As you probably know, we have been annoying lots of people by daring to practice journalism and ask difficult questions of the environmental establishment. We’ve rounded up for you some of the highlights of the last few months.
The third installment of our Hypocrites series – with a look at Prince Charles’s eco-Hypocrisy as he jet sets across the world telling us to live with less – attracted a lot of publicity.
The UK Independent reported on it overseas, and closer to home, it was picked up by blogs and media including the The Washington Post and Fox News.
Then, Phelim questioned Josh Fox on the accuracy of his Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland, that claims drilling for gas with fracking method makes tap water flammable. Fox, who admitted leaving out facts, he deemed “not relevant”, got so upset about us posting online a video from the Q&A, that he got his lawyers to pull it down, first from YouTube, then from Vimeo. We don’t like inaccurate documentaries and dislike censorship even more, so we created our own website to host the video, where people can see what this environmental filmmaker was trying to hide from them.
The whole debacle went viral and has been featured on a series of programs and blogs including HotAir, Fox Business, the Lars Larsen Show and The G Gordon Liddy Show.
Ann was also busy, exposing the myth and dangers of sustainability at campuses in Chicago and South Carolina. On three separate occasions, she also spoke to students from across the US who gathered in Santa Barbara.
She spoke at the Reagan Ranch: at the Clare Booth Luce’s Western Women Summit and again for the Young America’s Foundation.
She also spoke twice at the Right Online conference in Milwaukee, where she exposed the new threat to America – the CINO – or Conservative In Name Only. Twitter was buzzing as she was speaking, including: “If you’re not following @annmcelhinney you may as well close your twitter account” (hint, hint).
The leader of the Palm Springs Tea Party, where she spoke said: “Ann McElhinney is truly a “one-of-a-kind” speaker. She is passionate, committed, knowledgeable, informative, and entertaining. From the very first words out of her mouth (in that endearing Irish brogue) nonstop to the very last word, the audience is totally engaged.”
And then Phelim and Ann spoke at the American Freedom Alliance conference at UCLA in California.
Now, these are momentous times for Irish people such as ourselves. Last month the Queen of England, became the first British monarch to visit Ireland in almost a century (there has been a bit of history between the UK and Ireland over the years.)
So it was probably this spirit of reconciliation that prompted British journalist James Dellingpole to write such nice things about Phelim.
James was visiting LA recently to promote his excellent book Watermellons – The Green Movements True Colours and so in keeping with the spirit of the times we invited him to our little piece of Ireland.
Phelim and Ann