Ever since an incendiary interview with Czech President Vaclav Klaus was translated into English back in February 2007, he’s been on the radar. Quite simply, there is no head of state on earth who is as outspoken on the global warming scare as Mr. Klaus. Others may agree with him, but as he puts it, “their voices are strangled by political correctness.”
Here is the translation as originally published by Lubos Motl on his blog. He doesn’t beat around the bush about global warming hysteria, stating “It’s a false myth and I think that every serious person and scientist says it. Pointing to a UN panel is unfair. It isn’t a scientific institution, it’s a political organ. It’s like creating a non-governmental organization of green coloring. This isn’t a choice of neutral scientists, a balanced group of scientists. These are politicised scientists who are coming to this with one-sided opinions and assignments. It is again an undignified slapstick that isn’t abided by this panel’s May report, but now that there is a fundamental reaction to the political content of this report, when all the ‘buts,’ ‘whens,’ and ‘ifs’ are crossed out and left out, there are simple theses there. This is simply such an unbelievable failure by all, starting with the media and ending with politicians”
Unlike most members of the media and politicians, Mr. Klaus has done his homework: “Environmentalism is a metaphysical ideology and a worldview that has absolutely nothing in common with science and the climate. Unfortunately, it has nothing in common with the social sciences either, and it is becoming the fashion of the modern era. That terrifies me. We have bundles of studies and books by climatologists who have come to the absolutely opposite opinion. I don’t measure the thickness of ice in the Antarctic. I really don’t know and I don’t aspire to. As a scientifically based person, though, I know how to read scientific reports on this issue and I know how to read how it is with the ice in the Antarctic. I don’t have to be a climatologist for that.”
We reported on these matters ourselves, in our posts “Antarctic Ice” and “Greenland’s Ice Melting Slowly.” There and elsewhere, our conclusions match those of Klaus, leading us to publish, among other things, the post “Inconvenient Questions.”
More recently, on June 13th, 2007, Klaus authored an article printed in the Financial Times of London entitled “Freedom, Not Climate is at Risk,” and we couldn’t agree more. As somebody who used to live under Soviet tyranny, he may be better equipped to recognize propaganda and creeping communism than the average American. Here’s one quote from this very astute commentary:
“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.”
As scientists and politicians catch up with independent minded skeptics like President Klaus, we will hopefully stop the anti-CO2 agenda, and return to things that matter, like eliminating truly noxious pollutants, reversing tropical deforestation, and continuing to develop clean and efficient fossil fuel while we eventually transition to nuclear and solar power.
Vaclav Klaus is a hero, and he should be getting a Nobel Prize, instead of you-know-who.