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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Biden administration is justifying its war on fossil fuels by claiming it's necessary to save the environment, but critics view the president's "green" policy as a Trojan horse to usher in a Marxist agenda — and it enjoys the imprimatur of the U.S. bishops.
One person drawing connections between the Democrats' "Green New Deal" and the leftists occupying key positions in the current administration is Epoch Times contributor and climate realist Trevor Loudon. At a press conference in Washington, D.C., on July 20, the author and filmmaker delivered an address, mapping out some of these connections.
The conference was sponsored by the Deposit of Faith Coalition, a group of 10 Christian organizations, spearheaded by Church Militant, with the mission of exposing the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' devotion to leftist causes, including climate change.
Loudon began by rebuking the U.S. bishops for supporting the climate change hoax, pointing out that it is antithetical to the biblical command of Genesis 1:28 to "be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it." He said the Bible places no time limit on man's dominion over nature and doesn't say to maintain dominion until the climate changes and then cut back.
The Marxist belief that the world's bounty is "finite" and solely "materialist" is "completely anti-Christian, completely anti-Catholic," he says. The Bible teaches, per Loudon, that "there is unlimited potential in this world because we are creative beings who can solve any problem — if we have the liberty to do so."
A Christian foundation brings prosperity and liberty, he argued. That's why, under the atheistic Soviet regime, Russia suffered from "environmental degradation" and "poverty." To the point of the conference, he said, "The Catholic bishops are now standing directly in opposition to that view. They're standing with the Marxists. They are backing the climate change extremists."
To those doubting the connection between the environmental movement and socialism, Loudon gives the representative example of Russel Norman, the current leader of Greenpeace in Loudon's own New Zealand. Greenpeace is an international nongovernmental organization that claims it "will never stop fighting for a greener, healthier world for our oceans, forests, food, climate and democracy — no matter what forces stand in our way."
According to Loudon, Norman is also a former leader of the Socialist Workers Party. "You will find in almost every environmental movement in this country, the leaders are almost universally Marxists," he says. "The green movement is the watermelon movement. It's green on the outside but universally red in the middle."
Loudon also condemned U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm. Her Green New Deal advocacy revolves around massively cutting back on consumption and getting rid of fossil fuels, which would kneecap the U.S. economy and, by extension, the nation's military might.
He lambasted Granholm's goal of making all U.S. military vehicles electric by 2030, posing two rhetorical questions: (1) "Can you imagine that on the battlefield? You're fighting the Russians and the Chinese with their fossil-fueled vehicles, and you need a battery charge. Are they going to stop fighting while you charge your batteries?" and (2) "Can you imagine the money the U.S. military is going to waste trying to comply with this mandate?"
Underscoring the danger of Granholm's politics, Loudon explained,
We are being asked to sacrifice our economy and military budget, and the Catholic bishops are supporting the movements, lobbying for this. This isn't just stupidity. This isn't just wasting money and indulging some green fantasy. This is actually putting the national security and the survival of the United States at stake.
And topping off his assessment of Granholm, Loudon pointed out that she was "coincidentally" mentored by Millie Jeffrey, a famous Michigan socialist and leader of the Democratic Socialists of America during the heyday of leftist unions in Detroit and elsewhere.
Loudon also exposed Deb Haaland, now U.S. secretary of the interior, touted as the first Native American to serve as cabinet secretary, and her Marxist connections.
Haaland's appointment to serve as a cabinet secretary can be traced to Biden's cancelation of the Keystone Pipeline. According to Loudon, Biden gave in to pressure by activists such as Judith LeBlanc of the Native Organizers Alliance and of the Central Committee of the Communist Party/USA. CPUSA is loyal to communist China and maintains deep connections to Putin's Russia to this day, he pointed out.
LeBlanc had already ingratiated herself to Biden by doing a massive voter registration drive for the Biden–Harris ticket in several key swing states with significant Native American populations. According to Loudon, the Democrat nominees were grateful they allowed LeBlanc to nominate Haaland — "a nobody" — to a key cabinet position. Biden was also pressured by LeBlanc's massive "Deb for Interior" campaign, replete with "busses, badges and celebrity endorsements," including those from Alyssa Milano, Mark Ruffalo, Sarah Silverman, "Hanoi" Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem.
The upshot is, as Loudon exclaimed, "[Haaland] now has dominion over 20% of this country, and she is shutting down every single energy lease she possibly can. She started closing every project: Every mine she can shut she is shutting down; every mining permit she can deny she denies; every new energy field she can, she is closing them down."
This is not the first time Loudon, a New Zealander, has spoken out about enemies inside Christianity and the U.S. government.
In 2021, he created a documentary titled The Enemies Within the Church, addressing the pervasive presence of Marxism in American churches. It teaches viewers to recognize the Marxists working inside religious institutions. He urges viewers to question what priests and pastors are preaching: Are they preaching the message of Jesus Christ and the gospel, or are they preaching about global warming, open borders, acceptance of the LGBT lifestyle, the dangers of white privilege and other "woke" issues?
Loudon sees "woke" as an acronym for "willfully overlooking known evil." He sees the promulgation of "woke" as a coordinated attack by communists to bring down Western civilization and the United States by infiltrating Christian churches.
Speaking about the film, Loudon, who holds a deep appreciation for the United States due to its saving his family during World War II in the Pacific theater, underscored the importance of the country hanging onto its Christian roots:
Ronald Reagan had it right when he said the U.S. is the last hope for civilization. If we lose this country, folks, if we lose the Constitution, our liberty, our economic dynamism, our military, our military superiority — all of which are under threat — and if we lose Christianity, what a bleak world lies ahead.
In 2013, he published Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists, and Progressives in the U.S. Congress. In it, he argued, "The international communist community holds many secrets, one of which is that it still exists and, in many ways, is more powerful than ever before."
The Defund the Bishops presser in Washington, D.C., on July 20 hosted other speakers who likewise called out U.S. bishops for their support of Marxist-led movements, including Zoe Warren speaking on gun control, Sheena Rodriguez on open borders and William Wagner on suppression of free speech and religious thinking.