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March 23rd 2009 print

Vaclav Klaus on Ian Plimer

Vaclav Klaus: “The book I wrote two years ago Blue Planet in Green Shackles comes to very similar conclusions but I have to say that if I’d had a chance to read Professor Plimer’s book, my book would have been better.”

Vaclav Klaus recommends Ian Plimer’s Heaven and Earth – Global Warming: The Missing Science:

This is a very powerful, clear, understandable and extremely useful book. Ian Plimer fully exploits his unique scientific background in geology, his life-long academic experience, and his broad, truly interdisciplinary knowledge to dismantle the currently popular, politically correct but rationally untenable and indefensible position that the Earth is approaching catastrophic climate change and that we have to react – at all costs – to prevent it.

Professor Plimer argues that the undergoing climate change is not unprecedented in history and that the temperatures in the 20th Century are not outside the range of natural variability. He rejects the unscientific idea that the explanation of climate change can be reduced to one variable (CO2), the proposition that there is a strong relationship between measured temperature and CO2 emissions, and the almost religious belief that we will stop climate change by reducing CO2 emissions. He rightly assumes that humans will be able to adapt to any future coolings or warmings.

He also convincingly criticizes the UN, the IPCC, UK and US politicians as well as “Hollywood show business celebrities”. He strictly distinguishes science and environmental activism, politics and opportunism. The book I wrote two years ago Blue Planet in Green Shackles comes to very similar conclusions but I have to say that if I’d had a chance to read Professor Plimer’s book, my book would have been better.

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