DISHING THE DIRT
Earth Day was held April 22. Alas, it’s become a mawkish event, and a profitable one, too. Consider that 40 years ago, or maybe it was 400 years ago, Earth Day was a relatively simple affair. Neighborhood hippies would clean up a vacant lot, plant begonias, throw a ceremonial Frisbee and then wander off to explore weed of another sort.
Earth Day has become a $1.4 billion business, says Freedom Action, a political action committee that has tracked the revenues of Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection (where the annual take is over $88 million), the Environmental Defense Fund and six other groups. The committee has crafted an advocacy ad to share its findings.
“The leaders of these big environmental pressure groups are as out of touch with the concerns of average working Americans as the chairman of Goldman Sachs. The eight environmental pressure groups we highlight in our ad now largely serve as fronts for big corporations. They have worked closely together to write the [House and Senate] cap-andtrade bills,” Freedom Action Director Myron Ebell tells Inside the Beltway.
“Enactment of either bill would provide hundreds of billions of dollars in windfall profits to big companies like GE, Duke Energy and Exelon,” he adds. “Freedom Action’s ad shows that Al Gore is not the only person doing well from promoting global warming alarmism.”
Is that a tea bag in his hand, Rachel? Timothy McVeigh