Well, well. What do we have here? It looks like one of those famous “synchronicities” that mystics talk about. Startling coincidences that seem to reveal our inter-connectedness. Last January I made arrangements to meet a man from Vermont who was attending an environment summit conference of some two dozen major figures in the movement, sponsored by the David Suzuki Foundation. It was hosted in the magnificent home of an important DSF benefactor who lives on BC’s Saltspring Island, one John Lefebrvre, touted by a friend as a “caring visionary” and climate change activist. Among his fans are a group with a website who fight climate skeptics, “DeSmogBlog”. This is how they described him:
“The DeSmogBlog team is especially grateful to our benefactor John Lefebvre, a lawyer, internet entrepreneur and past-president of NETeller, a firm that has been providing secure online transactions since 1999. John has been outspoken, uncompromising and courageous in challenging those who would muddy the climate change debate, and he has enabled and inspired the same standard on the blog.”
But wait. Isn’t that the John Lefebrvre who was arrested for processing payments to Internet gamblers, plead guilty, paid a $100 million fine and forfeited his two Malibu beach houses in recompense? Apparently, for this is what the Washington Post said on December 1st of 2008:
"The Neteller case is a prime example. In January 2007, federal agents arrested two of the company's founders, Stephen Lawrence and John Lefebvre, while they were in California and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The government charged the pair with facilitating online gambling payments of more than $10 billion."
“Lawrence and Lefebvre, both Canadians, also agreed to plead guilty and forfeit $100 million, including two Malibu beach houses owned by Lefebvre, court records show. "Supporting illegal gambling is not a business risk, it is a crime," said Michael J. Garcia, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.”
I know, I know. You ask, am I accusing David Suzuki of “guilt by association”? Yeah, why not? If he accepts money from the Royal Bank of Canada, as well as an award from the that corporate goliath, and by another of those amazing coincidences fails to PUBLICLY criticize the negative ecological impact of Canada’s mass immigration policy at the same time that RBC is publicly lobbying Ottawa to increase immigration by 51%, then yes. He is associated. He is a silent partner whose silence appears to bought and paid for by a corporation that stands to gain a great deal from his silence. Having a very prominent “environmentalist” on board while you proceed to twist Stephen Harper’s arm trying to make him open the borders to hundreds of thousands of potential mortgage borrowers is a proven public relations strategy. Just ask the nuclear industry and the forest companies who used former Greenpeace luminary Patrick Moore to great advantage. Much in the way that Al Capone secured a blessing with his support of the church. And is it a stretch to notice that a multi-millionaire donor committed to fighting climate change supports a high profile environmentalist who fails to mention that population growth in Canada will thwart our Kyoto ambitions? Growth is how billionaires and banks make money, isn’t it?
You see, two can play this game. The environmentalists are quick to use race-baiting tactics upon those who criticize their silence on rampant North American population growth. Carl Pope and his Sierra Club clique were only too grateful to Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Centre for tarring their opponents with the brush of “racism”. Anything to throw their opponents off the scent. The rotten smell, that is, of billionaire David Gelbaum’s $100 million bribe to Pope’s group conditional on the Sierra Club never reinstituting its long held support for restricted immigration. Any Sierran who expressed opposition to neutrality on immigration issues was a closet racist, and collectively their concerns were framed as “The Greening of Hate”. Southern Poverty Law also went to town on John Tanton, the so-called “puppeteer” of “racist” front groups who opposed runaway immigrant-driven population growth in the US. If you were associated with Tanton, you were, and continue to be, a racist wolf in a sheep’s green clothing. Hitler was a vegetarian, and so are you. Therefore you are a Nazi.
Thus, I feel licensed to reciprocate that logic in condemning Dr. David Suzuki for HIS associations. He accepts money from a corporation that is intent on underwriting the spread of subdivisions over our farmland by financing the dreams of 400,000 New Canadians every year. And he accepts the money and the hospitality of a convicted Canadian refugee from the American legal system. But, in fairness, Suzuki is not unique, too many of the major environmental NGOs are on the corporate payroll as well. Nature Conservancy Canada is also an RBC beneficiary, as is the BC Sierra Club of the Toronto Dominion Bank. As Christine MacDonald wrote in “Green Inc”, corporate influence permeates the whole environmental movement. Nature Conservancy USA “has partnered with oil and gas, power, mining, homebuilding, high-tech, financial services, carmakers, and aircraft builders, among others. Its ties to big logging companies and paper and pulp-industry conglomerates have been controversial, along with TNC’s policy to log and ranch many of its ‘conservation lands’. The partners of World Wildlife Fund USA include “mining, logging, consumer goods, financial services, high-tech, and large retailers.” Conservation International, to cite just one more example of many, has had “success developing fundraising operations tied to big oil and gas, power, mining, construction, financial services, consumer goods industries, carmakers, and the cruise ship industry.”
In summary, according to MacDonald, “Groups that once dedicated themselves solely to saving pandas and parklands today compete for the favors of mining operations that remove entire mountaintops, logging and paper companies that clear-cut old growth forests, and homebuilders who contribute to urban sprawl. They rely on funds from cruise ship companies, despite the industry’s record for polluting the oceans. Among the most generous donors are the biggest environmental scofflaws of all: energy companies.” The donations these corporate interests provide the key players in the environmental movement are a relative pittance in relation to their financial clout. Their most effective leverage is found in the number of corporate executives on the governing boards of many of the more prominent green NGOs.
I don’t know what sickens me most. The corruption of these counterfeit green crusaders or the tens of thousands of yuppie dupes who support them. People who haven’t the time or the inclination, apparently, to do basic research. Yet these same star-struck groupies in the Suzuki cult and others of their ilk, will not hesitate to spend hours on the Internet researching what model of car or television set to buy, or scrutinize the financial reports of their strata council, or do a credit check on a prospective tenant. They choose not to know, but if they did know, would they care? I think not. They would instead prefer to gloat over the scandal of a defrocked Christian fundamentalist minister exposed for a financial scam or a sexual indiscretion. Their hypocrisy, ignorance and Green-Left McCarthyism is revolting beyond description. Equally disgusting are the apologies made for them by those who believe that their organizations are of net benefit. But what use is a cop on the take? What value is a watchdog who doesn’t bark when a corporate intruder throws him a bone? Why would we employ a night watchman who sleeps on the job while some CEO breaks in and robs the vault?
These eco-frauds are the kept women and whores of the corporate globalist agenda. And yet they would pillory me for communicating with a racist. A pathetic, marginal voice in the wilderness. Far worse that I would communicate with a corporate benefactor.
I dedicate my research to the man who had the courage to blow the whistle on a revered politician of the party he supported. Jacques Carpentier endured ridicule, shunning and accusations of being a traitor for doggedly following the money trail of two-time NDP cabinet minister Dave Stupich , whom he found to be guilty of defrauding a bingo charity of one million dollars. It took seven years, but the courts vindicated Carpentier’s efforts and Stupich paid the price, as did his party. Carpentier believed, as I do, that Good Works do not forgive corruption.
Tim Murray, April 23/09
PS I dedicate my research to the man who had the courage to blow the whistle on a revered politician of the party he supported. Jacques Carpentier endured ridicule, shunning and accusations of being a traitor for doggedly following the money trail of two-time NDP cabinet minister Dave Stupich , whom he found to be guilty of defrauding a bingo charity of one million dollars. It took seven years, but the courts vindicated Carpentier’s efforts and Stupich paid the price, as did his party. Once more, we were reminded that a man who is in the right constitutes a majority of one. And a politically correct left-wing herd does not add up to anything more than a consensus of decadent, delusional dolts. Carpentier believed, as I do, that Good Works do not forgive corruption.