Commentary, by Dave Harbour. The "Not Evil Just Wrong" premiere at the Wendy Williamson auditorium on the University of Alaska-Anchorage campus last night–presented by the Young Republicans Club but also attended by a number of democrats and environmentalists–was a GREAT educational experience. It addressed several environmental issues of the day in an even-handed way that–in being fair and balanced–will surely inflame those with environmentally extreme agendas. Every middle school, high school and college student should see it…along with the rest of us.
The documentary was produced by veteran, Irish producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney who also appeared on the Dan Fagan and other radio talk shows yesterday in Anchorage.
Among the many pro- and anti-environmental spokespeople and vignettes were the several appearances of the Congress for Racial Equality’s Roy Innis, who marched with Dr.Martin Luther King during the civil rights movement. Innis described how the bad science promoted by Al Gore and the environmental extremists was resulting in increasing hardship for the poor and those on fixed incomes–with little to no measurable environmental gain. The film provided United Nations statistics and other data verifying that Gore’s fraudulent claim of a 20 foot sea level rise by the end of the century could only happen, possibly, in many hundreds of years.
The film also documented the unintended consequence of the banning of DDT: its frequent and thorough use throughout the United States before being banned eliminated much disease and did not produce the severe harm that had been predicted. On the other hand, its banning has caused the deaths of millions of Africans who have succumbed to the scourges of malaria.
Other lessons the movie documented include : 1) The science supporting the claim of polar bear population losses is in some cases wrong and in other cases absent. 2) The earth has not been warming over the last decade. 3) Energy projects denied in America end up exporting equivalent energy project jobs and allied manufacturing to countries with lax–or more lenient–environmental laws, like China and India.
Understanding environmental issues du jour is important to Americans, Alaskans, Canadian northerners and gas pipeline issue followers in general; for, as climate change legislation, EPA air emission regulations, White House Oceans Policy, endangered species designations, Canadian environmental and Aboriginal policies and carbon-to-renewable wealth distribution plans proliferate, so does the future and lifestyle of Arctic peoples hang–and sway unpredictably–in the balance.
Knowledge is power but does not come effortlessly. Leaving a warm living room last night to traverse icy roads on the way to the theater took effort, but the lessons passed on by McAleer and McElhinney far outweighed the effort.
ADN/AP. Norwegian oil company Statoil ASA said Monday that its U.S. subsidiary has acquired a 25 percent share in 50 Conoco Phillips oil leases in the Chukchi Sea off Northwest Alaska in exchange for an undisclosed sum and shares in Statoil’s Gulf of Mexico operations.
ADN by Sean Cockerham. The oil industry has launched a $100,000 ad campaign aimed at convincing the Legislature that Alaska needs to roll back its oil taxes. (Comment: Sean usually does pretty good work but whoever wrote the headline for his story did him a disservice. The story describes how service companies which compose a significant part of Alaska’s total, private workforce is initiating an education program aimed at improving Alaska’s investment climate and related employment. The headline gives the impression that Alaska’s oil companies are kicking off a propaganda program. It is a typical example of how the news media sometimes manipulates headlines to communicate something other than what the story actually says. -dh)