Evidently, Asheville City Council member and Congressional candidate Carl Mumpower has coined a new term. There is no entry for “envirojacker” listed in the American Heritage Dictionary, but it seems as if the phrase is meant as a hybrid term: “environmentalist + hijacker.”
Then again, the phrase “envirojacker,” which combines “environment” and “jack,” could have potential as a slang term among environmentalists. As in, those “envirojackers” have totally jacked the landscape with their coal mine, and they’ve done jack to clean up the pollution.
In any case, Mumpower uses the phrase in this context: “In contrast to Congressman [Heath] Shuler’s position on the North Shore road, I do not believe that the passage of time, surrender to envirojackers, or indulging Tennessee’s special interests are an authentic foundation for abandoning our word on this federal promise.” Below, the text of a release from Mumpower in which he states his position on the North Shore Road controversy.
Can you use “envirojacker” in a sentence?
— Rebecca Bowe, contributing editor
BEGIN PRESS RELEASE
Tuesday, October 3, 2007
Candidate Takes Position on North Shore Road
The National Park Service and the Federal Highway Administration released their final environmental impact study on Tuesday calling for a cash settlement in lieu of building the North Shore Road. Republican challenger for the 11th Congressional seat, Carl Mumpower, has taken an early position against compromising on long standing federal commitments to build the road. “In contrast to Congressman Shuler’s position on the North Shore road, I do not believe that the passage of time, surrender to envirojackers, or indulging Tennessee’s special interests are an authentic foundation for abandoning our word on this federal promise.” “The efforts by officials to site the waste and risks associated with building the North Shore Road have a lack of authenticity when most folks know the real “Road to Nowhere” runs to the doorstep of Capitol Hill.”