'Environmentalism: Biggest Threat to Freedom'

Czech President, Vaclav Klaus, recently offered a warning that environmentalism and measures to curb climate change are a threat to human freedom. When I read these and other similar statements, my initial thought was to write a scathing assessment of his remarks. On second thought, I realized such outlandish ideas might not even warrant a response. But I thought our readers might be entertained by the following quotations. Enjoy. "The biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity at the beginning of the 21st century is not communism or its various softer variants. Communism was replaced by the threat of ambitious environmentalism." "While some deserts may get larger and some ocean shores flooded, enormous parts of the earth (could become) fertile areas able to accommodate millions of people." Finally, Klaus called environmentalism a "religion based on political ambition rather than science."