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Czech President Klaus argues against environmental activism

June 15, 2007

In a yesterday’s Financial Times article about climate change Czech president Vaclav Klaus, an entrenched right wing ideologue, argued against Al Gore’s movie, the fourth report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and G8 meeting discussed emission caps.

In his article he iterates the staples of right wing environmental science rejectionism:

  • “They protest against the arrogance of those who advocate the global warming hypothesis and relate it to human activities.”

which is almost out of Jerry Fallwell and the entire born-again and Pentecostal right wing.

  • “I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism.”

A classic tactic of comparing anyone, or anything I do not agree with to either Hitler, Stalin or in this case communism. It is such a thin argument that one would expect more from President Klaus, who used to work in the planning and future casting institute of the former Czech communist government. Undoubtedly he gleaned on the inner working of communism there which qualifies him now for comparing environmentalism with communism. How absurd!

Klaus concludes with quoting a global warming skeptic Professor Richard Lindzen
to give more credibility to his unsubstantiated extremist opinions and treats the reader to a set of bullet points attempting to “summarize” his views. One of them speaks for all:

“Let us be humble but confident in the spontaneous evolution of human society. Let us trust its rationality and not try to slow it down or divert it in any direction”
Such remarks are staples of Klaus, and he periodically issues them on almost any topic consistent with his hard-core Thatcherite right wing leanings.

Interested readers have a couple of days to post their questions to Klaus.

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