Polluter Greenpeace and the Party Pooper

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The
environmental group, Greenpeace, is not as popular in New Zealand
as it would have others believe. For a few years after French agents
in 1985 bombed and sank its ship, the Rainbow Warrior, while
in a New Zealand port, it seemed that every other car carried a
Greenpeace bumper sticker. It's a different story today; the bumpers
are bare.

I
guess we are simply following a world wide trend which has seen
the fortunes of Greenpeace slump, causing it to retrench significantly.
Unpopularity has arisen because it is now seen by most as an extremist
group pedaling obsessions. Furthermore, its protest activities involving
the private property rights of others are anathema to the good citizens
of property owing democracies.

James
Lovelock of Britain, one of the world's great environmental scientists,
and winner of many prizes in his field, said it all in stating,
"Too many Greens are not just ignorant of science, they hate
science."

The
tarnished image of Greenpeace in New Zealand took a big hit when
it was revealed that the new Rainbow Warrior had discharged
treated sewage in to Port Nelson a few days ago, while laid up there
for repairs. As well as serving Greenpeace with a strong written
warning over the incident, the Nelson City Council told the group
it would have been fined had it been possible to determine the extent
of the discharge.

And
they have further worries because one of its founders, Dr Patrick
Moore, has been sponsored by the pro-GE Sciences Network to make
a submission before the Royal Commission on Genetic Engineering,
established by the socialist government to curry favor with green
voters. Dr Moore, now a vocal critic of all environmentalists, has
accused them of abandoning science. Thus, he is the last person
Greenpeace wants to appear before a Commission it had hoped to dominate
with the assistance of the neo-Marxist Green Party and other loony
left luddites.

Lovelock
said of Moore, "He was a founder of Greenpeace, but like me
has an Orwellian view of the environmental lobbies as they are today."

November
22, 2000

Colin
Robertson
, a former officer of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand,
is a businessman and writer. He is working on a book on New Zealand’s
race relations industry.

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