By Alan Caruba

In 1517 Martin Luther set off the Protestant revolution against the Catholic Church that led to the spread of the then-new movement as a response to the corruption of the Church. It took time for it to establish itself as an alternative and was greatly aided by the invention of printing and spread of literacy, but mostly because ordinary people had grown weary of the Church’s extravagance, poor governance, and resistance to change.

The selling of worthless “indulgences” as a means to wipe one’s sins clean was the final straw.

Environmentalism has become a modern religion and its “cap and trade” scheme to sell worthless permission slips for the emission of so-called “greenhouse gases”—based on United Nations Kyoto Protocol calling for a reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth’s atmosphere—is being rejected by many nations .

As it has become common knowledge that CO2 is vital to all life on Earth and plays no role in affecting the climate, ordinary people have concluded that global warming in particular and environmentalism in general is a giant fraud.

No one argues that nations should not attend to the basic maintenance of clean air and water. That view predates the environmental movement, but the stranglehold on nation’s economies and the ability to engage in any form of commerce has reached a breaking point. The fact is, the U.S. has made great strides over the years and there are limits to how “clean” the air and water can or even should be. The EPA wanted to regulate “dust” at one point until Congress put an end to that insanity.

The lies required to maintain environmentalism and its vast matrix of laws and regulations are being publicly rejected and a recent example is a letter sent to NASA administrator by fifty present and former astronauts, scientists, and engineers who work for NASA is a seminal moment, not unlike Martin Luther’s 95 theses nailed to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg.

The NASA employee’s letter demanded that its Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) “refrain from including unproven remarks in public releases and websites. We believe that the claims of NASA and GISS, that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global change are not substantiated, especially when considering thousands of years of empirical data.”

It should be noted that the global warming hoax can be dated to testimony by James Hansen before Congress in 1988 and he is still the GISS administrator! His apocalyptic predictions helped launch a U.S. response currently seen in the Environmental Protection Agency power-grab, based on the false CO2 claims, that will eliminate one fifth of the coal-fired plants providing electricity to a large swath of the nation and likely end the building of new comparable facilities.

On April 9th, Rasmussen Reports, a polling organization, release the results of a poll that found that 52% of likely voters “think there’s a conflict between economic growth and environmental protection, thoough 31% disagreed." Rasmussen stated that “support for investing in fossil fuels like oil and gas is also at a new high amidst near-record gas prices and the on-going development of the Keystone XL pipeline which President Obama blocked for environmental reasons.”

The following day, April 10th, Rasmussen released results of another poll that found that 44% of likely voters “believe, generally speaking, that the EPA’s regulations and actions hurt the economy. Just 17% disagree.”

On February 21st, Steve Milloy of JunkScience.com, was published in The Washington Times in an opinion about EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s testimony before Congress writing that “Over the past three years, the Obama EPA has conducted a scorched earth campaign against fossil fuel producers and users, especially the coal-fired power industry, with multibillion-dollar rules that provide no meaningful environmental or public health benefits.”

The environmental revolution—a Communist agenda—is being resisted piece by piece by scientists and others who no longer will submit to its utterly false “science” and its UN-inspired Agenda 21 plans to impose control over all aspects of life on planet Earth. A June Rio conference will largely abandon the fear-mongering of global warming in favor of “sustainability”, a matrix of controls that will enslave the world’s population with the worst totalitarian precepts since the rise of Communism and Nazism in the last century.

Agenda21 has been at work in America for decades at this point and few have any idea what it represents. It is destroying property rights in America and that’s just for starters.

On Earth Day—April 22nd—the birthday of Vladimir Lenin, the dictator who imposed Communism on Russia in 1917, the various elements of the environmental movement will flood the world with propaganda. The connection between these two events should not be ignored.

Environmentalism should be soundly rejected and the emerging movement to overthrow it should redouble its efforts.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

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Comment by Larry Cumbie on April 20, 2012 at 6:02am

The radical environmentalists are on the wrong side of science and history. The communists are on the wrong side of history and the UN Agenda 21 is on the wrong side of history. But,will that stop them?  It's like a bad James Bond movie.

Comment by Margaret Stump on April 17, 2012 at 11:55pm

I didn't mean to start a religious war here but only lamented that an excellent article on the dangers of environmentalism had to start with insulting remarks about the Catholic Church. For those who think they know what the Church was like at the time of the Reformation, please realize that you are looking at those times through a lens tinted by the Protestant viewpoint, which is not always supported by the actual historical facts. And for Ruth, if you think that the Catholic Church is not the true church of Christ's beginnings, I challenge you to read the writings of the Early Church Fathers--writings that date to the earliest days of the Church. After you've done that, then tell me which church is the true church of Christ's beginnings. And Ray, just which immigrants to America were fleeing persecution by the Catholic Church? I thought the English were fleeing persecution by the Anglican Church. That's all I have to say on this, as it really is off-topic. I just didn't want to leave the insulting remarks unchallenged, but I won't continue this debate here.

Comment by joseph C Avila on April 17, 2012 at 2:15pm

Alan: I agree that the EPA and the environmental whackos have succeeded in perverting the truth about "global warming" and they intend to use the force and power of the federal government to jam it down our throats.

In the federal government there are the "useful idiots" and the corrupt self-interests, and self promotions of various congress members who echo the whacko's mantra of man made global warming.

It is an impossible task to take on each of these members individually or to take on the EPA.

Therefore the smart tact would be to attack them where they get their power. The money.

They would have no standing if "we the people" control the source of their power. Then they could not use the federal government to clobber us with all their liberal ideas. Repeal of the 16th and 17th amendments is the only answer. Until we the people control how much access the federal government has to "our" money we will forever be inundated with every increasing intrusions from the federal government.

Comment by Linda Sills on April 17, 2012 at 12:09pm

Amen. I am on a task force to educate the populous about Agenda 21 the global warming hoax, and the evil people behind it all. Please, everyone do some homework, and visit web sites like www.freedomadvocates.org www.PostSustainablilityinstitute.org Then spread the word. Time is running out. The evil people behind all of this are well organized, well funded and moving quickly to turn the world into darkness.

Comment by Marcia Wood on April 17, 2012 at 8:54am

Alan, the EPA has worked arm in arm with Obama intentionally hamstringing businesses; the EPA and Obamacare have brought our chances of robust economic growth to a screeching halt.  Great blog. 

Comment by Rich Knoch on April 17, 2012 at 7:57am

When will the Left figure out 3rd grade science; i.e., plants and trees use CO2 to exist . . . and they create oxygen so us mere mortals can exist?

The overabundance of hot air spewing from the mouths of, so-called, Environmentalists is a prime cause of Global Warming.

Were pre-Stone Age folks, driving their SUV's, the cause of the natural warming and cooling cycles the earth has experienced throughout its history?

Comment by Jeff Waller on April 17, 2012 at 7:26am

I believe is carbon monoxide that they actually mean, but they are too ignorant to know the difference!

Every living thing exhales carbon dioxide!  Do I need permission to breathe?

Comment by Charles H. Sims on April 17, 2012 at 7:02am

Environmentalist like safety people had a time and a purpose.  Both have outgrown their need.  Anything without regard to cost MUST be done in the nave of the environment or safety for a small, if real improvement.  Their time has passed.

Comment by Jeff B. Willis on April 17, 2012 at 6:53am

Essentially, the Environmental Protection Agency in it's present form,is unconstitutional. This is a duty clearly left to the states under to the Constitution.

Where the paradigm shift must occur is with the notion that the states cannot handle this duty responsibly. That simply isn't true! Case in point:Since 2000(under Rick Perry's watch" Texas has reduced it's ozone levels 27%. The state has likewise reduced it mono-nitrogen oxide level 53%. They have done this inspite of a cumbersome, bumbling, authoratative N.E.A. which has thrown up deterrents at every juncture. Currently the Lone State State has numerous suits against the N.E.A. What a waste of taxpayer money! If there was ever an instance where "government was part of the problem as opposed to part of the solution," it's here!

Of course, there are those who disdain states rights in any form. These are the souls who see our country as "United America," not the "United States of America." To these people I say, "try France!"

 We need to get back to what we were founded as. "E Pluribus Unum.  "From the many, one."


Comment by Ray Mason on April 17, 2012 at 6:29am

Margaret, maybe you should read a little more about the reformation and what caused it.  The Catholic church, much as I love Catholics today, was brutal in those days, much like Islamic Terrorist today.  The Catholic church as directed from Rome went about forcing their views on the whole world at the time, the penalty for refusing was death.  Ask the Waldenses about it.  Why do you think that people fled to the new America at the time.  Religious persecution by the Pope was rampant. 

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