Southern coastal resource development under assault

While well-funded, highly organized environmental activists saturate the media with protectionist propaganda about “saving” superficial and obscure components of the natural world for esoteric interests, the much more important hidden energy resources that provide American wealth so we all can enjoy more leisure and afford to preserve vast areas of land and water don’t get the positive coverage they deserve.

Here in North Carolina the Southern Environmental Law Center presumes to defend the natural coastal environment against development by creative and constructive people. With no authority or logical argument the SELC makes a lot of money and hires dozens of lawyers that try to subvert the productive work of American citizens who work in the best interest of all of us. The SELC has been operating for 25 years trying to shut down useful American industries and necessary projects—especially energy, cement and infrastructure development.

The tactics involve predictive scares and unfounded claims of “damage” to wetlands, marine life, tourists, anglers, and that elusive aesthetic, beauty. Their unfounded cosmic claim that “the South has too much to lose and too little to gain by opening up” eastern coastal areas to oil drilling is not questioned by an ignorant, often complicit, mainstream press corps and feckless politicians. The potential for offshore drilling for oil and gas has unleashed groundless propaganda from the SELC.


The spokesmouths say, “Offshore drilling would threaten the economic livelihood of the coastal communities…would damage barrier islands and marsh ecosystems, as well as sensitive wetlands…Risky drilling…jeopardizes the communities, jobs and beloved beaches that are at the very heart of our coastal states.” I sense an almost desperate emotional appeal, but with no rational argument to counter the importance of modern drilling for incredibly valuable energy resources.


And on they go in their state of mental agitation: “The best assurances and technology of the oil industry have not been good enough….” These people will never accept reality. They live with self-made illusions—hopelessly bound to their belief in an unnaturally static world.

The SELC and other radical environmental groups have no factual, science-based reasons to oppose development of our natural resources. So, they resort to unfounded claims, scare tactics, and bizarre misleading visuals such as the one in the following link published, appropriately, in the Wilmington StarNews.



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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