|Alaska Ground Zero for Extreme Environmentalism|
|Written by Phelim McAleer & Ann McElhinney|
|Monday, 08 February 2010 17:06|
Well, we have just arrived back in Washington DC from Alaska.
In Alaska we were told by many environmentalists that Global Warming is definitely happening and it was wrong to state otherwise.
So, naturally we returned to DC to one of the worst snowstorms on record!!!
It would be funny if the environmental alarmists were not so dangerous. And nowhere are their activities more dangerous than Alaska.
Alaska represents a huge opportunity for the environmental movement, but it would be at the expense of the indigenous and working Alaskans. The state is graced with beautiful scenery, extraordinary natural resources and well paying jobs for its citizens. These well paying jobs, focused in industries such as mining, oil and gas sector, provide employment opportunities to some of the most isolated and previously impoverished native people on the planet.
The states abundant natural resources has also led to the creation of a local upper class who've become extreme environmentalists. These wealthy individuals are now campaigning to keep the poor in their poverty by calling it sustainability. They are helped by environmental groups outside the state who pour money into misleading campaigns because they know that if they can cripple Alaska's fuel fossil industries it can be used as a template for the rest of the US.
Unfortunately, Alaska's beauty and wealth could end up being a curse as well as a blessing. The state's scenery has attracted wealthy outsiders who are leading campaigns to close down the industries that have sustained working Alaskans for generations.
Alaska's industries, and therefore its vitality, are in danger and nowhere more so than in the state capital, Juneau. Situated in south east Alaska - the environmental movement first targeted the lumber industry which had employed over 3,000 people. Those 3,000 are now unemployed and the timber industry is virtually extinct.
Buoyed by this victory, the environmental movement now wants to make it impossible for cruise ships to dock in the state by introducing unnecessary water standards.
They are also ramping up their attacks on the mining industry after their lengthy campaign against the Kensington Mine outside Juneau. Despite efforts by Coeur Alaska, the mining company that operates Kensington, the environmentalists almost succeeded in preventing the mine from opening. It was only because the company took their case all the way to the US Supreme Court that the mine, despite having gone through a rigorous permitting process, was allowed to open.
Kensington Mine was set up as one of the most environmentally sensitive mines in Alaska—if not the world—but this was not enough for the environmental movement. They seem to not like any kind of development, any kind of business in fact any kind of people.
And don't take our word for it. Just listen to the words of Jeffrey Shortt of Oceana, one of Alaska's most powerful and well funded environmental organization.
In this recent Q&A on Oceann's website Mr Shortt was asked what are the "hopes/goals/objectives for Oceana's campaign in the Arctic?"
He quite bluntly stated that in order to protect the environment he and his organization "want to arrest development."
And then in the most telling answer of all he was asked if there is anything else people should know about you?
His answer was simple and direct.
"I don't like people very much," Mr Shortt stated.
And that is the truth. Mr Shortt and his environmentalist friends want to make Alaska a playground for the rich—with no development and a lot less people. This means no more industry or development and a lot more unemployment and poverty for working Alaskans.
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