DISH­ING THE DIRT

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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.”

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