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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Armageddon...

It wasn't so long ago that the Al Gore's of yesteryear predicted that the whole world was in danger of massive self implosion due to population growth, resource shortages, and a new ice age. Into that mix of hysteria stepped economist Julian Simon, who famously bested doom and gloom merchant Paul R. Ehrlich by betting that the prices of a group of metals would decline over a ten year period. Simon's book Resourceful Earth argued that population is the solution to resource scarcities and environmental problems, since people and markets innovate.

A new generation of environmentalist have found a new variety of reasons to keep us from tapping our own natural resources. These environmentalists are well-funded, have power and influence with the Obama administration and their supporters can be fanatical when it comes to their opposition to harvesting the abundant resources within the United States.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute's Center for Energy and Environment is launching Resourceful Earth Friday in Minneapolis at the fourth annual Right Online conference. Resourceful Earth will take on campaigns by well-funded environmental pressure groups that abuse federal and state regulations and pursue endless lawsuits to block or hinder hardrock mines, coal mines, oil and gas drilling, timber production, farming, and ranching. The first two campaigns targeted by Resourceful Earth will be Earthworks' No Dirty Gold, which opposes gold mining, and Oceana's Stop the Drill, which opposes offshore oil.

"America has incredibly abundant natural resources, but more and more of them are being locked up as a result of campaigns by environmental pressure groups," said Myron Ebell, Director of CEI's Center for Energy and Environment. "And unfortunately, many major corporations are being greenmailed into supporting these political assaults on jobs and prosperity."

"Resourceful Earth will shine a bright light on the disinformation campaigns waged against new natural resource projects and on the economic damage done when huge new investments are scrapped because of years and even decades of regulatory delays," continued Ebell. "Our website, ResourcefulEarth.org, will provide the tools necessary for grassroots activists to get involved and defeat the advocates of scarcity."

You can get involved by signing their petition and following Resourceful Earth News on Twitter and Facebook. If you're at Right Online stop by and see the folks from CEI or catch one of their panels.


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Comments (3)

What is really needed is a ... (Below threshold)

What is really needed is a revamping of the law. You file a frivolous lawsuit based on unproven "theories" - you get nailed for ALL court costs.

That would end some of the BS right away.

Recent data has convinced m... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Recent data has convinced many scientists that the Sun is entering a period of inactivity, such as not been seen since the "Maunder Minimum" which led to the "Little Ice Age" in the 17th-18th Centuries. If this is indeed the case, we'll need all the "global warming" we can get.

It's a waste of time arguin... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

It's a waste of time arguing the facts with environmentalists, since the leaders don't give a rat's ass about the fact, or the environment, for that matter.

Rank and file members of environmental groups (aka "useful idiots") do care about the environment, but generally are too stupid to be worth the trouble to argue with. The leadership is Red, and views environmental issues merely as vehicles for agitation, and is also not worth arguing with.

Environmental outfits are communist front organizations, no more, no less. That's why they're only upset about American environmental issues, and couldn't care less about much more pressing ones elsewhere.






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