Written by Vincent Gioia
June 2, 2008
By Vincent Gioia
"The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity," warns Czech President Vaclav Klaus, "is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism."
Why does it take someone from Czechoslovakia to express the obvious; are there no sensible people left in congress? Rush Limbaugh calls them "environmental communists"; no wonder Vaclav Klaus recognizes these people for what they are after having lived under the yoke of communism for so long.
On the basis of speculation alone and without actual scientific evidence, environmental activists, supported by some purporting to be scientists but who live on the dole from government in return for preaching the prescribed orthodoxy, and opportunistic politicians and business men, are advocating radical economic and social regulation.
If you doubt their arrogance, you haven't seen articles such as appeared in Newsweek that declared the global warming debate is over. It requires religious fervor to believe that global warming, which is unsupported by scientific evidence and is more complex than made out to be, is a closed issue despite over 31,000 scientists who believe to the contrary.
Why is it declared closed; because by declaring it closed all skeptics are dismissed and multi-national mega businesses can profit enormously from legislation based on this hoax wending its way through congress even now. But worst of all, it also greatly re-empowers the intellectual left and gives mega profits to big business. (See my article "Carbon credit markets open for business, and there is big money to be made.")
For decades an unscrupulous devious, arrogant, elite class of social planners, scientists, intellectuals, self proclaimed experts and their left-wing political allies and their accomplices in the press took upon themselves the right to rule by dictate either in the name of the oppressed working class (communism) or, in its more acceptable form (socialism). They did this by virtue of their self attributed superior high intelligence and a phony desire to achieve social progress by means of state planning using their knowledge of "what is best" for the rest of us.
In the recent past under Ronald Reagan and Madam Thatcher of England communism and socialism were regulated to the dust heap of failed political systems in history; we thought they died and were buried forever, how little did we know that like a Phoenix they would rise from the dead. The intellectual left has been handed a gift and their ultimate salvation: environmentalism. Under this new religion experts will regulate your life not in the name of communism or socialism but in the name of saving the planet from the excesses of mankind’s comfortable living. Why should a few benefit from their ingenuity and hard work when so many around the world don’t?
Al Gore, the first prominent high priest of the new religion, gave us the "roadmap to the environmentalist’s salvation of the world." The answer to saving plane earth was patently obvious, since all of life’s luxuries are the product of "greenhouse gas emissions", the leading one being carbon dioxide (CO2), we must have, what Charles Krauthammer labeled "carbon chastity". To accomplish this condition, legislation has been introduced and will likely be passed (unless the public wakes from its slumber) that will tell you how your car will be fueled, what kind of light bulbs you can and cannot have, and how much more you will have to pay for the privilege of having electricity and heat for your home.
If you don’t believe the extremes to which governments will go, look at what Krauthammer reported "…[there is] a British parliamentary committee proposal that every citizen be required to carry a carbon card that must be presented, under penalty of law, when buying gasoline, taking an airplane or using electricity. The card contains your yearly carbon ration to be drawn down with every purchase, every trip, every swipe".
Americans rose up in arms at the prospect of granting illegal aliens’ amnesty and citizenship, the present threat is even more dangerous because it cannot be undone and will last our lifetimes. We must therefore mount a greater effort to challenge congress and whoever is the next president to not inflict this cure which is worse than the disease on us.