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.
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- Hancock gets tough over uranium mining
- Hancock's threat to secede and faith in Whitlam
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- Lang Hancock: "a catherine-wheel of novel suggestions"
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- The spread of Canberra-ism
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- Aborigines, Bjelke and the freedom of the press
- The code of Lang Hancock
- Why not starve the taxation monster?
- Lang Hancock 1978 George Negus Interview
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- Right-wing plot
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- WA's NCP commits suicide
- "You can't live off a sacred site"
- Hancock: King of the Pilbara
- Bludgers need not apply
- New party formed "to slash controls"
- Workers Party Reunion Intro
- Workers Party is born as foe of government
- Government seen by new party as evil
- Ron Manners on Lang Hancock
- Does Canberra leave us any alternative to secession?
- Bury Hancock Week
- Ron Manners on the Workers Party
- Lang Hancock on Australia Today
- Hancock and Wright
- Lang Hancock on Environmentalists
- Friends of free enterprise treated to financial tete-a-tete: Lang does the talking but Gina pulls the strings
- Lang Hancock, Stump Jumper
- Lang Hancock: giant of the western iron age
- The Treasury needs a hatchet man
- We Mine to Live
- Get the "econuts" off our backs
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- Gina Rinehart, Secessionist
- 1982 NYT Lang Hancock profile
- Enter Rio Tinto
- Hamersley and Tom Price
- News in the West
- Positive review of Hancock speech
- Lang Hancock International Press Institute General Assembly speech, Canberra, 1978
- Australia's slide to socialism
- The Great Claim Robbery
- Why WA must go it alone
- Lang Hancock in 1976 on Public Picnics and Human Blights
- MILLIONAIRE PUTS MONEY BEHIND SECESSIONISTS
- Resource Management in Australia: Is it possible?
- The gospel of WA secession according to Lang Hancock
- Crystal Balls Need Polishing
- Minerals - politicians' playthings?
- John Singleton-Ita Buttrose interview (1977)
- Boston Tea Party 1986 style, hosted by Lang Hancock and Bob Ansett
- Singo says Lang Hancock violated Australia's 11th commandment: Thou Shalt Not Succeed
- Singleton: the White Knight of Ockerdom
- Tactics change by Hancock
- Lang Hancock complains to Margaret Thatcher about Malcolm Fraser
- 'Phony crisis' seen as 'child of politics'
- Lang Hancock on nuclear energy
- Lang Hancock beats the left at their own game on civil liberties
- Lang Hancock's Favourite Books
- 1977 Lang Hancock Canberoo poem
- Hancock's playing very hard to get
- Hancock proposes a free-trade zone
- An Open Letter to Sir Charles Court
- John Singleton 1976 ocker Monday Conference Max Harris debate
- Lang Hancock in 1984 solves Australian politics
- Lang Hancock on the Workers Party, secession and States Rights
- Lang Hancock asks what happened to Australia's rugged individualism?
- Precis of Ludwig Plan for North-West
- Announcement that Lang Hancock will be guest of honour at the Workers Party launch
- Lang Hancock's March 1983 attempt to enlist "former presidents of nations and heads of giant companies" to save Australia
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- Hancock sounds call to battle Canberra
- Mining policy a threat
- Over Whitlam's head
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- Lang Hancock on saving Australia from socialism
- Secede or sink
- Australia can learn from Thatcher
- John Singleton. Horseracing. Why?
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- Lang Hancock: victim of retrospective legislation
- Lang Hancock supports Joh for PM
- Hancock seeks miners' tax haven in the north
- The Ord River Dam
- Why Lang Hancock invested in Australia's film industry
- Lang Hancock's 1983 letters to The Australian: Lang's precedent for Steve Jobs, renaming the Lucky Country to the Constipated Country, and more
- Australia's biggest newspaper insider on manipulating the media
- 1980 Lang Hancock-Australian Penthouse Interview
- Canberra: bastion of bureaucracy
- Pilbara can be the Ruhr for South-East Asia
- 1982 Lang Hancock-John Harper Nelson Interview
- Australian elections are one of the greatest con games in history
- Our leaders are powerless