It looks like we struck a nerve with at least one Greenie, on our recent Chinese drywall posting. Lloyd Alter, writing for treehugger.com protests that the Greens have not been ignoring the problem at all, and then cites three of his own articles, along with another that merely reports existing news. Forget for a moment that him citing himself, and one other treehugger posting, is hardly an unbiased survey of the Green blogosphere.
Perhaps he missed this, but the obvious point of my piece was that the usual suspect "Green" fear entrepreneurial fund-raising groups, such as NRDC, EWG, and US-PIRG have thrown none of their normal vitriol in the direction of Chinese drywall.
Alter is an architect, who does tend to comment on building issues, but even his postings lack the strident tone one would expect if the perp were, let's say, a chemical company. Alter is doing nothing more than reporting news that appeared elsewhere, and that was my point: Where is the outrage?
Rest assured that if NRDC, EWG, and US-PIRG saw the potential to raise money by harping on Chinese drywall, they would already have done it. But, there is no potential, since their donor base wants to see an evil American company as the perp. If not, there's no appeal. (pun intended)
A side issue is that the Greens loved the idea of removing manufacturing industry from our shores, in their simple minds, the perfect solution to achieve clean air and water. They hate to be reminded of the other consequence—besides job loss. That other consequence is importing polluted products from places like China.