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President Vaclav Klaus: Freedom, not climate, is at risk

The president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus hits the environmental nail on the head:

In the past year, Al Gore's so-called "documentary" film was shown in cinemas worldwide, Britain's - more or less Tony Blair's - Stern report was published, the fourth report of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was put together and the Group of Eight summit announced ambitions to do something about the weather. Rational and freedom-loving people have to respond. 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.

The environmentalists ask for immediate political action because they do not believe in the long-term positive impact of economic growth and ignore both the technological progress that future generations will undoubtedly enjoy, and the proven fact that the higher the wealth of society, the higher is the quality of the environment. They are Malthusian pessimists.

Read the rest of the article. President Bush would be wise to listen to President Klaus.


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Comments (9)

This guy's comments will ne... (Below threshold)
Colorado KnightOwl:

This guy's comments will never get reported in the driveby media...

However he is right on target on the hysteria over natural climate change.

What a moronic post. ... (Below threshold)
sane:

What a moronic post.

this was my favorite:

"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"

Yes, because "a lot of people" see this differently. For instance Jimmy-J0-Buck doesn't beleive in climate change, and we should all listen closely to his expertise on the matter.

Of course he does say including "top-class scientist" While neglecting more "top-class scientist" think it global warming is real and and dangerous.

But hey that are probably all owned by that Big Green money.

"The environmentalists ask for immediate political action because they do not believe in the long-term positive impact of economic growth and ignore both the technological progress that future generations will undoubtedly enjoy, and the proven fact that the higher the wealth of society, the higher is the quality of the environment."

So destroy the environment now! don'worry about fixing it. Technology will take care of that... sometime... in the future.


"The dictates of political ... (Below threshold)
LenS:

"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."

Wow, it only took two posts before a denouncer appeared.


If this guy has some eviden... (Below threshold)
Paul Hamilton:

If this guy has some evidence that the "established truth" is in error, let him present it. If not, he's just static.

And that's not political correctness, either, it's scientific reasoning. You might argue how big a factor human activities are in climate change, but the change itself is certain, and to deny the truth only makes you look foolish.

What makes one look really ... (Below threshold)
geobandy:

What makes one look really foolish is to criticize the content of the article without actually reading it. Klaus does NOT deny that climate change happens, he reiterates what all reasonable people know: it happens all the time. Nor does he argue that we should disregard environmental concerns, or think "science" will fix it sometime in the future. What he does say is that the issue has been politicized and is now a political agenda masquerading as a scientific "crisis". Anyone who bothers to really look into the issue will quickly find that there is no shortage of reputable scientists who reject the idea that global warming (oops, sorry, now it's "climate change"... too many unusually cold months last year) is man-made, or that man even contributes significantly. And even scientists who believe man does play a significant role have rejected the Al Gore "Imminent Disaster" model as exaggeration and unsound science. Cripes, even the NYT published THAT article.

Scientific facts can not be established by a show of hands. Scientific truth can not be established by shouting down alternative points of view. And half-baked science should not be turned into a political agenda for the future of mankind.

Good Lord, geobandy, where ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Good Lord, geobandy, where have you been all my life? That was eloquent and wise. It is a good time to be a skeptic. When isn't?
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Right, mantis?======... (Below threshold)
kim:

Right, mantis?
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Geobandy, when I read stuff... (Below threshold)
Paul Hamilton:

Geobandy, when I read stuff like this:
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.
...it strongly discourages me from reading the rest of the article. It's really remarkable that he could make note of -- COMPLAIN about, actually from the tone of the excerpt that was posted -- the politicization of environmentalism and then say something like I quoted above. Of course he's got that qualifier -- "ambitious" -- in there which serves as a get-out-of-responsibility-free card if somebody calls him on his words.

I just get tired of usual conservative party line on the issue:

1. It's not really happening
2. If it is happening, it's not our fault
3. If it is happening and it's not our fault, it must be God's will.

When you take those three elements, it totally closes off all efforts at rational discussion and ends up with people like Klaus saying that environmentalists are worse than communists.

So what's the point in reading an article from a person with a mindset like that?

I must of missed it, when d... (Below threshold)
Matt:

I must of missed it, when did we get a conservative party?

I missed the part about it being God's Will, although I do seem to recall hearing an Insh-Allah a while back.... Probably not related though.

I do believe that there is enough discension about the topic of Global Warming/Climate change to rate further scientific study and discussion before acting irrationally. Even the G8 summit has rejected the Kyoto Protocols.

Global Warming/Cooling/Climate Change/Weather Effects have been with us since the Earth was Formed. Huge cataclysmic events occured over millenia to make the Earth what it is today. Mankind has only been on Earth since the last Ice-Age and we possibly won't be around after the next one. While we should take prudent steps to curb pollution and have been doing so the last several decades we don't need to make massive sweeping changes until we fully understand the true nature of the problem, all of the causes and all of the options. It seems we are putting a lot of resources into the politicas and not in-depth scientific research.




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