Charles Krauthammer's column, "Is environmentalism a disguise for socialism?" was both intriguing and alarming. It was intriguing because there was a time when socialism was considered a threat to personal liberties.

It was alarming because the proposed Lieberman-Warner Climate Change Bill would give the federal government an enormous increase in "control and management of personal properties and businesses"— which is socialism. This is extremely disturbing because the personal freedoms that are guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution are based on free enterprise, not socialism.

Legislation intending to control "climate change" might be palatable if there were an undeniable consensus that significant climate changes are "man-made" and not due to "natural" forces. Inarguably, many reputable sources indicate that the human-caused changes are "quite insignificant" (Imprimis, August 2007, "Global Warming: Man-Made or Natural") and "meaningless, (especially) if China and India don't participate (in the mandated solution Congress intends to place on Americans)" (Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2008).

Joyce Erickson

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