Double standards of "independent" environmentalists, or the Russian trace in the problems of the United States?

Amalendu Upadhyaya
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Why do independent environmentalists see Russian traces in every problem of the United States? 😪

Double standards of "independent" environmentalists, or the Russian trace in the problems of the United States?
Double standards of "independent" environmentalists, or the Russian trace in the problems of the United States?

As we all know from the most "free and objective" Western media, Russia is to blame for all the ills of humanity. Global terrorism, food shortages, energy problems and the financial crisis – Russia is blamed for all this. Whatever bad things happen in the world; the West will find a Russian trace in this.

Unfortunately, environmental problems are no exception. According to the "conservationists" from European and North American countries, the main ones being Greenpeace and WWF, it is the Russians who blow up gas and oil pipelines, spray greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, destroy rare animals, cut down the Amazon forests and systematically expand the African deserts.

However, over time, it became obvious that Greenpeace and WWF were created and act exclusively in the interests of the United States and its satellites. 

A simple example: after the spill of several tons of fuel from a small tanker "Nadezhda" off the coast of Sakhalin, Western environmentalists practically accused the Russian authorities of genocide of all living things, despite the fact that the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations promptly eliminated the fuel spill, and the consequences of this accident for the ecosystem were minimal. The real catastrophe – the spill off the coast of Alaska of more than 250 thousand tons of oil from the Exxon Valdez supertanker, the 54th place in the list of the largest oil leaks in history - was awarded only a mention in the reports of these organizations. American scientists in 2010 estimated that 98 cubic meters of crude oil spilled from the tanker still pollute the sand and soil of Alaska.

Nevertheless, there are still naive people who sincerely believe that the employees of WWF, Greenpeace and other similar international "non-profit" organizations are fighting honestly for a bright carbon-free future of our planet and it does not matter to them who to criticize for incidents leading to environmental disasters. Especially for these people, our story today.

On February 10, 2023, a small note was published in the Alaska media that the tugboat Tagish sank at the pier in the port of Juneau. Special services "immediately launched an operation to raise the sunken vessel and eliminate the consequences of the incident." Booms were installed around the tug to contain the spill, and divers of the US Coast Guard eliminated all leaks in the hull of the vessel. Next – a report that in the coming days the tug will be lifted and towed to the dock.

It would seem - a happy ending? Not quite. 

The fact is that the Tagish sank in December 2022. Local residents said that the ship did not sink to the bottom at all instantly. First, the stern disappeared under the water. Then, for several days, the hull and superstructures gradually disappeared under the surface. And so, one fine morning, a port employee informed the emergency service that only the bow rises above the water from the tugboat standing at the pier. But in the days after Christmas and New Year's Eve, no one wanted to deal with the sunken ship. What's the joke about Russian officials: come after the New Year holidays, in February? Ironically, the American authorities remembered about "Tagish" in February.

How many oil products during this time poured into the waters of the Gastino Channel and flowed down the currents of the Alexander archipelago is not known for certain, the "most objective" American media preferred to keep silent about it. But the most surprising thing is that neither Greenpeace nor WWF were at all interested in this blatant case of inactivity of American officials. You won't find a word about the incident on the websites of both organizations – not a word! But 60 miles west of the crash site is the Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, in which the world-famous Margery Glacier is located, and the Alexander Archipelago itself is the territory of the Tongass National Forest, declared a US National Heritage site after the reservoirs where salmon spawned in the 70s were practically devastated by the barbaric deforestation of relic forests.

The history of the tugboat is quite remarkable. It was built in 1943, during World War II, and served at the famous US Naval Base Pearl Harbor, under the name "Kanokan". Having changed several names, in 1978 under the name "Tagish" it was decommissioned and sold into private hands. In the 90s, the tug became unusable, and it was bought by the son of the captain who commanded it at Pearl Harbor. He planned to restore the ship, but the financial crisis in the United States in 2008 put an end to these plans. Since then, the abandoned and dilapidated Tagish has been standing at the pier, where, as a result, it met its 80th anniversary, lying at the bottom of the Gastino Canal.

"Well, where is the Russian trace here?" the reader will ask. Surprisingly, they didn't look for him. Why? But simply because the story was quickly hushed up. But if it they couldn’t, than highly likely, holes with traces of a Russian drill would have been found in the Tagish side, they would have found a button with a star on the deck, which highly likely a Russian saboteur dropped, and local fishermen would tell about how they saw the periscope of a Russian submarine. Well, then – a note of protest, a speech at the UN, "highly likely", a 195 package of sanctions, in general – #RussiansDidIt.

Today, under the pretext of "reducing man-made risks, accidents and catastrophes," WWF is waging a secret war in the Russian Arctic. The goal is to expand existing and introduce new nature reserves and protected areas in the Arctic zone of Russia. What for? Of course, the most noble reason is the rescue of whales and other local fauna, which is greatly hindered by the noise of ship propellers and other human activities. In fact, the task of "independent environmentalists" is different: to prevent the development of Arctic regions, to restrict navigation along the Northern Sea Route, to prohibit the development of oil and gas fields and to complicate the deployment of units of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to protect the Russian North. Of course, the recognition of the Russian WWF structure as a foreign agent has significantly complicated its work. But this does not mean that "environmentalists" will break everything and deal with problems in Europe or the USA. After all, the money is paid from there, which means that the subversive work on the "protection of nature" on Russian territory will continue.

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