Enfants terribles of the environment hit middle age

September 14, 2011 by Richard Ingham
The new "Rainbow Warrior III" sailing ship is lowered into the water at the Fassmer shipyard in Berne-Motzen near Bremen, northern Germany, in July 2011. After celebrating its 40th birthday on Thursday, Greenpeace next month launches Rainbow Warrior III -- a tailor-made engine-assisted sailing ship, complete with helicopter pad and accommodation for 32 eco-warriors.

We sort our rubbish. We recycle our rainwater. We worry about depleted oceans, ravaged rainforests, threatened species.

If we fly abroad, buy a car, crank up the heating or air-conditioning -- or even purchase bottled water -- we may think about how we add to the .

These reflexes are now anchored among consumers in many parts of the world.

Yet 40 years ago, when environmentalism was limited to a tribe of academics and quirky visionaries, such actions would have triggered bewilderment, even a laugh.

Back then, whales were slaughtered commercially on a massive scale.

France and China conducted in the atmosphere.

People sprayed their armpits with deodorants that gobbled up Earth's .

Oil was so cheap that the term "gas guzzler" had not even been invented, any more than "carbon footprint."

Yet it was also in September 1971 that the blithe belief in Earth as a planet of boundless resources began to shrink, thanks in large part to green activism.

Born within days of each other, and Friends of the Earth International launched a mix of grassroots campaigning, provocative or humorous stunts or civil disobedience, jolting a movement that until then had been sedate.

"The 1960s and 70s were the beginning of large-scale environmental breakdown, and people were aware of it," author Rex Weyler, also co-founder of Greenpeace International, said in a phone interview with AFP.

In 1985, Greenpeace's vessel, the , was blown up by French agents to prevent it nearing the Mururoa test site in the South Pacific.

The scandal propelled Greenpeace to global prominence, a status strengthened the following year by the .

Today, with a presence in 43 countries, 2.8 million members or donors, and a budget last year that rose 15 percent to 226 million euros (310 million dollars), it is a force that few governments or corporations can readily ignore.

Its 1,200 staff range from "direct action" activists to scientific researchers, policy wonks and iPad-clutching smoothies who twist the arms of policymakers, executives and journalists. Friends of the Earth boasts 76 member groups and two million members.

The list of exploits is long.

Green militancy helped seal the Montreal Protocol to protect the , blocked Monsanto's transgenic seeds in Europe, made Shell scrap plans to dump a disused oil rig in the sea and pressured Nestle over palm oil sourced from Indonesian rain forests (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV1t-MvnCrA).

But such clout is strongest in Europe and North America and is far weaker in Asia and Africa, where the environment is fast degrading.

And on climate change -- where the biggest bucks are at stake -- campaigning "has met with a bloody nose," as a veteran UN observer put it.

The NGOs agitated massively for a worldwide treaty at the Copenhagen Summit in December 2009. They were stunned when the summit became a fiasco, leaving climate change in a limbo that is unchanged today.

"The strategy for Copenhagen was really 'Copenhagen or bust'," Paul Horsman of the London-based Global Campaign for Climate Action told AFP in June. "Well, Copenhagen bust."

After celebrating its 40th birthday on Thursday, Greenpeace next month launches III -- a tailor-made engine-assisted sailing ship, complete with helicopter pad and accommodation for 32 eco-warriors.

Like the grey-haired man who buys a Porsche, is this a luxury purchase to boost the testosterone levels, to remind a middle-aged organisation of its youth?

One such critic is Paul Watson. He helped launch Greenpeace but split to set up the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which is claiming more and more successes in confronting Japan's whalers on the high seas.

In his view, the big NGOs have ignored the crisis of human over-population and become gentrified, cosying up to politicians who have no interest in fixing enviroment problems as it would cost them their career to do so.

"Anger, which was a very important part of (the environment movement), has left it," Watson said in an interview.

Greenpeace, he quipped, "are the Avon Ladies of the environmental movement. They're just knocking on doors and asking for money."

retorts that it still uses non-violent "direct action," but in a mix of smart campaigning, with viral videos, petitions and pressure on culprit corporations and lobbying for policy change.

Asked to look back, Greenpeace's Mike Townsley, said: "The last 40 years haven't been without benefit or purpose. But the failure is that we are still here. It shows that the job's not done yet."

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1 / 5 (4) Sep 14, 2011
Regretfully, Greenpeace's Mike Townsley seems to have joined forces with questionable propaganda artists, like Al Gore and the UN's IPCC, who use environmentalism for their own purposes.

This former supporter of Greenpeace is still an active environmentalist, but I have no use for Greenpeace's Mike Townsley.

Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo

Author of "Super-fluidity in the solar interior:
Implications for solar eruptions and climate",
Journal of Fusion Energy 21, 193-198 (2002):

1 / 5 (4) Sep 14, 2011
We sort our rubbish. We recycle our rainwater. We worry about depleted oceans, ravaged rainforests, threatened species.

And while we were "doing what is right," we lost:

_a.) Integrity in government science, and

_b.) Citizens control over our government.

See today's discussion blogs about the resignation of Physics Nobel Laureate Dr. Ivan Giaever from the American Physical Society because of its blind support of AGW propaganda, and Al Gore's last-ditch effort to revitalize the global warming story.



But I am certain that the AGW debate will again confirmed
the oldest scriptures: "Truth is victorious, Never untruth"
[Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.6; Qur'an 17.85; Other scriptures]
1 / 5 (4) Sep 18, 2011
Threats of nuclear war gave birth to Hippies and to secret agreements among world leaders to endorse the Bilderberg model of a stable H-filled Sun and global climate change as the common enemy to unite nations and promote world peace [1]:

1. "Historical roots of Climategate"




But Earth is heated by a variable star, powered by neutron repulsion in its neutron-rich core. That is why Earth's climate has always changed and life continues to evolve [2]:

2. "Origin and evolution of life"


Fanaticism replaced consensus science when errors were found in claims we caused global climate change [3]:

3. Meteorologist Director fired!


With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
5 / 5 (1) Sep 19, 2011
I see you can't answer Oliver.

What is so difficult about answering questions? Reality have your tongue?

I know why you can't answer the questions. The answer is that you are wrong on neutron repulsion and you have to create a vast conspiracy to protect your tender ego.

Baby steps Oliver.

1] Did you read the letter you linked to?
2] Why did you link to it?
3] What was it supposed to show?
4] Since it doesn't support the claim of conspiracy you need to admit that you were wrong about the link
6] You have the power to admit you could be wrong on this
7] You do not have the power to create a conspiracy where there never was one
8] You should write an apology on all the threads you posted that crap on
9] You should apologize to all the politicians you falsely accused
10] You apologize to all the scientists you accused
11] You should apologize to all the people you gave unwarranted ones to
12] You should promise YOURSELF not to Crank again.

A nice 12 step program

1 / 5 (3) Sep 19, 2011
International agreements among world leaders in the early 1970s:


1. Assumed the validity of the
a.) Bilderberg Sun as a stable heat source, and
b.) Earth-centered model of global climate change

2. And agreed to work together to
c.) Unite nations
d.) Avoid nuclear war
e.) End the space race
f.) Stop global climate change [1]

Experimental measurements [2] falsify assumptions (a) and (b)

1. "Deep Roots of Climategate" (2011)


2. "Neutron Repulsion", The
APEIRON Journal, in press (2011)

5 / 5 (1) Sep 19, 2011
Do you have a shred of evidence besides the voices in your head to support this claim Oliver?

Have you read the letter you linked to? Why did you post it?

If you can't answer these questions Oliver I will have no choice but to think you just another spammer and start hitting the Report Abuse button. Responding to questions with the same crap is not a response and on many science sites is grounds for banning. Indeed YOU have been banned that way.

Time for another banning if you refuse to engage in reasoned discourse.


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