Green Profiteers

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The incestuous relationship between the government and environmental groups extends beyond litigation. In addition to subsidizing their lawsuits, the government is also a leading sponsor of these groups, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. As David Horowitz and I report in our new book, The New Leviathan, between 2008 and 2010, 247 left-wing environmental groups received almost $569 million in federal grants. During the same period, conservative and free market-friendly environmental groups also received government grants, but a comparatively piddling $728,000.

While some of this funding has come during the Obama presidency, the federal government serves as a cash cow for the environmental movement regardless of the White House occupant. For instance, the NRDC’s relentless attacks on the Bush administration’s environmental record did not stop it from receiving $2.6 million from the EPA during the first three years of the Bush presidency. Similarly, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), another major environmental group, has sued the EPA numerous times over the past decade. But that hasn’t interrupted the group’s cash flow: the government has given the EDF $2.76 million in grants during that period.

The truly sad part about this legal boondoggle is that the millions in government funds frittered away on environmental litigation could have been put toward meaningful environmental protection efforts. Instead, the money has been spent enriching what is anything but an endangered species in America: trial lawyers.

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  • davarino

    Thanks Jacob. Its funny how stuff like this registers with me but a lot of people I know just shrug it off as not a big deal cause their to busy to give a sh!t. We have to stop this and all the other games that are being played in Washington

  • John C. Davidson

    Dems like to keep our eyes off this activety by the litigators, but just by watching TV, we should note all the legal ads promoting lawsuits. It is nothing more than an extortion racket that adds costs to those paying taxes and buying products.

    • Rifleman

      Loser pays would do the most to end the racket.

  • mrbean

    In Western Europe, in the preindustrial Middle Ages, man’s life expectancy was 30 years. In the nineteenth century, Europe’s population grew by 300 percent—which is the best proof of the fact that for the first time in human history, industry gave the great masses of people a chance to survive. If it were true that a heavy concentration of industry is destructive to human life, one would find life expectancy declining in the more advanced countries. But it has been rising steadily in the industrialized countries. Modern societies have life expectancies from the upper 60s to low 80's where in all counties in primitive Africa it is from the low 30's to barely 40 on average.

  • Rifleman

    They can't be profiteers, solyndra didn't turn one and went out of business. They’re just green con artists.

    Profiteering isn't immoral or otherwise wrong. It insures resources quickly get to where they are most needed. If a profit can be made doing something, it will get done. The higher the profit, the quicker it will happen.

    • mlcblog

      good point

  • Bamaguje

    It's more like the Green shakedown.

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