Hightower: It's Not Easy Being Green

Whether he meant to or not, Kermit the Frog spoke for all environmentalists when he noted: "It's not easy being green." And according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal, it's not even easy to know who really is green, since some of the nastiest, butt-ugliest, most ANTI-environmental interests have created front groups with names that make them appear to be totally green and 100 percent ecologically pure. For example, the "Environmental Conservation Organization" -- ECO for short -- is really a group of land developers. And guess who puts-out the newsletter GreenSpeak, on cream-colored, recycled paper no less? The Hardwood Lumber Association -- that's who. They're lobbying for public subsidies to help them cut down more timber from our national forests. Then there's the National Wilderness Institute -- another sneaky outfit. It uses a logo with the shadow of a howling wolf against the full moon. But the Institute actually is a lobby front trying to gut the Endangered Species Act -- a law that protects wolves. My favorite artful dodger, though, is the Abundant Wildlife Society. No, this is not a touchie-feelie group trying to protect Bambi, but a hunter's lobbying organization that wants to exterminate wolves and other predators of such wild game as deer and elk. Not that they love deer and elk, mind you -- they just think these wild critters ought to be left for human hunters to kill, not wolves. These name games would just be silly, except that these industry fronts are swarming all over Washington giving Newt Gingrich and his anti-environmental Congress a "green cover" for gutting America's environmental protections. Don't be fooled by their cover. No matter how "green" they seem, it's like putting lipstick on a pig -- they still can't hide their ugliness.

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