Big tech brands Yahoo, AOL and other lil ones put together Earth Day pages for the weekend. Big media have been greener than normal this spring. And what about big government? Oh look, some members of Congress went out of their way to throw up an Earth Day website too. Yet the blue and green pages for the House Committee on Resources, whose job is to protect our fish, forests, and energy resources say:
Good news doesn't sell as well as bad news, and the "sky is falling" sensationalism of environmental activists lead people to falsely believe that our environment is getting worse when it's actually getting better…Scare tactics and sensational rhetoric have enabled the top 30 organizations to generate billions in annual revenue, according to public documents. But how much of this money is spent on real, hands-on, "muddy boots" conservation work for the environment? Almost none.
Don't be surprised that your taxes paid for this nonsense; after all, Rep. Richard "least green" Pombo heads the committee. The Tax and Business Law Commentary blog uncovers the b/s by proving that environmental groups' budgets in fact largely do fund conservation efforts--82% in the Nature Conservancy's case:
The Committee's website is nothing more than propaganda. Worse, it's false. Worse yet, it directly slanders organizations that have long demonstrated their devotion to conservation and environmental preservation.