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Blue Planet in Green Shackles Paperback – 2007

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  • 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)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,859,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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President Klaus has written a superb economic critique of environmentalism. With justification Mr. Klaus critiques environmentalism as the statist anti-free enterprise descendent of communism. Like communism environmentalism wants to restrict both liberty and prosperity in the name of an ill conceived public good.

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.
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Though I live in the USA, Vaclav Klaus is my favorite politician in the entire world! He has the remarkable ability to stand on principle with diplomacy and decorum. A friend from the Czech Republic asked me what I thought of Klaus and the "Global Warming" issue. My letter in response is below. Since I wrote this letter, I have now have read "Blue Planet" and highly recommend the book. It is a clear and sobering look at the implications of using false science for the expansion of tyranny.
(my letter to a Czech friend...)

Dear _____,
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.
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I have not read the book but heard several excerpts from president Klaus's speech at Nat. Press Club and he is right on target and articulated exactly what is happening with environmentalism, global warming and its ideology while ignoring real science. President Klaus brilliantly clarifies what is happening and makes it obvious. I will read the book as soon as I can get it.
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I saw President Klaus on TV talking about his book and I knew I wanted to read it. Not only was it about something I was very interested in, but it was short and that was very appealing. Also, President Klaus was very charming, down-to-earth, had a great sense of humor and was not full of himself as so many people in important positions are. I am just an average guy with average intelligence, but I can recognize political agendas when I see them and from day one I have seen the global warming myth as just that. So even though he is obviously preaching to the choir as far as I'm concerned, I can still review his wonderful book.

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.
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BLUE PLANET IN GREEN SHACKLES is Czech President Vaclav Klaus's contribution to the debate over global warming. Klaus points his readers in some useful directions. As a longtime advocate of market economics, Klaus worries that peoples' inordinate fears over global warming will reverse the positive trend toward decentralized economies that we've seen since the 1980s. He has watched the environmental movement embrace planning, centralization, and top-down control: the tenets of the old-style Soviet Communism, which his country suffered under for so many years. Klaus suggests that when governments control economies, people cannot creatively adapt and moribund societies result. For this book's author, Czechoslovakia is a case in point. People will make a better world, less polluted, healthier, and more vibrant when they are allowed to respond to social challenges with freedom and autonomy.

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.
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