Jonah Goldberg

That's also what makes this so disturbing. Environmentalism has always had a fascism problem (which is different than saying all environmentalists are fascists). A couple years ago, a British power company joined the green bandwagon by launching a "Climate Cops" program that encouraged children to keep dossiers on their parents and neighbors, recording their "climate crimes."

Frustrated with the perceived environmental threat of economic freedom and the inconvenience of political freedom, many environmentalists yearn for shortcuts. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wishes we could learn from China's one-party system. In books such as "The Climate Change Challenge and the Failure of Democracy," environmentalists insist that democracy needs to be replaced with a more authoritarian system. NASA scientist James Hansen wants to put corporate CEOs on trial for crimes against humanity. Al Gore compares his opponents to Holocaust deniers and insists that the time for democratic debate is over.

Some environmentalists have almost as little regard for human life as the fictional teacher in the 10:10 video. When Charles Wurster, chief scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, was told that banning DDT would probably result in millions of deaths, he replied, "This is as good a way to get rid of them as any." Finnish environmental guru Pentti Linkola argues that the earth is a sinking ship, and the greens must head for the lifeboats: "Those who hate life try to pull more people on board and drown everybody. Those who love and respect life use axes to chop off the extra hands hanging on the gunwale."

In fairness, a host of leading environmentalists have condemned this snuff film as an idiotic disaster. I'm fine with taking most of them at their word, but I suspect that at least some object to the film because it was bad PR, not because they actually found it offensive.

Meanwhile, you can be sure that the green left will only grow more frustrated with the ignorant masses, and that more such "jokes" will be forthcoming. Let's just hope Shakespeare was wrong when he said, "Jesters do oft prove prophets."


Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online,and the author of the book The Tyranny of Clichés. You can reach him via Twitter @JonahNRO.
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