Czech president: Environmentalism is a religion

world | Mar 10, 2007 | By Martin Barillas

Czech president Vaclav Klaus warned that environmentalists who claim to advocate policy changes to combat so-called global warming "only pretend" to promote environmental protection.

"Environmentalism should belong in the social sciences," said President Klaus, along with other "isms" such as communism, feminism, and liberalism. President Klaus said that "environmentalism is a religion" that seeks to change peoples' habits and economic systems. On March 9 he spoke at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think-tank in Washington DC.

Those looking to save the environment can do so, said Klaus, by working within existing political frameworks, expending less fossil fuels, and importing less from distant countries. Further studies on global warming, he said, are a waste of money since there is already enough evidence for those seeking to make policy and other changes.

President Klaus' statements come soon after making similar such analyses about the global environmentalist movement as represented by the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Founded in 1988, the IPCC has representation from most of the world's governments.

The Czech president said recently "Global warming is a false myth and every serious person and scientist says so. It is not fair to refer to the U.N. panel. The IPCC is not a scientific institution: it's a political body, a sort of non-government organization of green flavor. It's neither a forum of neutral scientists nor a balanced group of scientists. These people are politicized scientists who arrive there with a one-sided opinion and a one-sided assignment."

President Klaus had toured the US for the past week and met with Vice President Dick Cheney, along with other senior US administration officials.


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.