By Justin Pulliam THE NEWS that Lord Monckton was to give his “Climate of Freedom” lecture at Union College in Schenectady, New York, had thrown the university’s environmentalists into a turmoil. The campus environmentalists set up a Facebook page announcing a counter-meeting of their own immediately following Monckton’s lecture. There is no debate about global warming, they announced. There is a consensus. The science is settled. Their meeting would be addressed by professors and PhDs, the “true” scientists, no less. Sparks, it seemed, were gonna fly. Traveling with Lord Monckton on the East Coast leg of his current whistle-stop tour of [...]
By Duggan Flanakin (reviewer)The central theme of Deep Green Resistance, written by Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen (author of Endgame), is simple. To save the planet, its wildlife and some of its people, the enlightened few must rise up in resistance – not to reform, but rather to totally tear down the corporate capitalist economic system, and even civilization itself as we know it. Jensen presents his thesis in the book's preface. "The dominant culture – civilization – is killing the planet, and it is long past time for those of us who care about life on earth to [...]
CFACT's campus arm, Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow, is in D.C. this week for CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), and they are already drawing attention with a human-sized hamster wheel! CBS News covered the story, demonstrating that CFACT's Collegians have a knack for creative activism that communicates our message of free-market environmentalism to a large audience. (Click here for the press release) This time, Collegians has targeted renewable energy. Radical environmentalists and the Obama administration want America to stop using the reliable clean coal power that supplies the country with affordable electricity. Instead, they call for a switch to so-called "renewable" [...]
CFACT Director of Policy Research Duggan Flanakin recently lead a five-person team on a journey through Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The first stop along the way was the City of Joy Foundation (Fundacion Ciudad de la Alegria) and the nearby impoverished village of Valle Verde, which lies on the outskirts of wealthy Cancun. In both locations the team met up with old friends and made new ones as they reported on the benefits of the laptop computers and solar panels that previous CFACT teams had brought to the area. CFACT photographer Sarah Cowles and volunteer Jason Lively visit with a technician [...]
By Jillian LeMelleOn Flag Day (June 14), CFACT Director of Policy Research Duggan Flanakin led a team of three staffers and three Collegian students from the University of Louisiana - Lafayette on a boat tour departing from LaFitte, Louisiana, and out to Queen Bess Island, the nesting home of Louisiana's state bird, the brown pelican. The drive from Lafayette to LaFitte took approximately four hours. When we finallyarrived, we were greeted by beautiful scenery. The land we stood on formed the shape of ahorseshoe; the boat in which we were going was docked in the curve of the shoe. The left [...]
Boston, MA – On Monday morning, as Boston College students assembled to participate in the commencement ceremony in Alumni Stadium, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) offered them some advice: Don’t listen to whatever General Electric Chairman Jeff Immelt tells you, it is better to be an inventor or innovator than a rent-seeker. “Jeff Immelt is the worst sort of example to hold up to the graduating seniors: someone who pursues policies that destroy jobs, seeks government subsidies for ideas that fail in the marketplace, and supports liberal politicians who seek to expand government control of every aspect of society,” [...]
Knoxville, TN- Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) hosted a protest of the award of an honorary degree to Al Gore at the University of Tennessee’s commencement ceremonies on May 14. “Al Gore is setting a new standard for underserved honors,” said Dillon MacDonald who is a CFACT-TN leader. “First he got a Nobel prize although he didn't bring peace, now he's getting an honorary degree for scaring Americans with flawed science. He flies in private jets, just bought another mansion, yet tells working people their houses are too large, their showers too warm, their cars too fast and our economy [...]
CFACT recently returned from Quintano Roo, Mexico. This time, CFACT at the University of Texas-Austin went down with 7 laptops and solar panels, prepared to help better lives and give people a future. Students learned why the way CFACT does 3rd world development is a far more effective way of creating change and helping people than the way the left does.
CFACT members challenged the demonstrators, asking why they weren't going in to watch the movie. 'Are you aware of the facts in the movie?' Ruffy asked Berthiaume. Berthiaume told him he'd seen the trailer, but was not interested in watching the film at this time."
Hundreds of unhappy protesters surrounded Mizner Auditorium in Boca Raton, Florida, to confront alarmist ideas espoused by former vice-president Al Gore, who was there to give a speech on global warming. Mr. Gore's claim that global climate change is the most dire issue of the day was met by boos from the crowd, a large portion of whom were CFACT's Florida branch of Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow. Furthering the ideals that CFACT stands for, the crowd carried signs that decried the dangers of cap and trade legislation and denied Mr. Gore's claim that there is a scientific consensus supporting man-made climate [...]
Today hundreds gathered in at the State Capitol in Madison, Wi to oppose Al Gore and his alarmist Climate Change policies. Despite the cold, an enthusiastic crowd gathered to send Al Gore a clear message: “Don’t Fry Our Economy!” “It was an amazing turnout, even though rain and cold usually keeps people away. We were out to tell Al Gore and his friends that Cap and Trade will kill our economy, take jobs away, and tax American families out of their homes,” said UW CFACT president Alex Hansen. Senator Glenn Grothman and Representative Jim Ott both spoke on the truth about [...]
By Christina WilsonCFACT Collegians traveled to Cancun, Mexico for its annual Eco Summit. It sounds glamorous doesn’t it - bright lights, blue water, white beaches and fun in the sun? Not for CFACT. Students from all over the United States, representing 15 different college campuses, flew to Mexico not to simply hang out, but to put CFACT’s message into action. CFACT has always believed that a practical application of free market principles can bring people in the developing world into a world of technology, prosperity, and liberty. For years the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow advocated for this idea, but it [...]
The Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the University of Wisconsin for denying their student chapter eligibility to receive student funding on Thursday. The plaintiffs, whose lawsuit is being handled by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), are charging the University with violating its “viewpoint neutrality” standard in dispensing student fees by denying their chapter recognition as student group eligible to receive university monies. “Numerous other groups, including the Wisconsin Public Interest Group (WisPIRG) were granted eligibility though they do not provide near the services to students our club does,” noted CFACT spokeman Bill [...]
When attendees started entering, the students took position a few feet away from the doors and began passing out a fact sheet tailored to the event. The speakers were convinced that the Arctic is melting because of human-induced global warming, and emphasized the importance of native peoples using renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. CFACT's message was that man-made global warming is overblown, that denying native peoples the full use of modern technology is eco-imperialism, and that wind and solar are not environmentally benign. Symposium attendees and other museum goers were very receptive to their message. One school teacher [...]
Madison, WI - A group of legislators and students gathered together to present a letter signed by all to University of Wisconsin Chancellor Biddy Martin. Earlier this school year, Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow was denied funding from segregated fees for next year. CFACT appealed that decision all the way up to the Chancellor who denied them funding. CFACT stands for Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow, a campus based organization committed to sound science on environmental issues and the promotion of constructive solutions to environmental problems. CFACT has been on the UW Campus since 2002 and has reach many thousands of [...]