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« on: January 02, 2014, 04:30:49 pm »

Follow the money trail

In fact, there is so much money involved, that new environmental groups seem to be springing up everywhere. One example is Friends of the River.

On the surface, Friends of the River groups seem to be local, but they are far from it, Wise said.

“There’s so many of them. I mean, it’s a good way to make money. There’s lots of money so they are popping up all over the place. We’ve got friends of every river. They can apply for grant money. They can sue agencies. They can be the stakeholder in places they don’t even live. It’s like a franchise. So, they’ve got a Friends of the River for every little tributary … It’s a business; they’re out there making money.”

Groups like the Sierra Fund, Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund are doing the same thing — making money — but on a larger scale, she said.

Hedge fund billionaire George Soros, founder of Earthjustice contributes millions of dollars to various environmental groups. Infamous for betting against the value of U.S. dollar among other currencies, Soros has also predicted the collapse of the Western economy. He is known for lavish funding of big-government, globalist causes and left-wing organizations such as www.moveon.org.

The payoffs
In recent times, part of doing business, means appeasing environmental groups whether that means siding with them or paying them off, Wise said.

“Big mining companies, energy companies and drilling companies are paying them off. They are giving millions to environmental activists to stop them from suing,” she said.

Because environmental groups have amassed so much money, and the big companies have appeased them in one way or another, environmental activists have resorted to suing smaller companies that don’t have the money to pay them off, Wise said.

“There’s a whole environmental economy and it just keeps getting bigger and  bigger and bigger. It’s huge and they are feeding off of each other. It’s a feeding frenzy, A lot of these environmental groups’ CEOs make $250,000 to $1.5 million [a year]. Why wouldn’t you find another issue?” she said.

“You have to question whether it is politically driven; they are looking at politics more than science.”

Conservation groups

Then, there are other so-called conservation groups such as Trout Unlimited, which have smaller groups affiliated with them, like Oregon Trout. They are taking a stance against suction dredge miners out of good-intentioned ignorance, Wise said.
While Oregon Trout has a vested interest in fishing, its members are throwing miners under the bus and siding with the environmentalists in an effort to appease them, not realizing that they could be targeted next, she explained.
Wise pointed out the irony of the fishermen going out to catch — and not always release — fish and then blaming suction dredgers for killing fish. Even more hypocritical is the fact that suction dredging is not permitted during spawning season, but fishing is allowed.

“Salmon fishermen fish when the salmon are spawning so there are redds present. When the fishermen walk out into the water to cast, they are stepping on redds. They catch salmon on their way upstream to spawn. They are there at their most critical time. They do so much more damage — not just fishing and killing fish, which is their whole reason for being there.”

“If they [fishermen] weren’t siding with the environmental activists, the environmental activists would be trying to shut down fishing, so they are saving their own butts. That’s what they’re doing,” she said. “Fishermen are off limits, because a lot of the environmentalists are also fishermen.”

Wise is convinced that if the environmental activists succeed in banning small-scale mining, fishermen will be the next logical target.

Environmental groups have to justify their own existence and will invent targets so they can keep getting grants and collect membership fees, she said.

“Fishermen are next,” Wise said. adding that Sierra Fund’s Carrie Monohan has already targeted anglers.

“There are a lot of fishermen who just listen to what the environmentalists say — how bad mining is — and spread the same misinformation. And, they believe mining is bad,” Wise said.

More proof that miners are getting the shaft is that boats and personal watercraft cause far more damage than dredging, but are allowed and are not under attack by the green lobby.

“Jet boats do way more damage than a dredge. A suction dredge is all in one area, whereas a jet boat runs up and down the river and the waves are rushing up against the banks eroding the riverbanks and they scare the fish. They do way more damage and there are studies that show that,” she said.

Read the full story...  http://www.goldprospectors.org/Communication/ArticlesandInformation/tabid/153/EntryId/537/Dredging-doesn-t-harm-fish-experts-say.aspx
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