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Klaus fears environmentalists more than Al-Qaida

ČTK |
1 August 2011

Melbourne/Prague, July 29 (CTK) - Czech President Vaclav Klaus writes in his "Observations from Australia" for the daily Pravo that denationalisation of states and switch to global governing, along with environmentalism, are the biggest threats to the world that he fears more than the Al-Qaeda terrorist network.

The latest news about the environmentalists blocking the removal of bark-beetle-hit spruces in the Czech Sumava National Park have confirmed his opinion to an extent, Klaus, on a two-week trip to Australia, has written for Pravo.

He says he wants to present this opinion during his forthcoming lecture at the Melbourne university.

The organisers have reportedly asked him to highlight what he considers the present biggest threat to freedom.

"I can see it in environmentalism and in denationalisation of states and transition to global (and European) governance. I fear the two things more than Al-Qaeda," Klaus writes.

He adds that while writing the above sentence, he received an SMS about environmental activists having settled in nets in the tree crowns hit by the bark-beetle in Sumava in order to prevent the trees from being cut.

"Perhaps there is no need to add anything to this [information]," Klaus writes.

On his Australian trip, Klaus has been lecturing about his view on the climate change debate.

Klaus is known for challenging the climate change theory and resolutely opposing the idea that humans are to blame in this respect.

He says this debate in Australia is far more emotional than in the Czech Republic, and he describes his Australian visit as the local debate's "catalyst."

"In our country, almost no one conducts the debate, catastrophic news tends to be believed by no one. We are too rational and pragmatic [a nation] to do so. Moreover, communism taught us that such things should not be believed," Klaus writes.

In the Sumava National Park, environmentalists have been for several days trying, with a limited success, to block the logging of spruces the park management says is urgently necessary to stem the bark-beetle outbreak.

Friday, the activists were supported by about 30 scientists and public life personalities, who called on the park director Jan Strasky and Environment Minister Tomas Chalupa to immediately stop the tree cutting.

On the other hand, about 200 local inhabitants supported the park management against the activists.

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