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Vaclav Klaus on Climate Change "Alarmists"

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Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic and the European Union, speaks at the 2009 International Conference on Climate Change. Klaus argues that global warming "alarmists" are short on data and long on coercive measures that will reduce wealth and development in the Third World without having any impact on environmental concerns.

Reason's science correspondent Ronald Bailey will be filing dispatches from the conference. Look for the first one to go up later today at Reason.com.

Read Bailey's dispatches from last year's conference here.

Reason on Klaus here, here, here.

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  1. alarmist is to ____ as denier is to ____.

    GO!

    I’ll start you out with some topics: WW1, WW2, French Revolution, your sister’s birthday party, the works of Voltaire.

  2. The Guardian calls them “climate change deniers” in an article today, which seems to suggest they are cold-blooded Nazis who want to kill Jews for breakfast.

  3. The global warming skeptics are weak on science and strong on ideology. So were the Nazis, but let’s be fair. The Nazis were much snappier dressers.

    Nick Gillespie is a moronic hack, but I thought Baily gave this shit up.

  4. Lefiti veers from running up today’s score for joe’z Law to Godwinning the thread on the third post.

  5. Burn the heretic.

  6. Burn the heretic.

    No, man, I like Lefiti. Shut the fuck up, Lefiti.

  7. Lefiti’s just mad because the economy has tanked to the point he can no longer afford to fuck cantaloupes warmed up in the microwave and has to settle for a ziploc bag lubed only with his tears.

  8. Man, a little opposition to the dogma really brings out the wit!

  9. 3 ziploc bags and 31 minutes later and that’s all you can come up with? Pathetic.

    Did joe take all the trolls with him? is this all we really are left with?

  10. If it weren’t for the trolls, the number of responses to posts her would be embarrassing. Check out Daily Kos. Fuck, are you right-wing loons outnumbered! Donate now!

  11. I’ve been pretty busy for a few weeks. Did joe officially leave, or has he just not been around?

  12. Did joe take all the trolls with him? is this all we really are left with?

    I made a post the other day about how joe was an old troll-tree in the troll-forest that blew down and allowed the troll-saplings to get light and grow. Lefiti is kudzu.

  13. Another Phil, I believe the story is John chased joe off by saying the roots of gun control were racist. Although joe vowed never to return, you can bet he’s reading, and not responding is killing him.

  14. I haven’t been back very much, but yes it appears Joe is really gone. Last I heard from him he was still making excuses for why Obama needed to stick up for Bush folks who spied on us.

  15. Lefiti,
    The global warming skeptics are weak on science and strong on ideology.

    And the Global Warming alarmists are . . . not?

    Gabe,
    Last I heard from [Joe] he was still making excuses for why Obama needed to stick up for Bush folks who spied on us.

    Last time I argued with him, he tried to convince me that public works done with stolen money (i.e. taxes) gave value to the economy. I told him that value is not an objective term, and that he could not know this for a fact, but he insisted on this red herring.

  16. Global warming as a thesis peaked when Al Gore won the Nobel Prize. It’s just beginning a multi-decade bear market.

  17. The liberal media is obsessed with climate change. It isn’t happening, it should be obvious. The world hasn’t warmed in the past 11 years, and CO2 has been proven not to cause warming by experiments. The scientific community is government funded, and since they do nothing useful anyway, make up this BS to get more funds. They want socialism, scientists are just as dishonest as anyone else. Good to see that president of the Czech Republic is rational enough to see through the lies of the IPCC and liberals.

  18. Isn’t it about time you guys changed the name from “Reason” to “Rationalization?”

  19. Ha you have been pwnd and I shan’t even tell you where.

    Jeez this site only comes into my line of sight once every 2-3 years, and it is never for the right reasons.

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