Putting a Canadian Liberal in charge of its international climate change program could put one of the world most successful environmental organizations on the fast track to corporate collaboration
by Ian Angus
I like DeSmogBlog. It does wonderful work exposing the machinations of the climate deniers and their corporate funders. Climate Cover-Up, by DeSmogBlog founder James Hoggan, should be mandatory reading for anyone who to understand that disinformation campaign.
But DeSmogBlog also supports the not-very-green Liberal machine in British Columbia. It exposes lies about global warming, but the most radical corrective measure it espouses is that province’s feeble carbon tax — a measure implemented by a government whose environmental record is otherwise appalling.
So, unfortunately, I wasn’t at all surprised that DeSmogBlog recently published a vicious and ill-informed attack on long-time radical environmentalist and anti-tar-sands campaigner Macdonald Stainsby.
Because he has had the temerity to suggest that Liberal Party supporter Tzeporah Berman, the woman who organized an absurd environmental award for BC’s Liberal Premier during the Copenhagen conference, is an inappropriate person to head Greenpeace International’s climate change program. The pale greens in B.C. stick together, and they don’t like criticism.
Stainsby says: “Greenpeace’s original approach was confronting corporations and governments at the scenes of their crimes. That approach has softened lately, but if they hire Tzeporah Berman, they’ll be on the fast track to corporate collaboration, beyond the point of no return.”
Stainsby has launched the Save Greenpeace website to encourage Greenpeace supporters to join his campaign to stop the activist organization from becoming “a cog in the corporate greenwashing machine.” He was interviewed about the campaign by CBC Radio on March 5. Click here to listen.
Full disclosure: Climate and Capitalism has published articles by Macdonald Stainsby. (Here and Here) I don’t always agree with him on analysis or tactics, but in this case he is raising the right concerns.