Betraying its political – not scientific – roots, the Green movement has never been tolerant of opposing views. In 1992, Al Gore declared that “98 percent of scientists” agree that global warming is happening. The statement was categorically false, as a Gallup poll at the time found that – by 53 to17 percent – climatologists did not believe global warming was occurring (30 percent didn’t know).
But Gore simply kept repeating the claim, denouncing any naysayer as a tool of the oil companies – a tactic familiar to us editorial page types who are frequently visited by Gore’s army of alarmist activists and politicians.
Now, however, the story is taking a more serious turn, as the intimidation tactics against Marlo Lewis and CEI by ACORE demonstrate.
There is physical intimidation as well. Washington, DC papers report that in upscale Northwest DC – home to politically-correct Volvos and Priuses – vandals this month attacked a resident’s 2005 Hummer H2 with baseball bats, then sliced the tires with knives, and hacked in the rear with a machete.
Then they left their calling card. “FOR THE ENVIRON” was scratched into the Hummer’s body.
Such attacks are not uncommon, says Ron DeFore, of the Sport Utility Vehicle Owners of America (SUVOA): “The hostility toward SUVs started in the late 1990s. SUVs were being blamed for everything — the war in Iraq, carnage on the highways, guzzling gas.”
DeFore says the intolerance of SUVs has created an environment in which activists feel justified in property destruction. Just as Gore’s intolerance of dissenters encourages attacks on dissenters like Marlo Lewis.
It is an atmosphere that the national media seems more than happy to let fester. A check of last week’s MSM found little condemnation outside DC – much less coverage – of the twin attacks against Marlo Lewis or Gareth Groves’ Hummer.