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On 8 June 2007, this could be reached at http://www.melaniephillips.com/diary/

June 8, 2007
The green shoots of reason
Last night I was on the panel on BBC TV’s Question Time, which you can view here. The subject of the G8 and global warming came up, and I made a brief reference to the remarkable speech made by the Czech President Vaclav Klaus when he appeared before the American Congressional committee on energy and commerce. This is part of what he said:

The – so called – climate change and especially man-made climate change has become one of the most dangerous arguments aimed at distorting human efforts and public policies in the whole world.

My ambition is not to bring additional arguments to the scientific climatological debate about this phenomenon. I am convinced, however, that up to now this scientific debate has not been deep and serious enough and has not provided sufficient basis for the policymakers’ reaction. What I am really concerned about is the way the environmental topics have been misused by certain political pressure groups to attack fundamental principles underlying free society. It becomes evident that while discussing climate we are not witnessing a clash of views about the environment but a clash of views about human freedom.

As someone who lived under communism for most of my life I feel obliged to say that the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity at the beginning of the 21st century is not communism or its various softer variants. Communism was replaced by the threat of ambitious environmentalism. This ideology preaches earth and nature and under the slogans of their protection – similarly to the old Marxists – wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning of the whole world.

The environmentalists consider their ideas and arguments to be an undisputable truth and use sophisticated methods of media manipulation and PR campaigns to exert pressure on policymakers to achieve their goals. Their argumentation is based on the spreading of fear and panic by declaring the future of the world to be under serious threat. In such an atmosphere they continue pushing policymakers to adopt illiberal measures, impose arbitrary limits, regulations, prohibitions, and restrictions on everyday human activities and make people subject to omnipotent bureaucratic decision-making. To use the words of Friedrich Hayek, they try to stop free, spontaneous human action and replace it by their own, very doubtful human design.

The environmentalist paradigm of thinking is absolutely static. They neglect the fact that both nature and human society are in a process of permanent change, that there is and has been no ideal state of the world as regards natural conditions, climate, distribution of species on earth, etc. They neglect the fact that the climate has been changing fundamentally throughout the existence of our planet and that there are proofs of substantial climate fluctuations even in known and documented history. Their reasoning is based on historically short and incomplete observations and data series which cannot justify the catastrophic conclusions they draw. They neglect the complexity of factors that determine the evolution of the climate and blame contemporary mankind and the whole industrial civilization for being the decisive factors responsible for climate change and other environmental risks.

By concentrating on the human contribution to the climate change the environmentalists ask for immediate political action based on limiting economic growth, consumption, or human behavior they consider hazardous. They do not believe in the future economic expansion of the society, they ignore the technological progress the future generations will enjoy, and they ignore the proven fact that the higher the wealth of society is, the higher is the quality of the environment.

The policymakers are pushed to follow this media-driven hysteria based on speculative and hard evidence lacking theories, and to adopt enormously costly programs which would waste scarce resources in order to stop the probably unstoppable climate changes, caused not by human behavior but by various exogenous and endogenous natural processes (such as fluctuating solar activity) - Vaclav Klaus.

Indeed. Of course, most of the Question Time audience were open-mouthed at my heresy, as one would expect with an ideological Big Lie which takes a society by the throat and brooks absolutely no dissent. That’s why Vaclav Klaus was absolutely bang on to identify man-made global warming as yet another totalitarian ideology. But in view of that, it was very interesting to note nevertheless that a significant section of that Question Time audience were audibly on my side on this issue; and I have been receiving a steady stream of public support since the programme from people who have also rumbled the scam. Clearly, there are many, many individuals who are silently refusing to sign up to this demonstrable absurdity, and who are resisting it in the way that all peoples resist lies which are imposed on pain of social ostracism, professional exile or worse – in their minds, which no-one can touch, and where the flame of truth and freedom never dies.

There’s hope for reason yet.

Melanie Phillips

We need to distinguish between the political career of Vaclav Klaus and his attitude to the Global Warming scam. He is basically an economist, before he became a politician. Each needs to stand on its own. It also has to be kept apart from Melanie's current over-support of the Israeli government. On most subjects Melanie is excellent. - Ivor Catt

Climate change in St Albans


Vaclav Klaus in Wikipedia ".... his pet project, the voucher privatization, was poorly executed and didn't bring the economy responsible owners it needed. .... "

Vaclav Klaus, then a communist, was highly qualified as an economist. He made the project for the renaissance of the dying communist state in Czechoslovakia before 1989 when the regime collapsed. Politically, he is an opportunist. He was a Euro-sceptic, wanting an independent Czech Republic.

Ch4 on Global Warming Scam

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