4 Politicians Who Label Environmentalists the “Bad Guys”

How do conservatives block environmental reform that puts dents in big corporations’ profits? By painting the environmentalists as the bad guys. It may seem like a ridiculous strategy, but it works. Despite plenty of science to the contrary, some politicians have no problem pointing the finger at the recyclers and tree planters among us as the real destructive force. After all, if they can get enough people to keep looking at green activists as evil, that might be just enough to prevent meaningful environmental reform from taking hold in D.C.

Here are four politicos that are happy to badmouth environmentalists:

1. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly

This week, Mike Kelly, a Pennsylvania Republican, took an unfortunate but common route when he compared the Environmental Protection Agency to terrorists. “You talk about terrorism – you can do it in a lot of different ways,” he said. “But you terrorize the people who supply everything this country needs to be great and you keep them on the sidelines. My goodness, what have we become?”

Sadly, it’s a seemingly winning strategy these days to just compare anything you don’t like to terrorism. Then again, if oil, fracking, pollution and trash are indeed “everything” that makes this country great, perhaps taking measures to ensure that the country survives its own eminent destruction is an act of “terrorism.”


2. Liz Cheney

Liz Cheney has followed not only her father Dick’s political ambitions, but his skewed views on the environment, too. While running for Senate, she called climate data “phony science [designed] to kill real jobs. This is a war on coal, a war on jobs, a war on American families.” Who knew that people who cared about the future of the planet were making up facts just to attack American families?

In an interview earlier this month, Cheney also suggested that above climate change, “a much greater threat to us, frankly, is this massive expansion and growth of the bureaucratic state here in Washington – the EPA, the use of things like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act that go directly at people’s private property rights in a way that clearly, frankly, is unconstitutional and is a real threat to our freedom.” How dare environmentalists steal your freedoms… to destroy the environment.


3. Michele Bachmann

Another common trope used to attack environmentalism is calling it something that ends jobs. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann called the EPA, “The job killing organization of America.” Even though shifting to renewable energy creates new jobs, even though not addressing climate change will probably help to collapse the economy in the long term, by addressing just one facet of the debate, it makes it seem as though environmentalism isn’t “worthwhile” for the time being.

It’s a shame that Bachmann will be out of office after the next election cycle. As someone who has called to shut down the EPA altogether (“doors locked and lights turned off”), she clearly wants to blame then destroy environmentalists’ efforts.


4. Frank Luntz

Frank Luntz, a GOP strategist who worked alongside Newt Gingrich in the 1990s, isn’t a climate change denier. In fact, he believes that the problem is real. Still, when asked to offer up a solution to handle the crisis, he said he would offer up no advice.

That’s what makes his comments about environmentalists even more disheartening. “Some of the most personally nasty people come out of the environmental community,” Luntz said in an interview. “I don’t see environmentalism that way, I see environmentalists that way. I think they’ve taken a very important issue and they’ve undermined their own case for it.”

So, environmentalism is fine, but people who practice it are “nasty.” Instead, the solution is to do nothing, which is obviously productive.


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Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for the article.

Melania Padilla
Melania P2 years ago

Morons... For you: thank 'bad guys' that they are trying to save the planet for you and your kids too!!

Warren Webber
Warren Webber3 years ago

Live long and prosper!

Patricia Guilhem
Patricia Guilhem3 years ago

Beaucoup de personnes dans le monde n' aiment pas les écologistes. En Amérique, en France et dans le monde entier, ils pensent qu' être écologiste, c' est retourner en arrière : plus d' électricité, plus de machine à laver, plus de voiture....plus de travail. Pour les gens du peuple : ce sont des idiots et des fainéants ( ils ne veulent même pas trier leurs déchets ). Pour les politiques et les gros industriels : c' est l' argent avant tout. Dans les pays sous développés, l' ignorance de ce qu' ils font et le manque de moyens.

Mark Donners
Mark Donner3 years ago

Four of society's most hard core criminals who call themselves "politicians" have nothing to say of any value

Michael T.
Michael T3 years ago

Here's an incredible video

it is 23 minutes in length so it will take some of your time

giving even more evidence as to why we should have begun taking this issue seriously decades ago, and should actively take action right now. Idiots like the 4 above and many others, are a sign of human ignorance and need to be eliminated as road blocks to what needs to be done NOW.

http://ecowatch.com/2014/08/05/arctic-emergency-scientists-speak/?utm_source=EcoWatch List&utm_campaign=caa401f508-Top_News_8_5_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-caa401f508-85876665

Dale O.

Frank Luntz believes that there is a problem with global warming, yet wants to discount environmentalists by labelling many of them as:

“Some of the most personally nasty people come out of the environmental community."

It is interesting that he defends the GOP community and one often finds that many of those defending of the corporate way of life over environmental concerns have been quite nasty, especially when coming from members of the GOP.

Angev GERIDONI3 years ago

I would like to thank all Care2 members who already signed my petition.
if no, please help give an happy end to that sad story :
1) Care 2
2) PeticaoPublica.com

But unfortunately this is still not the end of the sufferings for those animals. This Monday 28th july a stray horse was hit by a car and was euthanized due to an open fracture. link : Tribuna de Petropolis
As some people of the city and from the neighborhoods are rescuing them, the hope is rising, it's up to you to make it grow by still sharing the petitions.

Thank you for caring

Brett Byers
Brett Byers3 years ago

Save acres of rainforest environment AND stop 1000 tons of CO2 emissions for the cost of a cup of coffee:


Darlene Buckingham

We are having the same problem in Canada where the changes to the laws governing the Navigable Waters Protection Act navigable waters has put many bodies of water that were once protected open to construction projects without approval or oversight. I would think any reasonable person would be concerned about this.