is it that so many prominent environmental campaigners turn out
to be such scumbags, sleazebags, hypocrites or frauds?
latest to be exposed is, of course, New York’s ex-Attorney General Eric
Schneiderman wasn’t busy – allegedly – “choking,
beating and threatening” women, he was busy bullying the
people he calls “climate deniers”.
he is on a video in
2014 declaring that “climate deniers have no place in public life.”
was also one of the lead instigators of a scheme by liberal
Attorneys General to use lawfare to harass fossil fuel companies
such as Peabody Energy and Exxon Mobil. In 2016, he hosted 16 fellow
Democrat AGs and former Vice President Al Gore to launch a coalition
United for Clean Power.
gridlock and dysfunction gripping Washington, it is up to the
states to lead on the generation-defining issue of climate change.
We stand ready to defend the next president’s climate change
agenda, and vow to fight any efforts to roll-back the meaningful
progress we’ve made over the past eight years,” said Attorney
General Schneiderman. “Our offices are seriously
examining the potential of working together on high-impact,
state-level initiatives, such as investigations into whether
fossil fuel companies have misled investors about how climate
change impacts their investments and business decisions.”
how the wheel of fortune has turned since!
departure from the scene represents a major blow for the Climate
Industrial Complex and its efforts to undermine the Trump
administration’s environmental and energy reforms. The jubilation
among skeptics has been unconfined, as E
& E News reports:
lot of climate skeptics are smiling at his downfall because he was
an out-of-control, really wacky guy who held a lot of power,” said
Marc Morano, who runs the blog Climate Depot.
and his allies have been especially disdainful of the legal attempts
Schneiderman led to hold Exxon Mobil Corp. and other oil companies
accountable for global warming, calling him “the ultimate shakedown
take a moment to pause and take a look at the strategy of blaming
energy companies for bad weather,” Morano said. He added that
Schneiderman’s resignation and quick disappearance from the public
scene will force climate activists to reconsider their approach.
was the lightning rod,” he said. “He was the instigator. It
definitely limits the movement when you take out the lead guy.”
But we still haven’t answered the question: why is it
that so many prominent environmental campaigners turn out to be such
me give you a few more examples:
Gore and the Portland
massage therapist (one of several victims, allegedly, of his
Pachauri, former head of the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change, exposed as a serial sex pest.
Suzuki – Canada’s most feted eco-campaigner who just happens to be a dick who
is extremely rude and – see also Gore – an appalling
who did not return calls to respond, spends a lot of time
hectoring others about over-population (but he has five children),
reducing our carbon footprint (he has a jet-set lifestyle of the
rich and famous), living smaller (he owns four houses in B.C. and
an apartment in Port Douglas, Australia) and much else besides.
Licia Corbella: David Suzuki told me to ‘F-off’, but his hypocrisy
gives the finger to his message
is fond of flying all over the planet to deliver his $30,000 to
$50,000 speeches, while hypocritically imploring others to stay
close to home.’
Mann – creator of that discredited artifact the Hockey Stick – who
apart from being a hypersensitive
and hyper-litigious bully likes to claim,
falsely, that he won
the Nobel Prize.
is only a hypothesis – though it’s a lot more plausible, I think,
than man-made global warming theory – but I think it might have to
do with the well-observed phenomenon that unpleasant people are
attracted to environmental causes in order to greenwash their image.
a bit like sinners who in the past tried to expunge themselves of
their earthly vices by engaging in particularly bracing acts of
green causes is the modern equivalent of donning a hair shirt, or
going on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, or renouncing society altogether
and living on top of a rock in the desert.
difference is, of course, that there is no personal cost, no
suffering involved. You just parade all your green virtue and, hey
presto, it magicks away all your vices without any of the trouble of
forcing yourself to become a better person.
isn’t just true of green virtue-signaling, by the way. It’s true of
people who espouse liberal politics generally.
and liberals are always looking for dirt in the lives of leading
conservatives. The psychological term for this is “Projection.”