THE CARBON CURTAIN

May 30, 2008

Speaking Tuesday at the National Press Club to introduce the English version of his book, "Blue Planet, Green Shackles," Czech President and distinguished leader of the National Center for Policy Analysis, Vaclav Klaus said that global warming is being used as a means to erode our freedoms.

Klaus called alarms about man-made climate change a "quasi-noble idea that transcends the individual in the name of something above him" and that it is being exploited by a new elite "certain they have the right to sacrifice man and his freedom to make their idea a reality."

On June 2, the Senate is going to take up the America's Climate Security Act, a cleverly titled assault on both our freedoms and our economy offered up by Sens. Joe Lieberman and John Warner.  The bill essentially limits how much gasoline and other fossil fuels Americans can use, as Klaus puts it, "in the name of the planet."

  • A study by Charles River Associates puts the cost (in terms of reduced household spending per year) of Senate Bill 2191 at $800 to $1,300 per household by 2015, rising to $1,500 to $2,500 by 2050.
  • Electricity prices could jump by 36 percent to 65 percent by 2015 and 80 percent to 125 percent by 2050.

The Heritage Foundation says the bill would raise gasoline prices by $1.10 per gallon by 2030.  More importantly, Heritage notes, the act "represents an extraordinary level of economic interference by the federal government" that "promises extraordinary perils for the American economy."

But the biggest price to pay, Klaus insists, is the loss of freedom. 

Writing in the Financial Times last June, he said: "As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not communism."

Source: Editorial, "The Carbon Curtain," Investor's Business Daily, May 29, 2008.

 

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