Friday, February 16, 2007

Greenpeace Cofounder Criticizes Eco Extremism

Read How Sick Is That? Environmental Movement Has Lost Its Way by Co-founder of Greenpeace, Dr. Patrick Moore who is Chairman and Chief Scientist of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd. in Vancouver, Canada.

■ Eco Extremists “made a sharp turn to the political left and began adopting extreme agendas that abandoned science and logic in favor of emotion and sensationalism.” “favoring political correctness over factual accuracy, stooping to scare tactics to garner support. Many campaigns now waged in the name of the environment would result in increased harm to both the environment and human welfare if they were to succeed.”

■ “Activists persist in their zero-tolerance campaign against genetically enhanced varieties of food crops when there is zero evidence of harm to human health or the environment, and the benefits are measurable and significant. Genetically enhanced (GE) food crops result in reduced chemical pesticides, higher yield, and reduced soil erosion.”

■ “The campaign against salmon farming, based on erroneous and exaggerated claims of environmental damage and chemical contamination, is scaring us into avoiding one of the most nutritious, heart-friendly foods available today.”

■ Eco Extremists “call for a ban on polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl), claiming it is the “poison plastic”. There is not a shred of evidence that vinyl damages human health or the environment. In addition to its cost-effectiveness in construction, and ability to deliver safe drinking water, vinyl’s ease of maintenance and its ability to incorporate anti-microbial properties is critical to fighting germs in hospitals.”

■ “International activists boast they have blocked more than 200 hydroelectric dams in the developing world and are campaigning to tear down existing dams. Hydro is the largest source of renewable electricity, providing about 12% of global supply.”

■ Eco Extremists “continue to lobby against clean nuclear energy, and in favour of the band-aid Kyoto Treaty. … nuclear energy is the only non-greenhouse gas-emitting power source that can effectively replace fossil fuels and satisfy global demand.”

■ “Anti-forestry activists are telling us to stop cutting trees and to reduce our use of wood. North Americans use more wood per capita than any other continent, yet there is about the same forest area in North America today as there was 100 years ago.”


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