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Thursday, 18 October 2012

The "Environmental Taliban"

Not that it is particularly hard to do, but George Osborne has upset a number of environmental groups in what might just possibly be the start of an outbreak of realism in the government.

It would seem that George Osborne has been describing the green lobby as the "Environmental Taliban" something with which I  would fully agree. A group comprising Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the RSPB and WWF-UK (the usual suspects) have written to him complaining that his remarks would be "deeply offensive" if true.
Oh dear!  How easy it is to cause "deep offence" these days !

Well what do we know about the Taliban.
Firstly, they believe deeply in their religion, Islam, which they interpret in the strictest way possible. They do not believe in progress and oppose change. They threaten any individuals who support any other religion. They censor any form of learning and books that do not meet with their beliefs and endeavour to destroy artefacts, monuments, etc which they deem as being offensive to their religion. Only their interpretation of Islam is allowed and anyone who thinks otherwise is branded an infidel and should not be allowed to live in their world. They do their best to avoid the publication of pictures of their prophet.

And the "Environmental Taliban"
They too believe deeply in their religion, Climate Change, which they interpret using the worst possible scenario. They do not believe in progress, on the basis that  anything new will destroy the earth. They deride any individuals who support any other viewpoint. They censor results of scientific studies and endeavour to prevent the publication of any that do not conform to their beliefs. They seek to destroy anything that does not agree with their beliefs (Power stations, GM crops),  Only their interpretation of data relating to Climate Change is allowed and anyone who thinks otherwise is branded a sceptic and should be banned from expressing his views. They do their best to prevent the publication of pictures of their idols, wind turbines.

George Osborne isn't far out.  
The Taliban and the Environmental Lobby have much in common, the main similarities being that they believe that their religion is paramount and wish to suppress any dissenting opinions. 
Surprisingly, for once I am in total agreement with him.

See The Daily Telegraph 
George Osborne 'describes green lobby as environmental Taliban' 
Environment groups challenge George Osborne over 'deeply offensive' Taliban slur claims

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