Why I Left Greenpeace

Why I Left Greenpeace

There are 9 comments on the online.wsj.com story from Apr 22, 2008, titled Why I Left Greenpeace. In it, online.wsj.com reports that:

At first, many of the causes we championed, such as opposition to nuclear testing and protection of whales, stemmed from our scientific knowledge of nuclear physics and marine biology.

But after six years as one of five directors of Greenpeace International, I observed that none of my fellow directors had any formal science education. They were either political activists or environmental entrepreneurs.

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Hooray

United States

#1 Apr 22, 2008
I'm gald this one finally saw the light and is born again. Welocome back to the real world. The truth will set you free. High gasoline and energy prices will put you in bondage to the greedy ones. All the Green Peace freaks are mainly working for the oil and energy companies indirectly as unwitting accomplices. Every restiction or ban or injunction sought or obtained by the Green Peace just makes it easier for energy companies to charge more for less.

“Up and out, or down and out”

Since: Apr 08

Quitman, LA

#2 Apr 22, 2008
Good for him for standing up for scientific principles. Hopefully, his Greenspirit organization will replace Greenpeace as the green focal point organization.

“AVAUNCEZ!!”

Since: Aug 07

Eldora Iowa

#3 Apr 23, 2008
I especialy applaud his last statement, yes, we need to be good stewards of the environment, we have to do it smart though, not hystericaly
jww

Chinese Camp, CA

#5 Apr 23, 2008
Very interesting article, although I had to check my skepticism since it came from the Wall Street Journal.

I agree with him, though. It brings to mind the excesses of the animal-rights movement: on the one hand, who can argue with treating animals kindly whenever possible? Then again, I've seen the "no animal testing" people in action, furiously demanding an end to *all* testing, not only for cosmetics (agree) but also medicines and food additives (disagree)!

They were so ignorant they thought testing was no longer necessary "because now we have computers." As a software designer this was my cue to conclude they were no better than fundamentalists in their lack of respect for the truth, and were mere ideologues willing to engage in violence to push their agenda, "liberating" lab animals who could not survive on their own, in one instance releasing dolphins into the *wrong ocean* where most of them died as a result.

True, we no longer need fur, but we don't need PETA either.
jww

Chinese Camp, CA

#6 Apr 23, 2008
Ok, where are all my comments going? Are you deleting me, Cash, because you don't like some of the things I have to say?
saviorself

Kapolei, HI

#7 Apr 23, 2008
jww wrote:
Very interesting article, although I had to check my skepticism since it came from the Wall Street Journal.
I agree with him, though. It brings to mind the excesses of the animal-rights movement: on the one hand, who can argue with treating animals kindly whenever possible? Then again, I've seen the "no animal testing" people in action, furiously demanding an end to *all* testing, not only for cosmetics (agree) but also medicines and food additives (disagree)!
They were so ignorant they thought testing was no longer necessary "because now we have computers." As a software designer this was my cue to conclude they were no better than fundamentalists in their lack of respect for the truth, and were mere ideologues willing to engage in violence to push their agenda, "liberating" lab animals who could not survive on their own, in one instance releasing dolphins into the *wrong ocean* where most of them died as a result.
True, we no longer need fur, but we don't need PETA either.
I love dolphin. Tastes like chicken.
Will Rogers

Rocky River, OH

#8 Apr 23, 2008
The author of this article has my deepest respect. Not for the simple fact that he left Greenpeace, rather for the reason he left.

I'm guessing the Sierra Club, PETA and a few others have diverged from their original course too.
Joe Perkins

Cleveland, OH

#9 Apr 24, 2008
It is a glaring omission to leave out the fact that after leaving Green Peace, which opposes nuclear power, he was paid by the nuclear power industry to publicly support nuclear power, which he then did. This appaears to be a case of a former environmentalist literally selling-out. But the corpoprate news media apaprently prefers to omit that fact, and instead portray him as still an "environmentalist" which he now is not, regardless of any degree he may have, or his past.
Aside from the nucelar power industry, what other industries may be funding him?

“With or without you ”

Since: Feb 09

nowhere in particular

#10 Apr 11, 2009
i, too, was once an employee for Greenpeace, rather CalPIRGs.
i must say, it was the most fulfilling job i have ever had.
can't say that i always understood how they did things but hell, i am sure that they had their reasons and i am dam sure that whatever their reasons it was not for the money!
so that backbiter should go hype someplace else, go hype a crite.

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