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Normally, I don’t pay much attention to book endorsements, but one for Elizabeth Nickson’s “Eco-Fascists: How Radical Conservationists Are Destroying Our Natural Heritage” stands out (because after reading this book, you’ll see how true it is): “‘Eco-Fascists’ is probably the most terrifying, certainly the most important book, you will read this year. America is being destroyed from within by the very ‘conservationists’ who profess to be saving it. Elizabeth Nickson’s shocking expose of the environmental movement’s true agenda is an urgent call to arms which we ignore at our peril.”
When I put “Eco-Fascists” aside after reading it, I couldn’t agree more with the source of the endorsement, author James Delingpole. For one thing, Nickson’s connects some important dots and has an ability to convey dense material in an easy-to-read manner.
A columnist and investigative journalist, Nickson was European bureau chief for Life magazine and also reported for Time. In other words, she’s no right-wing crazy with an ax to grind. In fact, her writing ability and analytical mind make “Eco-Fascists” one of the most important books of the past year.
Every book project has its own history, and this one is no different, as Nickson’s own experience with radical environmentalists began when she wanted to subdivide 28 acres on idyllic Salt Spring Island in the Pacific Northwest. Shocked at first by radical conservationists who dominated the zoning council, Nickson discovered that private land ownership is not a given anymore. At least not in the way we’ve always understood it.
And the author of “Eco-Fascists” has a particular credibility when presenting this story: She identifies as a “greenie.” Living in a “green” house heated by geothermal and carbon neutral, Nickson cares about the environment. She just doesn’t care for the leftists who have hijacked the movement and moved 40 million Americans from their land. Nickson also has deep family roots in America, tracing her clan back to the Puritans.
She’s earned the right to be heard.
After her own close encounter of the radical kind, Nickson began investigating the wider story of eco-fascism, and what she uncovered and documents in her book will shock you. It should.
Let her tell you about the benign-sounding Nature Conservancy, or TNC: “The Nature Conservancy is headquartered in a $28 million, eight-story office building in Arlington, Virginia, but has more than 500 satellite offices in North American cities and towns, as well as in thirty other countries. From those offices, staffed by 3,200 squeaky-clean, if not angelic, give-backers, TNC from 2000 to 2008 spent $7,718,140,611 prosecuting its agenda, and with that money, threw a web of control over much of the planet.”
Scary, huh? Yes, it is, and that’s the tip of the iceberg. Consider another find in “Eco-Fascists”: “One of the studies released by the United Nations in the summer of 2010 claimed that 90 percent of the grasslands of North America were dying.”
Nickson then goes on to give the eco-fascists a dose of reality: “Since I had just driven through five ranching states, I found this absurd; there were grass for miles in every direction. Furthermore, I saw very few cattle on those grasslands. In fact, I was driving through that perfect world of emptiness and mystery. Abandoned houses and a few struggling strip malls were the only features in an otherwise featureless landscape.”
Nickson also tells the story of Redwood National Park in northern California. The 132,000-acre park was created in 1968 (the cost, as promised to the Senate, was $92 million. As Nickson reports, “Once all the acquisitions of logging tracts and state forests were completed, as of 1995, Redwood National Park is the most expensive of the national parks, at $1 billion”).
As Nickson notes: “‘The park expansion turned us into a welfare county,’ says County Supervisor Gerry Anderson, a mechanic. ‘There’s a long collective memory among the locals of what it used to be like.’ Many turned to hunting and fishing to supplement family diets, but incrementally, over long months and years, the best fishing sites were closed off, and access to the forests for hunting was forbidden.’”
The raw data compiled in “Eco-Fascists” is scary enough, but the compelling narrative Nickson weaves is downright disturbing. With the federal government well on the way to finalizing a socialist takeover of the country, the radical agendas of environmentalists – including literally taking your land – must stop. It must be halted.
Elizabeth Nickson, in her powerful and important new book, goes a long way in doing just that.