Thursday, December 18, 2014

Brown Is the New Green

The Front National is going green as well as gay. It launched its "New Ecology" movement this week. Of course its idea of ecology introduces a few interesting "nationalist" twists: it favors nuclear power "in defense of the French worker" and opposes international climate talks because they are, well, international. It also considers halal and kosher butchers guilty of cruelty to animals. 

Marine Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, was a climate sceptic who once cut open a watermelon to illustrate how environmentalists were supposedly red communists underneath. But the issue of whether human activity caused global warming was “a very technical question,” d’Ornano said.
“We have to find a balanced position and we don’t have to be politically correct or ideologically biased about it. There are pros and cons to the scientific evidence. We have to find out what really comes from human activity, or doesn’t.”
The FN's spokesperson on climate change also denounced the international climate talks as a "communist project."

Yannick Jadot, a French Green MEP, said that the new FN grouping was a sham.
“They never talk about biodiversity because that means respecting diversity,” he told the Guardian. “They oppose animal cruelty, but they also defend hunters and big agricultural industries. They pretend to defend fish but vote in favour of deep sea fisheries. Again today [Wednesday] they voted in favour of allowing Canadian tar sands in EU fuel.” 
The FN's program finds echoes in the "ecology agenda" of other extreme right parties:

New Ecology’s launch closely follows a spectacular, if unsuccessful, campaign by ‘eco-nationalists’ in Switzerland to cap immigration levels at 0.2% of the resident population.
In Hungary, the neo-Nazi Jobbik party has campaigned against invasive flora from abroad which they say is destroying Hungarian plants and animals as it spreads unchecked.
The far-right Danish People’s Party is virulently opposed to immigration, multi-culturalism and multi-ethnicity. But it also pledges “to ensure that the way in which the earth’s resources are used bears the stamp of consideration, care and a sense of responsibility for the natural world and all its living creatures.”