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Nativist ‘Environmentalists’ Enraged at Exclusion from Conference

By Leah Nelson on February 7, 2012 - 10:19 am, Posted in Anti-Immigrant

Anti-immigrant extremists are furious over a decision by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to exclude Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), a nativist organization masquerading as an environmental group, from its annual meeting.

In a press release this week, CAPS board member Stuart Hurlbert, an emeritus professor of biology of San Diego State University, raged that AAAS was “openly censor[ing] speech and access to information” and asked why the group “fears any discussion of stabilizing U.S. population by lowering immigration.”

AAAS “fears” nothing of the sort. Spokeswoman Ginger Pinholster told Hatewatch that the group welcomes any “science-focused” entity to apply for exhibit space at its conference. AAAS declined CAPS’ application because “upon investigation, we concluded they were more focused on political issues like immigration than on evidence-based scientific issues,” Pinholster said.

Hurlbert’s press release, which says that 100 U.S. and Canadian scientists and “other scholars” are protesting the AAAS event, was issued not by CAPS but by The Social Contract Press (TSCP), a race-baiting hate group with a special animus toward immigrants. Like CAPS, TSCP gets its cash from U.S. Inc., the funding conduit for an entire network of anti-immigrant organizations, including hate groups like the Federation for American Immigration Reform and think tanks like the Center for Immigration Studies, founded and/or funded by John Tanton, architect of the modern anti-immigration movement.

Yesterday’s press release wasn’t the only vent for CAPS’ spleen. Hurlbert’s tale of woe also made the cover of the winter edition of TSCP’s quarterly journal, The Social Contract, which once dedicated an entire issue to arguing that no Muslim immigrants should be allowed into the U.S. and has claimed that multiculturalists are trying to replace “successful Euro-American culture” with “dysfunctional Third World cultures.” In a screed co-authored with representatives of the Population Institute of Canada (PIC) – an anti-immigrant group that lost its space at the conference after AAAS learned it planned to have CAPS co-staff its booth – Hurlbert detailed the “saga,” bemoaning the presence within the scientific community of “censors and axers of truth.”

But PIC wasn’t “censored.” It violated AAAS rules about who can staff presentations at its conferences. “There is no bait-and-switch; one organization cannot be a front for another,” Pinholster told Hatewatch.

What’s more, she said, AAAS does “speak out” – but only on issues “at the intersection of science and society.” Questions about the consequences of population growth – a subject to which the AAAS last year devoted an entire issue of its magazine – are “not something we shy away from,” Pinholster said. But “we do make a distinction between evidence-based scientific discourse and political agendas.”

Hurlbert doesn’t. In addition to serving on the board of CAPS, he coordinates Americans United to Halt Tourism in Mexico. Last year, he helped run the Support Arizona/Boycott San Diego Coalition, which so favored Arizona’s draconian anti-immigrant law that it threatened to boycott San Diego, its own city, because of a city council resolution condemning the Arizona law. (Calls for a boycott were rescinded when the coalition realized that unlike some California cities, San Diego wasn’t actually boycotting Arizona.) Standing with Hurlbert in both coalitions are the San Diego Minutemen, a hot-tempered nativist extremist group headed by Jeff Schwilk, and Barbara Coe’s vicious California Coalition for Immigration Reform.

Last month, Hurlbert and the president of the Population Institute of Canada launched a miniature crusade against the authors of Too Many People? Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis, a book condemning attempts to link immigration to environmental concerns.

“Support for immigration controls strengthens the most regressive forces in our societies and weakens our ability to deal with the real causes of environmental problems,” the book warns. “Immigrants are not pollution. Anti-immigration policies divide the environmental movement along race, class, and gender lines, at a time when the broadest possible unity is essential.”

  • kate

    Correction: I realized when I said “elites” that that could be construed as a dog whistle for small minders for another level of stupid they hold; that there exists some kind of cultural group that hands down control over the generations and plots directly the destruction of the world, blah blah blah.

    No, I don’t mean Jews, the Illuminati, Commies or any other imaginary group invented long ago by the information challenged.

    I mean an every changing and fluid group of plutocrats who by acquisition of money through various means, usually through their positions in corporate entities, or as most usually is the case, plutocrats who ride on the back of the faceless, dumb corporation.

    Corporations are entities constructed for profit that function like automatic machines, some fail, but others will rise in prominence to take their place, filled with small figure-heads that are empowered by small groups (shareholders) and larger blocks (stock holders) who by the faithful diligence of its workers, ensure that the entity moves on the service the goal of increases profits and earnings to feed the three groups mentioned above.

    They aren’t any one block of people, they don’t represent any one ideal of world domination or control. They just are a parts of a larger machinery that is running rampant and without controls, with no other regard than the three goals mentioned above.

    That’s the problem and unless and until people turn, unified to deal with that problem, all the rest is just silly or as in the case of these bigots, really, really stupid and tragic.

  • kate

    What a bunch of idiots and what a shame that our public education system pumps out people so challenged in their critical thinking skills that they’d participate in warping the democratic ideal into a monster that reasonable people can hardly recognize.

    I’ve read here paranoid commentary about “the Frankfort School”, the ridiculous notion that somehow, for a reason yet unexplained, the movement of a population across a border has some environmental impact that is isolated to their cross-border destination. Is there some kind of force-field of atmosphere or other physical barrier that makes population growth and its attendant issues only an issue across some man-made, arbitrary line?

    Absurd, population growth is a problem all over the world and one not addressed by the elite who hold the power and control capital globally. A labor pool that is diluted with more human capital than can be used at any one time keeps their profits up and living standards down. All the rest to them is nothing. All the while, while our planet suffers irreversible damage and people die in poverty across the globe, fools like American bigots form groups and rally against imagined enemies, invented out of the fertid, fearful imaginations.

    And as if that’s not tragic enough, a commenter recounts the tragic, genocidal history of the development of the United States and without hesitation, a member of the flock of ignorants come out to say he/she doesn’t believe the historic analysis that every historic scholar and ninth grader knows very well and can see with their own eyes.

    As if that’s not enough revelation of the extent of paranoid and delusional abilities of the American bigot mind, then they trot out the tired old commie line. Honestly, can’t you just let Marx rest in peace? The man is dead, the philosophy never hit the ground running any more than the development of that far-off Libertarian state.

    Most often I think our society abuses pharmaceuticals far too much, but in the instance of nativists and other American bigots, a good case exists for the use of mood altering medication on a daily basis.

  • Deep Ecology

    To all:

    I am very interested in thoughtful comment by those who DO NOT link population growth (measured by fertility rates or immigration or both) with environmental stabilization and sustainability. Essentially, the question is can we (or any bioregion) continue to increase population and not suffer environmental degradation?

  • Reynardine

    Echoes happen where everything is empty and hollow.

  • http://Twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Mitch,

    The only echo is inside Jason’s head.

  • Mitch Beales

    Jason Smith is there an echo in here?

  • Sam Molloy

    The spiritual aspect could work. Right now most religious zealots seem to be on the wrong side of every issue. Christian end times scholars have long claimed that the Antichrist will outlaw all religion as they cause most of the problems. I’m beginning to see the logic in that, but I still believe Jesus was originally on the right side of every issue. I’m going to look into the deep ecology thing further.

  • Deep Ecology

    Sam, the cultural, economic and political barriers to sustainability/reductionism are perhaps insurmountable as you say.

    Deep Ecology as a movement emphasizes spiritual and philosophical change vis a vis mankinds place and function within nature.

    As an idealist, I am a consistent advocate for it, as a realist about human nature, I am pessimistic that we as species can make the leap.

  • Sam Molloy

    BTW, that doesn’t have to be some sort of Final Coundown 3, Totaltarian, “Agenda 21″ style cattle farm. Condos could be totally soundproof, yards and houses could be smaller and made from modern materials. Right now you can buy some really small but nice, fun to drive cars in India. We don’t get real progress because everybody wants to make a buck playing Americans for the suckers they are.

  • Sam Molloy

    Deep, Good luck convincing anybody that grew up dirt poor that the simple life is best, that possessions own you, and the latest gadget is a carnival huckster’s game. Most of the original Hippies from the Summer of Love, and the founding members of the Occupy Movement, grew up in prosperity. Maybe simplicity can be sold as the chic of the very very very rich, (I do get it) but there’s not a penny to be made selling it.

  • Deep Ecology

    It never ceases to amaze and confound when after reading an article about a very specific topic (acceptable/unacceptable scientific inquiry that in no way intrudes on or touches social and cultural sensitivities) the scope and direction of the follow-on comments.

    The fact that many (not all) organizations that wish to reduce or halt immigration have grabbed onto the environmental component to bolster their arguments is well known. These nativists, xenophobes, and cultural preservationists are environmentalists only in the sense that they say they are, but in reality are completely disingenuous about their true motives. However, population growth and its impact, esp vis a vis our current obsession with economic growth and finite resource utilization is an issue central to saving what remains of our biosphere. That discussion should be front and center in any discussion on the enviroment and mans place in it, sans worries about political correctness.

  • Reynardine

    Ruben, have you just called the leaders of these white-supremacist groups a bunch of sheep-lovers? I like it!

  • Sam Molloy

    My complements as well, Ruben. My ancestors, the Irish, stupidly kept having babies even when there were no jobs or land to support them, so many came here in search of a better life. Most of us have by now figured out where the babies were coming from. Some of us ignore the old rules about gender and love who we like.

  • Kiwiwriter

    “I have been in the pro-white movement for many years now…” says Jason Smith.

    Mr. Smith, I am truly sorry for how you have wasted your life and damaged the lives of those others in the pursuit of lies, hatred, bigotry, and cynicism. What have you accomplished in all those years? Have you improved the lives of any other human beings? Have you done anything to improve the earth? All you do is wage little flame wars on the Internet and support the lies and deceits of crackpots and cynical manipulators.

    And the sad part is, when your number are all in, the verdict on you will be, “He hated.”

    What a waste of a life. I’m saddened by you, not angered.

  • chris schultz

    Priceless work SPLC environmentalists in quotes. Of course super capitalist steve jobs worshipping leftists are the only ecologically sensitive citizens. Keep peddling your modernist nonsense, you are waging a losing battle.

  • A.D.M.

    Hey, Jason, just because your bigoted behind don’t think the Trail of Tears was not important doesn’t make it so. That’s like saying the crwation of white out wasn’t important. Well, it was. It was important when it came to how the U.S. government treated Native Americans. The only person I see coming up with lies is you. People like you always distort things like the myth of white racial unity in Europe when there is no such thing and certain events happening to folks that don’t look like you not being important when in fact they are. WNs are one of the biggest liars I’ve witnessed.

    You’re foolish and as long as you continue on your current path, you’ll always be that way, but that’s your choice.

  • SayItAgainSam

    To ruben,

    I wish you could hear my very loud applause. Fantastic comments and oh, so accurate.

  • ruben

    jason you do not accept historical fact because you have bought into your white right wing propaganda lock,stock and barrel…the leaders of your groups love sheep like you that cannot think for themselves and are EASILY BRAINWASHED AND MANIPULATED!….we are talking about the destruction of our eco system and enviroment….and you refuse to accept the fact that since the arrival of the europeans to this continent the demise of this once pristine and virgin land has been at full speed ahead….all the big industrial factories that pollute our rivers and streams with chemical run off are mostly owned by people of european decent….all the timber companies that clear cut the forests are mostly owned by people of european decent….all the big oil companies hear in the u.s that have caused great damage recently to our oceans (e.g exxon valdez and b.p) are mostly owned by people of european decent…the big ranchers that lease thousands of grazing acres for there cattle and sheep that eat and destroy anything green and cry when they release wolves or grizzlies back into the natural balance of nature…they are also of mostly european decent….and now hurlbert and the other ignorant bigots have the audacity to point fingers at some one else…how can you compare the carbon footprint of a peasant indigenous person of this land to the devastation that the euro’s have and still create…..it’s like comparing the common cold to the black plague.but like i have stated hypocrisy and bigotry often go hand in hand.

  • Reynardine

    Aztecs made wheeled toys. They didn’t make wheeled vehicles because they had neither the highway system nor the shortgrass plains that would have made these usable. Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica had all the other trappings of their Old World contemporaries, including a better calendar and a zero numeral (which we only learned from the Arabs), except gunpowder (which we only got from the Chinese, who likely got it, along with tea and silk, from the Bengalis). Even spaghetti was discovered in China by Marco Polo, who then returned to Italy as Rolo Polo. Only after the opening of the Americas, though, was there tomato sauce to put on it. What kind of spumoni could have followed, though, without chocolate or vanilla or any strawberries bigger than your fingernail? Phaseolus beans (limas, kidneys, etc) and Cucurbita gourdfruit (pumpkins and squash) all awaited their transfer from the New World, and I haven’t even started on potatoes and corn. Now, excuse me: I have to go out and water the Zea mays.

  • Jason Smith

    A.D.M. cites the example of ‘The Trail of Tears’. I think it wasn’t very important from a historical perspective and I’ll tell you why. During the 20th Century Stalin sent 40 million of his own people off to Gulags in Siberia. Mao murdered 60 million people. So I believe a thousand years from now the “Trail of Tears” will not even be a footnote in the history books. Historians will focus instead on the crimes of Communism. The “Trail of Tears” was not significant.

  • Jason Smith

    Response to Mitch, A.D.M, Ruben, and other Leftists here,

    I have reviewed the comments of these individuals listed above and I can say that I’ve heard it all before. It’s a tactic based on critical theory developed by the Frankfurt school, and are lies. The founders of the Frankfurt school were . Every historical example they cite is either of no importance. It is a tactic of constant criticism of Western Civilization used as a disarming technique. Their objective is to break down our civilization through constant criticism.

    Mitch, A.D.M, Ruben, and other …. I am familiar with your tactics and lies and I am not affected by it. Your narrative of history is a lie. I’ve heard these lies for many years and you’re not telling me anything I haven’t heard before from a Commie.

  • Jason Smith

    Response to Mitch, A.D.M, Ruben, and other Leftists here>

    I have reviewed the comments of these individuals listed above and I can say that I’ve heard it all before. It’s a tactic based on critical theory developed by the Frankfurt school, and are lies. The founders of the Frankfurt school were . Every historical example they cite is either of no importance. It is a tactic of constant criticism of Western Civilization used as a disarming technique. Their objective is to break down our civilization through constant criticism.

    Mitch, A.D.M, Ruben, and other …. I am familiar with your tactics and lies and I am not affected by it. Your narrative of history is a lie. I’ve heard these lies for many years and you’re not telling me anything I haven’t heard before from a Commie.

  • http://Twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Hey Pete,

    Would you mind defining ‘white’ for me?

    Thanks!

  • Pete

    “for many thousands of years the native people took only what they needed to survive and had respect for the enviroment and eco system but when the euro’s came greed came with them and it was pretty much all she wrote…..one thing i have learned about the pro white people is that they are hypocrites”

    Indians lived that way because they lacked the intelligence to come up with Western inventions. I don’t see any Indians living like they did for thousands of years today.

  • Pete

    One of the good things of the 1960s liberals was the idea of zero population growth. Overpopulation and degradation of the environment is real. This idea only fall out of favor when white people fell below replacement levels then the dreaded “R-word” came into play and the whole idea went away.

  • Mitch Beales

    Jason Smith the longest journey begins with a single step. You are not “pro-white” you are pro-hate and anti-human.

  • A.D.M.

    “I have been in the pro-white movement for many years now and I am familiar with the narrative of history you posted; I simply believe it is not true. European Americans are not guilty of any crimes. We are not bigots, ignorant, or any other label you wish to append to us. You are calling us names. You must cite specific examples where you allege a white person has done something wrong, and then the posters here can debate the issue.” – Jason Smith

    First of all, you are not European. You’re about as European as Domino’s Pizza is an authentic Italian restaurant. Second, you are a bigot because of the comments you made against folks that don’t look like you. Third, you are ignorant because you take what’s said at WN sites as gospel. Fourth, I can post numerous articles concerning the genocide against Native Americans – a real genocide – at the hands of white settlers.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trail_of_Tears
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_removal
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manifest_Destiny

    You fail in U.S. history.

  • A.D.M.

    “My response: I suppose his comment was meant as a joke. I’ve heard statements like this before and I am familiar with it. Mitch, the mistake you are making is you need to consider large statistical populations. If there is just one person, either myself or some idealized immigrant poster child that fits your narrative, of course it makes no sense. You must consider there is a vast population streaming from Mexico into the USA consisting of many millions of people. There are now 11 million illegal aliens. By some estimates it is higher.” – Jason Smith

    Actually, the Obama Administration has had a record number deportations since 2009. Last year, 2011, there were nearly 400,000 deportations and Obama Administration has deported more people than the Bush, Jr. Administration. Because of that, Obama’s Latino support has decreased.

    http://blog.chron.com/txpotoma.....-match-up/

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....18002.html

    Because of those record number of deportations, the amount of folks crossing the southern border into the U.S. has dropped.

  • http://yahoo ruben

    again non native europeans to north america have created the most and in many cases irreversible DAMAGE to this enviroment…rubliw says illegal immigrants kill animals in the canyons….compare that to the millions of bison that were slaughtered by the europeans….and all the other wild life that became extinct or pushed to the brink of extinction by the immigrants from europe….all the pristine forests cut down….feces in the streams?how about industrial chemicals in the streams from all the factories.in the 300 years or so that the europeans have been in the new world they have created more devastation to this land than all the thousands of years before that the natives have been here…..jason i am not calling names just stating facts….but the truth hurts…..for many thousands of years the native people took only what they needed to survive and had respect for the enviroment and eco system but when the euro’s came greed came with them and it was pretty much all she wrote…..one thing i have learned about the pro white people is that they are hypocrites.

  • rubliw

    To say illegal immigration has no effect on our environment is ridiculous. Have you not seen the trails they use? The pounds and pounds of trash they have left behind,leaving it as a dump. How about those canyon camps, can you say fire? trash? or how about feces in the streams. I do believe that’s environmental. They kill the animals in the canyon, how do we know one day it won’t be a protected species? Only those with their head in the sand and fighting groups with a vindictive vendetta can not see this? Instead of helping America they’d rather lie, fake or whatever is necessary to try and prove their point about any group they want to hate. (which is a whole lot) This censorship in the media, in groups, in anything where equal ideas should be exchanged and learned. Why preach to the choir? Share and learn people!!!

  • Jason Smith

    Ruben,

    I have been in the pro-white movement for many years now and I am familiar with the narrative of history you posted; I simply believe it is not true. European Americans are not guilty of any crimes. We are not bigots, ignorant, or any other label you wish to append to us. You are calling us names. You must cite specific examples where you allege a white person has done something wrong, and then the posters here can debate the issue.

  • Jason Smith

    Mitch wrote: “… why don’t you volunteer?”

    My response: I suppose his comment was meant as a joke. I’ve heard statements like this before and I am familiar with it. Mitch, the mistake you are making is you need to consider large statistical populations. If there is just one person, either myself or some idealized immigrant poster child that fits your narrative, of course it makes no sense. You must consider there is a vast population streaming from Mexico into the USA consisting of many millions of people. There are now 11 million illegal aliens. By some estimates it is higher.

  • ModerateMike

    ” to ignore the environmental impact caused by illegal entry into the US by undocumented immigrants is irresponsible. ”

    Who is ignoring this? The article did state that AAAS devoted an entire issue of their magazine to the subject of population growth last year.

    “To date, I have never seen SPLC contribute in anyway to better the conditions or policies for the benefit of any immigrant illegal, legal or otherwise.”

    Then you haven’t looked. Here are several examples:

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-i.....lc-lawsuit

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-i.....of-america

    “One issue is not more important than another, just because one says so.”

    Tell that to FAIR and CAPS; it is they who are focused on one issue. Peruse the SPLC website, and you will see that they address numerous issues other than immigration.

    “This is not Burger King, you don’t get to have things all your way on this issue.”

    Are immigrants getting their way? When last I checked, no attempt at amnesty had succeeded in this century, and the federal government had deported over 396,000 people in fiscal 2011 alone (44 percent of whom had no criminal record; the figure of 396,000 came from ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen).

  • Mitch Beales

    Jason Smith if human population is reduced there will be less human generated waste and less human consumption of resources (e.g. water resources in the desert southwest). Why don’t you volunteer?

  • Mitch Beales

    unReasonable Point if you are not aware of all that SPLC has done to defend the rights of immigrants you have your head buried deep in the sand. Pull it out before you suffocate.

  • http://yahoo ruben

    how anyone can compare the carbon footprints of illegal immigrants to the real villains of our eco systems and enviroment….mega billion dollar corporations like bp is beyond belief!…they cry about keeping this country euro/american but these ignorant bigots are too dumb or just plain simply act stupid to the fact that the european immigrants to this continent are the ones most responsible BY FAR WITH THE DESTRUCTION OF IT!…ever since the first europeans set foot on this land it was open season to its demise….they came with the greedy attitude of get rich no matter what and if you have to destroy the enviroment while you are add it so what!….what happens when you introduce a animal or plant species to an eco system that it is not native to…it creates havoc with all the native plants and animals to that eco system!….the same can be said for humans everywhere the europeans migrated to other parts of the world that they are NON NATIVE TOO! destruction of those eco systems and indigenous people followed with devastating results….most of the illegals that they want to blame are native to this continent they are used to living a simple life and they don’t need much you cannot compare there carbon footprint to someone who has televisions in every room or pc’s and every other toxic appliance that you can think of…..these bigots need to take a long look at the mirror when they want to find the real culprits to north americas environment.

  • Stuart Hurlbert

    SPLC’s own website (at http://www.splcenter.org/blog/.....38;submit= ) offers the best characterization of the nature of the organization:

    “The SPLC is basically a fascistic, hate-mongering organization with an open borders agenda. Its main strategy is use smear tactics, innuendo and charges of “hate” against any individual or group that has become effective in stymying the open borders agenda of SPCL and other organizations of the radical left and radical right.”

  • Robert

    When people start using science to pitch a political agenda, what you get is a Ted Kaczynski.

    Science and religion should be apart from politics.

  • Sem

    They just wanted to avoid the friction, that’s all.

  • beverly

    You mean ILLEGAL ALIEN HATING right?

    Tell the truth Southern making us poverty stricken with your BS.

  • Reasonable Point

    Wanting to come to America for a better life should not be a crime, but to ignore the environmental impact caused by illegal entry into the US by undocumented immigrants is irresponsible.

    I understand the concern SPLC has for undocumented people, but when one cannot intelligently argue a point, name calling and hate labeling just exhibits lack of support or merit to the argument.

    I would suggest SPLC sit down and find common ground with CAPS and FAIR, in order to find a solution to the problem at hand. Unless the sole purpose for SPLC existence is to profit from race baiting, then a thoughtful argument with well supported information, logic, facts or warrants would undermine their profit making ability.

    To date, I have never seen SPLC contribute in anyway to better the conditions or policies for the benefit of any immigrant illegal, legal or otherwise.

    This is not Burger King, you don’t get to have things all your way on this issue. One issue is not more important than another, just because one says so.

  • Jason Smith

    Logically, it is a legitimate position. If human population is reduced there will be less human generated waste and less human consumption of resources (e.g. water resources in the desert southwest).

  • CIA Jon

    another victory for science

  • http://Twitter.com/AronL Aron

    I for one am very glad that my spleen never needs venting. I cannot imagine how icky the cleanup would be. Heehee!

    Also, good on AAAS. CAPS does not represent true environmental science: they are concerned with, at best, sociology, and at worst, race-baiting politics.