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Bronze-level articleAnti-environmentalism

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—1969 Brown & Williamson document[1]
"Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." . . . Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
—Genesis 1:26

Anti-environmentalism is a term referring to the political reaction and industry backlash against the burgeoning environmentalist movement of the mid-20th century. The rhetorical tactics used by anti-environmentalist groups are sometimes referred to as "green-baiting" in reference to the tactic of red-baiting and the style of argumentation is often referred to as "tobacco science" in reference to the tobacco industry's notorious denialist campaigns. The trend is also sometimes referred to as "brownlash," a play on "backlash."[2]

Anti-environmentalist figures and organizations rarely, if ever, use this term. They prefer to either present themselves as "skeptics" or as "concerned environmentalists" trying to refute "alarmist" elements within their ranks, more or less concern trolling actual environmental groups. Anti-environmentalism is, essentially, environmental denialism.


[edit] Notable campaigns

In the United States, there were (and still are) a number of notable anti-environmental campaigns:

[edit] Denialist

[edit] Anti-wilderness

The Sagebrush Rebellion (1970s-1980s) and Wise Use (1990s-present) movements. Not denialist per se, these were movements to oppose federal wilderness designation and National Park expansion, and calling for existing public lands to be opened up to logging, mining, ranching, off road vehicles and oil drilling. Especially popular in western U.S. states, like Alaska during the height of local opposition to the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act; Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona; and more recently the Pacific Northwest during the northern spotted owl[wp] controversy. The Wise Use name came into usage and replaced the Sagebrush Rebellion name after the 1988 Multiple Use Strategy Conference organized by Ron Arnold, but was essentially a continuation of the same movement.[3] These groups remain active and popular in parts of the west, and it could be argued that something similar is happening in the east as well with such groups as West Virginia's hilariously-named "Friends of Coal."

[edit] Techniques and rhetoric

[edit] Astroturfing

[edit] Stereotyping

[edit] Frame-flipping

[edit] Conspiracy theories

Hard-right conspiracy theorists also view environmentalism as a front for any number of the following:[12]

[edit] See also

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