8 Apr 2008, 9:02pm
Saving Forests
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Paul Driessen on Eco-Imperialism

Paul Driessen is the author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power. Black Death. and a website of the same name [here].

Some reviews of his book [here]:

“The environmental movement I helped found has lost its objectivity, morality and humanity. The pain and suffering it is inflicting on families in developing countries must no longer be tolerated. This is the first book I’ve seen that tells the truth and lays it on the line. It’s a must-read for anyone who cares about people, progress and our planet.” – Patrick Moore, Greenpeace co-founder

“Developing countries need to be free to make their own decisions about how to improve their people’s lives. Activists who’ve never had to worry about starvation, malaria and simple survival have no right to impose their fears, prejudices and ideologies on the world’s poor. That’s the central message of this book. It’s a message that needs to be spread far and wide.” – CS Prakash, Professor of plant genetics, Tuskegee University

“There is a shrill claim today by those that fill the streets to protest globalization, and by the organizations that put them there, that these white, relatively affluent groups are speaking on behalf of the world’s poor and powerless. This unfortunately, is a message that the Western media have bought uncritically – but not Paul Driessen. He cogently shows how the new Green Eco-Imperialists are seeking to impose their will on developing countries, interfering with their efforts to build dams or grow crops or do any of the things which can lift them out of poverty. These are life-and-death matters for the world’s poor, and Driessen is bold and honest enough to challenge the eco-interference in people’s lives as immoral and the cause of death and devastation in countries that are trying to develop and transform their lives. Both those who have bought the Green propaganda line and those who have not would benefit from reading Driessen’s Eco-Imperialism book.” – Thomas R. DeGregori, PhD, Professor of Economics, University of Houston

Paul Driessen’s bio [here]:

Paul Driessen is a senior fellow with the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, nonprofit public policy institutes that focus on energy, the environment, economic development and international affairs.

During a 25-year career that included staff tenures with the United States Senate, Department of the Interior and an energy trade association, he has spoken and written frequently on energy and environmental policy, global climate change, corporate social responsibility and other topics. He’s also written articles and professional papers on marine life associated with oil platforms off the coasts of California and Louisiana – and produced a video documentary on the subject.

Driessen received his BA in geology and field ecology from Lawrence University, JD from the University of Denver College of Law, and accreditation in public relations from the Public Relations Society of America. A former member of the Sierra Club and Zero Population Growth, he abandoned their cause when he recognized that the environmental movement had become intolerant in its views, inflexible in its demands, unwilling to recognize our tremendous strides in protecting the environment, and insensitive to the needs of billions of people who lack the food, electricity, safe water, healthcare and other basic necessities that we take for granted.

Some recent articles by by Paul Driessen [here]:

Live Earth – Dead Africans

The much-hyped Live Earth concerts ignored a critical fact. If they cause more people to demand that Africa and other poor regions not develop the energy they so desperately need, the false global warming “solutions” could be disastrous for the world’s most impoverished citizens. These people desperately need electricity, lights and refrigeration. But hysteria about manmade climate cataclysms is delaying their access to these vital technologies – and millions are dying every year as a result. …

Malaria Atonement and Forgiveness

For decades, environmental groups and the foundations that bankroll them have waged a lethal campaign against Third World use of insecticides and other technologies. In so doing, they have helped perpetuate poverty and disease – and cause millions of die painful, needless deaths. It is time to demand that these organizations end their callous practices and atone for their sins. …

Climate McCarthyism and eco-Inquisitions

Raising inconvenient questions and truths – through open, robust debate – is the essence of social responsibility, good citizenship and sound science. If we bow to climate McCarthyites, we will undermine our economy and democracy. …

An economic suicide pact for Europe and the US

Slashing emissions by 80% by 2050 would give alarmist politicians, bureaucrats and activists a leading role in every housing, heating, cooling, transportation, manufacturing, agricultural, business and consumer decision. It would amount to economic suicide. …

The real climate change catastrophe

95% of Africans still don’t have electricity – for homes, hospitals, schools, offices, factories and countless basic technologies. Instead of rushing to their aid, activists and government officials are citing fears of global warming to justify telling them they can’t have fossil fuel generators. That’s the real climate change catastrophe: that abject, lethal poverty will be perpetuated in the name of preventing a climate problem that extensive evidence indicates is manageable and primarily natural in origin. …



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