Dictatorship of the Landlords - The Green Roots of the Housing Crisis

Cultural Marxism and the Alt-Right

The Meaning of Corporatism

356 Enviro-critical Websites and additional info about the organized enviro-critical movement

Pierre Trudeau: Eco-fascist

A Primer for the Paris Climate Talks

Jorge Bergoglio's Green Encyclical

Environmentalism and Aboriginal Supremacism (Part 2): The Mobilization of Aboriginal Opposition to the Northern Gateway Pipeline

Environmentalism and Aboriginal Supremacism in Canada - Part 1 - Idle No More

Of Buffalo and Biofuel - More Tales of Environmentalism in Alberta

War on Coal

In Praise of the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act (Bill C-38)

Environmentalism and Edmonton Land Use Politics

The "Tar Sands" Campaign and the Suppression of North America's Energy Potential

Desertec and Environmentalism's North African Campaign

The Environmental Movement in Alberta

Environmentalism 400 BC

Spirit of NAWAPA

Waldheim's Monster:
United Nations' Ecofascist Programme

Early 19th Century British "Environmentalism"

Environmentalism's Appropriation of Christianity

Environmentalism's Environment

The Continental Counter-Enlightenment

The American Eco-Oligarchy update

If Only This Were About Oil

BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A HECTARE

Who is Affraid of The Big Green Wolf

The Gore Presidential Bid

The Groundbreaking Career of Doctor Science

The English Environmental Elite, Global Warming, and The Anglican Church

The Great Global Warming Hoax

The American Oligarchy's Economic Warfare Campaign on British Columbians





The American Oligarchy's Economic Warfare Campaign on British Columbians

Introduction

This essay contributes to the environmentalism-as-fascism thesis by exposing the British Columbia eco-scene's financial dependence upon, and ideological subservience to, certain wealthy, ultra-imperialist, American dynasties. This essay will not try to give a full accounting of elite patronage of the environmental movement in BC or elsewhere. To undertake such a large project would also require an investigation of the Canadian and European oligarchy's substantial private contributions to environmentalism-a contribution that rivals that of the Americans. This larger project would also require a detailing of the equally huge sums entering the coffers of environmental NGOs from state departments like Environment Canada and the provincial Ministry of the Environment, etc. The extensive, favourable, and free mass media coverage granted environmentalism by the owners of the western world's dominant media corporations would also have to be accounted for. Hence, those still clinging to the utterly non-historical myth of a "grassroots environmentalism" should be forewarned that vastly more evidence of elite control of their movement than is displayed here could easily be marshaled. The focus on the foundations of the American oligarchy is particularly instructive because even though all elite support for environmentalism is reducible to the same list of about three dozen dynasties, it is through these family foundations that one sees the clearest and most direct involvement of the eco-billionaires.

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American Oligarchy's Foundations and Environmentalism in General

Estimates of the total amount given by America's wealthiest to the environmental movement vary from $1 billion to $4 billion per year. (All dollar amounts in this pamphlet are in US currency.) If the sums given to the population control movement are rightfully included, the overall private sector "neo-Malthusian budget" would clearly be nearer the latter figure. A decisive chunk of the money given by the rich to the green movement comes in the forms of disbursements from huge chartered institutions such as the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, W. Alton Jones Foundation, Turner Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the Alfred W. Mellon Foundation and so on.

The David and Lucille Packard Foundation was created in 1965 with a transfer of capital from the estate of manufacturing tycoon David Packard. Today, Susan Packard Orr is chairman of the foundation's board, with Nancy Packard Burnett and Julia E. Packard serving as co-vice-chairmen. As of December 31, 1999, the foundation owned $13 billion in revenue-generating investments. As with all American foundations, they are required by law to disburse an amount equal to 5% of total assets in grants to causes related to the foundation's charter. In 1999 the Packard Foundation handed out $411 million in grants, while the plan for 2000 is to go over $500 million. There are several causes dear to the Packards but none so much as "population" and "environment." In 1999 they gave $87,495,556 to the environmental movement and another $79 million to the population control campaign. The environmental grants were distributed to over 180 non-profit societies in several countries. Curiously, they appear not to have ventured into BC's eco-battles save for a single $50,000 grant to the David Suzuki Foundation to stir up trouble between fishers and foresters.

The Ford Foundation was founded in 1936 to carry on the legacy of Nazi-sympathizer and over-the-top anti-Semite Henry Ford. The Ford Motor Co. is 40% owned by the descendants of Henry, with a significant portion of the remaining stock being owned by the Ford Foundation. William Clay Ford is the Ford Motor Co.'s current board chairman. Both the Ford Motor Co. and the Ford Foundation are conducting major environmental campaigns. The Ford Foundation as of the end of 1999 had assets of $11.8 billion. Their total annual program expenditures were $578 million. These monies were spread out over the arts, medical research, education, social-justice activities, and, of course, environmentalism and population control. The Ford Foundation began cultivating what has come to be known as "environmentalism" in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They trained legions of environmental analysts. The foundation played a decisive role in founding and/or sustaining the Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, and the EarthJustice Defense Fund-all of which have grown into large outfits with multi-million-dollar budgets and scores of support staff. The Foundation also created and continues to heavily subsidize Island Press Inc.-a publisher of 30 to 35 eco-books per year. The Fords' grand enviro-pop strategy does not seem to recognize BC as especially interesting. There is little in their data banks about grants to BC enviro-groups except for a $200,000 grant in 1998 to the San Francisco based Tides Foundation to undertake anti-forestry work in BC.

No discussion of US environmentalism would be complete if it did not mention the contribution of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and its now-departed longtime senior strategist, Paul Mellon. The Mellon Foundation was created in 1969 as a result of the merger of the Avalon and Old Dominion foundations. These two foundations were created in the early 1940's by banking magnate Andrew W. Mellon's two children, Paul and Aisla. Paul ran the amalgamated foundation until his death in 1999. Paul was also head of the National Gallery of Art for over 17 years and personally paid for massive additions to the building and its collection. Over the years Paul Mellon gave enormous sums to Yale University, often for establishing professorships in Forestry, Divinity, and Environmental Studies. In 1998 the Mellon Foundation gave out $144,691,669 in grants. Of this, $14.8 million went to environmentalism and $11.04 million went to population control. What makes the Mellons' involvement in "environmentalism" most notable is that it started much earlier (1940s) than most foundations and hence can claim a seniority in, and sense of accomplishment about, this social movement which is now hundreds of times larger than when the Mellons first embraced it.

Other institutions and individuals within America's super rich who are also avid patrons of environmentalism are: Bill and Melinda Gates, the Heinz family interests (over $10 million a year to the environmental movement), the Carnegie Corporation, Richard and Rhoda Haas Goldman (recent annual grants of $2.07 million to population control and $8.3 million to environmentalism, including annual awards of six prizes of $100,000 each for creative new environmentalist activity), Gordon E. Moore, and Edward P. Bass, to name but a prominent few. In all, several hundred businesses and foundations have institutionalized their bankrolling of the environmental movement.

Although there is no institutionalized structure governing the environmental movement, there are several organizations whose chartered mission is to unite and coordinate the tens of thousands of NGOs, funding agencies, and government departments and sub-departments that make up the modern environmental movement. One centralizing institution, the Environmental Grantmakers Association, was founded in 1991 to unite the various enviro-donation fund managers of America around coordinated strategies of giving. The EGA tends to be secretive, with closed-door retreats and members-only websites. Somewhere between 128 and 200 major eco-funding agencies are members of the EGA and thus send representatives to EGA conventions etc. The collective contribution of EGA members alone to the great green crusade would exceed $1 billion per year.

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The Foundations Behind British Columbia's Environmental Movement

The Rockefeller family is also a major centralizing factor in the environmental movement. The heirs to ruthless oil monopolist John D. Rockefeller now number around a hundred adults. To say the descendants of John D. were, and are, avid and influential eco-freaks would be an understatement. His son John D. Jr. (1874-1960) is said to have donated some $75 million to nature preservation and related causes and was dabbling in "eugenics"-based population control as far back as the 1920s. He had legendary battles with ranchers and resource extraction capitalists in his ultimately successful efforts to take large tracts of Wyoming out of production. Laurence S. Rockefeller's (1910- ) lifetime gifts to his favorite social causes has been estimated at $386 million, and he's still going. His main passion is for environmentalism/population control. In 1990 Congress passed special legislation, proudly signed into law by President Bush, honouring Larry's unique contribution to environmentalism. "Jay" Rockefeller (1937- ), the two-time Governor of West Virginia and perennial Senator thereafter, was given an approval rating of 100% by the influential League of Conservation Voters. Steven C. Rockefeller, a Divinity Professor, former dean, and author of three books, including Spirit and Nature: Why the Environment is a Religious Issue, is currently Chairman of the Earth Charter drafting commission that has produced a grandiose eco-rights document soon to be placed before the UN and virtually every government in the world for acceptance.

The Rockefellers do not merely have of a family foundation; they have a family of foundations. According to one list (which was short by at least three) of the Rockefeller family of philanthropic endeavours enumerated 31 surviving endowments. The full list would include the University of Chicago, Rockefeller University, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Museum of Modern Art, and so on. Projects like the Population Council (set up in the 1950s to suppress Third World population growth in the 1950s) have grown into large bureaucracies in their own right, relying on state financing for the bulk of their budgets while remaining well within the orbit of the Rockefellers.

The main grant-giving foundation these days is the Rockefeller Foundation. Founded with $250 million of old John D.'s money, it has grown into a colossus currently owning $3.8 billion in assets. With its assets having experienced five years of annual average market-value growth rates of 19.1%, the foundation is just now recovering from substantial declines in the real value of its assets during the inflationary 1960s and 1970s. In 1999 the Rockefeller Foundation disbursed $177 million to over 800 separate organizations. Its "Environment" portfolio is now more shuffled amongst various sub-departments, but in 1998 the "Global Environment" department disbursed $13.1 million to enviro-NGOs. Of this, $6.2 million went to promoting small-scale, low-efficiency energy systems and $6.3 million went to LEAD International.

Since 1991 LEAD International staffers have been missioned to scour the bureaucracies, universities, and NGOs of the globe in search of suitable persons who are: aged 40ish, employed full-time in their chosen careers, and who have demonstrated excellence in their field. These individuals are enticed to participate in a 16-week foundation-designed motivational-indoctrination program. Here the "associates" are expected to begin a lasting community with one another. From the pool of "associates," the executives of LEAD select "fellows" who have careers planned for them running some of the tens of thousands of enviro-NGOs. There are now over 1,000 LEAD fellows at work in over 40 countries, notably Russia, China, Brazil, and India. The LEAD fellows are kept in touch with one another through LEADnet (a members-only internet communication system) and through a steady diet of propaganda from LEAD and through an endless series of conventions and conferences also organized by LEAD staffers. LEAD's stated goal is to "create and sustain a global network of leaders who are committed to promote change towards patterns of economic development that are environmentally sustainable." LEAD International's 2000 budget has been upped to $12.6 million.

(Also on the subject of centralizing institutions, note should be made of the Rockefeller's annual $550,000 Philanthropy Workshop wherein the managers of all the major gift-giving entities in the United States are invited to an annual get- together calculated to assist the Rockefeller Foundation executives in playing a leadership role in the multi-billion-dollar world of big-money philanthropy.)

Next brightest in the Rockefeller galaxy of giving is the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, with assets over $670 million. The children of John D. III formed the fund in 1940. There are currently four Rockefellers on the board, with eco-spiritualist Steven C. having the chairmanship. In 1998 the Fund spent $19 million on hundreds of separate grants and projects. Included in their recent lists of grants are some of local interest:

  1. The David Suzuki Foundation received $380,000 from the fund in 1998 for a two-year "public education initiative" along BC's coast. DSF also received $225,000 in 2000 primarily to promote environmental activism among BC First Nations.
  2. Valhalla Society of New Denver, BC received grants of $50,000 in 1997 and of $100,000 (spread over two years) this year.
  3. Ecotrust of Vancouver, BC received $75,000 in 1997 and $100,000 in both 1999 and 2000.
  4. Earthlife Canada received $60,000 from the fund in 1997 and 1998.
  5. The Sierra Legal Defence Fund of Vancouver received $25,000 in 1998 and 1999 to promote environmentalist legal theory to First Nations.
  6. The Silva Forest Foundation received $75,000 in 1998 to promote eco-sensitive forest certification standards.
  7. Sierra Club of Western Canada will receive $125,000 this year.
  8. As well, two US-based NGOs, the Tides Foundation of San Francisco and the Round River Conservation Society of Salt Lake City, have received grants of $50,000 and $100,000 respectively to undertake enviro-analysis and eco-missionary work in the BC interior.
Besides the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, there is a myriad of other family foundations and enterprises. The Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge Fund handed out over 100 grants to environmental and population groups in 1999, with most of the grants being in the $100,000 range. She is particularly concerned with wilderness areas in New Jersey. The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation has over $90 million in assets but can only spend money in Arkansas. All in, the total Rockefeller clan is disbursing in the ballpark of about $80 million per year on environmentalist and population control campaigns.

The Rockefeller Family Fund is interesting not because of its size (it has grants of only $2.5 million per year) but because of the centralizing role it plays within the Rockefeller clan. Whereas the Rockefellers shy away from sitting on certain boards, virtually the entire living family has sat on the board of the RFF, with many playing a keen role in its daily management. A recent gathering was summoned to celebrate the work of the fifty-three Rockefellers who had served on the RFF. (Not surprisingly, the RFF gives a disproportionately high percentage of its total grants to environmental groups.) Incidentally, the RFF offices are also the offices of the Environmental Grantmakers Association.

The Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts are comprised of seven separate charitable funds set up between 1948 and 1979 by the late J. Howard Pew, founder of the Sun Oil Co. The funds are managed by his two sons and two daughters. Total assets of the funds now exceed $4.7 billion. Grant commitments for 1999 were $190 million, of which $35,054,400 went to Pew's environmentalist program. The highly effective California-based EarthJustice Legal Defense Fund received a one-year grant for $5.52 million.

With regard to British Columbia, the Pews gave a two-year $1.14 million grant in November 1995 to the Washington, DC offices of the World Wildlife Fund to continue efforts to achieve a minimum of 12% preservation of BC's forested wilderness areas. This grant was supplemented with an additional $288,000 in 1997. The Natural Resources Defense Council of New York City was given $400,000 in 1998 for a two-year program to prevent harvesting of BC's old growth forests. In 1999 the Pews announced a $2.13 million grant to the University of BC to establish a scientific group for work pertaining to fisheries and marine ecosystems.

Media mogul Ted Turner has become perhaps the leading figure in US environmentalism both for his massive donations to the cause and his relentless preaching about and organizing around the issues of population control and wilderness preservation. His philanthropy is channeled through the Turner Foundation and the UN Foundation. The latter of the two was established in 1997 and has since given out over $300 million, with at least $130 million going to population control and other eco-issues. While the UN Foundation's focus is on the Third World, the smaller Turner Foundation's (annual grants $25 million in 1998) focus is primarily on US and Canada.

BC eco-groups benefiting from Turner's largesse include: Canadian Rainforest Network, Clayoquot Rainforest Coalition, David Suzuki Foundation, Earthlife/BC Wild, EcoTrust Canada, Forest Action Network, Gowgaia Society, Great Bear Foundation, LandTrust Alliance, Lands Council, Lighthawk, Sierra Legal Defence Fund, and the Valhalla Wilderness Society. All of these groups are engaged in suppressing forestry and mining in BC by means of organizing boycotts, "public education campaigns," and "grassroots organizing." Precise dollar allotments for each group are not available, but an educated guess, based on the foundation's budget and Turner's other giving, would be that about $500,000 per year is flowing from Ted to the BC environmental movement.

According to those who knew him, industrialist W. Alton Jones "cared not" for things environmental; but his descendants have embraced the cause with a singular fervor, redrafting the "goals" of the W. Alton Jones Foundation (established 1944) to include: "to build a sustainable world by developing new ways for humanity to interact sustainably with the planet's ecological system." At last count, the Charlottesville, Virginia headquartered foundation had assets of $426,171,583, annual income of $65,022,256, and a grant-giving portfolio of $31,035,477.

The Jones Foundation's contribution to BC eco-activism is extensive:

  1. BC Wild of Vancouver received $145,000 in 1998 to write two reports "challenging the conventional wisdom" about the BC forestry industry.
  2. BC Environmental Network Education Fund of Vancouver received $40,000 in 1999 to "assist and coordinate efforts of grassroots forest groups in BC to educate the public and to serve as the central hub for information to a network of forest activists throughout the province." They received similar amounts in 1998 to "challenge the allowable cut targets."
  3. David Suzuki Foundation of Vancouver received $200,000 in 1998 to prevent forest harvesting through "public education" in both British Columbia and the Haida Gwaii territory. In 1999 DSF received $265,000, primarily to get collaboration from First Nations in forest preservation.
  4. Ecotrust Canada of Vancouver received $250,000 in 1998 to "formulate and begin to implement a comprehensive economic development strategy (for BC) based upon the principles of conservation-based development."
  5. Enviro-Aboriginal Guardianship of Vancouver got $100,000 in 1999 to "work with First Nations tribal leaders around BC to advance aboriginal rights related to environmental protection."
  6. Harrop and Proctor Watershed Protection Society of Proctor, BC received $25,000 in 1998, $35,000 in 1999, and $40,000 in 2000 to promote "sustainable" forestry.
  7. Heiltsuk Dhu Yaci Society of Waglisla, BC has been given $40,000 per year for the last three years to bring the gospel of environmentalism to BC First Nations.
  8. Laskeek Bay Conservation of "Haida Gwaii" received $80,000 in 1998 to promote environmentalism among First Nations of the Queen Charlotte Islands.
  9. Na Na Kila Institute of Kitamaat Village, BC received $40,000 in both 1998 and 1999 to promote environmentalist forest practices among the Heiltsuk.
  10. Rainforest Conservation Foundation of Bella Bella received $80,000 in 1998 and $40,000 in 2000 to "achieve permanent protection of BC's 'Great Bear' Rainforest."
  11. Sierra Club of BC Foundation of Victoria received $80,000 in 1998 for advocacy, public education, and computer mapping facilities, all with a view to protecting BC forests from British Columbians. They received a further $65,000 in 1999.
  12. Sierra Legal Defence Fund of Vancouver received $250,000 in 1998 to "build public support to strengthen and enforce environmental laws."
  13. Silva Forest Foundation of Slocan Park, BC got $28,000 in 1998 and $40,000 in 1999 to provide eco-activists with up-to-date maps.
  14. Strategic Media Action Committee of Victoria received $250,000 in 1999 to conduct a six-month coordinated communication campaign to "protect BC forests."
  15. Valhalla Wilderness Society of New Denver, BC got $80,000 in 1998 to "challenge provincial forest practices."
  16. Western Canada Wilderness Society received $30,000 in 1999 to "build a constituency" to preserve BC's forests.
In total, the Jones Foundation is pumping over $1.1 million per year into BC eco-activism. This is what they call "grassroots organizing."

The Mott family, originally from New York, have been involved in a variety of enterprises from beverages to axle manufacturing. C.S. Mott folded his manufacturing concern into General Motors in exchange for a large block of shares in GM. He sat on the GM board for 60 years. The C.S. Mott Foundation has assets of about $1.5 billion. In 1999 the foundation gave out 580 grants totaling $113 million. (Many lesser Motts have lesser foundations, albeit with a similar focus.) In 1995 the Mott Foundation began a multi-year funding initiative in BC, giving $225,000 to Earthlife Canada, $100,000 to the Sierra Legal Defence Fund, and $75,000 to Ecotrust Canada. In 1997 these were topped up with an additional $180,000 to Ecotrust Canada and $120,000 to the Sierra Legal Defence Fund (to work with "grassroots groups").

The Bullitt Foundation of Washington State, while not being near the size of some of the aforementioned funds, is of interest because of its exclusive focus on the "restoration of the environment of the Pacific Northwest." In 1999 the Bullitt Foundation spent $4.8 million towards these ends in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and, of course, BC (which received grants totaling $604,500). In 2000 they will spend some $3.3 million, with $456,000 going to BC. Recent BC grants include:

  1. BC Environmental Network Education Fund received $10,000 in 1999 for joint enviro-First Nations initiatives.
  2. BC Spaces For Nature got $20,000 in 1999 and $25,000 in 2000 for anti-forestry work.
  3. 3. David Suzuki Foundation received grants totaling $80,000 in 1999 and another for $35,000 in 2000.
  4. Earthlife Canada Foundation, and through them the Gowgaia Society and Living Oceans, received grants of $15,000, $10,000, and $8,000 over the last two years.
  5. East Kooteney Environmental Society received $15,000 for each of the last two years to promote land-use plans that will protect ecosystems.
  6. Ecotrust has received $40,000 for each of the last two years for mapping work, to train First Nations people, and to promote environmental entrepreneurship.
  7. Georgia Strait Alliance of Nanaimo got $45,000 in 1999 and $40,000 in 2000 to promote "sustainability."
  8. Institute for Media, Policy, and Civil Society of Vancouver will get $20,000 in 2000 to "conduct opinion research designed to strengthen effectiveness of the BC environmental community's communication and campaign work."
  9. Institute for New Economics/Public Interest Research Association got $45,000 in 2000 to promote more compact urban areas.
  10. Labour Environmental Alliance Society has received $15,000 in each of the last two years to promote union-NGO cooperation.
  11. Landtrust Alliance of BC of Salt Spring Island got $20,000 in 1999 to support conservation initiatives.
  12. Lighthawk received $25,000 in 1999 and $20,000 in 2000 to use airplane flights to assist environmental groups in documenting the "destruction" of BC's forests and as an educational tool.
  13. Na Na Kila Institute got $20,000 in 1999 to promote environmentalism among the Haisla Nation with a view to permanent forest protection.
  14. Oceans Blue Foundation received $25,000 in 1999 to promote consumer environmentalism in coastal communities.
  15. 15. Rivershed Society of BC (Coquitlam) got $15,000 in 2000 to come up with creative ways to live sustainably.
  16. Nakina Center for Aboriginal Learning and Living received $10,000 in 1999 and $15,000 in 2000 to promote environmentalism among the Tlingit Nation. This program is administered directly by the Round River Conservation Society of Salt Lake City, Utah.
  17. Sierra Club of BC got $30,000 this year for anti-logging campaigns.
  18. Sierra Legal Defence Fund received grants totaling $55,000 in 1999 to assist local groups campaigning around water issues and to teach environmental law to First Nations.
  19. Silva Forest Foundation received $15,000 in 1999 to promote environmentalist economic development strategies to First Nations. Silva also administers a $7,500 grant for the Fraser Headwater Alliance.
  20. Society Promoting Environmental Conservation received $15,000 in 1999 for anti-logging and anti-road-building campaigns.
  21. University of Victoria received $30,000 in 1999 for an eco-research chair to, among other things, promote "Smart Growth."
  22. Valhalla Wilderness Society received $25,000 in 1999 to campaign for the creation of a 620,000-acre refuge for the "Spirit Bear."
  23. Westcoast Environmental Law Society received $3,000 in 1999 and $25,000 in 2000 "mobilize citizens" toward anti-logging activism.
  24. Western Canada Wilderness Committee received $40,000 in 1999 and $35,000 in 2000 for "grassroots education" related to preserving the "Clayoquot," "Stoltman," and "Great Bear" forests.
Like the Bullitt Foundation, the Brainerd Foundation of Seattle is a smaller fund yet with an exclusive focus on promoting environmentalism in the Pacific Northwest. Paul Brainerd was the founder of Aldus Corp., developer of the popular PageMaker software. When he sold Aldus shortly thereafter, he transferred tens of millions of his capital gains into the foundation. The foundation opened in 1995 and now boasts $50 million in assets and over $2 million in annual grants. Of interest to BC are the following:
  1. Burns Bog Conservation Society of Delta received $1,000 in 1998 for an anti-cranberry-farming mail-out.
  2. BC Spaces for Nature received $10,000 in 1999 to work toward achieving "comprehensive protection" for the Alaska-BC border areas.
  3. 3. BC Environmental Network Education Foundation received $10,000 in 2000 to hire a new coordinator.
  4. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives of Ottawa received $20,000 in 1999 to have their BC office analyze the BC resource sector and to propose more eco-friendly alternatives.
  5. David Suzuki Foundation received $25,000 in 1998 toward the "goal of conserving the genetic, ecological and cultural diversity of Haida Gwaii and the mainland coast of BC." As well, the T. Buck/Suzuki Foundation, also of Vancouver, received a grant for $15,000 in 1998 and another for $2,000 for an anti-pulp-mill campaign.
  6. Earthlife Canada Foundation got $1,500 in 1998 to print an additional 400 copies of its "Overcut Report" as part of its campaign to lower the annual allowable cut.
  7. East Kootenay Environmental Society of Kimberley, BC received grants of $25,000 in 1998 and $29,000 in 1999 to protect the "endangered ecosystems" of the East Kooteney area.
  8. Ecotrust Canada received $20,000 in 2000 to support a "community initiative" among the Heiltsuk to determine areas suitable for conservation.
  9. Environment Fund of BC of Vancouver received $12,000 in 1998 to create a workplace fund-raising campaign in local business and government offices and an additional $2,000 in 2000 to buy a new computer.
  10. Environmental Mining Council of BC of Victoria received grants of $28,000, $26,000, and $20,000 over the last three years to challenge mining projects in BC.
  11. Friends of Clayoquot Sound of Tofino got $1,000 "to disseminate a documentary film to a group of influential people on Mother's Day."
  12. Georgia Strait Alliance of Nanaimo got $20,000 in 1999 to "build a sustained, coordinated campaign" and "heighten public awareness" about pulp and paper mill emissions.
  13. Greenpeace Fund of Washington, DC received $45,000 in 2000 "to support Greenpeace's efforts to bring market pressure to bear" on the BC coastal logging industry.
  14. Institute for New Economics Public Interest Association of Victoria received $20,000 in 1998 to develop a campaign for "eco-system based" forestry.
  15. Reach for the Unbleached Foundation of Whaletown, BC received $20,000 in 1998 and grants totaling $18,000 in 1999 to "mobilize BC citizens" to support of unbleached paper.
  16. Sierra Club of BC received grants of $17,000, $26,000, and $2,000 over the last three years, mostly to enhance their communication and computer infrastructure.
  17. Sierra Legal Defence Fund received grants totaling $90,000 in 1998, $119,000 in 1999, and a single grant for $121,000 in 2000, primarily to promote environmentalism among BC First Nations as part of a larger anti-logging and anti-mining campaign.
  18. Raincoast Conservation Fund of Victoria received $10,000 in 2000 for anti-logging activity.
  19. Sunshine Coast Conservation Association of Gibsons, BC got $2,000 in 2000 to develop a communication strategy.
  20. Taku Wilderness Association of Vancouver got $1,500 in 1998 to increase cooperation between American and Canadian eco-activists.
  21. Rivershed Society of BC of Coquitlam got $2,000 in 2000 to organize a "water rally" in New Westminster.
  22. Round River Conservation of Salt Lake City, Utah received grants of $1,000, $40,000, and $20,000 to promote environmentalism among First Nations groups in the Taku River Basin.
  23. Society Promoting Environmental Conservation received $1,950 in 1998 to undertake a public campaign about unclean water in Vancouver.
  24. Westcoast Environmental Law Research Foundation received $2,000 in 1998 for anti-MAI work and a further $22,000 for general operations and for raising public awareness about eco-issues.

Summary and Conclusion

It needs to be stressed that the above-listed $5 million or so (over $7 million in Canadian currency) annual contribution to the BC environmental movement is only a portion of money moving directly from the US oligarchy to the local eco-scene. Furthermore, the US oligarchy represents only a portion of the elite financing and support of BC environmentalism. Nevertheless, the above-listed grants translate into hundreds of full-time and part-time jobs, scores of well-equipped offices, tons of propaganda, and innumerable rallies, protests, press releases and the like. The BC environmental movement is big but it is not so big that the above contributions from America's ultra-rich, imperialist dynasties can be described as anything less than its central raison'd'etre. When one subtracts the full amount of elite support from the local green crusade, one is left with nothing but a mash of low-functioning hirelings, cringing mercenaries, and gormless suckers.

The above information should lay to rest the bogus notion popular in the blonde-dreadlock crowd that being an "Environmentalist" means being an anti-capitalist or a fighter against the establishment. Being an "Environmentalist" means you are a brainwashed grunt in a vast crusade dedicated to preserving the privileges of the most bloated and parasitic sectors of the ruling class. Being an "Environmentalist" is about as radical as saluting the flag or reciting the Lord's Prayer. Being an "Environmentalist" means being an enemy of the working class.

Progress and prosperity in BC means the full development of its natural resource industries: its forests, its ores, its natural gas (on-shore and off), its rivers for hydroelectricity and aquaculture, its mountain slopes for skiing and so on. To suppress these industries is to commit an act of violence against the working class of British Columbia. It is easy for the trust-fund kids of New England billionaires to write off BC as some giant wilderness theme park they might visit by helicopter once or twice a decade. But for the people of BC, this will mean grinding poverty and degradation - Bangkok West. Only the independent direct action of the working class can turn back this fascist green tide and protect the prospect of a healthy and wealthy future.



  

Review of Snyder's Black Earth

How Green Were the Nazis

The American Environmental Movement - The American Counter-Movement Perspective

Aboriginal Supremicism Part Three - Gallagher's "Resource Rulers" condensed and critiqued

Gasman's The Scientific Origins of National Socialism

Darwall's The Age of Global Warming

Musser's Nazi Oaks

Biehl and Staudenmaier's Ecofascism Revisited

Nickson's Eco-fascists

Gasman's Haeckel's Monism and the Birth of Fascist Ideology

Delingpole's Watermelons

Dowie's Conservation Refugees

Macdonald's Green Inc.

Laframboise and McKitrick on the IPCC

Markham's "Environmental Organizations in Modern Germany"

Petropoulos' Royals and the Reich

Plimer's Heaven and Earth: Global Warming the Missing Science

Dominick's German Environmental Movement 1871 to 1971

Jacoby's Hidden History of American Conservation

Cahill's Who Owns The World

The Persistent Profundity of Professor Mayer

Fascism 101 (Oxford Handbook)

The Nazi-Enviro Connection: Uekoetter's "Green and Brown"

US "Environmentalism" in the 1930s (Review of Phillips' "This Land, This Nation")

Gibson's Environmentalism

"The Deniers" Condensed
(Global Warming Hoax Part II)


Review of Moore's Social Origins of Dictatorship

Review of Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

Review of The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements

Bramwell's trilogy on The Hidden History of Environmentalism

Review of Degregori's Agriculture and Modern Technology

Review of Nichols Fox's Against the Machine

Review of Brian Masters' The Dukes

Review of Joel Bakan's The Corporation

Review of Michael Crichton's State of Fear

Review of Paul Driessen's Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death

Review of Janet Beihl's Finding Our Way

Review of Bradley's Climate Alarmism Reconsidered

Review of Pennington's Liberating the Land

Precedents for the "Global Warming" campaign: A review of Richard Grove's Green Imperialism
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