Environmentalists – Protectionist Wolves in Green Sheep’s Clothing
Multiple radical environmental groups make up a key portion of the Empires of Collusion. These groups include Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, the Blue-Green Alliance, Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network, Natural Resource Defense Council and more.
What unites them? Hostility to economic growth in the developing world and to the rights and interests of consumers around the globe.
What is most interesting about these green groups is how they promote protectionist policies in green sheep’s clothing.
Large manufacturers in the developed world and their allies in national capitals can’t advocate nakedly protectionist policies anymore. Such policies are illegal and the World Trade Organization and other entities forbid them.
And so they seek protectionism through other means. One way is to block trade on other grounds. This is where the green groups come in to play.
The radical eco-groups receive large sums of money from Europe’s taxpayers. With that money, they launch campaigns to demonize trade with developing countries in Asia.
The demonization is designed to block trade by justifying non-tariff trade barriers – this evading free trade rules — and to cow retailers and consumers into boycotting products from the Asian topics.
These radical Green NGOs seem to have forgotten that poverty is the single biggest environmental problem today. Poor men and women can spare nothing to protect the Earth when they are faced every day with meeting basic needs for food, clothing, shelter, education and employment.
Yet, these groups today believe that economic growth is inimical to planetary health, and so they advance policies designed to choke growth and stop it in its tracks. Their preferred policies include restricting trade and the use of technology. In this way they want to condemn millions of men and women in the developing world to lives of ignoble poverty. And they want to deny consumers the freedom to decide for themselves the products they purchase and how they live their lives.
The losers are European and American consumers who see prices go up and their choices diminish.