Environmentalism Jeopardizes Civil Rights And American Freedom, Documentary Shows

October 19th, 2009 12:15 PM

Anti-human environmental extremists are advancing policies that are offensive to civil rights, dangerous to vulnerable populations and in conflict with American freedom, according to a new documentary that premiered Sunday evening.

Global warming propaganda that distorts scientific data could have severe ramifications for average Americans, just as unfounded assertions over the use of DDT triggered a ban that could be responsible for hundreds of millions of deaths in the underdeveloped world, the filmmakers claim.“Not Evil, Just Wrong” calls attention to the growing body of scientific studies that show natural variability as opposed to human activity is responsible for warming and cooling trends.

In many respects, the film serves as a rejoinder to former Vice-President Al Gore’s documentary entitled “An Inconvenient Truth,” which identifies human emissions as the primary culprit behind global warming.

Patrick Moore, a founding member of Greenpeace, is among the many experts appearing the film who question the motivations of self-described environmentalists. Moore left Greenpeace in the 1980s because it adopted what he described as an “anti-human” and “anti-science” agenda.“I don’t believe that there is a climate catastrophe; I don’t use the word chaos or disaster to describe the present changes in climate, which are well within natural variations that have occurred in the past history of the earth,” he says in the film.Global warming policies that interfere with economic development and disease prevention should be properly viewed an affront to civil rights and human rights, Roy Ennis, chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), argues.   Moreover, he warns, U.S. populations could be just as vulnerable as parts of Africa.“Even in America we will not escape the ravages of following Al Gore’s plans and programs and policies of global warming,” Ennis says. “Poor people in America will become poorer.” The husband and wife team of Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney produced and directed the new documentary in an effort to demonstrate how the current scare over global warming fits into the long history of unfounded alarmism.

The Irish filmmakers had previously co-directed “Mine Your Own Business,” a documentary about environmental opposition toward a proposed mining facility in Romania.

“There is a religion being taught in the schools of this country and it is being taught without parents’ permission and it is not based on anything factual and it is a green religion,” McElhinney said during a forum held after the film was screened at the Heritage Foundation. 

“Systematically all over America children are being told there are too many people on the planet and there isn’t one shred of scientific evidence to back that up,” she added.

McElhinney also said about 8,000 simultaneous screenings were held across North America as part of Sunday’s premier, which she identified as “day one” of a new campaign to bring balance to the debate over global warming. Concerns over classroom propaganda figure prominently in the film. John Day, the lawyer for British parents who successfully sued the British Department of Education over Gore’s film, discusses the court ruling “Not Evil, Just Wrong” and compares actual scientific estimates of climate change contained in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with the assertions made in “An Inconvenient Truth.” “The judge identified nine aspects of  `An Inconvenient Truth,’ nine core errors, where Al Gore either misstated the IPCC or prejudicially exaggerated what they found,” Day said.  

Scientists who have raised objections to exaggerated and inaccurate claims about human induced global warming offer viewers their perspective on Earth’s climate cycles.

“The 20th Century is certainly not the warmest in 1,000 years,” Fred Singer, a professor emeritus in environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, declares. “It was much warmer 1,000 years ago than it is today. There was agriculture in Greenland and they were growing wine grapes in England, in Yorkshire.” Back in the U.S., residents of Vevay, Indiana convey their concerns over anti-industry policies that are now up for consideration on Capitol Hill in the form of “cap and trade” legislation. There is a direct link between cheap energy and full employment, the residents explain. “Shutting down industry would mean less funding for schools, possibly even less schools, it would mean an extreme cost of living raise,” said Tiffany McElhany, a Vevay resident. “It would mean kids like my kids wouldn’t be able to play in bands, wouldn’t be able to do ballet class because there is not going to be extra money anymore in any every day household to pay for these things.” Instead of looking toward environmentalists who want to restrict and constrain the American way, today’s policymakers look to the example of Martin Luther King Jr. who believed in the country’s possibilities, Ennis, the CORE chairman tells viewers. “Al Gore does not have the optimism of Martin Luther King Jr.,” Ennis said. “He was a prophet who knew the potential for America to be a growing, vibrant country.”