by Daniel Greenfield
Saudi Arabia has no better friend than the Sierra Club, and the Emirates have no better salesmen than the environmentalists who keep the country hooked on conflict oil. The administration’s sabotage of the Keystone XL project through delays aimed at killing the pipeline is a cynical act of cowardice, and it’s a shot in the arm to the very regimes that it claims to oppose.
The Islamist Spring has mainly hit Arab governments without a huge oil industry, leaving them dependent on patronage, whether from the United States in the case of Egypt, or Iran in the case of Syria. The economic downturn tightened belts and drove mobs into the streets where Islamists and socialists funneled them into anti-government rallies for their own benefit.
Qatar has been smugly stirring up trouble for the rest of the region through Al-Jazeera and laughing at its enemies from behind a shield of oil barrels and Western public relations firms. Libya, the one oil power to fall to the Islamists, would have still been ruled by its cross-dressing madman if NATO aircraft and special forces had not come to the rescue of the Al-Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.
Saudi Arabia has an even bigger stack of oil barrels, and on top of that black pyramid is a degenerate royal family wearing crowns of terrorism and tyranny. Iran has its own pyramid with hanging women dangling off it and the corpses of murdered student protesters floating in the crude. And if the environmentalists really cared about any of that, at least to the extent of wanting to end the wars, then they would be laying a pipeline that would funnel money out of the House of Saud and the Mullahs back to the United States of America.
Instead billions have been poured into the People’s Republic of China, which lends us the money to pay for the solar and wind power components that we buy from them, and after the handful of watts from green power have been exhausted to spread joy and peace across parts of Vermont and Oregon, the country goes back with hat in hand to the grinning petroleum plutocracies.
No activist group in America has promoted the growth of tyranny around the world the way that the environmentalist movement has. Every time drilling equipment stands idle because it might endanger the home of the spotted purple mock warbler or the congealed nanny state lizard, the cash registers and card readers in the malls of Dubai ring in another payday.
What matters more, the lives of the thousands and tens of thousands of people being ground under by Islamic regimes fueled by oil money, or theoretical harm to the sub-species of a sub-species that no one had ever heard of until it became a convenient way to stop a project that might actually make driving a car a little more affordable?
The myth of the Arab Spring has made the left a little too smug about its opposition to the war, but the only oil nation on the list that fell only did so through American military intervention. If they want reform in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf outposts where a degenerate native population lives off oil revenues and slave labor, then it will take a much larger war.
Choosing between the tyrants and the Islamists is like flipping a coin between the Ebola virus and the Black Plague; whichever way the coin falls it won’t be pretty. But if there wasn’t quite so much oil money at stake, the Islamists wouldn’t be as interested, and the petroleum daddies who finance their projects would be kept busy selling trinkets to tourists by the side of the road.
The tyrants would still be around, but with one hand out for money they wouldn’t be all that much of a threat. It’s no coincidence that the craziest and most vicious tyrants in the Middle East are found squatting on the dirty thrones of oil regimes. Compare Saddam, the Ayatollahs, Gaddafi and the House of Saud to Mubarak or the Jordanian monarchy. Even Assad’s violent tantrums are brought to you by the oil wells of the Islamic Republic of Iran.Environmentalists agree with most of this, knowingly nod their heads and go back to singing the praises of green jobs. Their solution is to cut the flow of money by forcing Americans to cut back and investing in high cost and low efficiency alternative energy programs. Even if their approach were moral and legal, which it is not, it would still be a hopeless failure. Even expensive oil will beat even more expensive green power, and fighting political tyranny abroad by implementing it at home is no solution.
Every time environmentalists kill a project in America, they revive it overseas with less oversight, more pollution and without the human rights. The death of Keystone XL means more pollution in China and war in the Middle East. Crusading environmentalists helped kill America’s industries and kept the regime in Beijing alive. The tanks that rolled over the democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square were as green as their environmentalist backers. Both of them painted in the resplendent color of American money.
Islam’s second act was funded by the same policies that gave the People’s Republic an opportunity to transform its population into our non-EPA, non-union and no minimum wage workforce. And the petrodollars still keep pumping out of the United States and into the regimes funding the growing Islamic sphere of influence. A sphere that is moving to enclose us.
The ANWAR drilling that never happened was money that went into arming and training a new generation of Al-Qaeda recruits, into firing Hamas rockets at Israeli schools and filling the pockets of the Revolutionary Guards commanders in Iran. Every time another resource development project dies, another Mullah gets his suicide squad wings.
Environmentalists claim that they are safeguarding our natural resources, but who are they safeguarding them for? Do they imagine that the Environmental States of America will be a thousand year entity that will go on fighting for the red misaligned hoopoe even as the sphere of Islamist influence spreads across the world?
Someone will drill in ANWAR and South Dakota and run pipelines down out of Canada. It might be us, but it doesn’t have to be. If we keep turning dollars into petrodollars, then the Saudi-funded mosques will go on flowing like an oil spill across the continent until the Koran replaces the Constitution. The new Islamic States of America will have strict policies on unaccompanied women, unsigned cartoons and unmarked infidels, but it will have no objection to drilling anywhere the black gold on which it built its influence can be found.
We don’t have to build platforms in the Gulf or Frak for shale oil. All we have to do is wait around for those who will. And those dark bubbles will be the final wages of the environmentalist-Islamist alliance.
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