Andrew Langer's Statement on Earth Day

Published Monday, April 23, 2012

Earth Day’: Greens Rally To Destroy Jobs, Hurt The Poor
Decades Of Putting Environmental Ideology Ahead of Human Interests

WASHINGTON – Millions of environmental activists will gather this Sunday to celebrate “Earth Day,” an event organizers claim is “widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.”  ‘Earth Hour’ comes on the back of moves by Greenpeace and the Sierra Club to destroy the U.S. coal industry, a source of energy for almost half of Americans and income for almost 100,000. 


Earth Day is not some benign gathering of green groups who go to sleep for the other 364 days of the year.  It is, in fact, an environmental crusade now into its fifth decade focused on revolutionizing the global economy from one of free market prosperity to one of central planning, failure, and misery.  Just look at what the greens are doing targeting the coal industry.  A recent report from the National Economic Research Associates (NERA) discovered that current EPA regulations alone will see electricity rates soar by 23 percent in some parts of the country.  The cost of Greenpeace and the Sierra Club’s policy measures would kill the economy.  As the rest of us work to make the U.S. economy more competitive and amenable to job creation, the greens will truly show where their loyalties lie on ‘Earth Day’,” said Andrew Langer, spokesperson for the Consumer Alliance for Global Prosperity.


“For some reason groups like Greenpeace and the Sierra Club deem it necessary to see families already hard-up from the sluggish economy to pay yet more to heat their homes and run their small business.  But it’s not just the coal industry that’s under perpetual threat.  The very same groups pushing for unreasonable reductions in energy consumption have also been on the offensive against paper manufacturers and their retailers at both home and abroad.  Just in the past few months, WWF and Greenpeace have coerced leading retailers from Safeway, Barnes and Noble, and Danone into exclusively sourcing products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a non-transparent certification scheme that raises costs for American consumers.  Again, WWF and Greenpeace have put their own ideological agenda ahead of the well-being and livelihoods of people across this entire country.”


Earth Day takes place this Sunday, April 22, a date that happens to fall on the birth of Soviet revolutionary and tyrant Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.  The initiative was founded by radical greens in 1970 who sought to build on their successes after seeing the passage of the Clean Air ActClean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.  The U.S. government, through the Department of Energy, Department of Agriculture, Peace Corps, and NASA is listed as a “Partner.”

The Consumers Alliance for Global Prosperity (CAGP) is an action-oriented advocacy group that promotes free trade, economic growth and pro-consumer policies across the world. We are passionate in the defense of individual rights and the interests of consumers. CAGP is a project of the Institute for Liberty, a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to preserving individual rights, protecting entrepreneurship worldwide, and promoting prosperity both in America and abroad.