Environmentalist slams 'lunatic fringe' Says
leaders of green movement betraying U.S.
By J. Zane Walley
The Paragon Foundation
Jan Michael Jacobson, an environmentalist and
Everglades expert who is part
of a battle against the government's habitat
policies in South Florida,
claims the leadership of the environmental
movement has betrayed both its
core constituency and the U.S. Constitution.
In an exclusive interview with The Paragon
Foundation, Jacobson, the founder
and director of the Everglades Institute,
described himself as "something of
He was asked his views on the environmentalist
movement and its impact on
America and the Constitution.
"The Greeks dreamed of creating a society
their philosophers called 'the
shining city on a hill,'" he explained.
"Our Founding Fathers believed in
ownership and protection of private property, and
that sovereignty by grace
of God resides in the individual. From those
beliefs the framers of our
Constitution created a system of government which
far exceeded the Greek
dream of 'the shining city on a hill.'
Unfortunately, the environmental
leaders are what could be described as hard-core
socialist psychotics. They
are the lunatic fringes of socialism, and they
are killing the American
"Enviros play a very dirty game. Theirs is
the politics of personal
destruction on a major scale. Do I think the
members of most 'environmental'
groups support this? No. I think that if the
average citizens who belong to
one of these organizations understood the group's
true agenda, they would be
outraged. But they haven't watched their leaders.
Where you don't have
checks and balances you have abuses. There is no
question that the
environmental movement has discredited itself and
in so doing has done a
grave disservice to the country."
Jacobson sees no contradiction between
environmentalism and private-property
"There should never have been an argument
between the environmental movement
and the private landowner," he said.
"The Enviros' agenda is to destroy
private land ownership. If America is to survive
and prosper as intended by
the Founding Fathers, her individual citizens
must be allowed to own
"The media compete for readers or viewers
and a crisis brings in readers and
viewers. Therefore, they keep looking for a
crisis. However, in the natural
world, things proceed at the speed of mammalian
evolution. There are no
great instant crises in the biological world, but
if the media require one
and someone is willing to pay, there will be
The Everglades expert demonstrated his point with
an example from the
"People used to bleep hideously that if you
wipe out any single species,
even impact the population, the whole world would
be destroyed because the
whole world is linked together.
"Do you know it's possible that the
fluttering of a butterfly in Africa
could start a wind circulation that could build
into a hurricane? Well, it's
possible. It's also possible pigs will fly and
the price of bacon will be
sky-high. But do you really want to count on it?
"Consider this scenario: The population of
great whales in the Antarctic is
reduced to somewhere between slim and none. The
single biggest appetite for
krill (mini-shrimp) that ever existed was gone.
The krill are now swarming
the oceans. Nothing happened in the Antarctic -
the sky didn't fall, the ice
cap didn't melt, and no population crashed except
the whales. There was not
the slightest detectable change except the whales
were not around. In due
course, when we quit sticking sharp explosive
charges into them, they came
back, too. So the ecology turns out to be
Jacobson sees the original environmentalism
movement as a worthy cause that
went bad due to its leaders' desire for power.
"Environmentalism was hijacked," he
said. "The original people in the
movement could arguably claim to be the largest
grass-roots movement in
America, and one of the greatest. People joined
together to do good. Then
they made a crucial and critical mistake: They
gave power - unchecked
power - to their leaders.
"We allow the Enviros to write critical
legislation. We elected many to the
House and Senate who just blindly accepted that
what the Enviros were doing
was good. Now we're unwilling to examine what the
Enviros say and do to see
if it is flawed.
"It is one thing for the Enviros to say, 'We
are going to do good,' but if
what they do creates profoundly negative impacts
on the habitat and turns
out to be unconstitutional, it is proof that the
power handed to their
leaders has corrupted them.
"Right now, taxpayers are paying for 'Green
Bureau-babble,' which equates to
power. The people who come up with these ideas
are power perverts. They
don't want to stand for election. They want the
power without the
responsibility. These people are a perversion of
J. Zane Walley is a spokesman for the Paragon
Foundation, Alamogordo, N.M.,
The Paragon Foundation is "dedicated to
preserving the constitutional
principles established by the Founding
Fathers." The Paragon Foundation can
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