"Every great cause begins as a movement, degenerates into a business and ends up as a racket.” So wrote Eric Hoffer, visionary thinker, author of “The True Believer” and recipient of the US Presidential Medal of Freedom. Hoffer died in 1983, a few years before global warming overtook acid rain, the ozone hole and the next ice age to become the environmental apocalypse in waiting, so we will never know how he would have viewed it. Yet his observation about the ...

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