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  • CFACT Europe presents its new book in Brussels

    On October 11, CFACT Europe’s Executive Director Dr. Holger Thuss presented Edgar Gaertner’s new “Eco-Nihilism. A Critique of Political Ecology” (Öko-Nihilismus. Eine Kritik der Politischen Ökologie) at a private reception in the Brussels Renaissance Hotel. The many invited guests, mainly from the media, like-minded think tanks and assistants of MEPs, were able to listen to […]

  • Vaclav Klaus to the UN: We Should Not Make Big Mistakes

    Vaclav Klaus

    Pres. Vaclav Klaus

    un logoPoliticians know that they have to act when it is necessary. They know that their duty is to instigate public-policy responses to issues that could pose a threat to the people of their countries. And they have to form partnerships with colleagues from other countries when a problem cannot be “confined” within national boundaries. To help doing it is one of the main reasons for the existence of institutions such as the United Nations.

  • Eco-Nihilism Enters Top 20

    For the first time ever, a book supported by CFACT Europe entered the book charts. Last week, Edgar Gaertner’s “Eco-Nihilism: A Critique of Political Ecology” appeared on #20 of the BOD book charts in non-fiction. Even better: in this week’s charts, the book defended its position. “The example of Edgar Gaertner’s book shows that the […]

  • CFACT’s “Eco-Nihilism” Reviewed by Deutschlandfunk: “Global Warming Is Not the Greatest Problem”

    Every Monday, Deutschlandfunk (DLF), Germany’s national information radio station rewiews what it considers the nation’s most important political literature. On June 16, between Czech President Vaclav Havel’s autobiography, and a book by Alice Schwarzer (Germany’s most prominent feminist) Edgar Gaertner’s “Eco-nihilism” was presented and reviewed for the listeners.

  • Earth Day Review of “Eco-Nihilism”

    Edgar Gaertner

    Edgar Gaertner

    One of Austria’s largest daily’s commemorated Earth Day with an extensive review of Edgar Gaertner’s new Öko-Nihilismus: Eine Kritik der Politischen Ökologie (Eco-nihilism: A Critique of Political Ecology).   The review appeared in The Linz-based “Oberösterreichische Nachrichten” (OÖN) , which also interviewed the author.    The book was published with support from CFACT Europe.

  • “Eco-Imperialism” reviewed in Switzerland

    CFACT Europe’s German edition of Paul Driessen’s Eco-imperialism: Green Power – Black Death received a lengthy review in Die Idee, published by the Junge Schweizerische Volkspartei [JSVP] (Young Swiss People’s Party).  CFACT Europe is proud to join the political debate in one of the world’s oldest democracies. The JSVP has approximately 5.800 members and is the youth […]

  • CFACT Europe Challenges Environmentalist Orthodoxy with “Eco-Nihilism: A Critique of Political Ecology”

    In the 1970s and 80s, environmental policies rose to prominence as environmentalists scored many political victories. But our successes in cleaning rivers and air pollution were unfortunately followed by an environmental populism that led to an intellectual and economic downward spiral, often driven by fears of approaching ecological cataclysm. This devolution of the environmental movement is what German journalist and environment expert Edgar Gaertner has recently written about in his new book Eco-nihilism: A critique of a Political Ecology.

    The term nihilism was coined by French writer Albert Camus and refers to people who believe in things that do not exist. Most modern-day nihilists also consider certain policies more important than freedom and dignity, and according to Gaerter there are strong nihilist tendencies among many of today’s environmentalists.

  • Berlin Climate Conference: May 30, 2007

    On May 30, CFACT Europe, together with the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE)  and the the German Free Market Institute, is co-hosting a conference on current climate affairs in Berlin (Germany). Key note speakers are Professor S. Fred Singer, University of Virginia, and Ernst Georg Beck, biologist, Freiburg (Germany). The event will take […]

  • EU-Commissioners Verheugen & Potocnik address EU Liberal Youth Congress

    LYMEC calls on Europe to rise to the challenge of globalization

    Around 150 representatives of various European liberal youth organizations gathered in Berlin this past weekend at the annual congress of LYMEC, their European umbrella organization. Top speakers included EU-Commissioners Verheugen (Enterprise and Industry) and Potocnik (science and research).

  • UK Channel 4 Documentary Claims ‘Global Warming Is Lies’

    Accepted theories about man causing global warming are “lies” claims a controversial new TV documentary. ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’ – backed by eminent scientists – is set to rock the accepted consensus that climate change is being driven by humans.

    The program, screened on Channel 4 will see a series of respected scientists attack the “propaganda” that they claim is killing the world’s poor. Even the co-founder of Greenpeace, Patrick Moore, is shown, claiming African countries should be encouraged to burn more CO2.

  • CFACT’s Thuss Advocates Values Based Foreign Policy at Adenauer Foundation Forum

    Holger Thuss on Foreign Affairs PanelBerlin, Germany, 20 Jan. Today, Dr. Holger Thuss, Executive Director of CFACT EUROPE, joined a panel debating the role of ethical values in foreign affairs, in order to present his translation of Paul Driessen’s best-selling book Eco-imperialism: Green Power – Black Death.

    During his presentation, Dr. Thuss strongly emphasized the importance of value-based foreign policies, particularly in such areas as development aid and WTO. As an example he mentioned the global ban on DDT, that is supposed to guarantee DDT-free imports from developing nations, where the ban causes millions of death since even the responsible use of the substance against malaria carrying mosquitoes is prohibited.

  • Rothbard and Rucker on Environment, Development and Africa in “European View”

    In their article, David Rothbard and Craig Rucker urge EU policy makers to ensure that their new policies towards Africa will be beneficial in particular to African nations that were once European colonies. “The answer to Africa’s needs, however, is not more handouts or even aid forgiveness, as was recommended at the June 2005 G8 […]

  • Third European Resource Bank: Vienna

    Vienna Mozart MemorialDr. HOLGER THUSS (Wien)

    “Taxpayer and Environment Issues are Intertwined,” Dr. Thuss says.

    CFACT EUROPE’s Executive Director participated in the Third European Resource Bank Meeting, held in cooperation with the Annual Meeting of the World Taxpayer Associations from June 29 – July 2 in Vienna, Austria. The meetings bring together taxpayer and free market activists from around the globe to share ideas and strategy.

    “The interests of taxpayers and free market environmentalists throughout the world are interwoven. Wrong tax policies and counterproductive environmental measures often go hand in hand,” Dr. Thuss said. “Sharing our experiences of resisting red tape and high taxes is therefore very important.”

  • Climate Change Models Aren’t Much Better Than Oracles

    Oracle Delphi

    Oracle at Delphi

    PAUL DRIESSEN (Washington)

    In ancient times, priestesses at the Oracle at Delphi often answered important political questions with enigmatic predictions derived from dreams, signs, casting lots or reading animal entrails. Today, in the realm of climate change, that function is served by scientific priests and priestesses who offer forecasts of dubious value, derived from computer models.

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