Vaclav Klaus: International Conference on Climate Change

by Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic since 2003

[Address given on May 21 at the Heartland Institute's ICCC-7, Chicago.]

Many thanks for the invitation and for giving me the opportunity to address this distinguished audience. I am not for the first time in Chicago. It is also not for the first time that I am attending a conference organized by the Heartland Institute. But it is for the first time I am with Heartland here in Chicago.

Some of you know that I came to Chicago for the NATO summit. Yesterday and today I was supposed to speak about what to do in Afghanistan, how to keep NATO going in an era of overall indebtedness and budgetary cuts, and about NATO-Russia relations. I am glad to tell you that we did not discuss the global warming. It seems that NATO does not consider global warming to be a security threat. [Read more...] (167)

Klaus: Green hysteria shackles our economic growth

by Václav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic

From TheGuardian

Emissions legislation and excessive fear of global warming are the last thing we need when the world economy is in recession.

I am surprised so many people in Europe, the US and elsewhere have come to support policies underpinned by hysteria over global warming, particularly cap-and-trade legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions and subsidies for “green” energy sources. [Read more...] (201)

Klaus: The problem is the majority of rational people do not pay attention

by Vaclav Klaus

Climate Forum, Kongresshotel Seepark, Thun, Switzerland, October 9, 2008:

Current priorities do not fall from the sky. They reflect our way of looking at things, “die Weltanschauung”, which characterizes our era. Its formation started decades ago.

I see it in the culture, philosophy and ideology of the 1960s and 1970s which in many respects opposed the traditional way of looking around and which brought to the fore [Read more...] (137)

Klaus: Global Warming is not about the environment, it’s about our freedom

by Vaclav Klaus

Hilton Hotel, Portland, Oregon, September 30, 2008:

During my visits in the US in the last 19 years, I made speeches on a wide range of topics. There was, however, always a connection between them.

They were all about freedom and about threats endangering it.

Global warming is about freedom. It’s not about temperature or CO2. [Read more...] (153)

Klaus: What is Endangered? Climate or Freedom?

by Vaclav Klaus

My answer to this question is very clear and straightforward: “Endangered is freedom. Climate is OK.”

After spending several years studying this issue I came to the conclusion we were deceived.

The Great Global Warming Debate is not about temperature or CO2 levels. It is not a scientific dispute inside climatology. [Read more...] (115)

Klaus: Global WARNing

Dr. Vaclav Klaus warns:

Environmentalism as a metaphysical ideology and as a worldview has absolutely nothing to do with natural sciences or the climate itself. Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with social sciences either.

Environmentalism, not preservation of nature (and of environment), is a leftist ideology.

Environmentalism is a vehicle for bringing socialist government at the global level. [Read more...] (138)

Klaus: They sacrifice the individual for the “common good”

by Vaclav Klaus

2008 International Conference on Climate Change, New York, March 4, 2008.

A week ago, I gave a speech at an official gathering at the Prague Castle commemorating the 60th anniversary of the 1948 communist putsch in the former Czechoslovakia. [Read more...] (349)

Klaus: United Nations Climate Change Conference, New York

by Vaclav Klaus

Let me raise several points to bring the issue into its proper context:

1. Contrary to the artificially and unjustifiably created world-wide perception, the increase in global temperatures has been in the last years, decades and centuries very small in historical comparisons and practically negligible in its actual impact upon human beings and their activities. [Read more...] (103)

Klaus: Man-Made Global Warming is a Myth

by Vaclav Klaus

Global warming is a false myth and every serious person and scientist says so. It is not fair to refer to the UN panel. IPCC is not a scientific institution: it’s a political body, a sort of non-government organization of green flavor. [Read more...] (144)