One thing characterizes all of these attacks. Relying on RightWingWatch’s pirated, edited-down, 3-minute version of our promo video rather than carefully assessing the full series, they misrepresent us as pitting people against nature, while our actual message is that human prosperity enables good environmental stewardship. Portraying the environmental movement as religiously neutral, they also protest our insistence that much of it is driven by a revival of Gnostic, pantheistic, polytheistic, or animistic religions.
So, describing us as “scary,” our language as so “incendiary,” “revisionist,” and “outlandish” that he wondered if we were joking, he concluded that Resisting the Green Dragon “is dangerously misguided propaganda aimed at mobilizing political action and hate-filled mistrust toward people of all walks of life—shrouding that hate and intolerance by depersonalizing it and directing it towards a constructed, mythical enemy, ‘The Green Dragon.’”
What new exercise of “journalistic rigor” led him to this more enthusiastic attack—and misrepresentation? “… now that I've watched … the full 12-minute preview* of the 12-DVD set, ‘Resisting the Green Dragon, I can honestly say ….”
Well. Isn’t that interesting? First he admits that before his first blog about us his research amounted to nothing more than watching a pirated, edited-down, 3-minute version of a trailer. Now this “journalist” has watched a full 12 minutes out of what he describes as a “12-DVD set.” And on that basis he draws his conclusions.
As a former newspaper reporter, then editor, then publisher, as a former magazine editor, and as one who has written scores of published book reviews, I can only say that Mr. Hurst still hasn’t pursued the story with journalistic rigor. He is careless enough to refer to Resisting the Green Dragon as a 12-DVD set when it’s a 12-part lecture series on 4 DVDs—something he’d have discovered had he had the journalistic rigor to obtain the set and view it all. (We’d have sent a free review set to him as a journalist had he asked.) And apparently he thinks a 12-minute preview is enough to go on to write a critical review of a “12-DVD set” (actually 12 lectures plus a documentary introduction adding up to nearly seven hours).
Readers of ecopolitology and LiveOak Media should read with caution if this is representative of Hurst’s journalistic standards.
Meanwhile, the Cornwall Alliance will continue to bring you well-researched information carefully analyzed from the perspective of Biblical worldview, theology, and ethics, using sound science and economics, to promote simultaneously economic development for the poor and wise stewardship of God’s beautiful Earth.
Magnitude and Rate of Climate Changes (Don Easterbrook; Science and Public Policy Institute)
“… the magnitude of global warming experienced during the past century is insignificant compared to the magnitude of the profound natural climate reversals over the past 25,000 years …. If so many much more intense periods of warming occurred naturally in the past without increase in CO2, why should the mere coincidence of a small period of low magnitude warming this century be blamed on CO2?”
Listening to the Shale Revolution (Holman Jenkins; The Wall Street Journal)
The quality on display here is freedom to innovate, also known as freedom to disrupt the rich and powerful who would prefer not to be disrupted.
Religion & Ethics
Lessons in Environmental Stewardship: From Yellowstone to the Nation and Beyond (John Baden; Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment)
Dr. John Baden and the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment are good friends of the Cornwall Alliance. I have attended several of their conferences and found them fascinating and enlightening. We encourage other religious leaders interested in environmental ethics and policy to consider attending.
"EPA Expands Climate Agenda to the Current Fleet of Power Plants and Refineries" –VanNess Feldman (Marlo Lewis; Globalwarming.org)
“EPA, in cahoots with the usual pro-Kyoto State attorneys general and eco-litigation groups, is engaged in an end-run around democracy. The Clean Air Act … does not even mention ‘greenhouse gases’ …. The Act as amended in 1990 [includes] a caveat instructing EPA not to jump to regulatory conclusions. That admonitory language would have no legal effect, and would have been pointless for Congress to include, if … the agency has separate authority under other provisions to ‘enact’ regulatory global warming policy.
Another Triumph for the Greens (Jonathan Last; The Weekly Standard)
If ever there were an environmental law that needed reversal, the law limiting phosphate in dishwashing detergents is it. This article is long, but the lesson it teaches is priceless. And a better illustration of Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson can hardly be imagined: “The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups.”