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REBELS WITH A KLAUS

June 25, 2007

Led by the president of the Czech Republic, respected scientists are risking their reputations to expose global warming as a non-threat exploited by those who not only want to extinguish debate, but freedom as well, says Investor's Business Daily.

Consider Reed Bryson, the University of Wisconsin (Madison) professor emeritus who is known as the father of scientific climatology.  He says we've been coming out of a Little Ice Age for 300 years and that while the Earth has been warming, there is no credible evidence that it is due to mankind and carbon dioxide.

Dr. William Gray, professor emeritus of the atmospheric department at Colorado State University, has reached a similar conclusion.  Gray points particularly to the false notion that increased hurricane strength is somehow the result of man-made warming.  In reality, according to him:

  • Recent increase in hurricane activity is part of a naturally occurring cyclical pattern related to naturally changing ocean currents
  • These patterns go back thousands of years, and are a naturally occurring phenomenon; we shouldn't blame them on humans or CO2.

Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, takes it one step further.  He sees an eerie similarity between communism and what he calls the global warming "religion."

"As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not communism. This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning."

Source: Editorial, "Rebels With a Klaus," Investor's Business Daily, June 22, 2007.

 

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