Why the developing world hates environmentalists.

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I’m a blogger of the climate skeptic persuasion and therefore regularly visit a few similar blogs to keep in touch with what’s going on. There’s not much choice really, since I know the MSM are highly selective about what climate news items can be mentioned or not. If you want all the news, that’s where you go. What you make of it is your own business.

Over time you somehow get a very accurate feeling about the motivation of the guys and gals who write the blogs you visit regularly. You find that diversity you’d expect from those spiky independent open-range minds. Some I agree with, some less so. I wouldn’t have it any other way since I like the way that diversity accents into their blogs. It’s just different cuisine and I don’t particularly care just as long as we’re all shooting in the same general direction.

I know their own individual texture by now, recognise their brush strokes. I’d know each and every one of them within a few paragraphs.

What does drive me mad is following a link to a decent article by a new blogger I’ve never heard of, and since it’s an interesting piece, I click on the “about me” button to find out more about them. Guess what? It’s the WordPress or whatever slab of default text.

Once in a while, it sadly lists their qualifications, profession and the fact that they love snowboarding down the sides of various alpine pistes, or sauntering around post-modern art exhibitions arm-in-arm with their current paramour on a Sunday afternoon, nibbling on pineapple jam waffles, while wearing nothing more than a magnificently cockaded tricorn hat and her knickers because of that dreadful mistake in the let’s get dressed whirlwind of picking up what you can find of last night’s recklessly abandoned clothing before rushing out to catch the show on its closing day.

Do I give a damn about any of that guff? Actually, no. What I really want to know is why they’re blogging. Invariably, they turn out to be the mayflies; here today, gone tomorrow. The ephemeroptera, two or three articles, famous for nearly a whole fifteen seconds and you’ll never hear from them again. It’s a pity but that’s all too often the pattern.

My “about me” was the first thing I wrote when I started this blog, because I wanted my cards on the table from the word go. The dreaded mission statement. Reading it again these years later, I see nothing to change since the reason I blog hasn’t changed. I believe environmentalism leads to hundreds of thousands of unnecessary and preventable deaths in the developing world every year. To quote myself – “Future historians, especially black African ones, will categorise the effects of the environmental movement as genocidal and they will be correct.”

That’s why I blog. Period.

It’s okay for us to have electricity at the flick of a switch, but if they attempt to finance any real power generation capacity, the funds are withheld and it puts any other relief money at risk. To save the planet, it’s okay for them to die by the millions from scourges like Malaria, which we put into the dustbin of human misery over half a century ago. We munch our way through our three straight squares a day of burgers and fries with a diet coke on the side, while denying them access to drought and disease resistant crops that could save so many lives. We worry about our obesity epidemics and they so often go hungry.

That’s the simple reality of a powerful green lobby’s relationship with the world’s poor. They’ve inserted themselves as gatekeepers between our natural impulse to help out and those who desperately need that help. We can keep the industrial prosperity we already have, they’re not supposed to develop beyond some pre-medieval hand to mouth animal existence.

That’s why every big climate conference was doomed to be stymied by the developing world assembled behind the leadership of China. There was a time when that would have been America’s role. They desperately need to develop their economic infrastructure and promising them jam tomorrow in the shape of things like carbon offset money in return for not industrialising was never going to be acceptable. Poor people need things today, not some vague promise of financial help in some distant future. After the financial implosion of 2008 in the West, they knew we no longer had that amount of money, if we ever had.

If you want a graphic illustration of the environmentalists attitude to the developing world, consider the recent case of a young student in a Madagascar school. He’s studying the Psychology of Science and by way of an experiment set up a simple blog that had photographs of his friends holding up placards. As an example, he had one of an apparently blind man holding up a sign saying he’d rather go blind than eat golden rice, which would prevent blindness in half a million children in the developing world every year.

He started pushing the envelope, outrageously. It didn’t matter how callous the sentiments expressed were in terms of simple humanity, the pictures were flashed around the green web and joyously adopted because they were by an impoverished African person embracing their green ideals.

It actually was a brilliant and creative piece of experimental psychology, so if anyone out there has a bursary to study psychology going spare, I’d be looking very hard at him as a recipient. I mean that too.

Where it gets interesting is when he announced it was an experiment. All hell broke loose. In the end, his teacher wrote an article on the reactions to it and you can find that here. In passing, the teacher seems to be your typical decent individual working for peanuts in difficult circumstances when he could so easily be back home in America making a decent salary.

As us skeptics would expect, both the kid and his teacher were subject to abuse. We’re all used to that by now but I find it sad that the teacher, in my opinion assessing the threats, felt obliged to state that the kid was back in his village. I quote, he is ” … now safely with his family in the remote and impoverished southwestern bush.” We’re all used to dealing with anonymous eco-loons and their invective, but it’s best to be safe with a kid. Like I said, a decent man.

But how exactly did the supposedly green establishment react? Again, I quote from the article –

“… the very first response was a diatribe from a prominent activist in Amsterdam who threatened the young Malagasy boy, writing he was now “forced” to launch an investigation into the funding of Navid’s school system.”

It’s pretty basic stuff, isn’t it? You made a fool of us kid, so I’ll not only get back at you – I’ll do my best to close down what little schooling everyone else around you has as well. Threatening to get even with a kid attending a minimal school in Madagascar by closing down the whole school system and therefore denying all the other children even a basic education is excessive and brutal.

The arrogance is stunning unless you understand the mentality.

You see, as far as they’re concerned, they own the developing world. They’ve taken on the onerous task of speaking for it in the corridors of power. It’s the new-age version of the white man’s burden, their pet and everyone in it should be oh so grateful for all the love and virtuous attention they lavish on it, but those people better be careful not to abuse all that love or they’ll be given a sharp reminder.

They can turn off the relief money tap any time they want.

Does that strict but patrician attitude of mind when dealing with children of a lesser god ring a few bells? Come on, you know it does. Nobody ever wants to make that connection but I’m going to do it anyway in this piece.

Those Darkies should congregate on the stoop of their work shanties on the plantation in those balmy southern evenings and stick to singing those lovable good old-time songs about totin’ cotton and movin’ doze bales, ol’ man ribber and the Camp Town Ladies; as only they can do. They’re so loveable like that, such a natural sense of rhythm. Yassum Massa, uz Darkies know you knowz whaz bezzer for us simple black folk.

Know your place Tom, don’t you start getting uppity on me now.

Yass indeedy, Boss Green, ize knowz meh place, you is da man, you iz da Massa and we jus’ love you for troublin’ yewself looking out fer us.

It’s a nice brutally simple message, even though it’s drenched in the finest saccharin well-intentioned manna expressed out of one tit by those self-appointed gods from atop NGO Olympus, or in this case Amsterdam. Do what we say and be very toe-suckingly and grovelingly appreciative about it, or life will suddenly get very difficult for you and everyone else around you. You understand, boy? You do understand, don’t you?

Yassum Massa.

That’s the bottom line and if you’ll forgive me for rolling that bottom adjective on, and perhaps through anger putting it very bluntly, but if you were living in the developing world, it’s not too difficult to look out through your own china blue, baby blue eyes and see why they hate those fucking self-righteous green arseholes.

©Pointman

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23 Responses to “Why the developing world hates environmentalists.”
  1. Well said, as always, Pointman. Particularly:

    It’s okay for us to have electricity at the flick of a switch, but if they attempt to finance any real power generation capacity, the funds are withheld and it puts any other relief money at risk. To save the planet, it’s okay for them to die by the millions from scourges like Malaria, which we saw into the dustbin of human misery over half a century ago.

    In short, to my mind, it’s the sheer hypocrisy of these self-proclaimed very well-paid high-flying, globe-trotting bureaucratic do-gooders (who have done far more harm than good) that keeps my blogging fires burning (albeit not so visibly nor as eloquently as yours!)

    By way of example, take Achim Steiner, word-salad tosser extraordinaire, who – as one of the higher up UN honchos – is the head of the UNEP, parent of the IPCC (and countless other green-dreaming machines) – and manufacturer of increasingly scary stories since 1972.

    As you may (or may not!) be aware, two years ago at Rio+20, Steiner engineered the promotion and elevation of his home-based, long-standing 53 Member “Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum” (which met annually to give its blessings to Steiner & Co’s latest and greatest) into a full-blown 193 (+ an untold number of “other interested countries and organizations”) member “United Nations Environment Assembly” (which will only meet bi-annually), aka the UNEA.

    All of which is by way of introduction to the fact that the UNEA has just held its “historic” (of course!) inaugural gathering at the UNEP’s bright and shiny (at who knows what cost!) HQ in Nairobi, Kenya.

    But here’s the thing that jumped out at me, as I had noted in a recent post!

    In the advance notice to participants, was included the following “security advice”:

    Ignore street children and people coming up to you in the streets with hard-luck tales. They may be pickpockets or part of an elaborate scam. The best thing to do is just to walk on and ignore them.

    Steiner and Co. presume to dictate to the world what we should be doing for the children of the future when they lack the wherewithal – or even the desire – to do a damn thing for the disadvantaged kids in their very own backyard.

    As I had concluded my post: “Hypocrisy, thy name is United Nations”.

    P. S. Be sure not to miss the UNEP/UNEA’s 60 page glossy exercise in self-serving promotion and “revisionism” (and scary stories!) downloadable from:

    http://uncsd.iisd.org/news/uneps-ourplanet-magazine-features-un-environment-assembly/

    Here’s Steiner’s introductory word-salad:

    In reflecting on the June issue, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, noted that UNEA “embodies the notion that challenges are best addressed and opportunities realized when the community of nations and citizens of the world join forces to promote economic prosperity, social equity and environmental sustainability in a holistic manner.”

    This glossy features a lot of high-flyers (e.g. Germany’s Merkel, Ireland’s Robinson and, of course, Ban Ki Moon) and text that has all the hallmarks of having been written by the same person/people.

    It was assembled with such “care” that, for example, on p. 31 or 33 (depending on your pdf perspective), one finds a shining (but grey-toned) pic of Steiner and one other person overlaid with text that indicates it is a picture of four people!

  2. nofixedaddress says:

    Totally agree Pointman.

    His “I’d rather go blind than eat Golden Rice” is a classic.

    Perhaps we could promote “I’d rather die from malaria than spray DDT” or even “I’d rather burn trees than coal”.

  3. stan stendera says:

    Ah. The simple fact is greens KILL.

  4. PaleoSapiens says:

    Gee Pointman, I didn’t know you were so angry with those bunny-ass(arse?)-sniffing – tree Nazis. I just can’t imagine why either…
    (for those with low comprehension reading skills…look up ‘sarcasm’)

  5. John Shade says:

    In the 1970s there was some conflict between those interested in development as a priority and those interested in the environment within and amongst NGOs in the UK such as Oxfam, Christian Aid, War on Want, and the World Development Movement. Today, the environmentalists seem to have achieved a complete dominance thanks in large part I suppose to the political and financial success of the drive to make us all scared of carbon dioxide. Fear is powerful stuff. Up there along with hatred as a big motivator. I think hatred was/is the motivator for such as Maurice Strong and the Club of Rome. Hatred of industrially advanced societies. Fortunately we have continued to make advances in industry despite the anti-social personality disorders which lead people to irrational behaviours such as being scared of ambient CO2. And best of all, there has been a big surge in such progress in the developing world, most notably in Asia. Such a pity that the capitulation of the development movement to the environmental one means so many otherwise well-intentioned people have been a hindrance rather than a spur to such gains.

  6. Ed Moran says:

    I see that you’re at it again! Beating around the bush and using platitudes instead of telling us how you really feel.

    Great stuff… keep it coming.

  7. Shoshin says:

    President Obama has given the world a new “N-word”. It is the hate mongering, blindered and intolerant word “Denier”.

  8. mike fowle says:

    I am glad you blog, Pointman. I truly am.

  9. diogenese2 says:

    It is very timely to raise this issue now and I can recommend taking the time to read the speech of Achim Steiner at the conference in Nairobi that Hilary refers to. Especially relevant is his declaration that the BIGGEST instant problem is air pollution, mostly through domestic biomass burning by the 2.86 billion without electricity causing 7m premature deaths pa (compared with the 300k due to “climate change”!). But what is the biggest hurdle to the obvious solution – cheap electricity? It is the demand to reduce CO2 emissions and only to provide (unaffordable) renewable energy. As Pointman suggests, the green embrace of CAGW is due to its potential to avoid the action necessary and maintain destitution.
    They are expressing their core Malthusian doctrine that population control is only manageable by
    resource denial and premature death and cannot contemplate the observable fact that stability inevitably emerges from economic security. They truly earn the title “death-eaters”.

  10. durango12 says:

    The truly remarkable thing is that so few people realize that the impact of the green agenda falls most heavily on the have-nots — the poor the world over. We, the over-developed, will muddle through somehow, regardless of whether we are ultimately forced to drive those silly trendy electrics or recycle used toilet paper. But for the teeming billions of poor, many of whom have a life expectancy below forty and a yearly income less than our kids’ allowance, the matter comes down to taking away their chance to enjoy a measure of health and prosperity.

    The greens have had decades to polish their message and their agenda. They need to be soundly defeated.

  11. Blackswan says:

    Pointman,

    It isn’t only black African subsistense farmers Massa Green has under his control – he couldn’t give a stuff about the yellow or brown people either.

    “On the outskirts of one of China’s most polluted cities, an old farmer stares despairingly out across an immense lake of bubbling toxic waste covered in black dust. He remembers it as fields of wheat and corn.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1350811/In-China-true-cost-Britains-clean-green-wind-power-experiment-Pollution-disastrous-scale.html

    As the West’s manufacturing industries retreat to India and China, highly polluting manufacture of photovoltaic panels and wind turbines go with them. The Greens keep pushing their useless eco-saving contraptions, the Money Men of all colours count their mountains of cash, while the lower castes of poor Indians and Chinese choke to death on our exported toxic waste.

    Your last paragraph?

    Ditto.

  12. Pointman says:

    The Green mentality. If they can’t get you, at least they can go after your family. There are no boundaries with these people.

    http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/check-this-out/

    Pointman

  13. Jason Calley says:

    Let us not forget that every program of the self-proclaimed-environmentalists (as opposed to real environmentalists like Steven Goddard) is backed by the threat of force. Their programs are not based on kumbayah and sweet persuasion, but rather on the force of armed men who will put you in a cage if you do not comply. Carbon tax? Water usage? Auto mileage? If the uber-greens have their way, these things will not be voluntary, but compulsory. Those who refuse to comply will be visited by squads of armed men sent to arrest, imprison, or kill them. Exaggeration? No, simply an honest description of the process. These are people who are determined to rule your life and are willing to kill to get their way.

  14. Pointman says:

    The kid on the guitar, raw naked bloody talent. You saw it here first –

    P

  15. Pointman says:

    Some stuff you have to share. Funny but true.

    P

  16. Pointman says:

    “Obama pleas to China, India to forgo use of coal falls on deaf ears”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/3/obama-pleas-to-china-india-to-forgo-use-of-coal-fa/

    Pointman

  17. Andy Pattullo says:

    Thank you for an excellently written piece with a human soul.

  18. jaymam says:

    At a science show for children yesterday, the presenter displayed a large plastic container full of coloured table tennis balls. He said that they represented the various gases in the atmosphere, and asked which was the most important. “Oxygen” was the reply. “Correct, there are 21 balls for oxygen, 21%” he said.
    “What are these 78 blue balls” he asked. “Carbon Dioxide” they said. Nobody had any idea. “Nitrogen” he said. “This white ball reperesents the remaining gases, what are they?”
    “Carbon dioxide” they said. “Well most of it is argon” he said. He showed a pie chart displaying all the gases. I think the children are still unaware of how little CO2 is in the air.
    I am going to give the presenter a little green marble to put in the container. It is one twenty-fifth the size of the white ball. Green represents life.

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