One devious technique used by local environmental activists is to lure unsuspecting tourists on a Cape Fear River boat excursion—promoted as a “nature tour.” They maneuver up river to an old cement plant location (no one can detect until it’s pointed out by the anti-industry propagandist posing as a tour guide). There he proceeds to incite passengers with unfounded disinformation about a new plant that will be built on the old site.
Mike Giles, an activist with the North Carolina Coastal Federation, spun false notions to the “Women on Wednesday” group, telling them that landscape features they viewed were “critical…for our well-being,” according to an article in the Wilmington StarNews by Julian March (link below). That wrongly led to the intended message that a new cement plant would cause harm to people.
The passengers apparently were ignorant of the history of river development in this region—and Giles plays on that lack of information. For hundreds of years the Cape Fear River and its tributaries have been the sites of disturbance by industries and public works: ship-building, foundries, railroads, bridges, sawmills, a cement plant (actively mined for more than 40 years), a current gravel mine, urban river-front development, marinas, public building projects, military installations, oil storage, manufacturing facilities, river dredging, canals and a large State port.
There is probably not a square-foot of land or river bottom along the Northeast Branch to Southport section of the Cape Fear River that hasn’t had some major disturbance from past and present industrial development. None of this land is “natural.” And, yet, people continue to build and thrive all along the riverfront and beyond—making it less natural, but more useful.
Environmentalists prophesy unproven harms from a new, modern planned Carolinas Cement plant. So, why can’t they cite any concrete evidence of social harm caused by a 300-year history of continuing land and water development in this area? For example, we’ve never heard any tales of harm to people in this area caused by the former cement plant—but we do know that its operation provided many benefits.
The mission of environmental radicals will not “save,” “preserve,” or “protect” anything except their own self-serving images and livelihoods—they have no legitimate purpose. So they must rely on deceit, lies and obscuring their real purpose: to prevent resources development by whatever means necessary.
For several years these people have been rabble-rousing; spreading malicious lies about the people at Carolinas Cement Company; and trying to obstruct construction of its plant with lawsuits.
Tracy Skrabal, another activist in the Coastal Federation environmental cabal, quoted in the StarNews article, referred to a litigation technique they use to stall development projects and cost developers millions to defend themselves from false charges (costs eventually paid by consumers): “(Carolinas Cement) does not hold all permits needed to build the plant.”
Of course not, because her gang of agitators use other subversive non-profit organizations such as the Southern Environmental Law Center to bring frivolous lawsuits in the courts of compliant judges hoping to stall the company from building and cost it money.
Giles and his Pharisees are self-righteous prophets of the unholy religion of environmentalism. They are a threat to progress. They obstruct development of resources which is, in fact, critical for our well-being.