Czech President Klaus says Al Gore is insane hits out at IPCC and politicized climate change scientists
Hospodářské noviny,is a Prague based, Czech economics daily and on the 9th of February they published a interview with Václav Klaus, Second President of the Czech Republic - he looks a real avuncular sort, the man should be on TV selling Werther's Originals. Anyway he was quizzed on his views on the alleged threat of global warming.Václav Klaus: Žádné ničení planety nevidím a nikdy jsem ani neviděl
Fortunately Harvard Professor Lubos Motl is both a physicist and a Czech and has handily translated this for us, on his website.
President of Czech Republic Calls Man-Made Global Warming a 'Myth' - Questions Gore's Sanity
Czech president Vaclav Klaus has criticized the UN panel on global warming, claiming that it was a political authority without any scientific basis.
Here are some excerpts - checkout the Profs website for the complete interview - and some entertaining views on the stringy Universe we share with him.
Q: IPCC has released its report and you say that the global warming is a false myth. How did you get this idea, Mr President?
A: It's not my idea. Global warming is a false myth and every serious person and scientist says so. It is not fair to refer to the U.N. panel. IPCC is not a scientific institution: it's a political body, a sort of non-government organization of green flavor. It's neither a forum of neutral scientists nor a balanced group of scientists. These people are politicized scientists who arrive there with a one-sided opinion and a one-sided assignment. Also, it's an undignified slapstick that people don't wait for the full report in May 2007 but instead respond, in such a serious way, to the summary for policymakers where all the "but's" are scratched, removed, and replaced by oversimplified theses.
This is clearly such an incredible failure of so many people, from journalists to politicians. If the European Commission is instantly going to buy such a trick, we have another very good reason to think that the countries themselves, not the Commission, should be deciding about similar issues.
Q: How do you explain that there is no other comparably senior statesman in Europe who would advocate this viewpoint? No one else has such strong opinions...
A: My opinions about this issue simply are strong. Other top-level politicians do not express their global warming doubts because a whip of political correctness strangles their voice.
• Q: But you're not a climate scientist. Do you have a sufficient knowledge and enough information?
A: Environmentalism as a metaphysical ideology and as a worldview has absolutely nothing to do with natural sciences or with the climate. Sadly, it has nothing to do with social sciences either. Still, it is becoming fashionable and this fact scares me. The second part of the sentence should be: we also have lots of reports, studies, and books of climatologists whose conclusions are diametrally opposite.
Indeed, I never measure the thickness of ice in Antarctica. I really don't know how to do it and don't plan to learn it. However, as a scientifically oriented person, I know how to read science reports about these questions, for example about ice in Antarctica. I don't have to be a climate scientist myself to read them. And inside the papers I have read, the conclusions we may see in the media simply don't appear. But let me promise you something: this topic troubles me which is why I started to write an article about it last Christmas. The article expanded and became a book. In a couple of months, it will be published. One chapter out of seven will organize my opinions about the climate change. Environmentalism and green ideology is something very different from climate science. Various findings and screams of scientists are abused by this ideology.
A: It's such a nonsense that I have probably not heard a bigger nonsense yet.•
Q: Don't you believe that we're ruining our planet?
A: I will pretend that I haven't heard you. Perhaps only Mr Al Gore may be saying something along these lines: a sane person can't. I don't see any ruining of the planet, I have never seen it, and I don't think that a reasonable and serious person could say such a thing.
It is refreshing to hear such forthright views expressed in such a direct fashion - no doubt we are going to hear a lot more straight talking from President Klaus amongst the endless tosh we are fed
The stamp is by the way from the nation of Polynesian State of Palau who always vote against any UN motion critical of Israel - it is said to represent ex Vice President Al Gore inventor of the Internet.