10 March 2007

Carbon Footprint or Communist Fingerprint?

Speaking at the Cato Institute, a public policy think-tank, President Vaclav Klaus said that environmentalists who clamor for policy change to combat global warming "only pretend" to be promoting environmental protection, and are actually being driven by a political agenda.

"Environmentalism should belong in the social sciences," much like the idea of communism or other "-isms" such as feminism, Klaus said, adding that environmentalism is a religion" that seeks to reorganize the world order as well as social behavior and value systems worldwide.

While this may sound like the some more Cuban Exile Hard-Line Paranoia consider this:

At a mega fuel depot for tanker trucks, President Bush heralded a new ethanol agreement with Brazil Friday as way to boost alternative fuels production across the Americas.

But Bush and Silva said increasing alternative fuel use will lead to more jobs, a cleaner environment and greater independence from the whims of the oil market. In
Brazil, nearly eight in 10 new cars already run on fuel made from sugar cane.

"`It makes sense for us to collaborate for the sake of mankind," Bush said at Silva's side, after touring the depot. "We see the bright and real potential for our citizens being able to use alternative sources of energy that will promote the common good."


Demonstrators upset with Bush's visit here worry that the president and his biofuels buddy, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, really have visions of an OPEC- like cartel on ethanol.

Does that sound like enviromentalism or anti-Americanism and Free-Markets?



Anonymous said...

You should divulge that CATO, while I like much of their publications, is an ULTRA- right think tank that is actually more libertarian than republican.

you should also mention that CATO, and other free-trade groups allied with them, have come out strongly AGAINST the US embargo on Cuba.. and the provincialism of south florida politics.



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El Gusano said...

its a free country that useless debatng society at CATO, can say whatever they want.

Thanks for the link, though.

BTW, what does your comment have to do wit the post?

Claude said...

What kind of deal did Bush make with Da Silva? Don't we first need to remove the huge tariffs imposed by Congress on Brazilian fuels?

If sugar cane is the way to go, more efficient and profitable, then let's stop wasting tax dollars on subsidizing US corn farmers and spend that money elsewhere, whether it's Brazil or a free Cuba.