Despite President Barack Obama seeking to establish his green legacy, fortunately India and Australia are taking action to halt the green influence in their countries. Australia’s parliament is in the midst of investigating the tax status of environmentalist groups Down Under. One member of parliament is quoted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as saying:
We’ve got about 100 or 150 organisations that are engaged in activity which seem to have their purpose at stopping industrial development. Not just mining. Some of those developments include tourism developments or agricultural developments. But engaging in what I would view as the political debate, not the environmental debate.
India, on the other hand, is putting the heat on groups like Greenpeace. The Associated Press says the the government of Rahendra Modhi temporarily suspended Greenpeace India’s registration for under reporting foreign contributions and using them without government permission. The group has a month to appeal but until the decision is overturned the group cannot use any of its bank accounts. Modhi’s government states Greenpeace India illegally used the donations for organizing protests against nuclear power, genetically modified foods, coal-fired power plants and uranium mines.
Environmentalist groups are notorious for their opposition not only to science (such as genetically modified foods) but also have ardently opposed development in poor countries. This evidenced by the movie Mine Your Own Business where journalist Phelim McAleer documents environmentalists intentionally holding up economic development in Chile, Romania and Madagascar. Green groups accuse the governments of India and Australia of engaging in harassment. But if environmentalists weren’t involved in activities that result in destroying the lives and health of people in countries where they are active they wouldn’t be scrutinized like this.