|Filmmakers Accuse Environmentalists of Racism
and Environmental Journalists of Being Nodding Dogs
|Documentary film makers Phelim McAleer and Ann McEIhinney are perhaps best known for Mine You Own Business, the gripping tale of a twenty-three
year old Romanian miner named George who according to McAleer has been sentenced to a life of poverty by environmental activists claiming to know
what is best for him and the people of his village. The filmmaking couple recently traveled to Texas to promote their latest film Not Evil Just Wrong -
The True Cost of Global Warming Hysteria. As I sat down with Phelim McAleer just prior to a speech he and his wife Ann were giving in the North
Dallas area, my first request was that he update me on George. I was saddened to learn that George is still unemployed and living with his parents in a
one bedroom apartment in Rosia Montana. The proposed goldmine which would have brought much needed employment to the people of George's
village has at least for the moment been successfully blocked by environmentalists. McAleer said:
People who donate their pennies and cents and one dollars to environmental organizations to save villages or save animals need to know that what
they're really doing is keeping wonderful, hard working, honest people like George out of work and in poverty.
McAleer next recalled with some amusement that he and his wife were once liberal European journalists. He quickly suggested he could have left out the
word "liberal" because "actually European journalists means liberal European journalists." It was in fact the story of the goldmine that de-liberalized them
both. McAleer explained:
I went up there [Rosia Montana] to do the story about the big evil mining company raping the environment and exploiting the villagers. You know, the
usual. I had the story written before I went up there. When I got up there, I found that everything the environmentalists were saying was either
exaggerated or untrue...that sort of got us looking at environmentalism...and that started us to think there was an agenda. You know, a bigger agenda.
McAleer has since concluded that environmentalists "don't like industry, don't like capitalism, but they quite like money." Further differentiating himself
from environmentalists, McAleer added "they see poverty as some kind of culture, I see it as a curse that needs to be eradicated." I asked McAleer if the
culture remark was a reference to the environmentalist in his first film who implied that wealth should be measured by counting the number of times
people smiled each day. Phelim, who reminds me a little of the late U.K. funny man Benny Hill, cracked that the last time he visited Wal-Mart, "they didn't
accept smiles and currency."
The banning of DDT is often cited as the first major victory of the environmental movement. Much of McAleer's latest film deals with the ramifications of
this victory. When asked about environmentalists' claims that DDT was never actually banned in many countries, McAleer responded:
They're playing word games. It doesn't matter whether it was officially banned or not. If DDT is found on produce, that produce cannot be exported to
the United States. In order to be able to export to the U.S., many countries have agreed not to use it.
When asked if the estimated thirty to fifty million deaths allegedly caused by environmental pressure groups successfully achieving a nearly worldwide
abandonment of the use of DDT was an exaggerated estimate, McAleer seemed visibly upset:
Was it one million? Two million? Ten million? What is an acceptable level of death? What's the collateral damage environmentalists are willing to tolerate
to feel good about not using the pesticide? They [environmentalists] are very casual about the deaths of black people interestingly enough, but yet they
claim to care about them. We filmed in Uganda where three hundred and seventy children die of malaria each day. If that were in Pennsylvania, the
National Guard would be there tomorrow spraying DDT.
Two hours later, his wife and film making partner Ann McElhinney was even more direct during their joint presentation stating:
Three hundred and seventy children die in Uganda everyday from Malaria and environmentalists let it happen. There is racism in that to me. I think it's
racist. There is an elitism there.
To the delight of the audience, Phelim countered that environmentalists couldn't be racists because "they have bumper stickers that say they're not."
Viewing Mine Your Own Business and clips from their upcoming film Not Evil Just Wrong - The True Cost of Global Warming Hysteria leads one to quickly
conclude that McAleer and McIlhinney are most interested in what the little guy thinks and not so much what the experts or academics think. Phelim was
amused by this observation.
It's amazing what passes for radical documentary film making now. Someone who actually goes and asks people who are affected: How are you going to
be effected? and How do you feel about it? For me, that's not radical documentary making. That's what documentary making is all about. It seems to me
that if you are a leftist, you go and interview the middle class white person who speaks for the poor people. They stand there with the villagers or natives
behind them. Our documentary making pushes the white person out of the way, pushes the foreigner out of the way, and pushes the middle class
environmentalist out of the way. We ask the people who live in poverty: Why they are poor, What they need to get out of it?, and How we can help them?
They don't want sympathy. They don't want their culture preserved. They want a good job!
Some may wonder why DDT and global warming are the joint subject of a film. I suspected Filmmakers McAleer and McIlhinney were trying to warn
viewers of the possible ramifications of leaping before one looks with regard to global warming by pointing out the results incurred the last time
environmentalists did so with DDT. My suspicions were confirmed when McAleer referred to "CO2 as the new DDT."
Having already discussed the cost of not using DDT, I asked McAleer what he perceived the costs associated with global warming hysteria to be?
There are a million costs, it will kill people in the summer who can't afford to cool their homes, kill people in winter who can afford to heat their homes. It's
also a stimulus bill for China. It's going to drive manufacturing jobs to China, factories (in Europe and the United States) won't be able to complete if
electricity bills go up by thirty percent.
McAleer went to say that the biggest cost would be to personal freedom. Before visiting the United States he had been told that he would encounter a
vast right-wing group of Americans who would be very concerned with what goes on in his bedroom. Much to his and his wife's surprise they've yet to
encounter the conservatives preoccupied with their bedroom, but they have discovered left-wing zealots who seem to care about what goes on in every
other room of the house.
The left-wing groups are obsessed with what goes on with my fridge, what goes on with my car, what goes on in my garage, what goes on in my living
room, what kind of television I have, and with what is in my light bulbs. I'm saying if you value freedom, get out of my light bulbs, get out of my kitchen,
get out of my life!
When asked why the global warming a.k.a. climate change alarmists seem to be avoiding debate, McAleer had this to say.
Al Gore should be inviting journalists to every conference and every speech he gives, instead he bans them from every speech. It's very strange that if
it's an important national emergency you aren't inviting all sides to put in their two cents worth.
If McAleer seems hard on Al Gore, he's even harder on environmental journalists who aren't doing their job, referring to them as the "nodding dogs of
journalism." He said that when they are told something by an environmental organization they just go like this and went into a head bobbing motion that
looked like someone imitating Freddie Prince in a scene from Chico and The Man.
They (environmental journalist) seem to think their job is to report the latest alarmism from environmental organizations. They don't seem to think it's
good to question them. I've never seen a single article where an environmental correspondent has found anything wrong with anything any
environmental organization has ever said. That's not journalism, that's stenography. Shouldn't we be examining where their money comes from, what
their agenda is, what the affect of environmentalism is on ordinary people? Isn't that what journalism is about? Maybe I'm just being old fashion and
After listening to McAleer for the better part of an hour, it was obvious that he did think most environmental organizations were evil, at least at the top.
Why then would he and his wife title their independent film Not Evil Just Wrong - The True Cost of Global Warming Hysteria? McAleer just laughed and
said the title came from a comment made by one of the people we interviewed for the film. He was talking about DDT and said "We need to go to these
people and tell them, look this is what you're doing. A lot of people opposed to DDT are not evil, they need to know they are wrong."
Because Hollywood and theaters wanted no part of this film, McAleer and McElhinney are attempting to set a world record for the largest simultaneous
film release in history. Their website noteviljustwrong.com is offering various size party packs for sale with the idea being that all those ordering a copy of
the DVD will have a premier in their home. All those ordering are on their honor not to watch the movie before the premier date and time of October, 18th
2009 8 pm EST. Those wishing to host a premier in their home even receive a little piece of red carpet.
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