…but also about global warming. See here. And also Lubos’s blog. And what did he have to say?
President Klaus also expressed his opinion on the recent finding of the UN scientific panel on global warming. In his opinion, warming is a myth. Oh dear, not a very good start.
Václav Klaus: I don’t see any destruction of the planet and I’ve never seen any… I would like to demonstrate my non-militant mood by showing that I have brought a Europencil Ah, is that the evidence for lack of destruction? More seriously, I would draw a distinction between environmental damage and global warming. The M11 near my home and office is environmental damage on a local scale; but maybe the Prez would see it as economically useful. But back to the global warming…
[HN: are the questions by Hospodářské noviny]
HN: …a UN panel published a report which again warns that global warming is one of the greatest dangers for all of civiliSation. Before that, the Stern report on similar threats was published. And you say to this that global warming is a false myth. Try to explain how you came to this. I didn’t come to this. It’s a false myth and I think that every serious person and scientist says it. Pointing to a UN panel is unfair. It isn’t a scientific institution, it’s a political organ. It’s like creating a non-governmental organization of green coloring. This isn’t a choice of neutral scientists, a balanced group of scientists. These are politicised scientists who are coming to this with one-sided opinions and assignments.”
This is fairly standard stuff: rather than argue with any of the conclusions, attack the process. He is wrong, of course (see RC) but I’m still looking for something to justify “warming is a myth”, and finding nothing. The journalist does a poor job on the interview: apparently its an all-or-nothing between trashing the planet and no warming. For all we know he believes in the temperature record, indeed in all of the AR4 SPM, but just doesn’t think its a problem.
Apparently the Prez is writing all this down in a book, so maybe that will be more coherent.