ASK a forest worker from Tasmania, a commercial fisherman from South Australia, a sugarcane grower from Queensland or a cattle producer from New South Wales what they think of Greens and a common complaint will be that “Greens tell lies”.
Each of these groups have been the target of clever campaigns by Green groups including The Wilderness Society and WWF Australia.
Tasmanian forest workers have put up committed and organised resistance and many of their truck and utilities sport bumper stickers with the comment “Greens tell lies”.
While these forest workers continue to resist campaigns to close down their industry, the capacity for the industry to move forward, for example through the construction of a state of the art pulp mill, is always a battle against Green propaganda.
A Presentation by Dr Ian Woodward which can be viewed at www.tasmaniapulpmill.info details the often repeated fallacies about the proposed pulp mill and explains that in reality the factory will have no significant adverse impact on public health, the marine environment or air quality, that no old growth forest will be used, and that dioxins associated will older chlorine mills have been virtually eliminated so that they are no longer of scientific significance.
Dr Woodward concludes that these facts are unlikely to sway die-hard mill opponents who “will prefer to remain locked inside the familiarity of their self-confirming fallacies rather than accept the contrary realities.”
Adherence to strongly held beliefs which affirm their values, rather than accord with reality, seems to be a characteristic of Greens who run environmental campaigns in Australia. As a consequence they are typically labelled liars by the minorities they target.
Pulp Mill Fallacies and Realities
Separating the fantasy mill from the real mill
Dr Ian Woodward, Principal Environmental Scientist, Pitt&Sherry