Ill winds from a misguided environmentalist

A recent letter to the Wilmington StarNews from a UNC-Wilmington graduate student demonstrated the ignorance of some of our young people and how they are being indoctrinated with the religion of environmentalism at our universities. The first indication of this was in his comment: “…thousands of young adults flock here…to receive an outstanding environmentally focused education.


The writer admits he is naïve—believing the “coastal community” would never tarnish its reputation or damage its health and ecosystems.” Illogic on display: “communities” don’t make any decisions about anything. People make decisions. And some of them have decided to spend ill-begotten time slandering the Carolinas Cement people and using illicit tactics to stall the operation of their plant.

The student claims that “a few ill-advised groups are pushing for Titan Cement to build.” Further, he writes, the proposed mining and production facility may “potentially” destroy natural resources and decrease the appeal of this area. Based on my experience with this issue over the past several years, a few ill-tempered groups have been promoting fear and lies about the company—the only responses these ill-natured people can offer.

This ill-educated writer also claims the cement plant will negatively affect the beaches and impair water quality. That statement is ill-founded. In fact, at a cement plant in Virginia water from the mining site being returned to a nearby trout stream is cleaner than the water in the creek. And even the radical environmentalists’ wildly illicit claims about Carolinas Cement have not mentioned any potential harm to beaches.

Most of these “talking points” have been regurgitated ad nausea over the years since the plant construction was announced. Carolinas Cement people have refuted the illimitable claims of death and destruction made by ill-humored people who will say and do anything to prevent the company from operating. Organized and well-funded local, regional and national environmental radicals such as people in the Coastal Federation, the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Sierra Club gang up in a vast network to create illusion and subterfuge against the cement company people who harbor no ill will toward anyone.

Without going over all the illiberal claims and refutations again, suffice to say that this student—who questions whether he will stay here—should leave; at least for the sake of his own ill-equipped mind. If he stays he’ll be further programmed with distorted views about environmentalism and reality. And it’s likely that he will continue to negatively influence people with the mouthing from false prophets illogically preaching in his environmental temple. I say good riddance, but I have no ill feelings toward him.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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