Radio Free Delingpole
Episode 24: The Eco-Fascists

Guest: Elizabeth Nickson, author of "Eco-Fascists"
Oct 26, 2012
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This week, James Delingpole welcomes Elizabeth Nickson, author of Eco-Fascists: How Radical Conservationists Are Destroying Our Natural Heritage (and a fellow Ricochet Member) to discuss her new book and the environmental movement in general. 

EJHill assures us that no actual trees were harmed in the creation of this Photoshop.

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  1. genferei

    James, can you not see that your anti-turbine position puts you on the opposite side from Elizabeth? You are trying to stop a farmer from doing something with HIS land, because it offends YOUR town-bred bourgeois sensibilities.

    I completely agree with you that the planning system is rigged in favour of whatever the greenies want. The answer, however, is to get rid of the planning system, not try to tilt it in favour of what you want. Wrestling for the reigns of state power only serves to increase the power of the state.

  2. The Mugwump

    I hope Mr. Romney has the good sense to dissolve the BLM.  In New Mexico we have this absurd checkerboard pattern of land ownership that effectively puts private land off limits to development.  You can own land, but not have access because federal land acts as a barrier to obtaining an easement.  It’s time federal lands were auctioned off for development and the remainder returned in block grants to the states.  It’s time to put the BLM out of business. 

  3. James Delingpole
    C

    @genferei. No, I cannot see because the analogy you draw is entirely false. Like any thinking libertarian, I believe that anyone should be free to do what they wish with their private property so long as it doesn’t impinge on other people’s property rights. If you’d bothered to look into the issue of wind turbines – which you clearly haven’t – you’d appreciate that they are one of the greatest affronts against liberty and property rights of our age. They make people ill; they cause noise and visual blight; they destroy wildlife (threatening rare bat species and birds such as the bald eagle); they reduce property values. And not a single one of them would be built if weren’t for the vast subsidies paid by energy users thanks to compulsory levies imposed by government fiat.

    And you try and use libertarianism to defend them? Shame on you!

  4. Sister
    ~Paules: I hope Mr. Romney has the good sense to dissolve the BLM.

    But they make such nice coloring books.

  5. jonsouth

    That’s true, somehow I doubt farmers would be lining up to raise turbines on their land if they had to stump up the costs of installation and materials themselves. 

  6. Edward Smith

    Strip Mining has been shown to ruin the surface water and the water table.  That affects the neighboring land adversely.

    RPD

    James Delingpole: . They make people ill; they cause noise and visual blight; they destroy wildlife (threatening rare bat species and birds such as the bald eagle); they reduce property values.

    And you try and use libertarianism to defend them? Shame on you! · 11 hours ago

    The same could be said of strip mining or many other industries. But you would use government to deny them right to profit from their land.

    Shame on you! · 11 hours ago

  7. RPD
    James Delingpole: . They make people ill; they cause noise and visual blight; they destroy wildlife (threatening rare bat species and birds such as the bald eagle); they reduce property values.

    And you try and use libertarianism to defend them? Shame on you! · 11 hours ago

    The same could be said of strip mining or many other industries. But you would use government to deny them right to profit from their land.

    Shame on you!

  8. Steven Jones

    A thoroughly depressing, yet encouraging podcast.

    One major advantage enjoyed by the Greenies is the approval of the illuminati. If we could get the information publicized regarding the damage wrought by radical environmentalism, could we erode this support? Get a few brave journalists to publish articles on the destruction of habitat?

  9. M. T. S.
    James Delingpole: @genferei.

    And not a single one of them would be built if weren’t for the vast subsidies paid by energy users thanks to compulsory levies imposed by government fiat.

    This is a critical distinction.

  10. Napiersabre
    RPD

    James Delingpole: . They make people ill; they cause noise and visual blight; they destroy wildlife (threatening rare bat species and birds such as the bald eagle); they reduce property values.

    And you try and use libertarianism to defend them? Shame on you! · 11 hours ago

    The same could be said of strip mining or many other industries. But you would use government to deny them right to profit from their land.

    Shame on you! · 8 hours ago

    Strip mining is seldom if ever subsidised and usually provides employment, neither  of which can be said of wind turbines.  This is aside from the fact we get little power from the monstrosities and have to have gas powered spinning reserve on standby wasting fuel.

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