If Americans hope to see a return of economic opportunity — including an improved standard of living that still sits below 2009 levels — they must demand that government at all levels champion policies that promote economic growth.
Unfortunately, this is no easy task, as American businesses and consumers are under a massive assault from regulatory burdens that are costing our nation an astronomical two trillion dollars per year in compliance costs — costs that eventually trickle down to U.S. consumers.
Chief among the economic hit men are well-funded environmental groups like the Sierra Club, with deep pockets and a radical agenda largely ignored by the conventional media. The Sierra Club and their wealthy donors attack U.S. businesses at every opportunity, either in the courtroom, through high-dollar lobbying efforts, or by colluding with government agencies to carry out their agenda. In the end, it’s always average consumers left paying the tab.
For example, the Sierra Club opposes all forms of energy except wind and solar, which require heavy taxpayer subsidies, yet still only managed to generate about 6% of our nation’s energy needs in 2016, at a much higher cost than conventional energy. Put another way, the Sierra Club is actively working to eradicate as much as 94% of our country’s energy resources. In fact, the Sierra Club proudly brags about working to stop projects that create affordable energy for consumers.
The American energy revolution in fracking and shale production that led to a 47% reduction in the cost of natural gas and a 50% cut in prices at the pump were all vigorously opposed by the Sierra Club. While U.S. families were saving a total of $13 billion per year to heat and cool their homes, the Sierra Club was fighting to make Americans poorer.
When consumers seek to purchase an automobile, truck or SUV, they can thank the Sierra Club for helping to add thousands of dollars to the cost of each vehicle through stiffer government regulations. The Sierra Club has made no bones about their objective to eliminate gasoline powered cars from our roads in favor of electric vehicles. The strategy they’ve implemented is simple; price conventional cars out of the market with crushing regulations while supporting a hefty $7,500 government subsidy for each electric car purchased.
The list of industries the Sierra Club attacks with stifling regulations is nothing short of staggering, from welding, to trucking, to fishing, to home construction to plumbing, almost everything that involves Americans having a better standard of living for less cost is on their hit list.
The Sierra Club is just as hostile to private property rights and has regularly advocated for government seizing land if it suits their political agenda. When it comes to stopping conventional energy projects that provide affordable energy to consumers, the Sierra Club fights to keep property off limits. But when a wind energy company needed 500 miles of land to complete a project from Iowa to Illinois, the Sierra Club supported seizing land and stomping on private property rights.
The Sierra Club has collected millions of dollars by filing lawsuits that both stop American industry and drain it of needed capital. The courtroom has long been a favorite hangout for today’s environmental activists when they don’t win at the ballot box. Just recently, as EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt sought to rollback just some of the draconian environmental regulations issued by President Obama, he was met with four lawsuits in one day by over 18 different environmental groups — efforts which if successful will cost American consumers billions of dollars.
Their litigation tactics are so aggressive that in 2014 a Texas judge slapped a $6.4 million dollar fine on the Sierra Club for filing a lawsuit the judge called, “frivolous, unreasonable or groundless.” Unfortunately, with assets topping over $80 million, the Sierra Club has plenty of money to keep the litigation locomotive barreling down the tracks.
Litigation is a favorite tactic of the Sierra Club when necessary, but they’d actually prefer just to infiltrate the government itself, influencing policy makers that frequently enter government through a revolving door from pressure groups like the Sierra Club itself. Earlier this year it was exposed through released emails how the Sierra Club colludes with sympathetic government bureaucrats in a conflict of interest where they help write regulations before business interests can even see them. As the Sierra Club can attest, there’s nothing like having friends in high places to follow your marching orders.
Given this mix of anti-business, anti-property, and anti-consumer activism, the only label that suits the Sierra Club is that of a radical organization. Surprisingly, they don’t disagree.
In an article they published called “Capitalism vs. the Planet,” the Sierra Club makes no bones about the fact that their brand of environmental activism requires radical positions and an “anarchistic” attitude toward capitalism.
While anarchy and radical anti-capitalism may be great fun for the millionaire liberals who fund and celebrate the Sierra Club, their hostility toward U.S. businesses is nothing more than a job killer, an economic emergency break, and a stickup to America’s consumers who in the end are poorer and less financially secure due to the Sierra Club’s anti-business and anti-consumer agenda.
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