When environmentalism becomes corruption – Part 2

We need rational rules to protect environmental values – and meet essential societal needs

Craig Liukko

What does this country do for essential everyday minerals, when ideological bureaucrats have closed most mines and declared them “Permanently Closed”? In Colorado, it appears the “solution” is to have thousands of people sitting around idle, smoking pot, because many Colorado legislators and regulators now think the State can be financed for the foreseeable future through sales of cannabis.

Thankfully, Proposition 111 on Colorado’s recent election ballot was struck down. It would have crippled the robust oil and gas industry that makes our comfortable lives in this country the envy of all, by creating thousands of jobs, literally fueling our economy, providing raw materials for plastics and countless other consumer products, and generating billions of dollars in annual government revenues.

The general public is mostly unaware that the DRMS was the Colorado agency responsible for regulating Royal Dutch Shell out of the state after 30 years of highly responsible stewardship and incredible job creation. Shell spent hundreds of millions of dollars successfully developing and testing an extraction method from oil shale – but finally raised its hands in surrender when unrealistic demands by state officials became impossible to meet.

Shell’s in-situ (in-place) process would have caused minimal surface disturbance while making oil economically available from an estimated two trillion barrels of untapped resources in a three-state area. Just that one deposit contains more oil than Saudi Arabia. Much of their equipment is now set up and operating in Jordan in the Middle East, where Shell’s investment may exceed $20 billion dollars. The potential for tens of thousands of high paying jobs in Colorado is gone, thanks to activist bureaucrats.

My personal nearly 40-year involvement in Colorado mining witnessed this invasion of radical environmentalist bureaucrats who would say or do anything to stop mining and oil and gas production that reduces our dependence on foreign natural resources. They refuse to recognize that modern rules, technologies and practices, as well as industry attitudes and ethics, are hugely different from those that prevailed in the past, when they sometimes lead to accidents, mishaps and environmental degradation.

They don’t want mining or drilling done properly and by the book. They don’t want it done at all. And yet they are not about to give up any of the conveniences, transportation, communication, technologies, gadgets or living standards that depend on the metals, minerals and energy that come out of the ground.

These same radicals want to replace free enterprise capitalism (actually, their distorted views of what capitalism is and does) with centrally controlled socialism (and their imaginary world of utopian life happily ever after from that failed system). I’ve been to a number of socialist countries and have nothing but sympathy for their people’s lives in abject poverty, disease, deprivation and misery. How our schools, politicians and news media can teach and laud these destructive ideologies is a mystery to me.

In 2012, my company accepted some outside financing to help develop what appeared to be an incredibly valuable deposit of gold and other metals – one that would have brought tens of millions of dollars in revenues to Colorado state coffers. Over the following months, however, it became apparent that we were involved in a hostile takeover attempt by a sophisticated but crooked New York hedge fund.

As the hedge fund descended into bankruptcy, it hand-picked an equally unscrupulous receiver who took over operations, made false allegations about me and my company after realizing she did not know how to operate a mine – and then called on the Colorado DRMS to investigate us and, in effect, become part of the fund’s and receiver’s takeover operation.

The DRMS issued “cease and desist” orders before gathering relevant facts. It seized private property and buildings. Our high-value assets began disappearing, including valuable and once well-secured core samples that demonstrated the mine’s incredible potential – all under the supposed watch and care of DRMS inspectors and lawyers.

What can only be called a DRMS kangaroo court followed, in which our expert witness was told to sit down and not say another word. Instead of a jury of our peers, the DRMS’ impaneled seven “conservationist jurors,” who passed judgment based on its inspectors’ false reports and testimony – all while feigning transparency and evenhandedness – bureaucratic watchwords that are used to cover their highly deceptive practices.

While we fought this battle in the Colorado Federal Bankruptcy Court, DRMS lawyers refused to hand over subpoenaed documents, offering excuses like “that inspector doesn’t work here anymore.” Requested government emails were lost, unavailable or destroyed, in violation of laws and regulations.

Three years into the sordid affair, the DRMS field office that had handled much of our operation was closed, ending 25 years of operation and leaving its records and personnel unavailable. Inspectors received early retirement packages, while my shareholders, family and I were left gasping for answers and totally uncompensated for our losses.

Remaining DRMS bureaucrats are still assisting a federal agency in disposing of our valuable property, in the hope that it will not be considered for mining ever again. Ironically, the property was previously owned by Union Oil/Molycorp, a company that for decades specialized in rare earth elements. These strategic minerals are found in unique and uncommon settings, like those associated with our deposit. They are essential for defense, aerospace, renewable energy and countless other modern technologies.

As to my company, we did not have the funds or political connections to investigate or prosecute the criminals and bureaucrats who robbed us – with DRMS assistance. The hedge fund fraudsters face multiple counts of criminal fraud in an upcoming trial that will not restore our money, property or rights.

Meanwhile, the DRMS is again walking away unscathed by its glaring incompetence and corruption – with its bureaucrats likely bragging to one another about “mission accomplished” in blocking our mine … while getting nice paychecks, bonuses and pensions in the process.

It appears I have lost that battle. But I am on a new mission now: To highlight the attitudes, ideologies, corruption and outright criminality of too many elitist and self-serving “public servants,” and to restore as many rights to hard-working American individuals as possible.

We need rules to protect environmental values and worker health and safety. But they must be rational and fairly administered – and so that we can meet essential societal and technological needs

Horror stories like ours need to be investigated and brought into the open – and bureaucrats who think they are above the law need to be brought to justice. The arrogance and dominance of our ruling elites explains why President Trump was elected, and why millions of angry “yellow vest” protesters have been railing in the streets of France to block rising energy taxes.

America and American freedom and prosperity were founded on principles of private property rights. Those rights are now under constant assault by increasingly powerful and unaccountable politicians, bureaucrats and activists. If this continues, our nation will cease to exist.

Changing this intolerable, ultimately anti-America situation is the vow I made to my father shortly before he passed away. It’s a vow all Americans should make, if they want to keep this nation a prosperous land of opportunity for citizens and newcomers alike, for this generation and generations to come.

Craig Liukko has owned and operated underground mining, mineral processing and manufacturing businesses for over 40 years. He has traveled to many countries in Central America, the Middle East and Africa, helping them create jobs – safely and ecologically.

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Lawrence Todd
January 20, 2019 10:16 am

When environmentalism becomes corruption is a misleading title since the radical left has taken over environmentalism from conservationist it is only about corruption.

Reply to  Lawrence Todd
January 21, 2019 4:28 am

It has been corrupted since day one.

Reply to  Lawrence Todd
January 22, 2019 11:52 am

True conservationists split with the modern environmental movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Modern environmentalists try their hardest to demonstrate some connection with the most successful environmental movement in world history the Conservation movement. Traditional conservationists were generally cut out of the herd by ever more radical “environmentalists.” By the late 1980s and early 1990s the modern environmental movement had been infiltrated or otherwise cooped by the socioeconomic left, who saw the environmental movement as a sources of demonstration cannon fodder and money to feed the advancement of socialism.

January 20, 2019 10:20 am

It’s time for a documentary of the Pitkin County regulatory mindset from the elitists.

Dan Sudlik
January 20, 2019 10:26 am

Welcome to the future Venezuela.

Jon Salmi
Reply to  Dan Sudlik
January 20, 2019 10:38 am

Colorado – the Venezuela of the Rockies.

R Shearer
Reply to  Jon Salmi
January 20, 2019 10:55 am

Our new Princeton educated governor (Jared Schultz Polis) is mandating “zero emission” vehicles by executive order. His goal is to power the state with 100% renewable electricity by 2040.

Bryan A
Reply to  R Shearer
January 20, 2019 10:55 pm

Time to sever all grid interties with Colorado and build bypasses around the state. Then stop selling gasoline or any other fossil fuel derived products within state borders. Force the state to prove 100% renewable is 100% reliable and 100% functional.

Bruce Ranta
January 20, 2019 10:31 am

Quebec doesn’t even allow exploration for oil and gas, or new oil pipelines on its lands, but it accepts billions of dollars from western Canada, mostly Alberta, in the form of equalization payments, riches derived from fossil fuels. We are truly crazy Canucks to tolerate such madness.

Go Home
January 20, 2019 10:32 am

Maybe the greens can start making all their venerable windmills and solar panels from recycled plastic bags and straws.

R Shearer
January 20, 2019 10:48 am

What a mess. This sounds like the kind of power grab and intimidation that had been going on in the Wild West in the 19th century.

January 20, 2019 10:54 am

I apologize in advance to Anthony and the mods for the following statement. It is clear as day the goal of the Environmentals is to make fossil fuels and other extractive industries the bitch of “renewables” and the cash drawer for “social and environmental justice”. They are Democrats. They teach our kids. They can be defeated only via applied politics at the local, state, and federal levels. God help us.

Reply to  Wharfplank
January 20, 2019 12:28 pm

They are Democrats. They teach our kids. They can be defeated only via applied politics at the local, state, and federal levels. God help us.

The majority are partisan Democrats, but in actuality they are brainwashed by the Public Schools to be Politically Correct lefty liberal “troughfeeding” socialists who truly believes everyone deserves an EQUAL “living wage” regardless of their education, work experience or willingness to work.

And I still say that the US’s “cultural” pendulum has done swung too far “off center” to the LEFT, …. to ever swing back on it’s own, ….. without the public first suffering hardship of all kinds.

January 20, 2019 11:04 am

I believe the Democrats have figured out their party has been co opted by Socialists/Marxists by now. In their zeal for more political power they became bed partners with anyone that would further their cause. Personally I don’t think Moderates …. who will always decide national votes … will side with them in America. Like the recent Washington state rejection of the carbon tax despite being true blue the Socialist ideology will be defeated and along with it AGW.

Reply to  markl
January 20, 2019 11:41 am


The future depends upon who is teaching our children what. As a substitute hs teacher for many years and a former graduate assistant teacher of undergraduate students during my graduate school years, the future looks bleak given the stuff the educational system is feeding our kids. In my experience the weakest students many times gravitate to teaching, or business/marketing/communications, as it is easier than math and the sciences or computer sciences. They are most easily lead in the directions desired by the system. No offense meant to the many truly great teachers out there, but they are a definite minority.

patrick healy
Reply to  JimG1
January 21, 2019 8:40 am

As a grandfather of three very (born) clever grandsons of the formerly esteemed Scottish education system, I musta agree with you.
The middle one is doing research for his doctorate in clinical research into breast cancer, the youngest one is at a prestigious university doing an electrical engineering degree ( where he is indoctrinated into the global warming fraud), and the older one is doing something useful as a graduate in Mc Donald food.
But I do have a fetish in grammar and spelling.
For instance most cannot tell the difference between “to’ and ‘too’, and as above the difference between “led’ and ‘lead” – sorry about that!

Reply to  patrick healy
January 21, 2019 11:19 am

But I do have a fetish in grammar and spelling.
I musta agree


and how can a person have a fetish IN something?
maybe possible I have just never heard it put that way.

anyway, no matter. just caught my eye…

Reply to  markl
January 20, 2019 12:50 pm

Unfortunately a significant fraction, perhaps even a near majority have been trained to believe that:
1) Private enterprise is inherently corrupt
2) Government is incapable of error
3) They are entitled to a good life style, even if they don’t feel like working.

Reply to  MarkW
January 21, 2019 1:27 am

I “don’t feel like working” either. But am a white male so I’m not holding my breath.

January 20, 2019 11:42 am

Sad to say that the 2018 election in Colorado brought an entirely Dem-run state administration. Governor, State Senate majority, State House majority, Secy State, Atty General, Treasurer, etc. We are in for two continuous years of leftist brain-dead policies and initiatives, e.g., Gov. Polis mandate for electric vehicles and “all-renewables” electricity. Doomed to fail, but only after plenty of damage is done

Meanwhile, the voters did AT LEAST defeat Prop 112 (handily) that would have imposed a 2500-foot setback for oil/gas drilling from “any occupied building, water course, water body, canal, irrigation ditch, natural area(?), etc.” as well as such setbacks from intermittent waterways (??? any puddle after a storm?). If enacted, it would have essentially brought oil/gas development to a halt in the state

But the Gang Green doesn’t care what the voters said. They are already preparing legislation in the State house and senate to accomplish the same mayhem by law that they could not win from the voters.

Greens are the cancer of our age.

steve case
Reply to  GeologyJim
January 21, 2019 5:59 am

“… Gang Green …”

Good one (-:

al miller
January 20, 2019 11:53 am

A very sad state of affairs this is. The astounding hypocrisy of the greens never ceases to amaze me, yet they continue rolling along…

I agree fully with Jim: Greens are the cancer of our age.

January 20, 2019 12:15 pm

I may be wrong but I don’t think that such a situation could occur here in Australia. A totally different political system.. We do have the Greens using the Courts to slow down some development such as the Adani coal development, but nothing like what is wrtton about Colarasio .

Can President TRUMP override such crazy legiswlation ?


Reply to  Michael
January 20, 2019 12:45 pm

Can President TRUMP override such crazy legiswlation ?

I’m pretty sure that neither the POTUS or Congress can “override” newly enacted State Law unless it is contrary to Federal Law.

Maybe iffen you could find a Federal Judge that was a …… non-liberal, ….. non-partisan Democrat, ….. then maybe, just maybe, ……..

Lorne Newell
Reply to  Michael
January 20, 2019 1:36 pm

I am Canadian and I think that you are possibly wrong. If you consider the state of South Australia (SA), the state has done much the same thing and now Victoria state is following suit. There is a new coal mine startup in the mix but I don’t recall which state.

Geoff Sherrington
Reply to  Michael
January 20, 2019 3:22 pm

Sorry, but you are about 100% wrong. Please go back to Part 1 of this series and read the documented horror story of the early days at Ranger, an Australian mine of world class that took a great deal of money and skill to negotiate through ignorant bureaucratic obstacles.
There are more examples. Just north of Ranger One is the even lager Jabiluka deposit. I was consulting there, on the spot, when their first drill holes intersected uranium. Where is Jabiluka now?
So is the Koongarra deposit, south of Ranger One.
So is the Ranger 68 prospect, one I personally helped to discover, so I might just know what I am writing about.
But, there is more. We tried to get exploration rights at Shoalwater Bay, Qld, where we and others pinpointed high potential for unexplored beach sands deposits. It went through the World Heritage shredder with the help of our Army, which then formally turned the land into a training area for guns and tanks and bombs, so compatible with World Heritage values.
There is more. We identified high potential for new beach sands deposits way up North in Queensland, Lockhart River region. This also suddenly became a World Heritage area, mining prohibited actually or effectively.
More? The mineral potential of the western part of Kakadu was sterilized by the same clever trick of World Heritage plus military training area.

These are just some of the Australian encounters of one exploration mining group.
Show me a large Australian World Heritage listing and I will tell you a history of sterilization of its mineral potential. There is zero doubt that World Heritage is a weapon for stopping mining dead in its tracks. I mean, who would dare challenge World Heritage processes in a Court of law? Well, I did, and before appeals, we won.
The pity is that nobody else seems to have had the interest, the courage, the money, the knowledge to challenge again and again until victory. Australia has lost hundreds of billions of dollars of potential resources by this bureaucratic process, one which has no identifiable balance for a benefit:cost analysis.
Finally, a longer term consequence of this resource theft is the Act and Regulations that were created to deal with case after case. These Acts and Regs are hardly ever repealed or reversed, making it so much harder for future resource developers.
Australia, like several other countries that were corrupted by green fantasy, will one day recover as the world realises that it has sterilized far too much land and the cost and supply of vital minerals has become dreadfully expensive.
You know the pattern. Think of compulsory renewable energy electricity for an analogue that is more familiar to the citizen.
The younger generation need to get off their bums quick smart. Geoff

Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
January 21, 2019 3:41 am

Great post, Geoff Sherrington.

It is MLO that the per se, Gang Greens are always claiming that they are “saving the earth’s resources for future generations”, ……. but the fact is, …… they have been creating “cultural cancers” that are destroying the foundation upon which modern societies are built and prosper …… and therefore future generations will have no need of resources they are incapable of utilizing.

Walter Sobchak
January 20, 2019 12:22 pm

Everything the warmunists, the SJWs, and all the other leftist riffraff do or say has one and only one purpose: it is to impoverish, humiliate, and demoralize the lower classes. Understand that and you will understand everything.

Bruce Cobb
January 20, 2019 1:07 pm

It’s really enviromonsterism, and has little to with the environment and everything to with imposing anti-industry, anti-free market economy, and extreme Leftist agendas.

Lorne Newell
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
January 20, 2019 1:40 pm

Some would say, including me, thats communism.

Kurt in Switzerland
January 20, 2019 1:08 pm

@ Craig Liukko –

You should get in touch with Chris Horner.

Kurt in Switzerland
Reply to  Kurt in Switzerland
January 20, 2019 1:10 pm
January 20, 2019 1:10 pm

I have found a lot of people in Denver understand when I say I hate environmentalists–because they’re HELL on the environment.

Grumpy Bill
January 20, 2019 1:16 pm

Mr. Liukko,
Have you contacted the Institute For Justice?
It might be too late now, but this seems like the sort of situation they specialize in litigating.

January 20, 2019 1:42 pm

While we fought this battle in the Colorado Federal Bankruptcy Court, DRMS lawyers refused to hand over subpoenaed documents, offering excuses like “that inspector doesn’t work here anymore.” Requested government emails were lost, unavailable or destroyed, in violation of laws and regulations.

There is the concept of spoliation. If it is evident that something will be required as evidence, it must be preserved. If you take action against the state, spoliation on their part leads to adverse inference. Done correctly, that leads to the state losing.

Lorne Newell
January 20, 2019 1:42 pm

Some would say, including me, thats communism.

Reply to  Lorne Newell
January 21, 2019 4:34 am

Every BIG government system will be corrupt. Give it the name you want.

Salt water deep underground is corroding the metal pipes which are used to pump up warm water from depths of at least one kilometre below the earth’s surface, the agency says.

This is allowing dirty and slightly radioactive substances in the earth’s crust to leach into the upper areas. Three projects have now been halted for repairs and other drilling companies are trying to prevent the leakages with ‘anti-leak chemicals’, Trouw said.

‘This is not a sustainable solution,’ director Theodor Kockelkoren told the paper.
The agency has now said it will come up with tough new rules for drilling companies to remove risks to the environment. ‘It is crucial that this process takes place safely,’ the agency said.
Geothermal heat is seen as one of THE MAINSTAYS OF GOVERNMENT’S PLANS to cut natural gas usage in the Netherlands – it envisages hundreds of pumps supplying homes, greenhouses and factories with clean heat by 2030.
The location of the drilling is also crucial and needs to be studied carefully to remove the risk of earthquakes, Sodm says.

Michael Jankowski
January 20, 2019 2:21 pm

This makes for an interesting story…but as with Part 1, it reads like a conspiracy theory with no supporting evidence. No names, no excerpts from court documents, no links to articles or court documents, etc. Just lots of anonymous villains and vague claims.

Specifics make a picture clearer, like those in these articles (and many others) and SEC document:




I assume newspaper reports where Craig Liukko admits to operating an unpermitted gold mill and using mercury for gold extraction are part of the conspiracy? Reports that he did not attend required state and corporate meetings, did not respond to notices of violations, did not pay fines for violations, etc, are also part of the conspiracy?

Two mines. Two contaminated sites. Two cases where Craig Liukko was unresponsive to hearings, violation notices, and fines. Funny how leaving taxpayers the bill to clean up the Freda mine – which has nothing to do with any hedge fund or other bogeyman was left-out of Parts 1 and 2.

But let’s get this straight on the Mancos mine: a hedge fund conspired with the state to steal the potential mine assets with fraud, a rigged jury and judge, lying inspectors (all at retirement age, apparently), and a field office that was about to be closed and have all of its documentation just go *poof* into thin air. This was all done so that mining could not be done at the site. We’re supposed to believe this hedge fund spent million of $$$ to dupe Red Arrow out of the mining assets so that the mine could be closed and become worthless?

Percy Jackson
Reply to  Michael Jankowski
January 20, 2019 5:36 pm

Hi Michael,
I am glad that someone seems to have noticed that there are two sides to this story and the one in the press and in the links that you listed is very different to the conspiracy theory promoted here.

R Shearer
Reply to  Michael Jankowski
January 20, 2019 6:15 pm

Yes, this side of the story is enlightening.

Kurt in Switzerland
Reply to  Michael Jankowski
January 21, 2019 12:30 am

MJ –
Thank you for the links.

I am quite certain that the author of these two WUWT articles has opinions which differ from that contained in the newspaper articles to which you linked.

Let’s hear his side of the story (including some evidence to back it up).

There would appear to be “holes” all over the place, not just in the sides of the mountain.

January 20, 2019 2:33 pm

Re. ideologies ?, a very wise Doctor friend said long ago that its a mistake to think of politically left and right being a horizontal line. Instead think of it as a circle.

You go to the right and that way is called Facisism, go a bit further to the right and its a total dictatorship. But continue going to the right and it starts to look like Communism Keep going and then you get a watered down version , that’s called Socialism. Keep going and its now a middle of the road party. keep going and we are back to a soft version of Conservatism, ie Republicism or in Australia we call it “Liberal.

So we have now gone full circle.

The joke politically is that all parties in the running for office want to garner the votes in the middle, not too far to the left, “not too far to the right, so both sides of this divide pretend that they are all for the middle. That’s where the majority of votes are.

John Howard, , one of the “luckest politicians, he was in the USA on 9/11 and in the UK when the terrorist hit the Underground, then we had the illegal migrant boat people who took over the ship which rescued them and forced it to go South to Australia. . He then said, “We will decide what people we let into the country”. Sounds a bit like President TRUMP.

He was all for a “Broad Church”, nothing to do with faith, just as many votes he could pick up.

So folk you get what you vote for, so blame yourself if the result does not suit you when the party you voted for shows its true colours.


Steve Reddish
Reply to  Michael
January 20, 2019 3:34 pm

I think it is a mistake to think fascism is an ideology on the right. The most recent well known fascist regime was the Third Reich = NAZI = National Socialist Workers Party. That is clearly left.

I wonder if there is a misunderstanding of what right versus left actually involves. I always thought:
Right = more individual freedom, including property ownership.
Left = less individual freedoms, more collective (government) authority & ownership of property.

On top of that division is the question of top “leadership”. Example:
Socialism would be heavy government control/ownership with an elected leader. Put a dictator in charge and you havefascism.


Reply to  Michael
January 20, 2019 4:49 pm

That is, of course, nonsense made up by the left to try to distance themselves from the Nazis after Hitler attacked the USSR. Fascism and Communism are both left-wing ideologies, which is why they hate each other so much.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  MarkG
January 21, 2019 3:11 am

Well observed!

Reply to  Michael
January 21, 2019 6:32 am

As soon as a country has an income tax and minimum wages you know you live in a place with government controlled slavery because when government wants to know EVERYTHING about you freedom is something of the past.

January 20, 2019 4:18 pm

I agree, Hitler and thee NAZU party was sort of left wing, Hitler was a Greenie, he loved nature, especially the mountains of Southern Germany or the North of Austria, but he was obviously not all that keen on people. OK if they were 100 % Germans, but as for the Slaves, well sub human.

Snag was he did not do his research, the White Russians were decended from the Norsemen who used the river system to take over a lot of Russia, so again good German stock, as of course the British . The Anglo Saxon is from he NW German tribes the Engles and the Saxons.

Queen Victoria was a German Princess, as were the Royals from German George the 1 s st. onwards, Albert was the brother of the King of the Belgions. All good Germanic stock.

So Hitler got it all wrong. Anyway it was just as it always is, a land grab.

Both left and right wing are really the same, the left pretends its all for the working class , and the right pretends that its all for big business, but in practice they have to go for the middle because that is where the votes are.


Reply to  Michael
January 21, 2019 9:47 am

He wanted government control of all major industries. That’s pretty much solid left, as were the rest of his economic policies.

Reply to  Michael
January 21, 2019 9:49 am

The left claims that the right is all for big business. I have never seen the right make this claim for themselves.
The right does recognize that individuals can’t prosper when the businesses that employ them are suffering.

January 20, 2019 4:55 pm

“How our schools, politicians and news media can teach and laud these destructive ideologies is a mystery to me.”

Because Marxists infiltrate and subvert any institution which lacks controls to keep them out.

Environmentalism is just one of many, and control of the schools is the foundation on which everything else is built. Nothing will change so long as parents keep sending their kids to Marxist Indoctrination Camps.

HD Hoese
January 20, 2019 4:57 pm

Many of these bureaucrats are probably not old enough or been in situations adequate to judge how cleaned up things have become in North America, Mexico still behind, since WWII. There are still problems out your way as you pointed out, Animas River comes to mind, leaving the severity to real experts. Some travel out there, among other places and readings, makes me wonder about the evaluators and activists (maybe even scientists) actual training in chemistry and biology, especially about hydrocarbons, and have little clue of what conditions actually were and still are in some places.

I taught a small college class in Environmental Assessment and Management in Louisiana in the 80s and 90s and could not find a suitable text in print. I still have a copy of Miller (1994), Living in the Environment, which has this in the preface for instructors and students. “Finally, I believe that we have an ethical obligation to act on the always incomplete and usually controversial knowledge we have…” And so on with emotional discussion. There is a lot of useful information in the book, but I rejected it and others because they were written like the sentence above, precursor to the Precautionary Principle and political action. There also was this strange statement. “Learning to detect ecopornography and psychological manipulation (beginning in elementary school) by analyzing TV and print ads is a superb way to teach critical thinking.” Elsewhere was “Addiction to fossil fuels.” “Potatoes partly made from oil….” might be more fitting. I also have a copy of Chiras , Environmental Science (1985), which discusses the need for change in the US government.

I may have been overruled by other factors and inadequately handled it, but I tried to teach it correctly, such as by recognizing the separation of assessment and management. My students at least had good training in basic biology and chemistry. I did notice that federal bureaucracies, among others, lost at least some of their respect for property rights that was apparent in earlier years. People do still desecrate the environment, but some private properties are better than government ones.

If anybody is interested I principally used these two, with a more up to date Merck Index and Standard Methods. Warren, C. E. 1971. Biology and Water Pollution Control. W. B. Saunders. 434p and Holling, C. S. (Ed.). 1978. Adaptive Environmental Assessment and Management. Wiley–Interscience. 377pp. There may be better ones now and there is certainly the difficulty of having lots of substances.

I wonder if there is a better way to show the problems with these texts and materials as they may disappear from public view. I hope that we do not have a reverse revolution to current environmentalism with similar severe activities and actions, but the current demonization of substances critical to life is certainly incompetent and stuff happens.

Mike H
January 20, 2019 5:20 pm

If the bureaucratic activists don’t want any drilling or mining, Colorado should just pass a law banning all drilling and mining thereby eliminating the need for the DRMS. It is way past time the bureaucrats feel the sting of the policies they enact and impose on others.

A G Foster
January 20, 2019 5:56 pm

DRMS stands for Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety.

Geoff Sherrington
January 20, 2019 6:13 pm

Michael January 20, 2019 at 4:18 pm re German traits

It writers here are not aware of the German dominance of destructive green ideologies in the last 50 years, then they lack the knowledge to be writing here.
Take a look at the names of authors of English language ‘scientific’ papers about climate change. In the last 5 years more oriental names have appeared, but before then it seems about half of the papers had at least one Germanic name among multi-authors. Or, look at the lists of authors of IPCC reports.
Why has so much environmental activism flowed from Germany? Answer that and you are on the way to finding a cure. Geoff.

Global Cooling
January 20, 2019 6:19 pm

What would you do if you were an oil billionaire or king of Saudi-Arabia and you want to earn more. Costs are rising and competition keeps oil price low?

Building an oil cartel is not working because all others want to earn more too.

Destroy competition by green lobby. Governments will then ban nuclear and coal. They also pocket by adding taxes and bankers love carbon trade. Oppose fracking and oil pipelines of your competitors.

Sanctions will keep Russia and Iran out. Sustain wars in Syria and Libya. Destroy Venezuela by bad government.

Make oil rare. Talk about peak oil. Stop cheap uses of oil like heating, transportation and plastics. Support expensive solutions (wind and solar) as second highest price competitors.

January 20, 2019 7:20 pm

Over my ten years as an air quality regulator in California, I have come to the conclusion that most environmental laws are primarily make-work programs for lawyers. There is so much in the laws and enabling regulations that hinge on properly raising issues during notice and comment so you can properly exhaust administrative remedies and lay the groundwork for litigation. This is especially true of the big, overarching environmental review laws like the National Environmental Policy Act and California Environmental Quality Act. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen private interest groups use the prospect of notice-and-comment proceedings to extort the project proponent into, for one example, making the construction project a union job.

HD Hoese
Reply to  Kemaris
January 21, 2019 8:27 am

In my comments above about education, and others on WUWT, questions have been raised as to the adequacy of the science used for policy. Policy (management, application) is what scientific organizations, often discussed here, are getting into. It has long been frustrating to those in science to see policies either ignoring, lacking homework, or lying about facts, especially since they are sometimes taxed for them. There has been a varying response, some trying to correct blatant errors, some trying to improve the science, and too many sold out to varying degrees. Nevertheless, I suspect that while there have always been charlatans in science, the number has greatly increased, partly due to the great increase in numbers, but also due to the culture and the temptations.

As to the legal profession I was told by a trusted defense attorney back in the 80s that once they started advertising it would become corrupt. Through the years limited, but consistent, exposure to the legal profession up to a decade ago makes me suspect that could be true, whether cause or symptom. Lawsuits are often settled, which may be a serious problem in environmental cases, sort of a welfare incentive.

In my class I had an attorney working in environmental matters talk to the class about relevant laws and for a while had a toxicologist share the class. In Louisiana the principal defendant has been the petroleum industry, which appears to have become environmentally incompetent with the spill and other matters. Long story about the history which needs recognition and analysis. Oil is among the demons nowadays, but is a technically a nutrient also. Like nitrogen, don’t put too much on your plants. The fallacy seems to be this alleged linear response toxicity down to infinitesimal levels. As to air pollution we never did much beyond basics, but the marsh also naturally stinks. Well, some like the smell.

I have mentioned this situation elsewhere, but I wrote the “Communication Manager ” of Sigma Xi (Science Honor Society partnering with AAAS) back after her rather pitiful explanation about the reason for sending American Scientist violating the societies’ constitution (no politics basically) because they were sending subscriptions to high schools only to states with legislation on “vaccines, evolution and climate change.” Told her nicely that there was no such thing as “Communication Science,” only the “communication of or about science.” No response so far, but their legal structure may be where these activist “scientific” societies are at risk. I am a Emeritus Member of Sigma Xi, am I at risk?

This is part of their annual meeting this fall.
“Science Communication Track, including sessions on the science of science communication, engaging, and educating the public on environmental issues”

Steve O
January 21, 2019 4:18 am

Just wait until activist groups are funded by the government in a New Green Deal where special “carbon taxes” are levied, with half the money to used to buy votes, part of it skimmed for activists who will work to keep the game going, part of spent of “green infrastructure” part of it squandered by politicians on pet projects, and with the UN drooling over the prospect of getting a future cut for themselves.

January 21, 2019 5:02 pm

One of the Natz’s big events was “The burning of the books”.

I wonder if our world economy finally collapses due to the Greens and their crazy war on energy , if we will see a repeat of this “Burning” of the vast number of books, articles and video from the beginning of the Green revolution beginning in about 1970 following the book “Silent Spring”
But perhaps we will put them all in a big library to human stupidity , , as a lesion to us to never again be “Fooled” for so long.



January 21, 2019 5:13 pm

Re. Hitler, was he left or right wing. Yes the Nazi party did have the words “Socialest” ” in it, but when he took it over he went from left, which was far too close to the Communist to clearly right wing.

He badly needed both big business and the Army on side, and no way were they left wing.


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