Thank you, Vaclav Klaus. In the sanest statement on global warming to issue from officialdom anywhere on the planet, Czech President Vaclav Klaus has called this latest sky-is-falling movement what it really is: “A new incarnation of modern leftism.”
My translation: When you hear “Global Warming,” think “Central Planning.”
In an interview with a Czech financial newspaper, Hospodarske Noviny, picked up in translation by the Drudge Report, Klaus calls global warning a “false myth,” and explains — correctly — that the UN’s IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), which issued the latest alarmist report, is “not a scientific institution” but “a sort of non-government organization of green flavor.”
Klaus has top credentials for sniffing out central planning schemes, of any flavor. He knows them all too well from Czechoslovakia’s decades behind the Soviet Iron Curtain, when the tint was red. It needs saying again and again. The drumbeat over global warming comes from the UN (here’s a link, again, to some background on the godfather of this movement, Maurice Strong). It is accompanied at every turn by schemes to transfer wealth, with the UN and its affiliates positioning themselves as toll collectors and traffic cops — promising somewhere down the line to reform the weather, but putting a hand out now for the money. And Klaus has it right. The way to clean up the planet is to cultivate private property rights, not central planning camouflaged as new-age environmentalism. Where are the American politicians with the courage to speak up like Klaus?
(Feb 13 update: The translation of Klaus’s interview from Czech was done by Harvard physicist Lubos Motl, whose comment I’ve just posted. That text, which Drudge picked can be found here, on Motl’s web site. -Ed.)