Environmentalism in America Is Dead

June 19th 2024
Robert Bryce has been reporting on the energy sector for over 30 years and his credo is that energy realism is energy humanism. In this essay Mr. Bryce argues that, in America, environmentalism has been replaced by climatism and renewable energy fetishism. The environmental movement spawned by Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in the 1960s and Earth Day in the 1970s has morphed into an NGO-corporate-industrial-climate complex. Rather than preserving wildlands and wildlife, today's “green” NGOs “… have devolved into a sprawling network of nonprofit and for-profit groups aligned with big corporations, big banks, and big law firms.” The NGOs want to cover America’s countryside with oceans of solar panels and forests of 600-foot-high wind turbines, as well as industrializing the oceans with hundreds of offshore wind turbines.

Mr. Bryce’s essay provides a list of the top 25 climate-focused NGOs, whose total receipts now total $4.7 billion/year. The NGOs are uniformly opposed to both nuclear energy and hydrocarbons and have budgets that dwarf those such as the Nuclear Energy Institute and the American Petroleum Institute.

As an example of the activists’ environmental betrayal, Mr. Bryce includes a four-minute video showing him using an interactive map of the US eastern seaboard to depict plans to install hundreds of wind turbines on top of the habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales. Supporting the offshore wind industry are the Center for American Progress (founded by John Podesta, now serving as President Biden’s advisor on clean energy and implementation), Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Gates Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Climate Imperative, ClimateWorks and the Sierra Club.

Mr. Bryce calls for a new generation of activists, who want to spare nature, wildlife and marine mammals by using high-density, low emission energy sources such as natural gas and nuclear energy. He says that America needs true conservationists, ones who will include a positive view of humans’ place on the planet, seeking to conserve natural places, not pave them.

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