How Environmentalists Do Harm

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How Environmentalists Do Harm


Byline: Michael Taube, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

In today's society, few issues rile up people as much as the environment. You know the drill: Everyone has to go green, make an ecological impact, control your carbon footprint, keep the planet sustainable, manufacture biodegradable products, tackle climate change and so on. The environmental movement's never-ending supply of manufactured talking points are enough to make your head explode.

Yet consider this point for a moment. What if the real enemy against the environment was ... environmentalists? Some of you may now be thinking, Al Gore, Maurice Strong and David Suzuki are to blame? I knew it. The problem goes much further down the environmental food chain, however. Left-wing activists have played a significant role in hurting rural communities and ruining our natural resources. These individuals are charter members of the group known as the eco-fascists.

Elizabeth Nickson's book, Eco-Fascists: How Radical Conservationists Are Destroying Our Natural Heritage is a superbly written account of the devastating political agenda of the environmentalist junta. A talented and experienced journalist, Ms. Nickson previously worked as European bureau chief of Life magazine, reporter for Time magazine and columnist with Canada's National Post. Ms. Nickson's ability to mix hard facts, intriguing ideas and personal stories in a straightforward and readable manner will attract many inquisitive minds. The book's bombshell revelations alone will make it one of the year's most talked-about releases.

Ms. Nickson makes an interesting personal assessment at the beginning: I walk the green mile more than anyone I've met. She resides in a sanguine rural setting in Salt Spring Island, B.C. The area is surrounded by a forest, meadows and a ravine. Her living abode is a green house heated by geothermal and is carbon neutral. More to the point, the house has no drywall, no paints, no solvents, and could be certified as a healthy house.

Even though Ms. Nickson thinks green, she doesn't view the world through rose-colored glasses. In her view, the environmental movement has created a bewildering array of institutions that have been well hidden behind the scrim of modern life. For example, many federal and state agencies contain true believers who are pushing the environmental agenda on unsuspecting individuals, businesses and communities. It has led to a suffocating web of lies, distortions, fear-mongering, and bad science married to top-of-the-line strategic planning, which has triggered an error cascade wreaking destruction everywhere prosecuted.

The author speaks from personal experience. Eco-Fascists details Ms. Nickson's agonizing battle against the Island Trust to gain a permit to build a second house on her property. …

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