Monday, 29 June 2009

The "conspiracy of denial..."

...and the collapse of "consensus" over AGW are hurting the green left. Throughout the world, critical voices speaking out against Al Gore's climatastrophe fantasy are being heard and getting louder thanks in no small part to the blogosphere. In Australia, Senator Steve Fielding (left) has declared that he would not be voting for the Australian Emissions Trading Bill, and that he would not risk job losses on "unconvincing green science." The ETS bill is set to founder as the Australian parliament breaks for the winter. From Kimberley A. Strassel in the Wall St. Journal...Among the many reasons President Barack Obama and the Democratic majority are so intent on quickly jamming a cap-and-trade system through Congress is because the global warming tide is again shifting. It turns out Al Gore and the United Nations (with an assist from the media), did a little too vociferous a job smearing anyone who disagreed with them as "deniers." The backlash has brought the scientific debate roaring back to life in Australia, Europe, Japan and even, if less reported, the U.S...In April, the Polish Academy of Sciences published a document challenging man-made global warming. In the Czech Republic, where President Vaclav Klaus remains a leading skeptic, today only 11% of the population believes humans play a role. In France, President Nicolas Sarkozy wants to tap Claude Allegre to lead the country's new ministry of industry and innovation. Twenty years ago Mr. Allegre was among the first to trill about man-made global warming, but the geochemist has since recanted. New Zealand last year elected a new government, which immediately suspended the country's weeks-old cap-and-trade program...The collapse of the "consensus" has been driven by reality. The inconvenient truth is that the earth's temperatures have flat-lined since 2001, despite growing concentrations of C02. Peer-reviewed research has debunked doomsday scenarios about the polar ice caps, hurricanes, malaria, extinctions, rising oceans. A global financial crisis has politicians taking a harder look at the science that would require them to hamstring their economies to rein in carbon...Credit for Australia's own era of renewed enlightenment goes to Dr. Ian Plimer, a well-known Australian geologist. Earlier this year he published "Heaven and Earth," a damning critique of the "evidence" underpinning man-made global warming. The book is already in its fifth printing. So compelling is it that Paul Sheehan, a noted Australian columnist -- and ardent global warming believer -- in April humbly pronounced it "an evidence-based attack on conformity and orthodoxy, including my own, and a reminder to respect informed dissent and beware of ideology subverting evidence." Australian polls have shown a sharp uptick in public skepticism; the press is back to questioning scientific dogma; blogs are having a field day...more here...

4 comments:

MK said...

I hear you, but i'm worried the bastards will get it through anyway. I'll believe the wretched thing is dead when it's being buried and gone.

Ayrdale said...

I am chuffed to read of the emerging power of blogs. People expressing themselves and being listened to.

TheFatBigot said...

I know he's in the big bit downunder rather than your littler bit, but Senator Fielding seems to be the focus of a lot of attention around the world.

How interesting it is that a non-mainstream party politician is thinking for himself and saying, in effect, "I have to take a decision on behalf of the people of my country, so I want to understand the arguments". No party briefings and party whips saying "vote as we want or we'll leak to the press that you did this or that". Just a man in a position of responsibility who is taking that responsibility seriously.

If only those of whom he has asked three pertinent and moderate questions were so assiduous in the performance of their duties, Senator Fielding's impact might have been even greater. But he does not appeared to have given up the fight so there is still hope.

He is a true hero of common sense over dogma.

Ayrdale said...

You're right FB, and a principled stand like this could have far reaching repercussions...