list as recommendations. If I needed a product and it was on their list of "Dont-Buys," I would intentionally go out of my way to buy it instead of the alternative.

But then again, I'm a reactionary.

6 posted on 06/15/2013 7:02:27 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Kaslin

The radical enviro believes your business is his business.

To be specific, the fact that you are alive is the problem, and he is on a mission to solve it.

His goal is half a billion people on the entire planet, and he will not rest until he gets there. This is the end game for the Left.

7 posted on 06/15/2013 7:08:19 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Kaslin

I would take them seriously, but DHMO (DiHydrogen MonOxide) is not on the list.

8 posted on 06/15/2013 7:22:09 AM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: Kaslin

What would a radical environmentalist be without their trust fund?

9 posted on 06/15/2013 7:37:21 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

True, but they’re unlikely to, until we’ve, as Nixon put it, “sweep the garbage out of our society”. Thanks Kaslin.

10 posted on 06/15/2013 7:45:16 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: RBStealth

The sentiments and facts of this screed are indisputable. Referring to the proponents of these mindless tyrannies as “antihumanists”, however, is a misnomer. They are, in fact, humanists, putting their personal morality above any semblance of universal reality.
Christians and other theists are antihumanists. The author undoubtedly meant antihumanitarians. A better terms might be demon possessed homocidal maniacs. A bit long but poignantly descriptive.

11 posted on 06/15/2013 8:28:28 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: cripplecreek
The enviroweenies came running from hundreds of miles around to screech about to see if they could get a piece of the clean up.

There, fixed it.

12 posted on 06/15/2013 8:31:23 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (An economy is not a zero-sum game, but politics usually is.)
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To: Carry_Okie

The idiots are now passing out fliers for 20 miles around looking for people whose homes were “damaged as a result of the DEVASTATING refinery fire”.

It wasn’t a refinery, it was a simple gas well feeder line and homes less than 150 yards away were undamaged. The fire didn’t even burn for 20 minutes.

13 posted on 06/15/2013 8:41:57 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Those aren’t environmentalists; they’re ambulance chasers.

14 posted on 06/15/2013 9:05:32 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (An economy is not a zero-sum game, but politics usually is.)
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