Global warming skeptics from CFACT yesterday pulled off an international climate caper, navigating with Greenpeace’s own on-board camera photos to locate and sail up alongside the infamous Greenpeace vessel, Rainbow Warrior.
Then, in Greenpeace-like fashion, the CFACT activists unfurled a “Propaganda Warrior” banner from the rails, to underscore how the radical green group’s lies, exaggerations and policies perpetuate poverty, disease and premature death in Third World countries.
Earlier in the day, the activists had daringly boarded Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise. They used neither stealth nor force, but simply baffled the crew with doughnuts on the port side, while unfurling a banner that read “Ship of Lies” off the starboard beam.
“Greenpeace’s callous disregard for the truth and people’s well-being has become intolerable,” said Craig Rucker, executive director of the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), a public policy group that emphasizes environmental stewardship and the enhancement of health and living standards for people everywhere. “So we decided to take action.”
CFACT unfurled the banner for two reasons, CFACT president David Rothbard explained. “Greenpeace ships, like the Rainbow Warrior and Arctic Sunrise, have become global symbols for radical environmentalism, and we wanted to call attention to the harm these groups are causing. Second, it seemed appropriate to use one of Greenpeace’s own favorite tactics to make this point.”
“Greenpeace has been using these kinds of tactics for decades, and now they can find out what it’s like to have a little taste of their own medicine,” said Rucker who masterminded the operation.
Greenpeace protesters frequently hang banners from factories and office buildings, paint slogans on smokestacks, and employ other publicity stunts. Some are relatively harmless, but others reflect a willingness to lie, impact people’s lives and even destroy property, to make a point.
In 1995, Greenpeace launched a $2-million public relations campaign against Shell Oil, claiming the company was planning to dump tons of oil and toxic waste in the ocean by sinking its Brent Spar platform as an artificial reef. It was a full year before the group issued a written apology, admitting it knew all along that there had been no oil or chemical wastes on the platform.
Greenpeace vandals have frequently destroyed bio-engineered crops, wiping out millions of dollars in research efforts designed to develop food plants that are more nutritious, withstand floods and droughts better, increase crop yields, and resist insect infestations without the need for chemical pesticides. It has also waged an unrelenting campaign against insecticides and insect repellants that could prevent malaria, a vicious disease that infects 500 million people a year, kills over 1 million and leaves millions more with permanent brain damage.
“Greenpeace employs the same deceitful tactics in opposition to nuclear, hydroelectric and hydrocarbon energy,” Rucker noted, “even though 1.5 billion people still do not have electricity – and thus don’t have lights for homes, hospitals and schools, or power to purify water, refrigerate and preserve food and medicine, and run offices, shops and factories.”
Rothbard acknowledged that Greenpeace was launched for the best of reasons: “But it radicalized its mission. The more power it acquired, the more it abused that power,” he stated. “Some of Greenpeace’s original cadre have left, feeling they can no longer associate themselves with its current agenda.”
Greenpeace claims that human carbon dioxide emissions are causing “dangerous global climate change.” Hundreds of climate scientists and thousands of other scientists disagree with that assertion, as frequently noted by Lord Christopher Monckton, former science advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and a CFACT advisor.
“The continuing scandal over falsified and destroyed temperature data, manipulated climate models, and a perverted scientific and peer review process further demonstrates that there is no valid basis for this anti-energy, wealth-redistribution, global governance Copenhagen treaty,” said Rucker. Anti-energy policies represent a “clear and present danger to the health and welfare of billions,” he emphasized. Mandates for wind and solar would send energy prices skyrocketing, sharply constrict economic opportunities, destroy jobs and perpetuate poverty.
“People in developing countries simply want to improve their living standards, and give their children a chance to live past age five,” Rothbard said. “Greenpeace is diametrically opposed to giving them access to the modern technologies that would help them do that.”
Greenpeace is one of the “most unethical and irresponsible corporations on Earth,” said Christina Wilson, a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. “It’s time to expose it for what it is, and help promote real environmental justice. So I was really excited to participate in this human rights effort.”
“The ‘Ship of Lies’ and ‘Propaganda Warrior’ banners are part of CFACT’s long-term effort to bring sense and balance back to the environmental movement and debate,” said Rothbard.
CFACT (Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow), is a UN-accredited NGO. CFACT offers positive solutions to today’s global challenges with the aid of its scientific advisory board, Collegians program, CFACT Europe, Adopt-A-Village project, Global Social Responsibility program, and “Just the Facts” national radio commentary. CFACT is currently sponsoring the AllPainNoGain.org campaign to oppose radical climate change policies. View biographies for our Copenhagen delegation, video, event calendars, and more media resources at www.CFACT.TV.