Whether or not they believe in some
imminent environmental doomsday, just about everybody “gets it” that
we have to stop wasting water, polluting the air and exhausting the planet’s
It’s taken a long time but the
environmental movement has won.
President Obama wants green
technology to be the center of our new post-collapse economy; 43 million
Americans are growing their own food;
hybrid cars; people are conserving water and putting solar panels on their
rooftops in record numbers.
Everybody gets it — except the
leaders of the environmental movement who are so enamored of themselves and
their political connections they have lost sight of the goal of a cleaner,
greener world. They are what are called “greenwashers,” profiteers in
ego, power and money who have lost touch with the ordinary people
They are betraying their own cause
at the very moment of their triumph.
David Allgood, regional director of
the California League of Conservation Voters, and Mark Gold, president of Heal
the Bay — fresh from the defeat of Measure B that they backed blindly — have
now mounted a campaign to save DWP General Manager David Nahai’s job.
Recognizing the axe is about to fall
on Nahai, they sent out this email Tuesday appealing for letters of support to
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa:
Our friend, David Nahai, is under
attack for not sufficiently supporting Measure B. There’s also grumbling about
his management skills. In truth, some of these allegations are warranted
because David Nahai is a human being, not a god. (I suspect that only gods need
apply at DWP.) Mark Gold joins me in believing that Nahai has performed a
yeoman’s job. We all know his replacement would NOT be an environmentalist –
and without him we’d lose many recent gains.
Mark and I ask that you take a look at the attached support letter and
if you concur with our judgment, add your name and organization to it. Time is
of the essence, we would like your response by end of business tomorrow. Please
email your response to me at email@example.com. Many thanks for your
attention and support.
David Allgood Mark Gold
Attached to the email is their
letter to the mayor
Nahai Support.pdf praising Nahai as an environmental savior instead of the
man whose penchant for lying and arrogance has alienated the public in general,
the people who work for him in particular, even IBEW union boss Brian D’Arcy
Allgood and Gold credit Nahai for
“develop the landmark 1380 (sic, it’s 1280) megawatt
SolarLA plan,” of acting “wisely and decisively” in the face of
“monumental challenges,” and having “worked to protect both the
environment and the ratepayers of
Talk about lies.
The solar plan was slapped together
without any coherent planning to lend some credibility to the fatally flawed
Measure B they supported without giving it any thought. Nahai, as president of
the DWP Commission and now it’s GM, has overseen the largest water and power
rate increases in the utility’s history, broken faith with the memorandum of
understanding with the city’s Neighborhood Councils and rebuffed every effort
to give the public a voice through creation of a Ratepayer’s Advocate.
Decisive maybe, hardly wise.
But standing up for a pal counts for
something and Nahai is definitely a pal.
He has been part of the leadership
team of the California League of Conservation Voters and a long-time supporter
for years — a connection that helped establish his environmental credentials, even as he
personally was consuming water and electricity at his home at up to three times the
level of those ordinary people he holds in such low esteem.
None of this should surprise anyone.
Dissident groups that succeed inevitably lose their way and become institutionalized, dependent on large sums of money to feed the organization and themselves, too close to the very power structures they once opposed.
Allgood and Gold know better. They believe passionately in the environmental movement and have achieved a great deal that is worthy of respect.
But they have forgotten who brought them there: The ordinary people, not the rich and powerful.
Allgood’s Facebook page
gives insight into who he is: Politics (“hard left”), Religion
(“atheist”), College (“many…None, difficult, my god it was the
A lot of us were products of the 1960s. It was a time of anti-establishment ferment when many of us called into question our institutions of government, religion and education.
The environmental movement now is one of those institutions in question.