City of Roses
|First of all, as an aside, I've learned the amount the U.S government is now providing after assessment of the damage has jumped tenfold to $350 million.
No complaints there! Millions more may still need to be provided in the weeks to come with the inability to unload the cargo from bays and seaports and such, and with the worries of malaria spread, etc. but I am quite satisfied with a contribution such as this!
Now, about the new article (and no, you are NOT going to Hell! )
This is just the bias I've talked about for months. In the sub-headline, it reads "Environmental activists are shamelessly trying to exploit last week's earthquake-tsunami catastrophe in hopes of advancing their global warming and anti-development agendas."
The bias and misleading information is also seen where it reads, "environmentalists are also looking to blame economic development for the devastation wreaked by the tsunamis in hopes of slowing down progress in the third world."
I've volunteered for Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, etc. and in my experience, I beg to differ. There's a great fathomable difference between not believing in economic development and believing in ecological wisdom and economical justice.
"Moreover, the environmentalists are in feverish denial about the two factors that will, in the end, contribute most to the horrendous death toll from the tsunamis — the lack of an early warning system and lack of adequate post-disaster sanitation, both of which are tragic by-products of the region's severe economic under-development. Given that fact, how deceptive and calculating of the environmentalists to blame "development" as the deadly cause!"
Uh...no. I've heard no discrepancy from anyone at the local branch office I volunteer at located at 11th and Clay that with an early warning system and better provision of salubrious lavatories and accessories, everyone in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia etc. would be better off right now. Of course I agree there. I also believe soil erosion and the accelerating emission of carbon-based elements into the air and waters is adding to the extremes of extreme weather, and also happen to believe, like he believes himself, that tectonics can lead to climate change, and ocean temperature variations cause the rocks underneath the earth to become unstable and therefore, may cause seismic eruptions.
"It's bad enough that environmentalists continually try to advance their agendas based on what can only be described as comically wrong information. But what's really troubling is that they seem hell-bent on denying poor nations the opportunity to develop economically so as to pull themselves out of their abject poverty."
Steven Milloy indeed contributes a great deal in working to note out examples of "junk science" from the likes of the media to lawyers to businesses to activists to scientists. No one can argue that there is junk in all professions. However, Steven, is, after all, a regular weekly columnist for Fox News, and judging by the headlines alone, you can see his obvious political slant, where he plays adversarily with Bush and ridicules activists' claims incessantly with the frequent mentioning of Clinton and the Kyoto Protocol. Studies that support a right-wing agenda are endorsed, while studies that don’t are harshly criticized.
Of course the "Junkman" used to be a lobbyist for Philip Morris and Monsanto (two corporations I boycott) which they themselves exploited poor and helpless consumers worldwide for financial and personal gain and their crimes of the spreading of disease and social irresponsibility on humanity (why else would they change their name to Altria?) Let's also not forget that Milloy led the The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition, and its principal backer was Philip Morris.
Milloy is not only a kingpin on "junk science", he's one on adversarial junk journalism as well. The only real conclusion here is that Steven Milloy is not just the "junkman", he's also simply a "Bushman". Consider these quotes from his own weekly edition:
"Sentiment regarding 'the environment' doesn't seem to be a major factor in voters' minds as they weigh the decision whether to cast their ballots for President Bush or John Kerry." (sounds to me Milloy believes the environment is not an issue at all with the way he's quoted it)
"Bush has been roundly criticized on environmental issues since he took office. But this criticism has largely come from left-leaning environmental activists and their supporters in academia, the vast majority of whom didn't vote for Bush in 2000 and, moreover, probably wouldn't vote for a Republican under any circumstance." (Strikes me as he believes any criticism of Bush, especially on an obvious terrible environmental record, is unacceptable.)
"So I pay no attention to what so-called environmentalists say about Bush. Their attacks usually don't present the facts fairly and are designed to politicize and polarize voters."
"The most notable environmental decision Bush has made so far was his decision to pull the U.S. out of the economic dance-of-death known as the Kyoto protocol... The difference between the candidates is that Bush has rightly raised questions about the 'science' underlying global warming hysteria and is not at all interested in an international treaty."
"I suspect that the decision-making on the environment would be handed over to his wife, Teresa Heinz-Kerry... much the same way the health care issue was handed to Hillary Clinton during the early part of the Clinton administration. The environment is a hot-button issue for Teresa, and I doubt he'd turn down the billionaire who made his presidential campaign possible. What that probably means is that environmental extremists will once again have free reign over the EPA."
(One must understand the incredible reduction of the EPA staff and the staff re-appointment under this administration)
So to someone who admits he pays no attention to anything environmentalists say about Bush now, it's clear Milloy, and this source, is fiercely biased.
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20