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Environmental Madness (II)

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Foreword to the Fifth Edition of Environmental Madness

We are pleased to celebrate, with this fifth edition, the publication of four editions of the book, Environmental Madness – The Backstage Workings of Ecoterrorism to Establish an Ecological, Egalitarian and Anti-Christian ‘Religion’, by Prince Bertrand of Orleans-Braganza. Undoubtedly, the work has been a great success in Brazil, with 24,000 copies sold so far.

One expert in book publishing said that in the USA – a country of 300 million people with widespread reading habits – the circulation of five thousand copies for a doctrinal work is considered very good. For the director of a large network of bookstores in Brazil, printing a two-thousand copy edition of such a book is a temerity; and one of three thousand, madness.

With this fifth edition, we have reached 30,000 printed copies. The illustrious author has participated in many of his book’s launchings and has been able to see the surprise and relief of the public as it becomes aware of the existence of an intelligent and balanced position facing the frightening and ongoing ecological terrorism.

The book’s defense of a healthy environmentalism, property rights and Christian civilization has opened readers’ horizons toward finding a solution to the serious problems that afflict us. In fact, Prince Bertrand’s thinking and action is diametrically opposed to the psychological pressure of eco-terrorism.

Many eco-terrorist groups do not hide their intention to manipulate science about so-called “global warming,” with the spurious aim of pitting public opinion against “capitalism,” “industrial civilization,” “progress,” and the production of consumer goods, all of which contradict the socialist dreams of an ecological, egalitarian, and anti-Christian ‘religion’.

Even the Vatican has joined the debate, adding to pressure from the United Nations to favor socialist environmentalism. However, climatic events and academic circles have been proving the theses expounded by Environmental Madness to be correct and realistic.

Laudato Sì

Evaristo de Miranda
Evaristo de Miranda

Along with a plausible concern with environmental preservation, Pope Francis’ document on ecology, Laudato Sì, dated June 18, 2015, seems premature. He apparently failed to consult with world class technical specialists on the controversial issue. In fact, specialists questioned the Vatican document precisely because of its lack of serious scientific background.

Among them are two renowned Brazilians scientists, the master and doctor in ecology and director of EMBRAPA,[1] Dr. Evaristo Eduardo de Miranda, and Dr. Luiz Carlos Baldicero Molion, meteorologist, professor and researcher at the Federal University of Alagoas, PhD in Meteorology and postdoctoral fellow in Forest Hydrology. Incidentally, both are Catholic.

In an article titled “Habemus Papam Ecologistum,”[2] Dr. Evaristo de Miranda writes that, already in its first chapter that encyclical’s assessment of planetary ecological progress was negative, pessimistic and unbalanced, dealing with premature deaths caused by widespread pollution. In contrast, Miranda points out that the increase in life expectancy and education across the globe was even more generalized, as well as industrial growth and technological advances in agriculture. In fact, people across the whole planet have never lived so long or eaten and studied as much as now.

Dr. Miranda also notes that by associating the use of modern inputs in agriculture with unproven toxic effects, the encyclical does not do justice to today’s abundant, record-breaking food production or to the growing nutritional and sanitary quality of food. Inputs from science and technology have allowed food prices to fall, benefiting especially the poor.

For his part, Prof. Molion focuses on the scientific aspects of the encyclical Laudato Sì, observing its multiple improprieties from the scientific standpoint. The papal document adopts controversial hypotheses as if they resulted from a consensus among the specialists. He emphasized that one can never employ the term “consensus” in science, a term more specific to politics and its conspiracies. Science is a questioner by nature.

Among his many critiques, Molion shows that the papal document adopts the idea of a catastrophic rise in sea level. Back in 2007, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a biased UN agency, foresaw an increase of 59 cm in sea level by 2100; in 2013, its forecast jumped to 98 cm.

The scholar contends that it is impossible to measure sea level since it is not a constant, solid continuum but one exposed to changes determined by astronomical phenomena. For these inaccuracies, among others, he made it clear that Pope Francis was very poorly advised when writing the encyclical.[3]

The Document for the COP 21 Climate Summit

Blairo Maggi

More pressure at the international level came from the COP 21 climate summit held in Paris at the end of 2015. The summit saw turbulent disagreements among the representatives of the countries present.

To remedy the failure, the UN called on participating countries to sign the final document with guidelines issued in Paris. Upon signing it, then-Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff committed to reducing so-called greenhouse gas emissions and, recklessly, to reforest 12 million hectares by 2030.

At the World Climate Conference (COP 22) in Marrakech, Morocco, in November 2016, the new Minister of Agriculture, Blairo Maggi recalled that 61% of Brazil’s territory is covered by native vegetation and that the country accounts for 14% of the planet’s fresh water.

Maggi said that Brazilian farmers and ranchers can help the environment but must be compensated for it.

“Rural farmers have the task of reforesting 12 million hectares and recovering 15 million degraded pastures to improve cattle-raising efficiency and avoid further deforestation. It is also important to expand the no-tillage area, reduce the use of nitrogen in fertilizers by inoculating rhizobiuns in grasses,” said the minister, who calculates the cost of measures envisaged by the Paris Agreement at around US $40 billion.

“Who is going to foot this bill?,” the minister asked, adding that Brazil’s farmers provide food to billions of people using only 8% of the nation’s territory for planting and 19.7% for livestock. They also preserve, at their own cost, 11% of their lands while “producers from other countries do not carry such costs on their backs,” Maggi said.

Ecological Corridor in Our Amazon

Jaguar Corridors

In the wake of COP 21, press reports said the Dutch environmental organization Black Jaguar Foundation – in partnership with a Brazilian NGO – submitted a project to set up an ecological corridor with a continuous land area 2,600 km long and up to 40 km wide. It turns out that these lands do not belong to Holland, but to Brazil. The strip would cut through the northern half of Brazil with a total area of 10.4 million hectares, including two billion planted trees.

In light green, the total number of corridors to be “reserved” for wild animals (where man is a “disruptor”)

Presented at the International Conservation Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Honolulu, Hawaii, in September 2016, the project quotes the Brazilian Forest Code 

(that requires the recovery of deforested areas) to create this corridor of untouchable forests for animals to transit in the region. And if they do not transit, it is the fault of Brazilian ‘enemies’ of forests…

Ben Valks

The project’s chief architect, Ben Valks, went as far as to wonder whether it was viable. He recognized that it was a huge dream disconnected from reality. In fact, it is as utopian as placing traffic signals in the jungle like ‘one-way street’, ‘no left turn’, ‘no stopping’ for animals to read. However, Valks and his colleagues would happily crush farm owners with draconian environmental legislation.

The idea of animal corridors punishes men, reduced to caretakers of ecological gardens to comply with arbitrary theories concocted by international environmental circles.

Nature’s Own Refutation

The theses of Environmental Madness and other authoritative voices show that nature takes upon itself the task of refuting the false prognoses of environmentalists specializing in spreading alarm through ecological ‘terrorism’. A few years ago, a climate scientist at the University of East Anglia, England predicted that “within a few years,” a snowfall would become “a rare and exciting event. Children just will not know what snow is.”

Some media outlets quickly spread the “news”. In an article in The Washington Times on December 18, 2013, Wesley Pruden reported that a well-known toy store on London’s Regent Street for the first time had no sleds on display.

Contrary to those predictions, Britain huddled down in one of the coldest and wettest winters of recent times. “Worst winter for decades,” headlined the Daily Express.[4]  “Record snowfall in November.” By the end of November, the British were clattering their teeth, temperatures were dropping precipitously along with snow, and it was not yet winter. Children were happily playing in the snow, which, according to climate alarmists, they were supposed never to see again.

Snow covered not only England but all of Europe, the United States and even unusual places such as the walls of Jerusalem and the pyramids of Egypt. The Arctic ice sheet, which was expected to melt completely by 2013, recovered 60 percent more ice than in the previous year.

The Planet Has Been Cooling

As scientists had predicted, The planet has been cooling and there will be a global cooling over the next 20 years” (Environmental Madness, p. 23). In an interview with the monthly magazine Catolicismo (January 2014), Prof. Luiz Carlos Baldicero Molion lists the symptoms of this cooling:

“In the U.S., last winter left soils frozen four weeks longer than normal in the grain producing states further north. The planting was late and part of the production was lost with the frosts that occurred in the October-November period.

“In the Southern Hemisphere’s winter, in July 2013, the influx of polar air mass killed more than 100,000 sheep in Uruguay, wiped out 62% of the coffee harvest in Paraná, and affected other winter crops such as wheat and barley. To the delight of their inhabitants, more than 100 Brazilian cities in the southern states recorded snowfall.

“The main controllers of the global climate, the sun, source of energy, and the oceans that cover 71 percent of the planet’s surface, are indicating that the climate will cool in the next 15-20 years. Unfortunately, the Brazilian authorities are headed in the opposite direction.”

Global Warming Alarmists Trapped in Glaciers

MV Akademik Schokalskiy
MV Akademik Schokalskiy

Reality has played a trick on the craftily ideological and supposedly scientific basis on which they spread propaganda about “global warming” and/or “climate change”.

A group led by scientist Chris Turney, a professor of climate change at the Australian University of New South Wales, organized an expedition whose aim was “to discover and communicate the environmental changes that are happening in the South.”

He was trying to document “climate change” at the Antarctic pole, hoping to show that the glaciers were melting. His Russian-flagged ship, MV Akademik Schokalskiy, eventually got trapped in ice much thicker than expected, during the height of the Antarctic summer.[5]

After many vicissitudes, on Christmas Eve 2013 the “climate change scientists” were rescued by a helicopter of the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long (Snow Dragon), which took them to the Australian ship Aurora Australis. And in spite of the Antarctic summer, the Snow Dragon itself ended up trapped in the frozen sea.

Meanwhile, the media failed to say that the mission of Chris Turney and his team of scientists was precisely to demonstrate the existence of global warming. Unfazed by the reckless fiasco, in an interview with Fox News,[6] Turney reaffirmed his belief in the global melting of the poles:

“Sea ice is disappearing due to climate change, but here ice is building up,” he said in a statement, not caring about the contradiction. And attempting to justify the failure, he concluded:  “We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.” In fact, according to NASA, the Antarctic cold has been steadily rising for 35 years.[7]

IPCC’s 'Contortions'

The IPCC – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – is the main propagator of climate change talk. Every six years this Panel publishes a report signed by hundreds of scientists, politicians and environmentalists. Its fifth Report, launched in September 2013, was far below expectations.

The report, filled with inconsistent information, was praised by adherents of the “green ideology” but criticized by serious scientists who do not follow the “politically correct” environmentalist wave. Prof. Luiz Carlos Molion states:

“It is obscure to keep insisting that the temperature is increasing and that there is a 95% certainty that this increase is caused by human activities. The observed data, however, show that the global mean temperature has remained stable or even slightly declined for 16 years now. This has been called the ‘climate gap’. Meanwhile, the concentration of CO2 in the same period increased by 10%.”[8]

Richard LindzenThis led Prof. Richard Lindzen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), — one of the world’s most respected meteorologists – to say that “AR5 (the fifth IPCC Report) has fallen to a hilarious level of incoherence and has done surprising ‘contortions’ to keep climate change on the international agenda.”[9]

In AR5, the IPCC makes even more catastrophic projections for the global climate, such as the claim that global average temperature will rise by up to 6 ° C and sea level will rise by up to 98 cm by the year 2100.

Unrelenting Climate ‘Terrorism’

” As world leaders at the UN Climate Summit reached an agreement to tighten the shackles of oppressive global warming regulations late November, God laughed, and the moisture from his breath touched the earth, painting the place where the Christmas story began, the Holy Land, white with snow December 13. The same day, the Arab Spring region witnessed an Arab winter, when dusty desert streets were dusted with the first snowfall in 112 years.” commented Susan Brown on[10] Despite the evidence, alarmist headlines continued. “New Study Suggests that Global Temperatures Can Rise by at least 4 ° C by 2100;” “Potentially, by more than 8 ° C by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced.” This is the estimation of a new research (“Spread in model climate sensitivity traced to atmospheric convective mixing”) published in Nature.[11] It seems the prophets of warming have decided to set their omens for a very distant date, as they will no longer be around if they are taken to task…

These facts and contradictions confirm the denunciation of Environmental Madness that the global warming movement will continue to employ climate ‘terrorism’ to achieve well-defined goals. As some of its leaders have stated, they want to replace Christian civilization, natural law, the Decalogue, with an ecological, egalitarian, miserabilist and anti-Christian ‘religion’.

Brazil Fulfills Its Agricultural Calling

The ongoing, underhanded, and relentless persecution of rural producers and restrictions on property rights through various subterfuges continues: Attempted expropriations on pretext of “slave labor; demarcations of allegedly indigenous or quilombola lands, areas of environmental preservation and legal reserve; imposition of absurd “productivity indices”; threats by the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST); logistic nightmares caused by state inefficiency (poor roads, failed ports, lack of rail and inland waterway networks), and excruciating taxes imposed by state socialism. In spite of all this, rural producers bravely carry on their work fulfilling the agricultural vocation of Brazil.

Today, the country feeds more than 1 billion people around the world, the equivalent of five times its population. In the last 35 years, Brazil went from food importer to one of the largest food exporters on the planet using only 8.5% of its territory to plant.

What Does that Mean?

No subtítulo What Does that Mean

In 1940, a Brazilian farmer produced food for 19 people; as early as 1970, he produced food for 73 people; and in 2010, he started producing for 155 people. The cost of the food basket fell by half between 1975 and 2010.

Agribusiness is responsible for the trade balance surplus and for a quarter (23%) of Brazil’s GDP. It also generates one of every three jobs, that is, it employs 37% of the labor force.

In the last 20 years, the area planted with grains grew 40%, and production, more than 220%.

According to former Agriculture Minister Roberto Rodrigues, the new technologies allowed for higher productivity per planted hectare. He says:

“Today we grow 52 million hectares of various grains. If we had the same productivity of 20 years ago, it would take another 66 million hectares to harvest the equivalent of this year’s harvest. It is clear that our agriculture is highly sustainable, and the world knows it.

“And not just agriculture. In the last 20 years, our meat production has exploded: 90% in cattle, 238% in pigs and 458% in poultry, while reducing the pasture area, which has been planted with soybeans, sugarcane and forests. We have 7 million hectares of planted forests. It is always good to remember that 61% of our territory is covered with native forests from the time of Adam and Eve, while Europe has less than 1% (of its native forests).

“Agriculture takes up only 8.5% of the country’s total area, while livestock farming takes another 20%. Studies indicate that at least another 85 million hectares are usable for agriculture, which amazes our competitors from abroad as we are already the biggest exporters of sugar, soybean complex, orange juice, beef and chicken, and coffee.

Unfortunately,” Rodrigues laments, “of those potentially arable 85 million hectares, just over 15 million hectares could now be incorporated into the planted area. The rest is frozen by law from any activity; it is made up by national, state and municipal parks, lands reserved for Indians and quilombolas, legal reserves and permanent preservation areas, among others.”[12]


A French Reader Asks

This data is so impressive that it seems exaggerated and unbelievable. Incidentally, a French reader has asked us to clarify this ‘freezing’ of about 50% of our territory, as mentioned on page 150 of Environmental Madness.

Our expectation is that this ‘freezing’ will decrease. The Forest Code granted owners the areas already planted with many severe restrictions. Even so, the environmentalists were not satisfied and turned to the Supreme Federal Tribunal to overturn the most important articles of the Forest Code. This surreal challenge would decimate much our plantations even though Brazil already boasts the largest preserved area in the world, as shown in the table below:

Ocupacao terras

Land Occupation in Brazil

In an interview with the agribusiness channel TV-Gessulli, Evaristo de Miranda, general manager of Embrapa Satellite Monitoring, emphasized that Brazil preserves up to 61% of its native vegetation. His analysis was based on research developed by Embrapa and on statistics from the Rural Environmental Registry (CAR).

Allocation of land in the country often corresponds to its actual use. Today, according to Miranda, 17% of the national territory is reserved for environmental conservation; 13% for indigenous peoples. “Together, these two make up 30% of Brazil. Then we have approximately 20% of the territory with native vegetation but in very isolated places,” he observes. “So, today half the country is preserved. In addition, farmers preserve native vegetation inside their own properties and these areas represent more than 11% of the national territory.”

The Embrapa scientist and researcher points out that this percentage could exceed 50% because the CAR registry has shown that the land preservation index in private properties could reach 14% to 17%. If it does reach this level, it will mean that farmers preserve more native vegetation on their properties than all preservation units put together. He goes on to emphasize the role played by Brazilian rural producers on preservation: “The country preserves up to 61% of its territory and uses only 8% of it for the production of grains, of energy.”

Miranda calls the claim that Brazil does not preserve its vegetation a slander. In fact, in a study he did on the world’s 12 largest countries, he concluded that, on average, they protect only 8% to 9% of their territories, while Brazil’s protected areas represent about 30% of the country. Criticizing Brazil in this regard is a gross mistake, he points out.[13]

Historical Crossroads

As can be seen, Brazil is at a historical crossroads. Despite the hopes of finding the right path after the collapse of the socialist project of former President Lula and his allies, we run the risk of adopting false environmental alternatives that could lead us back into the same abyss, when in fact there is no danger, as the media claim, that the world will become unbreathable within a few years.

It has been scientifically proven that all polar layers and the like are renewed throughout the world within nature’s normal processes. While we do have an obligation to preserve and maintain forests, rivers and natural reserves, which are gifts of God, the raising of false alarms barely disguises ulterior motives. Who is to profit from it?

Socialist Philosophy and Ideology

Make no mistake: Today, global warming-related restrictions affect farmers; tomorrow, they will hit city inhabitants as well. After all, they stem from a socialist philosophy and ideology that will lead to misery in both city and countryside.

Plinio Corrêa de OliveiraIn view of this national and international panorama, the Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira Institute is launching the fifth edition of Environmental Madness with entire confidence in Divine Providence and Our Lady of Aparecida, who have the power to reverse the threatening situation looming in the Land of Holy Cross.

In a celebrated speech  quoted in the conclusion of Environmental Madness – Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira proclaimed that Brazil’s providential mission is to grow within its own borders, to develop here the splendors of a genuinely Roman Catholic and Apostolic civilization, and to lovingly enlighten the whole world with the beam of this great light, the lumen Christi.

The Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira Institute will continue on the paths of its inspirer – a true 20th Century Crusader  in the great battle to defend Christian civilization and the particularly sacred right to private property.

With that in mind, we present to the public this fifth edition of Environmental Madness, by Prince Bertrand of Orleans-Braganza with the collaboration of our Commission of Environmental Studies.

 Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira Institute

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