Political Climate
May 03, 2007
Czech President Klaus: Our Planet is Blue Not Green

Radio Prague

Czech president Vaclav Klaus, an economist by profession, is preparing to do battle with environmentalists. In his latest book called “Our Planet is Blue - Not Green”, which is to be released shortly, the president challenges the conclusions reached by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change namely that climate change is caused by human activity. The president on Wednesday presented his views to students at the Prague School of Economics, where he argued that environmentalists were not only misleading society - they were actually a threat to further development.

President Klaus is not just disgruntled - he is downright disbelieving. The president sees the threat of global warming as a myth created by “ambitious fundamentalist environmentalists”.  Artur Runge Metzger from the European Commission who recently chaired an international conference on global warming in Prague, says that with due respect to the Czech president, he is more inclined to believe the IPCC.  See full story here

May 01, 2007
Global Warming Lessons Must Be Balanced: Trustee

By Sheila Reynolds, Surrey leader

If teachers are going to use the film An Inconvenient Truth in the classroom, they should also have access to another documentary which challenges the Academy-award winning movie’s premise, says a local school trustee.

Heather Stilwell made the suggestion to her fellow Surrey School Board members Thursday, noting “there is a lot of information online arguing that former U.S. vice-president Al Gore’s feature film is a “crock” and based on faulty science.  She said a documentary called The Great Global Warming Swindle, produced by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) counters An Inconvenient Truth and would serve to provide balance for students. “ (note actually produced by WAG-TV 4 )
See full story here

Apr 30, 2007
Gore’s Guru Disagreed

Lawrence Solomon, The Financial Post, Toronto, Canada

In the history of the global-warming movement, no scientist is more revered than Roger Revelle of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Harvard University and University of California San Diego. He was the co-author of the seminal 1957 paper that demonstrated that fossil fuels had increased carbon-dioxide levels in the air. Roger Revelle’s most consequential act, however, may have come in his role as a teacher, during the 1960s at Harvard. Dr. Revelle inspired a young student named Al Gore. 

But in 1991, Dr. Revelle wrote an article for Cosmos, a scientific journal, entitled “What to do about greenhouse warming: Look before you leap,” the article argued that decades of research could be required for the consequences of increased carbon dioxide to be understood, and laid out the harm that could come of acting recklessly: “Drastic, precipitous and, especially, unilateral steps to delay the putative greenhouse impacts can cost jobs and prosperity and increase the human costs of global poverty, without being effective.” Read more here

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