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ANOTHER BOOK REVEALS THE FALLACIES OF ENVIRONMENTALISM

April 13, 2005

Mihkel Mathiesen's book, "Global Warming in a Politically Correct Climate: How Truth Became Controversial," is an indictment of the lies and politics that fuel global warming hysteria and other environmental non-disasters.

Mathiesen describes the sequence of events that shape environmental policy:

  • An environmental group or government agency puts out a press release about a looming catastrophe.
  • The media reports on the issue using conditional statements making people believe an environmental problem is severe and immediate.
  • The pressure to do something about it prompts enactment of legislation -- even before scientific studies are completed and facts are available.

Moreover, Mathiesen exposes the environmental falsehoods that have cost society dearly in terms of money and lives:

  • The ban on the pesticide DDT in 1972 was based on dubious "scientific" evidence, despite its being an effective weapon against malaria; the disease has now claimed 15 million deaths worldwide.
  • The purported acid rain scare has been debunked by a report concluding that the United States does not have a significant acid rain problem; however, utility companies in the Midwest still had to spend $140 billion on equipment changes.

Furthermore, with regard to global warming, the practice of sampling air bubbles in 400,000-year old ice cores to determine CO2 is not reliable, because it is based on the assumption that the air has remained inert and stable for that time period, says Mathiesen.

Sources: George Taylor, "Book Review: Mihkel Mathiesen's "Global Warming in a Politically Correct Climate: How Truth Became Controversial," marklynas.org, April 4, 2005; based upon: Mihkel Mathiesen, "Global Warming in a Politically Correct Climate: How Truth Became Controversial," Universe Star, Universe.com, Inc., Lincoln, Neb., 2004.

 

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