Environmentalism is not the same as Environmental Science. The -ism part implies a belief system that has evolved to the point that the Czech President calls it the new Marxism. Unfortunately most of the scientists working in this field are acting like they are papists from the middle ages.
I'll go even further. It seems to me that the folks in the former eastern block nations have a better handle on what freedom means and the need to preserve it than we do in the U.S. It's a shame that only a handful of politicians in this country have made this sober assessment of an obvious problem.
The "green" movement is all about intentions without regard to facts. See the abject failure caused by the ethonol mandates. The Heritage Foundation has a good review: Calling the solution worse than the problem.
Washington - Czech President Vaclav Klaus said Tuesday he is ready to debate Al Gore about global warming, as he presented the English version of his latest book that argues environmentalism poses a threat to basic human freedoms.
'I many times tried to talk to have a public exchange of views with him, and he's not too much willing to make such a conversation,' Klaus said. 'So I'm ready to do it.'
'Like their (communist) predecessors, they will be certain that they have the right to sacrifice man and his freedom to make their idea reality,' he said.
'In the past, it was in the name of the Marxists or of the proletariat - this time, in the name of the planet,' he added.
'It could be even true that we are now at a stage where mere facts, reason and truths are powerless in the face of the global warming propaganda,' he said.