One of the things that was so attractive about the green movement was their seemingly altruistic motives and goals. Self sacrifice for the common good plays big with Americans. In the beginning I do believe that was largely true for many of the original organizers of organizations such as Greenpeace. However, there was always a small group with different motives and goals. As the years went by they became a larger and larger segment of the green population, which is why Greenpeace member and c0-founder Patrick Moore left around 1985.
“In 2005, Moore criticized what he saw as scare tactics and disinformation employed by some within the environmental movement, saying that the environmental movement "abandoned science and logic in favor of emotion and sensationalism." Moore contends that for the environmental movement "most of the really serious problems have been dealt with", seeking now to "invent doom and gloom scenarios". He suggests they romanticise peasant life as part of an anti-industrial campaign to prevent development in less-developed countries, which he describes as "anti-human".
Greenpeace even lost it’s tax free status from what was a very green Canadian government in 1999. This is clearly a step that should be taken by everyone against all of the green organizations, which is now big business. This may be changing now, but for years the green movement worldwide took in more money that 60 of the world’s nations, and no trade organization in the world could stand against them financially. That can only continue as long as they can convince everyone that everything mankind is doing is so destructive to the planet that it will become damaged beyond repair.
Now the new conservative government in Canada is insisting that they all obey the rules regarding tax exempt status; and they hate it saying;
“The Conservatives are continuing their dishonourable attack meant to intimidate environmental groups, in a budget item that stands out for adding a needless new cost. Non-profit groups will be required to “provide more information on their political activities, including the extent to which these are funded by foreign sources,” budget documents say. And somehow the government has found $8-million, at a time of restraint, for the Canada Revenue Agency to spend on “education and compliance,” $3-million of which is for extra audits to ensure the existing 10-per-cent rule is maintained (no more than 10 per cent of funds can be spent on advocacy). Witch-hunts don’t come cheap.”As one commenter stated:
“Canada revoked the tax-free status of Greenpeace, the greenies should be glad it didn’t happen to the rest of them. Or maybe it will, if they become as ‘transparent’ as they want everyone else to be.”One can only hope!