Since today commemorates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, I thought I would comment about environmentalism being another form of racism. For example, it has been reported that environmentalist groups, like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), attempted make their anti-fossil fuel campaigns prior to a mid-term election two years ago into a racial issue. For example, The Daily Caller pointed out that the Sierra Club President at the time tweeted a link to an article by one of his group’s activists entitled: Rolling Bombs: Millions of Latinos Live Next Door to a Public Menace, Oil Trains.
The Sierra Club article attempts to make the case that 15 million out of 25 million people live in oil train blast zones across the US. The article’s author, Javier Sierra, tries to claim that there haven’t been any improvements in oil train construction which, in turn, leaves minority community members vulnerable to train derailments and other misfortune. Prior to the Sierra Club piece, the NRDC put out a warning that almost 6 million people live near an oil or natural gas well or other energy-related facility and that most of them were people of color.
It is laughable when The Daily Caller also described Obama EPA administrator Gina McCarthy joining the narrative with her own song and dance stating that carbon pollution rules were an act of justice. McCarthy also stated: If we want to protect communities of color, we need to protect them from climate change. The article goes on and on with example after example of liberal pundits and green groups attempting to link green issues with race.
However, the only racists are the environmentalists and liberal intellectuals (like Gina McCarthy) for using people’s race in order to stop criticism of her, her employer, its policies and the green groups supportive of efforts to outlaw the use of fossil fuels. It is environmentalist groups that seek to restrict immigration, halt development of Third World countries like Madagascar and Chile as outlined in the movie Mine Your Own Business. It is groups, like Greenpeace, who oppose the production and dissemination of GMO foods to feed starving populations in places like Africa and Asia. It is anti-vaccine groups who use fraudulent studies trying to make the case that vaccines cause higher rates of autism in black children in an attempt to use race as a means to hinder scientific progress.
Let’s also not forget PETA activists who donned Ku Klux Klan uniforms to protest a New York City dog show, host an exhibit linking animal cruelty with black slavery, sponsor an exhibit correlating the slaughter of animals to that of the Jewish Holocaust.
Environmentalists are using race for their own self-centered gains while doing all they can to prevent Asian, African and Latin American populations from living and prospering. Environmentalist efforts to correlate events such as pre-planned genocides and the involuntary servitude of black people diminishes the inhumane and vile nature of such historical events.
Like Ayn Rand correctly points out, racism is another (if not the lowest) form of collectivism of, by, and for brutes. Since environmentalism is a philosophy of collectivism, racism fits right in to their ethics since their actions toward Asians, black Africans, and Hispanics either as means to use them for political gain or hinder development in their countries is racist to the core. While they won’t openly say it, their actions speak louder than words.
NOTE: This is a slightly expanded version of an essay by the same name I posted a few years ago.