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Lang Hancock, Environment W.A., Spring, 1977, pp. 7, 30.

It has always been one of the functions of Environment W.A. to provide a public forum on any environmental issue, and so we approached Mr Lang Hancock to provide an article voicing his opinions on environmentalists. As Mr Hancock was overseas at the time, his secretary, Ms J.A. Butcher, was kind enough to forward a previously written document entitled “Mining for Mankind in the Nuclear Age”. From this, we have extracted the following segments relevant to our original request.

Let us first set the scene — every unorthodox innovation for the large scale benefit of the human race seems to be preceded by a host of detractors, some of whom are cranks, some of whom are soured and vicious people, but some, in fact, the great majority, are otherwise sensible human beings who are apprehensive about what could perhaps be called “a leap in the dark” … This atmosphere is heightened by publicity seekers, who, lacking the brains or capacity to invent something in their own right, can see an opportunity for notoriety in decrying a discovery by some really great man — the more ill-founded and way-out the objections are the greater the notoriety — the greater the media circulation.

The wartime use of an atomic bomb at Hiroshima has left such a legacy of fear in men’s minds that it has carried over to prevent the use of peaceful purposes of the “clean bomb” or as it is better named the hydrogen nuclear device. Press sensationalism, genuine misunderstandings and wilful perversion of scientific facts have generated a host of fallacies regarding the use of the “clean” hydrogen bomb for peaceful purposes. Therefore, if were are to pass out of the superstitions of medieval times, we must discard this disease of the environmentalists, which, according to Mr W.J. Gillies of the S.E.C., is “bred of a parentage of frenzy, fear and unawareness coupled with the indisputable needs of this, our age of environment.” Their criticism is “ill-informed and indoctrinated public opinion promoted by selfishly biased, insular minorities.” Or they consist of groups with vested interests who wish to have industry re-located into areas from which they expect to draw speculative monetary gains.

… The stated aim of the average ecologist is to protect our “quality of life” and the environment which yields us such a high standard of living.

Yet, this can only be done by the wholesale promotion of mining.

But strangely, mining is a dirty word to most ecologists.

Without mining, a nation will decay quickly. Its standard of living will decline. Our life expectancy will pass away from its present 72 years span to its one time 35 years.

And that life term of 35 years was man’s allotted span in the “age” to which the ecologists on the back-to-nature kick would wish us to return …

Yet the ecologists have obtained such disruptive power that two-thirds of the U.S. is banned to mining. The question begging to be asked here in Australia, as it is being asked in the U.S., is: Why is it, then, that the mining industry which is the industry most vital to our economy, to the defence of the country, to our “quality of life”, to our standard of living — becomes the target for the most vociferous of the environmentalists?

Why are they seemingly so intent on destroying the very life-blood of the nation and the hand that feeds them?

The answer is that subversive elements got control of a lot of the environmental movements, particularly those headed up by people prominent in a different walk of life as far removed from practical mining as possible

By what peculiar thought process do environmentalists arrive at the conclusion that they should suppress their own very lifeblood — mining? Is it ignorance? Is it a desire for publicity? Is it a vested interest in land at alternative plan sites or sources of raw material?

Or, is it simply insidious sabotage of our nation?

If it is the latter, then, believe me, there is no more effective way of bringing Australia to its knees than by crippling the mining industry. This fact is not recognised in Canberra, but it is well-known to the communist-controlled unions, as is demonstrated by the fact that there is all over preponderance of strikes in the mining industry which endures 65 per cent of the strikes in Australia, whilst employing only 5 per cent of the workforce …

Environmental movement had its origin with big commercial interests whose concern was not for the environment but to destroy a rival with a product which was better than their own. Big money was put into generating this emotionalism, which was taken up be well-meaning but misguided and ill-informed people with time on their hands, to the point where the movement gathered such steam that the subversive elements within the United States and perhaps even more so in Australia, saw a great opportunity to destroy our nation by leading the movement from the rear: that is, leaving the “do-gooder” unsuspecting dupes to father publicity up front.

Trying to distort the public mind by raising the bogey of background radiation is somewhat akin to King Canute commanding the ocean to recede … Perhaps they would also like to ban the use of colour T.V. sets, or luminous wrist watches which give out more radiation than do nuclear power stations!

Environmentalists are happy to continue this nonsense ad infinitum, but would not they, and the academics who support them, be better engaged in trying to find additional commercial uses for the plutonium which they consider so dangerous?

Admittedly there will one day be other forms of power, particularly those beloved of the environmentalists, the wind, the sun and the tides. But don’t tell me that the subversives in our midst would allow any of these to be developed, to help save the nation, without conducting environmental campaigns to have them stopped …

We all want clear air; we all want clean water; and most of us want a safe Australia with expanding career avenues open to our children. Nuclear is the best means of obtaining these goals from a world which is rapidly expanding its population an hence its power requirements.

Therefore, I can only suggest that people look very carefully at where this environmentalist phobia is leading the nation, and withdraw from these movements as quickly as possible because in most cases, they can truly be labelled enemies of civilisation.

(in order of appearance on Economics.org.au)
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  2. Hancock's Australia
  3. Hancock on Government Help
  4. Wake Up Australia: Excerpts Part 1
  5. Wake Up Australia: Excerpts Part 2
  6. Lang Hancock's Five Point Plan to Cripple Australia
  7. Governments Consume Wealth — They Don't Create It
  8. Up the Workers! Bob Howard's 1979 Workers Party Reflection in Playboy
  9. Jump on the Joh bandwagon
  10. John Singleton and Bob Howard 1975 Monday Conference TV Interview on the Workers Party
  11. Governments — like a red rag to a Rogue Bull
  12. Lang Hancock's Pilbara-Queensland Railway Proposal
  13. Singo, Howard and Hancock Want to Secede
  14. Lang Hancock's Foreword to Rip Van Australia
  15. New party will not tolerate bludgers: Radical party against welfare state
  16. Small and Big Business Should Oppose Government, says Lang Hancock
  17. A Condensed Case for Secession
  18. Hancock gets tough over uranium mining
  19. Hancock's threat to secede and faith in Whitlam
  20. PM's sky-high promise to Lang
  21. Govt "villain" in eyes of new party
  22. The spread of Canberra-ism
  23. Govt should sell the ABC, says Lang Hancock
  24. 1971 Monday Conference transcript featuring Lang Hancock
  25. Aborigines, Bjelke and the freedom of the press
  26. The code of Lang Hancock
  27. Why not starve the taxation monster?
  28. Lang Hancock 1978 George Negus Interview
  29. Party Promises to Abolish Tax
  30. Right-wing plot
  31. "The best way to help the poor is not to become one of them." - Lang Hancock
  32. WA's NCP commits suicide
  33. "You can't live off a sacred site"
  34. Hancock: King of the Pilbara
  35. Bludgers need not apply
  36. New party formed "to slash controls"
  37. Workers Party Reunion Intro
  38. Workers Party is born as foe of government
  39. Government seen by new party as evil
  40. Ron Manners on Lang Hancock
  41. Does Canberra leave us any alternative to secession?
  42. Bury Hancock Week
  43. Ron Manners on the Workers Party
  44. Lang Hancock on Australia Today
  45. Hancock and Wright
  46. Lang Hancock on Environmentalists
  47. Friends of free enterprise treated to financial tete-a-tete: Lang does the talking but Gina pulls the strings
  48. Lang Hancock, Stump Jumper
  49. Lang Hancock: giant of the western iron age
  50. The Treasury needs a hatchet man
  51. We Mine to Live
  52. Get the "econuts" off our backs
  53. 1971 Lang Hancock-Jonathan Aitken interview for Land of Fortune (short)
  54. Gina Rinehart, Secessionist
  55. 1982 NYT Lang Hancock profile
  56. Enter Rio Tinto
  57. Hamersley and Tom Price
  58. News in the West
  59. Positive review of Hancock speech
  60. Lang Hancock International Press Institute General Assembly speech, Canberra, 1978
  61. Australia's slide to socialism
  62. The Great Claim Robbery
  63. Why WA must go it alone
  64. Lang Hancock in 1976 on Public Picnics and Human Blights
  65. MILLIONAIRE PUTS MONEY BEHIND SECESSIONISTS
  66. Resource Management in Australia: Is it possible?
  67. The gospel of WA secession according to Lang Hancock
  68. Crystal Balls Need Polishing
  69. Minerals - politicians' playthings?
  70. John Singleton-Ita Buttrose interview (1977)
  71. Boston Tea Party 1986 style, hosted by Lang Hancock and Bob Ansett
  72. Singo says Lang Hancock violated Australia's 11th commandment: Thou Shalt Not Succeed
  73. Singleton: the White Knight of Ockerdom
  74. Tactics change by Hancock
  75. Lang Hancock complains to Margaret Thatcher about Malcolm Fraser
  76. 'Phony crisis' seen as 'child of politics'
  77. Lang Hancock on nuclear energy
  78. Lang Hancock beats the left at their own game on civil liberties
  79. Lang Hancock's Favourite Books
  80. 1977 Lang Hancock Canberoo poem
  81. Hancock's playing very hard to get
  82. Hancock proposes a free-trade zone
  83. An Open Letter to Sir Charles Court
  84. John Singleton 1976 ocker Monday Conference Max Harris debate
  85. Lang Hancock in 1984 solves Australian politics
  86. Lang Hancock on the Workers Party, secession and States Rights
  87. Lang Hancock asks what happened to Australia's rugged individualism?
  88. Precis of Ludwig Plan for North-West
  89. Announcement that Lang Hancock will be guest of honour at the Workers Party launch
  90. Lang Hancock's March 1983 attempt to enlist "former presidents of nations and heads of giant companies" to save Australia
  91. Lang Hancock asks us to think how easily environmentalists are manipulated for political purposes
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  93. Democracy is dead in Australia and Lang Hancock's education
  94. Lang Hancock Incites Civil Disobedience
  95. Hancock sounds call to battle Canberra
  96. Mining policy a threat
  97. Over Whitlam's head
  98. Lang Hancock suggests that newspapers don't give space to politicians unconditionally
  99. Lang Hancock on saving Australia from socialism
  100. Secede or sink
  101. Australia can learn from Thatcher
  102. John Singleton. Horseracing. Why?
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  104. Lang Hancock: victim of retrospective legislation
  105. Lang Hancock supports Joh for PM
  106. Hancock seeks miners' tax haven in the north
  107. The Ord River Dam
  108. Why Lang Hancock invested in Australia's film industry
  109. Lang Hancock's 1983 letters to The Australian: Lang's precedent for Steve Jobs, renaming the Lucky Country to the Constipated Country, and more
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  111. 1980 Lang Hancock-Australian Penthouse Interview
  112. Canberra: bastion of bureaucracy
  113. Pilbara can be the Ruhr for South-East Asia
  114. 1982 Lang Hancock-John Harper Nelson Interview
  115. Australian elections are one of the greatest con games in history
  116. Our leaders are powerless
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