Steve Zwick is the green-reporter for Forbes magazine. Mr. Zwick has also proven himself to be a rhetorical eco-terrorist, and in his most recent column Zwick has revealed the reckless contents of his heart.
“We know who the active denialists are – not the people who buy the lies, mind you, but the people who create the lies. Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay. Let’s let their houses burn until the innocent are rescued. Let’s swap their safe land for submerged islands. Let’s force them to bear the cost of rising food prices,” rants Zwick. It’s time “to make the liars and shirkers pay.”
Later, in a clumsy addendum to his article, Zwick, tries to clarify his rant, stating, “I’m not advocating anyone go out and burn someone’s house down, but am simply asking what to do if a house is already on fire and the owner is culpable. Do we save his house, or the houses of his neighbors?”
Talk about a pathetically weak mea culpa. Zwick illustrates the vitriol of the left when it comes to the fact that their pet environmental crusade is rapidly being exposed as a fraud. In place of the facts, these green spokespersons employ threats of calamity in attempt to scare the populace into submission.
Take Al Gore, the most well-known anthropogenic global warming advocate, who has been attempting for decades to convince people that their use of fossil fuels will eliminate entire species – perhaps even humans. In his book, “An Inconvenient Truth,” he writes, ”Global warming, along with the cutting and burning of forests and other critical habitats, is causing the loss of living species at a level comparable to the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. That event was believed to have been caused by a giant asteroid. This time it is not an asteroid colliding with the earth and wreaking havoc: it is us.”
Gore has just threaten us with a calamity akin to a nuclear-bomb attack. If such an asteroid really did slam into the earth, it’s thought that the impact would have been thousands of times more powerful than the largest nuclear bomb. The Nobel laureate is threatening the public with a catastrophe that defies the imagination. Gore is engaging in dangerous speech that could cause an unbalanced mind to go wobbly and do something awful. And then there is James Hansen, a director at NASA. Hansen is notorious for his reckless, inciting suggestions. In an interview with a counter-culture radio show in San Francisco, he said:
“I tell young people that they had better start to act up. Because they are the ones that will suffer the most. Many of the changes will take time, but we’re setting them in motion now. We’re leaving a situation for our children and grandchildren which is not of their making, but they’re going to suffer because of it.”
And, of course, most recently, there is Keri Norgaard, who teaches at the University of Oregon and is the author of “Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life.” In her book, she compares global-warming skepticism to racism, arguing that there is a “cultural resistance” that keeps some people from acknowledging that humans are responsible for global warming. This condition, she claims, “must be recognized and treated” as an aberrant sociological behavior.
In other words, professor Norgaard believes people like me are mentally ill. I contend she, like her comrades on the left, including Steve Zwick, are losing the battle in the arena of ideas and have turned to scaremongering to try regain relevance. Hopefully their comments will not incite societal panic. After all, it has happened before.
In 2010 James Jay Lee executed a dangerous hostage plot inside the headquarters of the Discovery Channel. Armed with what appeared to be pipe bombs and a cheap pistol, Lee claimed to have been “awakened” by Al Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Truth.” Lee regarded humans as the “most destructive, filthy, pollutive creatures around.” His desire was to force the Discovery Channel to fill its programming schedule with “solutions to save the planet.” Before he was able to harm innocent life, Lee was shot and killed by police.
Lee is not the first eco-freak to go off the deep end. In 2005, four years after 9/11, the FBI declared eco-terrorism to be America’s No. 1 domestic threat.
Of course, the most notorious eco-terrorist is Ted Kaczynski – the Unabomber. Over a 17-year period during the ’80s and ’90s, Kaczynski sent out mail bombs, killing three people and wounding 22. He also managed to sneak a bomb onto a 747 passenger jet flying from Chicago to Washington, D.C. Fortunately the bomb didn’t go off as planned. Kaczynski’s reign ended in 1996, shortly after he made public his now-infamous manifesto written in his tiny cabin located in the back woods of western Montana. In it he opined, “One of the effects of the intrusion of industrial society has been that over much of the world traditional controls on population have been thrown out of balance. Hence, the population explosion, with all that it implies. … No one knows what will happen as a result of ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect and other environmental problems that cannot yet be foreseen.” And discovered by the FBI in the Unabomber’s hovel? A well-worn copy of Al Gore’s, “Earth In The Balance.” Kaczynski apparently was quite taken by Gore’s missive. The Unabomber’s copy of “Earth In The Balance” was dog-eared, underlined, marked and well worn.
The infectious perspective of the environmental movement has slithered into every aspect of American life, including our schools, churches and synagogues, and public policy. An entire generation and more have now been raised in a perpetual pall that declares the earth is doomed because of mankind’s pollution. These same citizens have been duped into believing that America’s experiment with capitalism and free markets has been a complete failure, and the major evidence is climate change. Having been fed a continual diet of junk science and raised with strict environmental regulations, they believe such stratagems to be the norm, and, consequently, they simply accept it without question. This is why we must be armed with the truth to confront the eco-lies that surround us, and make sure we elect people of good character into office, to repeal a host of legislation designed to replace American liberty, with eco-tyranny.