Tuesday, 13 March 2007

More commonsense from former Commie

Having achieved worldwide coverage when he debunked the reality of global warming, former commie and now President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus has taken aim at the green-clad socialists known as environmentalists. It shouldn't surprise anyone that the views of those that suffered under the yoke of socialism such as in Eastern Europe should be so clear on subjects such as environmental totalitarianism.
Czech Pres: Environmentalism is a religion

WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- Environmentalism is a religion that is based more on political ambitions than science, the president of the Czech Republic warned Friday.

As the old saying goes, 'If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...then it's a duck'. Political ambition will always trump concern for the environment but if you can claim to be concerned about the latter in pursuit of the former then that seems a pretty good formula for today's politics.
Speaking at the Cato Institute, a public policy think-tank, President Vaclav Klaus said that environmentalists who clamor for policy change to combat global warming "only pretend" to be promoting environmental protection, and are actually being driven by a political agenda.

"Environmentalism should belong in the social sciences," much like the idea of communism or other "-isms" such as feminism, Klaus said, adding that "environmentalism is a religion" that seeks to reorganize the world order as well as social behavior and value systems worldwide.
Should it belong with the social sciences or in religious studies or both?
As for government spending on global warming studies, the former finance minister of the Eastern European nation and trained economist said that such efforts were a "waste of money," adding that there was already sufficient scientific evidence for those seeking policy change to back up their proposals.
Spending on global warming research has jumped from around $200 million worldwide before 'the scare' to around $4 billion today. In spite of all of that research, and its associated shrill alarmism, I notice that the beach is still pretty much where it was since we were warned about rising sea levels in the first IPCC report in 1990. If the sea is going to rise by 20 metres as per Al Gore's ridiculous documentary then it needs to get a wriggle on.

Meanwhile, he pointed out that those seeking to protect the environment could do a great deal under the existing political framework and with existing technologies, such as importing less goods from far-flung regions that require enormous jet fuel use.
Using existing political frameworks is not the preferred method for those with totalitarian mindsets who are also far too hypocritical to give up their imported luxury goods. The drive to fix this non-problem so that the world's minority of rich people can ease their guilt about being lucky enough to have been born where they were will have an ongoing negative effect on the majority of the world that are poor and live on less than $3 per day. It's a tragedy. Not that environmentalists care one whit about that.

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