His experiences under totalitarian rule have made him exquisitely alert to the erosion of democratic freedoms.
He said environmentalists had been arguing for decades that we should reduce our consumption of fossil fuels, using various farcical ploys from the exhaustion of natural resources to the threat of "imminent mass poverty and starvation for billions".
Those same environmentalists shamelessly talk now about dangerous global warming.
"They don't care about resources or poverty or pollution."
"They hate us, the humans. They consider us dangerous and sinful creatures who must be controlled by them."
"I used to live in a similar world called communism. And I know it led to the worst environmental damage the world has ever experienced."
In a Hobart casino Greens senator Christine Milne was unilaterally announcing, on ABC-TV's Q&A show, that the Government would be conducting an inquiry into the section of the Australian media that she finds "extreme(ly) bias(ed) against action on climate change". Basically if it doesnt agree with their Green (read communist) ideology, then it cannot be seen on mainstream media. Or any media for that matter because the Greens have plans to censor the Internet also.
Milne's every illiberal pronouncement was greeted with applause by an audience that seemed full of tree huggers, bearded public servants and other recipients of government largesse, about the only growth industry left in Tasmania.
Klaus, on the other hand, was speaking to an audience of economic liberals and climate change realists invited by the Institute of Public Affairs, the Melbourne-based free-market think tank.
"Twenty years ago we still felt threatened by the remnants of communism. This is really over," Klaus said.
"I feel threatened now, not by global warming -- I don't see any -- (but) by the global warming doctrine, which I consider a new dangerous attempt to control and mastermind my life and our lives, in the name of controlling the climate or temperature."
The Young Communist Movement, also known as GetUp! has filed a complaint with the Australian Communications and Media Authority about statements made by Alan Jones on 2GB about climate change.
So I assume the ACMA will also be investigating the outright lies and falsehoods in the carbon dioxide adverts?
No, because political advertising is exempt from regulation and they can say what they like. Will they be investigating the ABC for not providing enough balance on the climate debate, and broadcasting Tim Flannery's apocalyptic nonsense?
Will Flannery be required to acknowledge his statements about Australia running out of water were wrong and promise not to repeat them?
Where were The Young Communists, sorry GetUp, when Flannery made his outrageous untruths?