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Articles,Books,Videos Reviewed Susan Freis Falknor on 16 Jun 2009 08:35 pm

Steve Milloy: Hell Is Right Behind the Green Door

Reviewed by Susan Freis Falknor.

Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them, by Steve Milloy, Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2009.

It was July 7, 2007, and the Live Earth concert was underway in Meadowland in New Jersey,  one of seven “Concerts for a Climate in Crisis” to be held that day in the U.S., China, UK, Brazil, Antarctica, South Africa, Japan, and Australia. But some aspects of the Meadowland event didn’t quite fit into the green template. An aerial advertising plane kept flying over Giant Stadium trailing a banner which read, “DON’T BELIEVE AL GORE.” Then, right as Gore was addressing the crowd, the pilot, getting into the spirit of the occasion, repeatedly dove down to buzz the stadium.

There were also some surprises for concert planners in the parking lot. A group of students from the libertarian group BureauCrash handed out dozens of blue-and-green earth-globe beach balls printed with the motto: “I’m more worried about the intellectual climate.”  Millions of TV viewers saw the beach balls bouncing around in the crowd, even landing up on stage. 

“After the show, Live Earth performer John Mayer spent most of his press conference angrily complaining about our antics,” writes Steve MilloyFox News commentator, publisher of the website Junk Science and author of this book.

“Nevertheless we made our point in front of the Live Earth crowd.”

This creative protest at the 2007 Live Earth concert is one example of how people can fight back against what has become an environmentalist steamroller, writes Milloy in Green Hell.

What is the “Green Hell” to which the title of this book refers?

That’s the place we are condemned to go when the suggestions of environmentalists—affecting everything from the color of your light bulbs to the temperature of your showers, from mandated cars to permissible sources of energybecome mandates.

It is the point when the greens “stop hectoring” and “begin dictating . . . environmental virtue,” when “voluntary participation gives way to compulsory green living,“ when we find ourselves “under the green thumb.”

 “There is almost no personal behavior of yours that they consider too trivial or too sacrosanct to regulate,” Milloy emphasizes. For example,  a critique of our “personal carbon footprint” on the Nature Conservancy website targets “the choices we make in our homes, our travel, the food we eat, and what we buy and throw away. . . .”  

Nor is anything too big to escape the reach of the green police. 

  • Green lawsuits attack energy development and other kinds of industries.
  • Greens burden the military by including them under the restrictions of laws like the “ironically named” Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
  • Greens raise the specter of global warming to regulate trade and undermine national sovereignty.
  • Greens threaten the scientific method itself with carrots (funding for scientists) and sticks (such as personal smears of opponents and even the threat of “an appearance in front of some future ‘Climate Nuremburg’ court.”)  
  • Greens heavily influence education, tirelessly working to replace “academic inquisitiveness” with “politicized dogma.”

And, once they gain a foothold in the legal system, green-living mandates are not put in place as temporary hardship measures to cope with a particular crisis, like gasoline rationing during World War II.

Instead, what green orthodoxy demands is “a permanent restructuring of life as you know it.”

Milloy details the far-flung ambitions of the green agenda, explores the dubious provenance of its “scientific” rationales. He follows the exaggerated mandates that derive from them, and tracks the funding sources of the environmental movement.

He discusses green tactics, which he summarizes as “intimidation, demonization, and government diktats.”

He discusses prominent personalities among the “green elite,” and describes the tough situation we now face since the election of Barrack Obama, America’s “first green president.” 

In Green Hell, Milloy has produced a combat manual as well as a field guide. Even acknowledging that “the greens have us out-funded and out-organized on every front,” there are plenty of ways to fight back, he insists.

First, Milloy urges readers to unmask the green buzzwords, bringing to light the unappealing policies beneath.

For example, “sustainability” really means “being against all economic activity and development.” The term “green” is but “a soothing symbol disguising an oppressive lifestyle full of unnecessary burdens and hardships.”

The very universality of the green challenge, however, suggests the potential broadness of a resistance coalition.

Yet, we have no “organized political opposition to green public policies,” says Milloy—no inclusive coalition. We don’t even have a term in our vocabulary for this kind of resistance.

Nevertheless, people with determination and imagination can accomplish a lot where they are.

Milloy includes step-by-step instructions on how to launch a shareholder campaign, a forum which the greens have used to great advantage, but which can also be used to oppose them.  Employees and retirees can raise questions about green issues affecting their pension plans.

In combating “mindless green-ness” in the workplace or community, Milloy suggests going to a public meeting and, having prepared yourself with the facts, “make a nuisance of yourself.” 

“Ask questions. How much will it cost? What are the supposed benefits? Is there really a problem to start with or is one being manufactured for some reason? And demand answers. You’ll be surprised at how off-guard you’ll catch the greens, how they can’t defend their demands, and how they’ll try to ignore you or shout you down. Get on the Internet and share your experience with the world . . . ”

Milloy lists key books and videos that critique the excesses of the environmental movement.

He tells stories of spirited resistance. Tales to stiffen the spine of anti-green activists. War stories like Milloy’s own disruption at the 2007 Live Earth concert with its airborne banner:  “DON’T BELIEVE AL GORE.”

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