Big Green leader warns House GOP to forget popular will, do what enviros tell them to do. Or else

Republicans just won the biggest mid-term election victory since before World War II in a massive repudiation of President Obama's unprecedented expansion of federal spending, regulation and debt.

But GOP leaders better not even think of doing what the voters clearly elected them to do, but instead they must do what they are told by the enlightened ones in the Big Green radical environmental movement. That's according to Francis Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

“American voters made plain their anger on Tuesday and the resulting tsunami swept away legions of incumbents on Capitol Hill. Some of the victims were long-time friends of the environment and they will be sorely missed,” Beinecke said in a fund raising letter.

The NRDC head's appeal for dollars was mailed shortly after last week's election and clearly seeks to take maximum advantage of the disappointment no doubt felt by many of her huge organization's members.

Not only does Beinecke want her members to send her more of their money, she also wants the new House Republican majority to ignore the will of the very voters who elected them.

“But members of the new House majority would be making a huge mistake – a potentially fatal mistake – if they think this cresting wave of economic ire gives them a mandate to roll back America’s environmental safeguards, as some have been threatening.”

Then in an anti-democratic statement that is extreme even for a fund-raising appeal to the far-left base of the Democratic party, Beinecke warns that:

“NRDC will also be advocating in federal agencies, fighting in the courts, partnering with the states and innovating through the marketplace to drive America’s long overdue transition to a clean energy economy. That is our planet’s last best hope for a sustainable future — and we are going to get there with Congress or without Congress.” (emphasis added)

Strange that NRDC would be begging its members for more money, considering the organization's net assets are more than $232 million, according to its IRS 990 tax return for last years. The group also received more than $358,000 from the federal government.

Maybe the cash infusion is needed to make good on Beinecke's reported compensation package worth nearly $440,000 annually. Since 1999, Beinecke has contributed nearly $48,000 to Democratic candidates for Congress and the White House.

By the way, Beinecke was appointed by President Obama to his commission to investigate the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

 

 

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