The economy and private property rights in Maine are under unprecedented assault by the national environmentalist movement as millions of dollars are poured into a campaign to change forever Maine's traditional system of Constitutionally protected private property rights and independent way of life.
A new book, Trashing the Economy: How Runaway Environmentalism Is Wrecking America by Ron Arnold and Alan Gottlieb, may be the Paul Revere warning for Maine. Arnold and Gottlieb, both leaders in the national Wise Use movement, have researched the organization, goals and financing of the national environmental movement and its adverse impacts on the country: its destruction of the economy, its abuse of civil rights of American citizens, and its breakdown of basic ethics for the sake of corrupt big money and power.
Although national in scope, Trashing the Economy devotes several sections to preservationist activism in Maine. Moreover, documented abusive environmentalist political activism elsewhere in the nation shows ominously what Maine is in store for as environmentalist leaders and their funding move into the northeast to copy here what they have done to the people of the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and other resource-dependent rural areas of the country.
Parts of the book of particular interest to Mainers are:
This section also references ongoing activism through militant
advocacy groups such as the Natural Resources Council of Maine
and American Rivers to shut down hydro-facilities throughout
The Maine chapter of TNC is also cited (pp. 101-102) as
the source of TNC acknowledgments that its massive, national Heritage
Data Base of computer files is intended to be used for government
control of private land.
Mainers need to realize the extent to which the political activism to grab land in Maine is being funded and orchestrated from outside the state by national lobbyists backed by wealthy foundations and corporations.
Each of the chapters on about 30 major national environmentalist groups and their associates include statistics on their funding, but the chapter on Money (pp. 591-623) outlines a major coordinating effort by the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) to control the environmentalist political agenda through its targeted funding.
The EGA is an umbrella group with about 140 foundation and corporate members (including L.L. Bean) controlling hundreds of millions of dollars in grants for environmental activism. One of the EGA's priority projects is control of Maine's rural land-base. The enormity of this sophisticated operation should make every Mainer's hair stand on end.