Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Mine Your Own Business

The modern environmental movement doesn't care about poor people.

That is the message of a documentary, "Mine Your Own Business" by Irish filmmaker Phelim McAleer. He focuses on the lives of desperately poor people in Romania and Madagascar who would gladly work in new mines, if the environmentalists who live in modern comfort would only get out of the way.

Don Boudreaux, Chairman of the Economics Department at George Mason University (and a member of the Bastiat Society's Academic Advisory Board) reviewed the film in the Pittsburgh Tribune:

"...just as religious belief sometimes can inspire adherents to commit acts of cruelty against other human beings, so, too, can environmentalism. Such cruelty is vividly revealed in the new film 'Mine Your Own Business.' This movie is a documentary centered on a small Romanian town, Rosia Montana. A poor mountain village, Rosia Montana was chosen by a western mining company as a site for a new mine -- an enterprise that would have offered higher-paying jobs to the mostly peasant, rural population....

The environmental congregation, however, paid no attention. Living in cities far away from Rosia Montana, environmentalists -- against all evidence -- insisted that the townspeople really don't want the industry, jobs and greater prosperity that the mine would bring."

View the trailer below.

The following story about the film aired on Fox. It includes a rebuttal by a spokesman for Greenpeace. Predictably, he denounces the film as propaganda because it was paid for by the mining company.

Greenpeace knows a thing or two about propaganda. The environmental group built its reputation around publicity stunts (read propaganda).

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