- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Competitive Enterprise Institute (2007)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001A3W3BK
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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Mr. Klaus writes very clearly in introducing such economic concepts as prices measuring scarcity, discounted future consumption, opportunity cost, and cost benefit analysis to demonstrate that environmentalism egregiously neglects and denies economic reality. Mr. Klaus propounds the benefits of technological advance on human living conditions.
This work is not long but very profound, unique, and necessary. The book should be and I believe will be widely read for what it is, a readable economic critque of the common place eco-freakery.
(my letter to a Czech friend...)
Klaus and Global Warming... where do I begin??
How about Global Warming (although now they are calling it "Climate Change", so in case there is cooling they will not be wrong... again!)?
Here it the short version of what I know:
Yes, there is some measured warming of the earth's surface, about 1 degree C. The warming started approximately two hundred years ago. It has been going up in a steady line since that time (minor year and decade variations).
Yes, there is an increase in atmospheric levels of Carbon Dioxide, especially since about 1945, when it started to increase logarithmically. These increased CO2 levels are mostly attributable to humans burning fossil fuels.
Do you see the problem with the Global Warming hypothesis here? The warming itself started two hundred years ago and continues in a linear fashion, but the large CO2 increase started sixty years ago and there has not been an increase in the rate of warming. (A cause has to come before the effect.)
There is a good correlation between solar activity and earth temperature. The charts align almost perfectly, with increased solar activity directly proceeding increased earth temperature. (Cause and effect)
There is good science to this.Read more ›
Overall, it was very readable for the lay person. There were necessarily some spots that were slow because of data or graphs that had to be explored. For my purposes it was extremely informative in a concise format and for that I am grateful.
I would highly recommend this book for everyone. For the choir, it gives us lots of usable ammo and for the deluded, it may shed some light on the way they are being deceived (even though as Paul Simon once said, "..man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest").
To President Klaus: I thank you for your offering. Especially satisfying was reading your response to questions from congress. You are a man of great conviction and integrity and a breath of fresh air among world-class statesmen. I look forward to hearing from you in the future. I hope you can remain humble after all the glowing praise you will receive from citizens like me whose voices are not heard through our media and conventional outlets in the US.
In his book, Klaus is not denying the possibility of warming. In fact, he admits, "I, too share their [environmentalists'] concerns and anxieties." Nevertheless, he reminds readers that, "the average global temperature in the 20th century increased by a mere 1.1 degree Fahrenheit." In response to this small variation, environmentalists--such as Al Gore--are "creating an environmentally obsessed society." What does Klaus suggest to counter our society's mass paranoia? He proposes that we try to answer four questions, scientifically, and without prejudice. 1. Is there global warming? 2. If so, have people caused it? 3. If so, can we do something about it? 4. Does an eventual moderate temperature increase matter?
It is easy for environmentalists to dismiss Klaus as irrelevant: environmentalists have already won the debate in terms of public opinion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Right on point.Sensible arguments put forth against politics driving science.Published 8 months ago by Alex T.
Klaus is a no apology offered defender of freedom, liberty & the values of Western Civilization. He brings that moral rectitude to bare on the Green Fascist Freaks who would... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Daniel E. Hofford
A great lesson written by Vaclav Klaus about the lie that is climate change.Published 13 months ago by Caroline Cronin
Great book. Bought extra copies to present to certain people involved with environmental issues.Published 13 months ago by jim golding
An anti green book. Makes it point reasonably well. Time will tell.Published 22 months ago by Gary Sheedy
A chilling view into your future, aka Eastern Europe's past, if the "climate change" propaganda achieves its goals!Published 23 months ago by R. Bischoff
Prof. and former President Klaus brings the cold and rational eye of a competent economist to bear on the subject, confining his analysis to the economic side of it and not --... Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by SuperConstellation
Fantastic to see some well written & well researched books & commentary that speaks up against the global warming myth.Published on November 17, 2013 by Mr Daniel Camp