Why Greenpeace is not a charitable organisation

New Zealand taxpayers are right to question whether they should subsidise Greenpeace, one of the group's founders says.

Canadian ecologist Patrick Moore, a former Greenpeace International director who helped found and lead the group, says it appears Greenpeace's major aim these days is to confuse the public about the nature of the environment and the place of humans in it "by spreading falsehoods and innuendo".

"Since I left Greenpeace, its members, and the majority of the movement, have adopted policy after policy that reflects their anti-human bias, illustrates their rejection of science and technology and actually increases the risk of harm to people and the environment," he says.

Dr Moore's comments, in today's National Business Review Print edition, follow a Court of Appeal decision allowing Greenpeace to challenge a decision to refuse it charity status.

Meanwhile, NBR economics editor Rob Hosking explodes the manufacturing crisis myth with an unexpectedly good manufacturing output result.

He reports while manufacturing output is yet to return to pre-GFC levels it has been gradually improving since mid-2009. 

Given the time of year, the Shoeshine column hands out its annual awards including the Ross Taylor trophy for Biggest Scapegoat and the Harry Flashman Yellow Ribbon for Corporate Spinelessness.

dwilliams@nbr.co.nz

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