Unfortunately, we do not have time machines to return to an era in which the Ice Age was beginning, but we can assume there were climate change deniers. Fast forward thousands of years and at the beginning of the 21st century there are those who believe any alterations in the climate, if they actually are happening, are most probably a good thing. A recent conference of deniers entitled: “Global Warming: Was It Ever Really a Crisis?” attracted hundreds to New York where they discarded any scientific claims as simply hysteria. A key not speech was given by Vacla Klaus, president of the Czech Republic and currently EU president, who believes efforts to deal with climate change are an attack on freedom. “the largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy, and prosperity, at the end of the 20th century and at the beginning of the 21st century, is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism.”
The forces of reaction and head-in-the-sand deniers are supported by hundreds of Washington lobbyists who seek to curtail any efforts to deal intelligently with the overwhelming evidence of global warming. There are now 2,400 lobbyists in Washington D.C. who constitute 15% of all lobbyists, and their goal is to head off the dreaded “tyranny” of environmental action. Reality is that words will not change their minds. Economic and political interests are their main concern and the world be damned.