In the spirit of other efforts on the left to squelch free speech, Greenpeace has now taken it upon itself to clamp down on dissent. They are going to make an example of companies such as Resolute Forest Products that sue the green group for their campaigns that make untrue allegations.
Back in March, Canadian paper company Resolute Forest Products was the subject of a Greenpeace fundraiser last year in which the group not only made numerous frivolous allegations against the company but, according to Resolute CEO Richard Garneau, even went so far as to harass companies Resolute did business with with slander campaigns similar to what they did against Resolute which included a hacking campaign. Resolute’s CEO had decided he had had enough and his company slapped the green bullies with a 200 million racketeering lawsuit in a US court.
According to The Daily Caller, Greenpeace has admitted that their so-called factoids are rhetorical hyperbole. However, the group stands by its accusations of the company being a forest destroyer. Greenpeace also alleges the company’s practices hinder the forest’s ability to grow which supports woodland caribou. This is the second lawsuit the company has hit Greenpeace with. Resolute Forest Products originally sued the green group in Canada during 2013 accusing them of defamation and economic interference.
Now Greenpeace is enlisting the help of mainstream media outlets in order to make themselves out to be victims in order to shame companies, like Resolute Forest Products, who file lawsuits against the environmentalist organization for slander and defamation. Just today Fast Company published an article reporting on a new campaign Greenpeace is undertaking in order to raise awareness about corporate strategies to discourage opposition on environmental, social, and political issues.
During June of last year, Greenpeace was slapped with a $30 million tort in which the plaintiff, Green Group Holdings, accuses Greenpeace of mud-slinging. The Fast Company article is really a propaganda piece attempting to make Greenpeace out to be the victim when, in fact, they are the aggressor (and have admitted as such).
No doubt the First Amendment protects the right of people and groups to state opinions and make accusations against another party. In politics there is wide latitude for parties to sling accusations against each other that maybe half-truths but must have some basis in fact. However, there is a fine line between speech and outright slander and in the case of Greenpeace they have made lying and defamation into an art form. Greenpeace lies constantly about companies who are involved in production of products such as GMO’s, paper or even waste disposal.
If groups like Greenpeace made their case based on facts and proof there would not be any controversy. But environmentalist groups regularly lie and misrepresent the facts on almost any cause they take up. Ideologues seeking to save the world but, in the end, human lives are at risk and Greenpeace has plenty of blood on its hands in that regard too.