The African American Environmentalist Association (AAEA) describes other ('traditional') environmentalists as 'extremist'. AAEA, by contrast, supports George Bush - 'we have a better chance with President Bush than with most of the traditional, condescending environmental organizations and the foundations supporting their elitism' - GM crops, DDT and nuclear power - 'We need to build more nuclear plants now'.
In April 2004 AAEA President, Norris McDonald, spoke at a conference on Eco-Imperialism organized by Paul Driessen, and which also included Niger Innis of the Congress of Racial Equality, John Meredith of Project 21, C.S. Prakash of AgBioWorld, Dr. Sallie Baliunas of TechCentralStation, and Dr. Roger Bate of the American Enterprise Institute.
Reporting the event CBSMarketWatch quoted McDonald as saying, 'Earth Day committed suicide because of its policies. It just lost its mind.' According to the article, 'McDonald and other speakers at a gathering of conservative environmentalists on the annual Earth Day celebration blamed the Kyoto protocol, bans on DDT and "radical" environmentalists for keeping the Third World poor in "cycle of death." "How many hundreds of thousands are [European Union countries] willing to sacrifice on their altar of political correctitude?" asked Paul Driessen, author of the book "Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death." Driessen suggested that EU bans on genetically modified foods and certain biotechnologies were ultimately responsible for famine and death in Africa. Driessen also compiled a "dishonor roll" of companies and organizations that he said were guilty of "eco-imperialism." Among Driessen's list were not only predictable right-wing bogeymen like "Hollywood elites" and the Sierra Club but also mainstream organizations like the Ford Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts. Even Ben and Jerry's got a slap on the wrist. Not to be outdone, Dr. Roger Bate, a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, accused traditional health organizations like the WHO and UNICEF of killing thousands by discouraging developing countries from using DDT in malaria-affected areas.'