Environmentalism “uber alles”?

While there are valid reasons to be concerned about environmental degradation, we’re now in a situation in which concerns over saving the environment are being co-opted to support an agenda in which people and nations are cast as enemies. Just look at what they’ve been saying:

Clear evidence of global warming? -- that's Great Britain without the Gulf Stream. Apparently the Gulf Stream was on vacation in Greenland last week. NASA photo via Boing Boing

“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill …All these dangers are caused by human intervention and it is only through changed attitudes and behaviour that they can be overcome. The real enemy, then, is humanity itself.” – Club of Rome, The First Global Revolution, consultants to the UN.

“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsiblity to bring that about?” Maurice Strong, former Secretary General of UNEP

“The concept of national sovereignty has been immutable, indeed a sacred principle of international relations. It is a principle which will yield only slowly and reluctantly to the new imperatives of global environmental cooperation.” UN Commission for Global Governance report (1999)

“We’ve got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy.“ –– Timothy Wirth, former US Under Secretary of State,
current Head of the UN Foundation

“No matter if the science of global warming is all phony… climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.” — Christine Stewart, former Canadian Minister of the Environment

“…we need to get some broad based support, to capture the public’s imagination…. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements and make little mention of any doubts…. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.“ –– Stephen Schneider, Stanford Professor of Climatology, lead Author of many IPCC reports

“The only way to get our society to truly change is to frighten people with the possibility of a catastrophe.” — emeritus professor Daniel Botkin

“We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis…” –– David Rockefeller, Club of Rome executive member

“A New World Order is required to deal with the Climate Change crisis.” –– Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister

“Democracy is not a panacea. It cannot organize everything and it is unaware of its own limits. These facts must be faced squarely. Sacrilegious though this may sound, democracy is no longer well suited for the tasks ahead. The complexity and the technical nature of many of today’s problems do not always allow elected representatives to make competent decisions at the right time.”  — Club of Rome, The First Global Revolution

Quotes above are from the Windfarms blog.

Thanks to Marjorie Tietjen at Lyme Disease Sentinel blog for the heads-up.

Boing Boing post with the full size version of that NASA photo of Britain

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5 responses to “Environmentalism “uber alles”?

  1. thebovine

    Columnist Rex Murphy sort of pushed off the Globe and Mail because he didn’t toe the line on climate change. He’s now with the National Post.

    http://www.mediastyle.ca/2010/01/rex-murphy-pushed-to-the-post/

    Rex talks climategate on the CBC:

  2. thebovine

    Even better version of the picture of a frozen Britain:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/8447023.stm

  3. thebovine

    John Coleman (video) on CO2 and Global Warming:

    http://www.kusi.com/home/78477082.html?video=pop&t=a

    John is a meteorologist and founder of the Weather Channel.

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