Thursday, January 26, 2017
Anarchists Like Greenpeace Are Losing The War
Greenpeace Unfurls Giant Anti-Trump Banner From Crane. Trump Still President.
Members of the anti-science activist group Greenpeace risked their lives
Wednesday for a futile publicity stunt, climbing a 270-foot crane in downtown
Washington DC to unfurl a giant 35 foot-by-75-foot orange and black anti-
Trump banner that read: “Resist.” The banner was visible from the White House.
In recent months, far-left agitators have appropriated terms like “resist” and
“revolution,” farcically conjuring up the image of jungle-dwelling anti-imperialist
guerillas intent on detonating makeshift explosives near government buildings,
to oppose the supposedly “fascist” reign of President Donald J. Trump.
Greenpeace’s “protest” had all the hallmarks of a contemporary leftist exercise
in moral preening. For one, the disruptive act did nothing to change the reality
on the ground. Trump is still president. Both houses of Congress are still
controlled by the Republican Party. But more importantly, the self-styled
environmentalist group’s theatrics only managed to harm everyday people,
rather than those frolicking the halls of powers. The group was allegedly
protesting the Trump administration's decision to green light the Keystone
XL pipeline and Dakota Access pipeline projects.
DC residents were blocked from getting to work, thanks to the
“D.C. police waited out the seven protesters, shutting down traffic at a major
intersection through the morning commute and into the evening and suspending
work on new offices for Fannie Mae at 15th and L streets NW,” reportsThe Washington Post. “The action is one of several protests in the District since
just before the presidential inauguration, and more are planned in the coming
weeks.” Great job sticking it to the man.
The protesters were apparently all expert climbers equipped with safety
harnesses and helmets, according to Greenpeace. They remained suspended
270-feet in the air for several hours until all seven activists finally came
down from the crane only to be arrested by police waiting down below.
“They were charged with second-degree burglary, unlawful entry, and
destruction of property,” notes The Post.
When the protest finally ended at 10 pm, taxpayer-funded emergency
services, including firemen, paramedics, and police officers, had been
stuck playing the waiting game for 18 hours.
Fortunately, nobody was hurt during the stunt.
Despite the seemingly impish nature of Wednesday’s stunt, Greenpeace’s
usual modi operandi are far from innocuous.
Indeed, the activist group is infamous for its “resistance” against genetically
modified organisms, or GMOs. Propagating anti-science rhetoric and alternative facts, Greenpeace has waged a war against the scientific
community and its unequivocal endorsement of GMOs as a safe and sustainable.
Perhaps the most vocal votary of the anti-science Left, Greenpeace has
attempted to infect the body politic with ignorance and fear-mongering to
peddle a conspiratorial agenda about “Frankenfoods.”
Unfortunately, the group’s activism isn’t just restricted to rhetoric.
Comprised of mostly over-privileged and well-fed white Westerners,
Greenpeace has worked to disrupt the development and distribution
of Golden Rice, a Vitamin A-infused GMO rice product that was hailed by
scientists as a panacea to curing children in underdeveloped regions of
the world, including sub-Saharan Africa, of blindness and death due to Vitamin A deficiency.
In addition, the group initiated a PR war against NGOs and charities, like the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, devoted to distributing the product to
the poorest regions of the world.
“By 2002, Golden Rice was technically ready to go. Animal testing had
found no health risks. Syngenta, which had figured out how to insert the
Vitamin A–producing gene from carrots into rice, had handed all financial
interests over to a non-profit organization, so there would be no
resistance to the life-saving technology from GMO opponents who resist
genetic modification because big biotech companies profit from it,” explainsScientific American’sDavid Ropeik. “Except for the
regulatory approval process, Golden Rice was ready to start saving
millions of lives and preventing tens of millions of cases of blindness in
people around the world who suffer from Vitamin A deficiency.”
Today, the distribution of Golden Rice is limited, largely due to the disruptive
actions of anti-GMO groups like Greenpeace.