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Politics Hurts the Climate Change Movement [VIDEO]

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For many Americans, climate change is the number one issue of our times. The apocalyptic vision trumpeted by Al Gore and heralded by Paul Ehrlich has convinced many that we must change the way our society is structured in order to prevent an environmental collapse. For those that buy into the grand vision, it makes sense to commit all to the cause in an attempt to foment a change in the way society behaves.  The problem for those of us still making up our minds on what to do about climate change is that the tenor of environmental activism tends to be completely one-sided.

Take the BP oil spill for example. Van Jones, who once directed $80 billion dollars of America’s green energy spending, has recently (and honorably I think) spoken out about the silence of the environmental movement during the tenure of President Obama.

The reason for this silence is likely varied, but for those who aren’t part of the group the silence sends one message loud and clear: the climate change movement is more about politics than the sanctity of Earth.We our left with a bitter taste in our mouths. The feeling is akin to the sense of anger and doubt that an unbeliever would have after observing an act of religious hypocrisy. For those who are not dyed-in-the-wool democrats, the political nature of the climate change movement makes us feel like we are watching a televangelist begging for money.

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