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The Battle over the Alaskan Pebble Mine Project

Ron Arnold, writing in The Washington Examiner makes a point that Resourceful Earth has been stressing, in his column about the Pebble Mine, “Big Green Pharaohs want more bricks, no straw“:

The war against Pebble is already one of the largest and most expensive Big Green campaigns ever — Natural Resources Defense Council ($96.9 million revenue) runs a circuslike Stop the Pebble Mine crusade, replete with jeremiads of salmon doom, aging actor Robert Redford demanding that development partners Anglo American and Rio Tinto withdraw from the project, and gloats that they already chased away Mitsubishi. Dozens of Big Green groups operate anti-Pebble fights. Environmental Defense Fund ($151 million in assets) runs a petition drive, the National Wildlife Federation ($98.4 million annual revenue) enlists native groups and fishermen, and so on into a coalition of hundreds.

They’re even recruiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to wield an obscure and inappropriate section of the Clean Water Act as brute force to kill the mine project.

It shows, if nothing else, that environmentalism is no longer a movement. Counting its foundation funders, it’s an industry worth hundreds of billions of dollars. And it’s a strange, alien industry that absolutely opposes any development anywhere.

Hard to believe, but Big Green Inc. is afflicted with a peculiar schizophrenia that shows most clearly in President Obama’s clean energy economy campaign. “Clean energy economy” sounds so promising — wind farms, solar panels, electric cars, biofuels, wonderful products — all set in a pristine Eden, an untouchable paradise like Bristol Bay.

They want all those wonderful products, but they don’t want anybody developing anything to get the stuff necessary to make them. Like mental patients or mystics, from their moral high throne, true believers can’t perceive their own contradictions, can’t grasp the biblical “more bricks, no straw” analogy.

Read the whole piece here.

We previously discussed this obvious inherent contradiction in environmentalism here. It’s possible that a small subset of environmentalists would be fine living without all of the wonderful benefits that come from electricity production, technology, etc. but the majority of humanity has rejected that lifestyle. Where are these materials supposed to come from if they shut down production everywhere? Does China have good safety and pollution standards?

Arnold notes that this is one of the largest environmental campaigns that exists, involving a trio of environmental groups with average revenues exceeding $100 million per year. The President of Intel Corporation (who uses quite a bit of copper in computer products) has personally given almost $3 million to various green groups for work on this specific campaign. These are the same people that get together in Washington to scratch their heads about how to stop manufacturing related jobs from leaving the United States.

Finally, the organization involved with the Pebble Mine hasn’t even applied for EPA permits yet. EPA’s job is to try its best to poke holes in their environmental assessment, and we all know where EPA’s biases lie with the Obama Administration. These groups don’t even want the EPA to consider their permitting application, including the millions of dollars the Pebble company is pouring into environmental sensitivity studies. Insanity.

 


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