Frances Beinecke is president of the Natural Resources Defense Council and for several decades has been among the most active environmental legal activists in using court suits and the threat thereof to stop the fossil fuel energy development required to keep the American economy – aka as “the people” – moving.
She was also just appointed by President Obama as a member of his special commission tasked with investigating the Gulf Oil Spill. But they might as well shut down the commission and let the NRDC chief write the panel’s report because Beinecke already knows what caused the worst environmental calamity in U.S. history – We did.
If you doubt it, check out this quote from Beinecke from her May 27 column on Huffington Post:
“We can blame BP for the disaster, and we should. We can blame lack of adequate government oversight for the disaster, and we should. But in the end, we also must place the blame where it originated: America’s addiction to oil.”
That’s right – BP’s Deepwater Horizon blew up and has since been gushing thousands of gallons of thick, black crude oil in to the Gulf of Mexico because you and I insist on being able to drive our cars to and from work, to and from the grocery store, to and from school, to and from a thousand other places in our daily lives.
It’s all our fault, people.
Maybe if we just listened to our betters like Beinecke, who obviously knows so much more about how all of us should live our lives than we do, then everybody would be happy, life would be sweet, world peace would break out, and we could all sing Hosannas to the wonderful experts who saved us and Mother Earth.
If you’d like to take in more of Beinecke’s wisdom, you can read the rest of that Huffpo column here.
By the way, Beinecke made more than $432,000 last year as NRDC’s president. Her non-profit organization also reported having in excess of $232 million in assets, employed more than 100 people full-time, and received at least $358,000 in government contracts.
Who knew that doing good could be so lucrative?