October 1, 2006


De-greening immigration (Valerie Richardson, October 1, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

These responses exasperate environmentalists such as Dick Lamm, the former Democratic governor of Colorado and a 30-year member of the Sierra Club. Mr. Lamm broke ranks with the movement years ago by insisting that a responsible environmental policy has to include population and immigration controls.

He is among the most prominent of a small-but-hardy band of environmentalists who have tried for years to push the movement toward an anti-immigration stance. So far, they haven't had much luck.

"The environmental movement refuses to acknowledge that immigration and population are environmental issues," Mr. Lamm said.

Why? Politics, he said.

"The environmental movement has gone politically correct," Mr. Lamm said. "They're committing political malpractice by ignoring population."

But Jenny Neeley, Southwest representative for Defenders of Life, said her group hasn't taken a stance on immigration reform in Congress because "I don't think we're knowledgeable enough to say, 'This will stop the illegal crossings.'"

Faced with a difficult choice, critics said, the environmental movement has abandoned its primary mission -- protecting the planet -- rather than deviate from the liberal establishment.

"They're still pretty much ignoring it [illegal immigration] because it's politically sensitive or because they perceive it to be politically sensitive," said Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for Immigration Reform. "Nobody denies that environmental degradation is due in part to population growth, and nobody denies that the biggest reason for population growth is immigration.

"But somehow, when they put together A and B, it doesn't lead to C," he said.

Combine that hatred of humanity with the effect on unions and thedawning realization that the immigrants are socially conservative and you can see why anti-immigration will naturally become an issue of the Left over the next few years.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 1, 2006 9:58 AM

True. Even taking him at his word, Lamm apparently only cares about the environment on this side of the border.

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at October 1, 2006 10:42 AM

He doesn't care about the environment anywhere--he just hates people.

Posted by: oj at October 1, 2006 10:55 AM

Wasn't he the same guy who wanted to put us geezers out on an ice flow?

Posted by: erp at October 1, 2006 1:29 PM

Now that he is a geezer himself, like all good little Leftists, he's not about to follow his own advice. That was meant to only apply to Human Commodities.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 1, 2006 3:22 PM

One reason I want to live a bit longer (aside from my grandchildren, of course) is so I can gloat as I watch the boomers get the rheumatism and the acid reflux and all the other ailments they thought they could avoid by eating sprouts and eschewing caffeine and nicotine.

Believe me when I tells ya, it's no end amusing.

Posted by: erp at October 1, 2006 6:27 PM

Maybe, but American blacks are more pro-life and pro school choice than the Democrat party. Immigrants can be bought off with the same largesse regardless of their religion.

Posted by: Tom at October 2, 2006 4:28 PM