Rarely a day goes by without some kind of news story extolling the “sustainable” and “environmentally friendly” policies of Cuba’s Castro dictatorship. Although the actual evidence clearly indicates the Castro regime has done immeasurable damage to Cuba’s environment, environmentalists on the left are constantly celebrating the destructive and dictatorial communist policies of Havana’s slave masters because they purportedly reject rapacious capitalism, a cause so dear to their hearts. It is this love of all things communist that led the UN climate chief to claim communism can save the world from “global warming” and what motivated former Florida Senator Bob Graham (D) to travel to Cuba to discuss the environment with officials of the island’s apartheid dictatorship.
Truth and history, however, tell a different story about communism and the environment. Far from being sustainable or eco-friendly, the deadly ideology of communism may be the environment’s worst enemy.
If You Think Communism Is Bad For People, Check Out What It Did To The EnvironmentAnd it’s not a coincidence or accident of history
When pressed by Twitter critics earlier this month over the horrendous human rights record of his chosen ideology, Jesse “#FULLCOMMUNISM” Myerson struck back with this tweet:
If I have to answer for Soviet gulags, these market/capital twits have to answer for climate collapse, the greatest genocide in history.
— Jesse A. Myerson (@JAMyerson) January 4, 2014
In addition to being an advocate for an ideology directly responsible for tens of millions of non-war deaths and untold human misery, Myerson has revealed himself as something of an ignoramus concerning communism’s shocking record on environmental issues. Not only a blight on the human condition, communism’s impact on the planet’s ecology has proven consistently ghastly.
When the Berlin Wall came down and the Iron Curtain was finally lifted to expose the inner workings of communism to Western eyes, one of the more shocking discoveries was the nightmarish scale of environmental destruction. The statistics for East Germany alone tell a horrific tale: at the time of its reunification with West Germany an estimated 42 percent of moving water and 24 percent of still waters were so polluted that they could not be used to process drinking water, almost half of the country’s lakes were considered dead or dying and unable to sustain fish or other forms of life, and only one-third of industrial sewage along with half of domestic sewage received treatment.
An estimated 44 percent of East German forests were damaged by acid rain — little surprise given that the country produced proportionally more sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and coal dust than any other in the world. In some areas of East Germany the level of air pollution was between eight and twelve times greater than that found in West Germany, and 40 percent of East Germany’s population lived in conditions that would have justified a smog warning across the border. Only one power station in East Germany had the necessary equipment to clean sulphur from emissions.
Sten Nilsson, a Swedish forest ecologist who was kicked out of East Germany in 1986 for his efforts at collecting data on the health of its forests, said in April 1990 that many forests were “dead, completely” and described the country as “on the verge of total ecological collapse.” The environmental policy of the communist government, according to then Environment Minister Karl-Hermann Steinberg in 1990, “was not only badly designed but didn’t exist.”
Perhaps nowhere suffered more grievous environmental harm than the town of Bitterfeld. Translated as “Bitterfield” in English, its name under the communist regime would prove apt. Pronounced by Der Spiegel as Europe’s dirtiest town, Greenpeace as well as government statistics suggested it may have been the filthiest in the entire world. Home to a variety of manufacturing facilities which spewed a witch’s brew of chemical and industrial byproducts into the air and water, Bitterfeld was nothing less than an environmental horror show.
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