How bootlegger-baptist-dynamics encourage energy-industrial development in Dutch Natural areas; lecture for the German Wildlife Foundation (Berlin 14 december)
READ PART 1 FIRST: In my presentation we see 5 of many current examples, where ‘The End of Nature Conservation’ is legitimised by ‘green’ NGO’s, funded by government- in the name of ‘Climate’ and ‘Green Energy’. All ‘green’ NGO’s and their lobby-coalition in The Hague (the Green 11) – including Dutch Society for Protection of Birds Bird (Vogelbescherming)- supported the ‘Energy Deal’ of 2013. This ‘Deal for sustainable growth’ ordered the development of an extra 4000MW of windfarms on land and 6000 MW at sea.
NGO’s as controlled opposition The logical consequences of this political support of industrial development by ‘green’ ngo’s are now seen throughout the country. No opposition is heard of this NGO’s with their collective marketing-budget of 100’s of millions of euro’s per year.
The Netherlands have the largest ‘green’ NGO-movement in Europe, with government subsidies to the 10 largest ‘green’ NGO’s mounting to over 200 million euro’s per year. (Estimate 2018) These are the ‘Baptists’, who through marketing and lobbying offer the ‘moral higher ground’ for public funded action to be taken in the name of ‘the environment’.
From 1989 onwards in the Dutch ‘First National Environment Plan’ (Nationaal Milieubeleidsplan) the government took control over these ‘NGO’s by subsidising their activities. The government through Environment Minister Ed Nijpels explicitly stated that these NGO’s held the same goals as the government. His successor Hans Alders continued and expanded on this policy.
For example, the Dutch branch of Friends of the Earth received over 1/3 of it’s budget up to 2009 from the govermnent. At this moment, 60% of the budget of the Dutch Friends of the Earth is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 10 million euro’s per year.
Thus- more and more- they became ‘extended goverment’, legitimising the government’s actions morally in return for income. With Greenpeace exempted, the largest 10 ‘green’ NGO’s are all funded by the government.
For example, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the world’s largest donor of IUCN with 10 million euro’s per year to it’s Dutch Agency. Without the support, the IUCN NL would cease operations. The same holds for the lobby-group ‘Nature and Environment’ (Natuur & Milieu). Without subsidies from the Environment-ministry and the ministry of Economic Affairs (for promoting windfarms) it would cease to exist as it has no membership.
The same holds for The North Sea Foundation, whose budget was covered in 2011 for 2/3d by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The main target of this foundation is to put pressure on Dutch Fishermen, accusing them of ‘overfishing’ and ‘damage to the seabed’. Meanwhile this foundation is sponsored by Boskalis, the largest dredging company in the Netherlands.
The amount of governmental subsidies in The Netherlands for ‘green’ NGO’s amounts to over 200 million euro’s per year. The largest ‘private’ owner of natural areas in the Netherlands, Natuurmonumenten receives up to 40-50 million euro’s per year in government-support on a total budget of 120 million euro’s.
In addition green NGO’s like WWF and Greenpeace also benefited with 100’s of millions of euro’s from one of the largest lotteries in the world since 1990; The Postcode Lottery which is also active now in Sweden and Great Brittain.
Traditionally in mainstream-media ‘environmentalism’ is portrayed as a ‘left-wing’ enterprise, for ‘liberals’. Thus, one would expect to find ‘left’-leaning political allies in the board of the lottery. To the contrary, in the ‘90s and 2000’s it was presided by the ‘right-wing’-politician and McKinsey-CEO Pieter Winsemius of the ‘Liberal Democrats’ (VVD). He served as the first ‘Environment’ minister in The Netherlands.
In the Postcode Lottery’s current board ‘right wing’ is over-represented. Pe, with a former minister of Agriculture Cees Veerman of the Christian Democrats (CDA), and two other former diplomats and ministers of CDA, a right-wing politician employed by accountant-multinational KPMG, and a banker from ASR; the largest owner of agricultural land in the Netherlands.The estimated donations from the Postcode Lottery to ‘Green’ NGO’s since 1990 amounts to over 1 billion euro’s.
In addition the Goverment sponsored Natuurmonumenten since 2000 by 1 billion euro’s. Thus the yearly budget for lobbying polliticians and media by Green NGO’s of app. 200 million euro’s is more than the campaigning-budget of all Dutch political parties combined in a 4-year election-cycle.
Therefore, the public protesting windfarm development finds a multimillion-inflated Goliath that acts as a governmental extension.
Bootlegger-Baptist in action in The Netherlands
Two main actors in shaping the current Dutch environmental movement were the first and second Minister of the Environment. Pieter Winsemius, who worked for McKinsey as it’s Dutch Director and later in International leading positions. Winsemius was involved in the enforcement of the ‘green’ energy-targets in Friesland from 2013 onwards. For the Trilateral Commission of JP Morgan Chase-banker David Rockefeller, he sketched the International trajectory to the ‘Great Transition’, foreworded by Maurice Strong and David Rockefeller (Mac Neill, Winsemius, Yakuszii 1990).
The ‘tipping point’ – point of no return- for the Transition was put at the year 2012.
The leftwing-politician Wijnand Duivendak of the Green Party, and former director of the Dutch ‘Friends of the Earth’ claims to be the ‘inventor’ of the Dutch Version of this Climate Change Act’. However, it is now established under a ‘right wing’ coalition, advocated by the ‘right wing’ politician Ed Nijpels. (Liberal Democrats)
Nijpels was Winsemius his successor in 1988 as Environment Minister.
Winsemius became ‘interim’-Environment Minister in the year 2007/8. In the year 2008 a new law was enforced (Wro 2008, Rijkscoordinatieregeling). This law exempts the government from standard procedures in development-projects, if they are labelled ‘of national importance’. For example, nature-regulations are softened, and judicial possibilities to oppose projects by the public are restricted.
At this moment, all windfarm development is labelled as ‘of national importance’ and civillian protest groups have found themselve in-effrective in court to halt windfarm development in their country-side.
In the Netherlands the government (Minister Hirsch Ballin, Christian Democrats) adopted a ‘crisis’-law in 2010 that excludes itself from conservation and environmental laws that are strictly enforced on small business and the public. It is also not held accountable for cost-effectiveness in both financial and ecological sense.
In all cases the mostly government-sponsored ‘green’ NGO’s act as controlled oppostion.
The president of the Dutch Bird Protection, Atzo Nicolai a former ‘right wing’-politician- is also trustee of the largest windfarm-developer subsidized by the government, Eneco. Eneco has a partnership with the Dutch WWF. The campaigner against ‘fishermen damaging the seabed’- North Sea Foundation- is sponsored by both windfarm-developer Eneco and Boskalis. The later is the largest Sandmining- and Dredging company active at the North Sea.
One of the North Sea Foundation’s board-members, a marine ecologist from Wageningen University is also lobbyist for windfarm-development at sea; Han Lindeboom. An other board member, Niek Jan van Kesteren is the former president of the largest lobbying coalition of Dutch business-interests: VNO-NCW.
The coming year, 89 windturbines of ‘Windfarm Fryslan’ are erected in Natura 2000-bird-area Lake IJsselmeer at 800 mtrs from the Wadden Sea. The project is enforced through a new law (2008, Rijkscoordinatieregeling) that stiffles public opposition to projects that the government claims to be of ‘national interest’. As by 2018, all windfarm development is declared ‘national interest’.
‘Forest Windfarming’ and Waddenproof Windmills The government is considering rebranding ‘windfarm development’ to ‘Waddenproof windmills’. If an energy-project is rebranded as ‘innovation’ or ‘research’ it can be financed with funds from ‘nature restoration’ money from the Wadden Fund. This fund is managed by the provincial govermnents of Friesland, North Holland and Groningen. These governments use the Waddenfund to finance energy-politics of the National Government.
Thus they promote more windfarm development at the scenic Dutch Wadden Islands of Texel, Vlieland and Terschelling in their ‘Sustainable Wadden Islands Programme 2015-2018. Further south, the State Forest Agency cuts 6 hectares of 80 year old Robbenoordbos-forest.
The ‘Innovation Board’ of the government rebranded the clearance of forests for windfarm development as ‘Forest Windfarming’ in 2009. The Robbenoordbos-project was launched in 2013 as a ‘pilot-project’ for ‘research’; how much damage is acceptable.
The government pays academics from Wageningen University to seek excemptions in Nature-regulations to pursue development of windfarms in the Veluwe Forest (Henkens 2015) and Natura 2000. (Kistenkas 2014). Henkens et al state that ‘windmills can be an important factor in the transition to an energy-neutral society’, while Kistenkas states that ‘windenergy can be seen as ecosytemservice’.
At this moment, some of these projects are funded through funds of ‘nature restoration’. In 1993 the Ministry of Agriculture erected the National Greenfund as compensation-money from earlier destruction of natural values. Compensation is paid by goverments and project-developers as indulgance for pe a highway through forests. At this moment, over 1 billion euro’s is managed by the National Green Fund, presided by former Agriculture-minister Cees Veerman.
Veerman is also board-member of the Postcode Lottery; the largest private donor of over 100 million euro’s per year to ‘green’ NGO’s like WWF and Greenpeace.
The other large compensation fund is the Waddenfonds, erected by Shell as compensation for Natural Gas Exploration in th Wadden Sea.. At Ameland, 10hectares of natural area were industrialised with 4 million euro’s from this fund for a solar plant.
Framed as ‘innovation’ and ‘pilot’ or ‘green’ more industrial development in nature, funded with nature-restoration money- is at hand. Also two Biomass-plants are now financed by Nature Compensation-money from the National Green Fund.
‘Green subsidies’ may thus drive large scale nature destruction. For example, one biomass-plant of 44MW of the State Forestry Service at Purmerend consumes 100 thousand tons of wood-chips. The CO2-production is 150 thousand tons per year and the wood-volume equals the above-ground biomass of app 1000 hectares of forest. Adapting a large Coalplant, the Magnum-plant with 1311MW electric power to burner of woodchips, would lead to the burning of 7-13 hectares of forest per hour.
The governmental subsidy-scheme (SDE+ comparable to ‘Einspeisegesatz in Germany), erected by the Christian Democrats sponsors woodburning with app 1 billion euro’s per year from 2018 onwards. With 33 euro’s of subsidies per MWh this subsidies may lead to the burning of tens of thousands of hectares of forest per year.
In the Netherlands, ‘biomass’ now accounts for over 50% of all current ‘green energy’-development, together with the burning of waste.
They offer a ‘quick fix’ to make the government meet it’s EU-targets under the Renewable Energy Directive (2009). For the 10-10-target (10% ‘renewable’ before 2010) the Dutch Government sponsored an energy-company, Essent to burn wood from forests from Georgia (USA) with app 4 billion euro’s. This was financed through the MEP-subsidy-scheme in 2006. Thus it’s ‘climate’ target was met on paper.
Essent was the sponsor of the HIER climate-campaign in the Netherlands of WWF’s Sible Schone.
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