'Santa' Klaus Takes on Global Warming
Good King Wenceslas walked barefoot ‘midst snow and ice, to bring food and kindling to starving peasants on the second day of Christmas --- and lo! --- a miracle preserved him and his faithful servant from the bitter cold. Wenceslas --- Saint Vaclav in the original Czech --- was a legendary Santa Claus figure, a holy bringer of hope and cheer in the darkness of the European winter.
Well, we have our own Vaclav to cheer us up this holiday season; but this one is Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, and a dangerous skeptic on the crusading faith of global warming. In his new book, Blue Planet in Green Shackles, President Klaus writes that:
The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy, and prosperity at the end of the 20th and at the beginning of the 21st century is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism.
Vaclav Klaus is an honest man, but that doesn't count for much in the boiling cauldron that is socialist Europe today. Just recently, President Klaus was verbally mobbed by the other presidents of the European Parliament, including "Danny the Red" -- Daniel Cohn-Bendit, former anarchist street fighter during the infamous '68 riots -- who is now a big Green honcho in European politics. Said Danny the Red to Vaclav Klaus:
You can believe what you want, I don't believe, I know that global warming is a reality. (italics added)
And there you have it, folks, the voice of skeptical reason assaulted by militant dogma, ready to burn as many witches as may be needed to defend the One True Faith. If this sounds familiar, just think of Galileo and Pope Innocent III, who did not want to peer through Galileo's telescope at the night sky, having a rock-hard faith that made evidence unnecessary. Danny the Red, shake hands with the Renaissance Pope. Two peas in pod.
Enter the Barack Obama administration. Between new "Climate Czar" Carole Browner and Science Advisor John Holdren, the True Believers are now taking over Federal policy on energy and the weather. (The weather? Yes! We are now blessed with an official bureaucracy tasked to change the weather. It includes NASA Goddard Space Center's James Hansen, who believes that CEOs of energy companies "should be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature" if they spread foul skepticism about global warming. Hanson's career at NASA was boosted by Al Gore when he was "reorganizing government" during the Clinton years. His job is to spread planetary catastrophism, come hell or high water. We have our own Danny the Reds, who know the answers without bothering to consult Mother Nature.)
The trouble is that the actual evidence for global warming has been shot full of holes, and has actually flipped the other way in the last ten years. Here is a list of 10 failed predictions.