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.Read more ›
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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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.
NOTE: Demand for the new English translation of President Václav Klaus's book has been high following his press conference at the National Press Club and keynote address at the Competitive Enterprise Institute's annual dinner. So high, in fact, that the initial stock available through Amazon.com sold out within hours of their being made available. CEI is in the process of sending thousands of additional copies to warehouses so that orders can continue to be fufilled. We thank you for your patience and for the incredible level of interest in President Klaus's book.
This well-reasoned book by the current President of the European Union objects to the politicization and hysteria of the Global Warming Hoax. President Vaclav Klaus, the author, cogently explains the dangers of the Global Warming Hoax.
He attacks this hoax first of all as an assault on human liberty. Klaus shows that the the tactics of the hoax promoters are basically the same tactics of the Communists - lack of debate, suppressing opposing views, and complete state control by a few dictators. When he quotes the architect of the Kyoto Protocol, Maurice Strong, as saying, "Isn't the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn't it our duty to bring that about?", you will realize that such a nasty comment could only exist in a climate of fear and oppression. What a difference a few years makes. Now as we see the engineered collapse of our civilization by these same kooks, who can argue that Klaus is wrong?
Klaus has lived and seen this limitation of freedom that socialism imposes on its citizens and his is a welcome voice of warning. The foreword to the book by the head of a think tank notes that the very success of Capitalism would lead to a massive bureaucratic Mandarinate of pseudo-intellectuals and government functionaries who would restrict liberty. Again, you will be amazed at the prescience of these people.
The first part of the book introduces and proves the theme that the hoax promoters are thinly-veiled fascists. Klaus also includes a fair amount of science debunking the absurd claims of the hoaxers. The middle part of the book is a fairly technical economics discussion of resources, prices, scarcity and discounting. For me, not an economist, this part was less interesting.Read more ›