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June 15, 2007

Vaclav Klaus on the Global Warming Hoax

For the most part, the global warming hoax has been an amusing farce. But as hysteria continues to feed on itself, it is developing into something much more serious, as Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic, wisely warns:

The dictates of political correctness are strict and only one permitted truth, not for the first time in human history, is imposed on us. Everything else is denounced.
The author Michael Crichton stated it clearly: "the greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda". I feel the same way, because global warming hysteria has become a prime example of the truth versus propaganda problem. It requires courage to oppose the "established" truth, although a lot of people — including top-class scientists — see the issue of climate change entirely differently. They protest against the arrogance of those who advocate the global warming hypothesis and relate it to human activities.
As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism. This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning. […]
I agree with Professor Richard Lindzen from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who said: "future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century's developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age".
The issue of global warming is more about social than natural sciences and more about man and his freedom than about tenths of a degree Celsius changes in average global temperature.

He hits the nail on the head. The issue isn't the weather. Global warming is just a smokescreen behind which leftist ideologues are making a bid to impose another of their nightmarish dystopias, as they have done in places like Russia, China, and Cambodia.

Attempts by Nazis, communists, Islamic imperialists, etc. to snuff out the West's freedom by force have so far failed. But the insidious attack from within represented by the environmental movement is a much more serious threat.

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We won't be able to say Vaclav Klaus didn't warn us.

On a tip from Mega.

Posted by Van Helsing at June 15, 2007 10:09 AM

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"The dictates of political correctness are strict and only one permitted truth, not for the first time in human history, is imposed on us. Everything else is denounced."

Yep, evidence tends to support one position over another! But since you're largely ignorant of the way science works, you assert nonsense about "other truths"

"He hits the nail on the head. The issue isn't the weather. Global warming is just a smokescreen behind which leftist ideologues are making a bid to impose another of their nightmarish dystopias, as they have done in places like Russia, China, and Cambodia.

Attempts by Nazis, communists, Islamic imperialists, etc. to snuff out the West's freedom by force have so far failed. But the insidious attack from within represented by the environmental movement is a much more serious threat."

You're right, leftist just want to impose on us a new "Nightmare world" Devoid of carbon emissions and filled with electric cars and solar panels. Just like Nazi Germany murdering 35 million people!

Posted by: Chris mankey at June 15, 2007 11:41 AM

The frightening thing about environmentalism is its penchant to espouse what Al Gore refers to as changing the central organizing principle of society to that of environmentalism. The central organizing principle of a free country is the protection of the individual rights and property of the citizens. That's where the danger lies. When you change the underlying central organizing principle of society to protecting the environment you will have created a totalitarian society and then it becomes the rule of man over man rather than a constitutional republic. Do you get it, Chris?

Posted by: Kevin at June 15, 2007 12:41 PM

The "global warming" controversy was clinched as bogus as soon as it became a political football, i.e. Gore's baby, verus a scientific dialogue between degreed minds and analyzed data. As soon as Hollyweed and the politicos embrace something you know it's phony.

That this Czech leader from a formerly communist regime could also smell a rat says volumes over any sophistry that's come out yet. If anyone can spot propaganda from a mile away, it's someone who once lived under the world's masters of propaganda.

Posted by: fellowes at June 15, 2007 1:09 PM

Chris, how will you PRODUCE the electricity for those cars? What will you do with solar panels on CLOUDY days?
In short, have you and your leaders REALLY thought this out?

Posted by: KHarn at June 15, 2007 1:10 PM

A world devoid of carbon emissions is a dead world. Carbon is the very basis of life on this planet. If you learned anything remotely scientific at school you'd know this.

Posted by: Archonix at June 15, 2007 1:34 PM

I spent the day chaperoning fifth graders on a trip to New York's Museum of Natural History. Of course, we had to stop at the gift shop, and one of the items I saw was a "Global Warming" mug. "See our coastlines disappear!" it said on the box; achieved when you put coffee or whatever hot liquid in it.

I kid you not.

Start by scaring the kiddies...

Posted by: Pam at June 15, 2007 2:59 PM

Old news. 2nd time today I've been reminded of it. Did this hit MSM or what?

Posted by: Corona at June 15, 2007 6:52 PM

One could easily imagine an updated version of Orwell's 1984 in which 'Big Brother' and 'The Two Minute Hate' have been altered to fit an envirokook's version of a communist dictatorship.

Posted by: Brooklyn Red Leg at June 16, 2007 7:39 PM

Prof Klaus has answered 18 representatively selected questions of FT readers. Click my name to get to

http://motls.blogspot.com/2007/06/financial-times-klaus-answers.html

or directly to

www.ft.com/klaus

Posted by: LuboŇ° Motl at June 21, 2007 5:55 PM