Thursday, June 14, 2007

Vaclav Klaus nails global warming alarmists

In an FT editorial today, Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus calls global warming hysteria the greatest risk to freedom now facing the world:

As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism. This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning.

The environmentalists ask for immediate political action because they do not believe in the long-term positive impact of economic growth and ignore both the technological progress that future generations will undoubtedly enjoy, and the proven fact that the higher the wealth of society,
the higher is the quality of the environment. They are Malthusian pessimists.

I agree! The dogmatic attitude displayed by global warming activists is undeniable. My debate opponent during my recent Hardball appearance had that same attitude; she claimed that Liberals Under My Bed was "too scary" for kids (was it the Ted Kennedy character?) but at the same time children needed to be indoctrinated in eco-activism at an early age.

No wonder we've gotten so much hate mail in response to our upcoming children's book, The Sky's Not Falling. Al Gore's crowd really does want the world to believe that it is falling, because how else can you scare people into turning over economic control to global bureaucracies?

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