Greenpeace climate change extremists are hot on the trail


Climate change — its reality (or not) and man’s response to it — is an important topic and deserves serious discussion. The actions of one of the most prominent and vocal groups promoting a radical global warming agenda, however, aren’t fostering greater understanding of the issue, much less an informed debate.

Last month’s attack on Koch Industries by Greenpeace used misleading information and exaggerated claims of uncovering purportedly “secret” information to advance its agenda.

As people become aware of the shaky foundation of the climate science promoted by groups like Greenpeace, we can expect more attacks like this recent report. Groups that promote an extremist view of climate science as does Greenpeace need to deflect attention from the facts. Personal attacks are one way to accomplish this.

Another example of this deflection using personal attacks, and one that does nothing to advance debate or discussion, came from Greenpeace yesterday. Greenpeace has labeled Charles and David Koch “climate criminals,” and has produced a video of an “investigator” sniffing around New York City trying to find David Koch. While productions like this can be amusing or funny — although this attempt fails in both regards — it does succeed in deflecting attention from the really important issues and facts.

Deflecting attention is one thing. Presenting false information is another matter, and far more serious. The video ends with an enactment of a crime scene of a dead polar bear, implying that man-made global warming is killing polar bears. The reality is just the opposite.

If Greenpeace was interested in facts rather than scoring quick and easy points through character assassination, it might note that Koch Industries has a good, and improving, environmental record. The Koch and the Environment page tells of Koch Industries’ commitment to the environment, and lists awards the company has received.

There are examples of specific, industry-leading improvements, too. At Flint Hills Resources, a Koch company engaged in oil refining and chemicals, refinery emissions have been reduced in recent years. The company ranks in the best ten companies in the industry, with emissions 85 percent less than that of companies in the bottom ten.

Facts like these don’t fit Greenpeace’s agenda, so we’re not likely to see them reported.


One response to “Greenpeace climate change extremists are hot on the trail”

  1. In your prior blog entry on this topic, you noted that Koch’s connections to organizations like Cato and AFP are, in fact, “widely known.”

    Cato advocates the conclusion that “Science can inform individual preferences but cannot resolve environmental conflicts.” Cato sidesteps the debate you claim to value, and while Koch claims to value the debate, Koch funds the sidesteppers.

    As far as I can tell, Cato has one goal in mind: to prevent companies like Koch from being held liable for the consequences of their actions.

    Personally, I think we ought to carry on with the debate in hopes of producing a policy that can prevent the destruction of habitat (be it habitat for polar bears or for people) by global warming; but it is more important that we retain, democratically, the right to hold polluters accountable.

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