The public is starting to catch on that Greenpeace is anything but the innocent, peace-loving organization it claims to be. But that’s not stopping the radical environmental group from spreading false information to advance its extreme agenda.
The group’s latest victim is Resolute Forest Products, a Canadian timber company. In 2012, Greenpeace claimed Resolute violated forestry practices the company had agreed to follow. When Resolute threatened a defamation lawsuit, Greenpeace retracted its claims—yet kept promoting those same claims and even added new ones to delegitimize the company. According to The Wall Street Journal, it allegedly showed video footage of Canadian trees ravaged by an insect outbreak hundreds of miles away from Resolute’s lands, only to claim the timber company was responsible for the damage.
Greenpeace is now defending itself from charges of “defamation, malicious falsehood, and intentional interference with economic relations.”
It’s become standard procedure: Greenpeace has been kicked out of Canada, India, and New Zealand in the past for “falsifying balance sheets” and “promoting an anti-development agenda” among other reasons. Resolute’s mother country of Canada even declared the organization has “no public benefit.”
Judging by the group’s tactics, it’s easy to understand why. Just harken back to Greenpeace’s infamous press release of 2006: “In the twenty years since the Chernobyl tragedy, the world’s worst nuclear accident, there have been nearly [FILL IN ALARMIST AND ARMAGEDDONIST FACTOID HERE].” It seems even Greenpeace gets the joke—internally at least.
Too often, businesses cave into fact-challenged activist groups that are anything but reasonable. It’s nice to see one that is, well, resolute in its convictions.