The Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) successfully pressured the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to block ConocoPhillips expansion of its Roxana, IL gasoline refinery, which processes heavy crude oil from Canada, reported the Wall Street Journal (June 9). The project would have expanded the volume of Canadian crude processed from 60,000 barrels per day to more than 500,000 barrels a day by 2015.There are those who argue that the environmentalists are reasonable people who only want to improve, not destroy. No doubt, many are. But the leadership is pure evil. Why evil? Because it seeks to destroy the innocent.
At a time when economic hardships are mounting, in large part due to the high price of oil, that blocking the expansion of gasoline supplies is destructive should be obvious.
If starting 60 years ago oil companies had been free to develop U.S. supplies of oil and gas there would have been no need to seek it in the Middle East. Minimal U.S. presence there, radically lower odds of conflict with jihadis, since it would remove their bogus justification for initiating hostilities. During an era when the U.S. has had to fight two wars in or against Iraq, that the Greens actions are destructive should be obvious.
At a time when freedom to trade generally is under attack from nearly all points of the political compass, the unelected environmentalist leaders have elected to do what they can to shut the oil business down entirely. Unfortunately, the link between that freedom and the Greens' actions is not sufficiently obvious to most.
"But, ah," some say, "they are just trying to ensure a cleaner environment."
Really? Quoting Milloy again:
After the Illinois EPA had approved the expansion, the Green groups petitioned the federal EPA to block it, alleging that ConocoPhillips wasn’t using the best available technology for reducing emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. Apparently the plant’s planned 95 percent reduction in sulfur dioxide emissions and 25 percent reduction in nitrogen oxides wasn’t green enough.Well, how clean is clean enough? Even eating a banana produces trash.
"But, surely," the moderate environmentalists protest, "we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and this will help."
[I]n California, Green groups are working through the state attorney general’s office to block the upgrade of the Chevron refinery in the city of Richmond. The $800 million upgrade would essentially expand the useable oil supply by permitting the refinery to process lower quality, less expensive crude oil.
California attorney general, ex-governor, and climate crusader Jerry Brown claims that the upgrade will produce an additional 900,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. But Chevron says that the upgrade will actually reduce GHG emissions by 220,000 tons.
Not all environmentalists are evil, no. But, neither are all Muslims. It's nevertheless true that, in both cases, their philosophy is evil, and when they act consistently with it, destruction follows. The Greens are simply the jihadis of their particular religion.