Thursday, 30 December 2010
Saturday, 13 November 2010
Saturday, 6 November 2010
The death of climate change alarmism and the internment of its jumentous corpse has been guaranteed by the success of the Tea Party movement. Green zealots will be now praying to Gaia for tragedies and disasters to bolster their futile and moribund cause, but must now realise that their vision of wealth transfer via fear and guilt is over.
It is time that the Tea Party movement took root internationally. Its voice carries through cyberspace, and its conservative message of small government, freedom of expression and respect for the nuclear family has international appeal.
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Saturday, 3 April 2010
A totally necessary reassessment of our stupid and illogical ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) health care scheme has involved severe cuts in health spending. Soooo, I'm looking for work and haven't had the necessary enthusiasm to add to this blog and thus help guarantee the downfall of the mad socialist architects of the global warming scam.
I'm just writing this after sharing several beers with an old mate. G'day RB... and find to my great delight that he (like all sane and rational people) shares my world view.
So where to folks ? Has the fight against the green hypocrites and liars been won in my absence ? or has the multiple headed monster staggered back to its feet ? And what did the anatomy lecturer say to his class of bored students ?
Thursday, 18 February 2010
To my surprise the program complained about average temperatures in Australia and New Zealand. At first I assumed I’d made a mistake in the code and used a pocket calculator to double check the calculations. The result was unequivocal: something was wrong with the average temperature data in Oceania. And I also stumbled upon other small errors in calculations. About a week after I’d told the Met Office about these problems I received a response confirming that I was correct: a problem in the process of updating Met Office records had caused the wrong average temperatures to be reported...more here...
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
...Russia is full of valuable energy and mineral assets -- enough to make any oil sheikh envious. For a number of reasons, Russia's energy assets have remained largely undeveloped up until now. But with enormous discoveries of unconventional natural gas in North America, and with increasing development of Canada's oil sands, Russia is beginning to understand that if it doesn't develop and sell its energy assets now -- it may never have the chance. As young ethnic Russians disappear from the planet, the ability of Russia to defend its vast mineral wealth is shrinking daily. And as unconventional fossil fuel use, plus nuclear energy infrastructure, plus bioenergy development all expand, the world's need for Russia's product is beginning to shrink. The lesson to Russia: use it or lose it...more here...
...and this just in...“Exxon Mobil (XOM) announced today that in 2009 the company’s proven reserves increased by 133% of the amount of oil produced. Exxon now has 23.3 billion oil-equivalent-barrels of reserves comprised of about half liquids and half gas. It’s the largest amount in the company’s history.Amazingly, Exxon, who has been accused in the past of being too conservative in terms of exploration and development, has been finding more oil than it produces for each of the last 16 years, to the dismay of peak oil proponents.” H/T Heliogenic Climate Change...more here...
...and, from Charlie Martin, a word of caution...Climategate: Skeptics Can’t Relax Yet — Real Fraud Is Measured in Dollar Signs, Not Degrees...while the world's attention is focussed on academic and scientific misconduct the questions remaining are ...'Once the theory of AGW was politically established, it was inevitable that the so called 'scientific consensus' leaned in that direction. So... how did the theory become politically established, and who are the beneficiaries?
...Al Gore had already been a devotee of the CO2 apocalypse before he lost the 2000 election...He joined in several financial ventures with people like Richard Sandor, who had been a faculty member at Berkeley...and... with Peter Knight, his one-time aide, and David Blood, former CEO of Goldman Sachs and Gore’s campaign manager for 2000. Another part of this group is Maurice Strong, (see the masthead above ) who moved from involvement in the UN “Oil for Food” scam into environmental issues, and now lives in the People’s Republic of China where he advises the Chinese government. Sandor and Blood, along with Goldman Sachs and its then-CEO, Hank Paulson, founded the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), using seed money from the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation. One of the major stockholders, along with Goldman Sachs, is Generation Investment Management (GIM), a trading company co-founded by Al Gore and David Blood...The scientific climate clique of Jones and others provide the scientific basis for the political action, which in turn provides the need for the carbon credits that are created and traded by the carbon and climate cartel of Strong, Gore, Blood, and Knight. (Boy, that sounds like a Steve Reeves movie, doesn’t it?) And the money provided by these trading schemes then supports the science — as long as it’s the “right” science. And this is why we can’t get cocky. There’s no question now that the science must be re-examined. Re-examining the science, though, doesn’t mean that the political and financial machine just stops operating. There’s a lot of money involved. A whole lot of money. Potentially trillions of dollars. So we’re not done yet...more here...
...and, doesn't it strike anyone else as odd, scandalous even, that this issue has not been taken up by the MSM ? Why would that be do you think ?
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
...What all of this means for New Zealanders is that we are a victim of a global warming scaremongering campaign. Our political leaders have imposed on the country a range of policies based on evidence provided by the IPCC. The problem is that...this so-called evidence has been found to be riddled with fraud and deceit. It is up to the government to extricate us from the consequences. With the disastrous emissions trading scheme ready to kick in later this year, surely the government must postpone it until it has investigated the veracity of the evidence on which this policy is based. With an estimated $1 billion cost, the ETS should be repealed once it is revealed that the evidence does not to stack up... more from Muriel Newman, here... AND meanwhile what's Helen Clark up to these days ?
...The head of the United Nation's Development Agency's, Helen Clark, has called for climate change to be put at the very centre of international development thinking, during her 2-day visit to Australia.While in Sydney, Ms Clark, who's the former New Zealand Prime Minister, used an address to the Lowy Insitute to set out a four-point strategy for moving the development agenda forward...more here...
...and Quote of the Week from the IPCC's Rajendra Pachauri, with H/T to WuWT...
Q: Has all that has happened this winter dented the credibility of IPCC?
R.K.P.: I don’t think the credibility of the IPCC can be dented. If the IPCC wasn’t there, why would anyone be worried about climate change?
...AND news that Kiwi Pete Bethune, skipper of the (late) Ady Gill (left) is being held by the Japanese and may face piracy charges, brought this very interesting article to my attention from Tim Blair in the Sydney Telegraph...Just who is telling tall tales of whales ?
...AND, how long will it be before ICBM's are obsolete technology ? This is great news, that for the first time an airborne laser has shot down a ballistic missile...more here...
...breaking news from the UK, re allegations of child abuse and very high level cover up, here...
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Friday, 12 February 2010
Given the fiasco of Copenhagen, the BCA has urged the government to change its scheme "in line with other international responses". Further, it has demanded the unconditional target of cutting greenhouse gases by 5 per cent by 2020, the same target as the Coalition's, not be lifted "before we have clear and credible commitments, and actions, from both developed and developing countries that are verifiable and monitored".
That's impossible for nations such as China and India to meet: the BCA may as well have urged an ETS be set up on the moon before Australia lifts its target...more here...
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
And institutions, financial organizations, cultural centers, intellectuals and doers, who contributed to the enrichment of these unique relations.
You, President Horst Köhler, you declared at the Knesset in Jerusalem that "the responsibility for the Holocaust is part of the German identity." We very much appreciate this.
And you, Madam Chancellor, Angela Merkel, you have conquered the hearts of our nation with your sincerity and your warmth. You said to the American Senate and House of Representatives that "an attack on Israel will equate (to) an attack on Germany." We shall not forget this...full text of the speech here...
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
In the longer term more open ways of reviewing science should be explored. Royal Society president Martin Rees talks about an Amazon-style system where reviewers can openly rate papers online. It is in this spirit that the Guardian will today publish Pearce's full 28,000 word account of the East Anglia emails affair online and invite anyone involved to tell us if we've got it right.
Then, the case for action must be remade from the ground up. It's no good politicians and scientists going on TV and insisting that the overwhelming body of climate science has not been touched by the scandals. They need to go back to first principles and explain how we know that CO2 causes warming, how we know CO2 levels are rising, how we know it's our fault, and how we can predict what is likely to happen if we don't act.
Next, the credibility of the IPCC – or some form of scientific high court – must be restored. In the short term that means appointing independent experts to review any alleged errors in the panel's reports. At the same time the IPCC should renounce, or at least severely restrict the use of grey literature (eg, non-Governmental; greenpeace, WWF, Friends of the Earth etc.) "If that means you can't be comprehensive then don't be," says a senior scientist advocating this course. There is a strong case for more radical reforms: the panel should arguably be replaced by a body controlled by national scientific academies rather than governments.
Those who want action on climate change will meanwhile have to accept a more incremental approach... Even the head of an NGO who has argued passionately for a binding, comprehensive deal tells me: "Maybe you've got to unpick the uber-deal and work out which bits are possible to do now, and build confidence."
Finally, anyone who cares about this issue must fight to keep it alive. With Barack Obama embroiled in a domestic political battle, powerful advocates like Ed Miliband and Gordon Brown likely soon to exit the stage and European leaders notably reticent in Copenhagen, it is hard to see where the political leadership for a global deal will come from. So it may fall to civil society – to individuals, organisations and businesses – to pick up the baton. The choice remains the one described in that global editorial, only now the answer is likely to be decided by us"...more here...
...and with it the hopes of Australian power hungry super statists. Two factors will have to unite to revive the dead beast, one of which is a renewed trust in the now discredited field of "climate science", the other an alarming upsurge in global temperatures with accompanying climate catastrophes. This morning's NZ Herald reports...
- ...since the Copenhagen summit, support for an ETS - previously steady at 66 per cent - had dived 10 points.
- ...45 per cent preferred Tony Abbott's alternative plan, with 39 per cent supporting Rudd's ETS.
- ...belief that CO2 was a greenhouse gas had slumped from 62 per cent to 54 per cent, the proportion of Australians believing there was a risk of catastrophic climate change had slipped from 55 to 49 per cent.
- ...(The Labor Government's) lead in the two-party preferred vote had narrowed by two points since November, with Labor at 54 per cent and the Coalition at 46.
- ...Preference for Rudd as Prime Minister had slumped from 68 per cent to 58 against Abbott's 31; 10 points ahead of Turnbull's rating when the last Neilsen poll was made in November...more here...
Which of course begs the question, where to for tiny NZ ? Apart from NZ and a limited European Union scheme, no other country has yet adopted an ETS, for many very good reasons, all of them detailed in this blog and many others...
...and from The Economist, H/T Anon. comments yesterday, news that the USA are considering an alternative to their ETS Cap and Trade bill, Cap-and-Dividend ...
...and a word of warning, with links to useful sites re the physics of global warming, from blogger CountingCats...It does sometimes feel now as if there’s not as much point in researching this any more – with Climategate and the turning of the tide in the British media, I almost feel as if it’s already all over. That we just need to sweep up the pieces. But it isn’t, and there are people over there thinking that if they can just ride out the storm until the public lose interest again, they can carry on with their schemes as before.
And we not only need to stop them, but we need to remember – to scorch the knowledge into society’s collective memory – so that when the next big scare comes along, which it will, it won’t have dropped down the memory hole again, like all the others, and we might actually have learned something useful from it all...more here...
...and Quote of the Day..."Almost everywhere, climate change denial now looks as stupid and as unacceptable as Holocaust denial." George Monbiot, The Guardian, 21 September 2006
Sunday, 7 February 2010
To start with, a little searching reveals that Norway is one of the wealthiest nations in the world thanks to its oil and gas exports, and surprisingly has a booming weapons industry with record sales last year...
- The Chairman of the Nobel Committee is Thorbjørn Jagland, a former head of Norway's Labour Party. Voices have called for his resignation from the Nobel Committee after recently winning an election to be secretary general of the Council of Europe. Both leaders of Norway's opposition parties in the new parliament claimed Jagland may wind up in a "double role," face conflicts of interest and won't be able to be as neutral as he should be. A professor at the University of Oslo, Eivind Smith, (a supporter of Swiss style initative and referendum) also believes Jagland's two roles are troublesome.
- Norway nurtures its image as a "peace nation," but its weapons industry is booming. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Friday that weapons sales last year amounted to NOK 3.1 billion, up from NOK 646 million in 2001. News magazine Ny Tid noted that exports to the US have increased 20 times since 2001, when the war on terror began. Critics say it's a dilemma for Norway, home of the Nobel Peace Prize, to have an active weapons trade.
- Trade surplus among the largest in the world...Norway's oil and gas revenues have once again propelled it into the top ranks of countries reporting a trade surplus. Only five in the world, including China, Russia and Saudi Arabia, can report a trade surplus bigger than Norway's when measured in terms of dollars or the Norwegian krone...more here...
- And those of us with exotic epicurean tastes also know that... Norway is the founding country of modern commercial whaling. A Norwegian invented the exploding grenade harpoon and harpoon cannon. Norway has killed more whales than any other country, devastating (eating) one whale species after another.
...and bloody hell, reader PKH has directed me towards Christopher Booker's Telegraph article detailing UK taxpayer spending of hundreds of millions of pounds on a bewildering array of "climate-related" projects, often throwing a veil of mystery over how much is being paid, to whom and why. More here...
Reader, never let it be said that we, the so called denialists have big money sponsoring our grass roots campaign. The big money and the political clout and influence arraigned against us is mind boggling.
...However, now that the science behind the global warming panic is unravelling after independant probing and insider leaks, it is timely to direct attention towards the individuals and institutions (ie, the BBC, see left, HT AustralianClimateMadness) that have and will continue to benefit from the ongoing scam. The tiny country of Norway is undoubtedly a big player in both oil and gas revenue and keeping the myth of "runaway global warming" alive. As ever, all the answers will be found by following the money trail. As PajamasMedia put it...
...Since it’s clear the Internet (notably the blogosphere) exposed the dubious science of anthropogenic global warming, thankfully before we all went broke (or more broke than we already are), it’s time to turn to our next assignment – following the money.
Cui bono in this giant metastasizing scam? Yes, we already know that the IPCC’s Rajendra Pachauri may have some ill-gotten gains, not to mention a few scientists who may have flown first class to Bali and other such boondoggles, but they are indeed small potatoes. Big money was – or was intended to be – made with carbon exchanges set up in Europe and the USA. Fraud at the European exchange to the tune of one and half billion dollars is already under investigation by Scotland Yard. But that’s the tip of the proverbial iceberg. As far back as July 2009, the Science and Public Policy Institute published a broadside – Climate Money – alleging that 79 billion had already been spent on this unproven science. That’s an extraordinary sum, even if exaggerated by eighty or ninety percent. Who knows how much has been spent and who has benefited?
Well, we at Pajamas Media would like to know – and we imagine you would too. And speaking of the tip of that proverbial iceberg, this is not only about Al Gore. There are plenty of high rent dots to be connected here with much pertinent information to be revealed and names to be named. I am writing this post to solicit your help. Just as the blogosphere was so instrumental in dissecting the science, it can also help track the money. If you have knowledge or expertise in this area, please contact us at email@example.com. We will forward this on to Charles Martin – our resident guru on all matters climatic – who will collate and report back. Thanks for your help...
Friday, 5 February 2010
...The global warming movement as we have known it is dead. Its health had been in steady decline during the last year as the once robust hopes for a strong and legally binding treaty to be agreed upon at the Copenhagen Summit faded away. By the time that summit opened, campaigners were reduced to hoping for a ‘politically binding’ agreement to be agreed that would set the stage for the rapid adoption of the legally binding treaty. After the failure of the summit to agree to even that much, the movement went into a rapid decline.
The movement died from two causes: bad science and bad politics...Hyping the threat increasingly doesn’t look like an accident: it looks like it was a conscious political strategy.
Now it has failed. Not everything that has come out of the IPCC and the East Anglia Climate Unit is false, but enough of their product is sufficiently tainted that these institutions can best serve the cause of fighting climate change by stepping out of the picture...The global warming meltdown confirms all the populist suspicions out there about an arrogantly clueless establishment invoking faked ’science’ to impose cockamamie social mandates on the long-suffering American people, backed by a mainstream media that is totally in the tank...more here...
...leaving many questions still to be answered. One of them being, will Al The Fat Controller and The Railway Engineer say sorry for all the fuss, and give their Nobel's back ? And the UK Spectator covers the role of the bloggers, here...
...AND some timely words of caution from Climate Resistance...There is a curious consensus is emerging between some alarmists and some sceptics, that figures such as Phil Jones and Rajendra Pachauri ought to step down. On the one hand, this should be welcomed as an acknowledgement that there’s something wrong with the process. But it isn’t. Instead, it merely suggests that the problem with climate change alarmism has just been the failure of just a few individuals, bending a statistic here and there, or massaging data slightly when it’s inconvenient. This is not the case. If we start from the argument that the IPCC, and many other climate research institutes have been established (or have moved this way) to fulfil political needs, then the problem is the politics that existed well before that scientific process produced any data, corrupted or not...more here...
Thursday, 4 February 2010
... The political prize will be awarded to the party that relieves (the public) of their dilemma; concern over climate change, even though there are no solutions to the apparent problem. Climate change has now peaked as an issue; the politics are just too hard...the opposition has promised to establish forums to further debate climate change policy. This sounds like the path to reposition the electorate to the only game in town on climate change: adaptation and investment in energy technology research and development...there is a risk to the environment in waiting for the technology to catch up, but that won't change the minds of several billion Chinese, Indians, Indonesians and South Americans.These people are not in the same game as the West, they want to lift their standard of living, and they will not be assisting in carbon abatement.
If in future historians of public policy dig through the entrails of climate change they will find a fascinating combination of millenarianism, ego-driven scientists, business that preferred to use the environment as a sales device, a propensity by governments to allow NGOs to get too close to the policy process, a media that mistook stunts for debate, lying former politicians, and current politicians who wanted to ride the hero's wave, retiring before their purported policies bore no fruit. There is good science and there is good economics, they each need time to guide the way. The job of the politician in this debate is to buy time...more here.
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Climate debate needs facts, not anecdotes...More than one mistake has been found recently in the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, set up by the United Nations to provide authoritative reports on global warming, and the errors are hardly peripheral...If the Himalayan debacle was bad enough, the panel references to disappearing ice in the Andes, the European Alps and Africa are even more embarrassing. They turn out to have been based on a student dissertation and an article in a climbing magazine...It is not encouraging to hear a New Zealand contributor to the report, climate scientist Jim Salinger, defending it on the grounds that it accords with interviews from somebody as illustrious as the late Sir Edmund Hillary...The IPCC's reputation is not helped now by the argument of authority its supporters have employed for so long. Criticism was dismissed as conceit in the face of a "scientific consensus" that by implication could not be wrong. Well the consensus has been wrong, or at least careless on several points...Governments need dispassionate scientific assessments of it, not anecdotes, unchecked papers and agitators' propaganda. The IPCC urgently needs new leadership and a return to strict scientific rigour if it hopes to be taken seriously again...more here...
What is missing from this editorial of course, is a mea culpa from the Herald for giving warmist hysteria such predominant cover for so long. What is also needed now are questions to the academies of science, including scientific publications of renown, who have colluded in this attempt to deceive the world. There is much more to come, and as the scandal unfolds fraud charges will need to be addressed...
...and The Washington Times editorial simply says...the man-caused catastrophic global warming theory is dead, and it needs to be buried. Evidence had been mounting for years that there were problems with the global warming model; most telling was that the globe refused to warm up. Carbon emissions continued apace, but the world began cooling. This is why true believers abandoned the "global warming" brand name and tried to shift the debate to the more ambiguous label "climate change," which is something the rest of us like to refer to as "weather." More, here...
...and this from the Irish Examiner...Careers, reputations, and bureaucracies now depend on there being a climate crisis. Al Gore collects a $200,000 fee for presentations, and that is possibly minor compared to what he will earn in carbon trading fees from Generation Investment Management, which he co-founded and which is an investor in the Chicago Climate Exchange. An article in The Wall Street Journal last October suggested that carbon permits could become the largest commodity market in the world, growing to as much as $3 trillion by 2030. Bernie Madoff got away with his Ponzi scheme for so long because people were afraid to question what he was doing. Surely we should be questioning the so-called global warming scam. More here...
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
...Leaked climate change emails scientist 'hid' data flaws...Phil Jones, the beleaguered British climate scientist at the centre of the leaked emails controversy, is facing fresh claims that he sought to hide problems in key temperature data on which some of his work was based. A Guardian investigation of thousands of emails and documents apparently hacked from the University of East Anglia's climatic research unit has found evidence that a series of measurements from Chinese weather stations were seriously flawed and that documents relating to them could not be produced...Jones and a collaborator have been accused by a climate change sceptic and researcher of scientific fraud for attempting to suppress data that could cast doubt on a key 1990 study on the effect of cities on warming – a hotly contested issue.Today the Guardian reveals how Jones withheld the information requested under freedom of information laws. Subsequently a senior colleague told him he feared that Jones's collaborator, Wei-Chyung Wang of the University at Albany, had "screwed up"...more here...
...leading one of the many commenters to write...
...Finally the Guardian is acting like a serious and responsible newspaper. There is plenty more to uncover particularly the spurious link beween the findings of climate research and climate catastrophe. A good start. Now finish the job.
...Other bloggers have commented on the subtle change in media presentation and orientation re AGW after Copenhagen and Climategate. It is almost as if the MSM are collectively re-assessing where the issue is going and deciding to abandon the sinking ship. Now, if the New Scientist follows the Guardian example then that will be two swallows heralding spring...THIS too from the Guardian......A global deal to tackle climate change is all but impossible in 2010, leaving the scale and pace of action to slow global warming in coming decades uncertain, according to senior figures across the world involved in the negotiations.
"The forces trying to tackle climate change are in disarray, wandering in small groups around the battlefield like a beaten army," said a senior British diplomat.
An important factor cited is an impasse within the UN organisation charged with delivering a global deal, which today will start assessing the pledges made by individual countries by a deadline that passed last night.
Many of those contacted say only a legally binding deal setting "top-down" global limits on emissions can ultimately avoid the worst impacts of rising temperatures. But a global deal at the next major climate summit in Mexico is impossible, says the former deputy prime minister John Prescott, now the Council of Europe's rapporteur on climate change. "I don't care if it's government ministers or NGOs, if they think you can get a legal agreement all signed up by November in Mexico, I don't believe it." Similar opinions are being expressed worldwide...more here...
Monday, 1 February 2010
Brian: Senator Wong, thanks for joining us – and may I add how lovely you look tonight.
John: Why, thank you Brian.
Brian: You’ve been pretty quiet lately, Senator.
John: Plenty to be quiet about Brian.
Brian: Such as?
John: Climategate, Copenhagen, conflict of interest, Glaciergate. Blizzards in the northern hemisphere. Anything to do with Climate Change, actually. It’s all gone to custard.
Brian: So it’s been a tough few months, then?
John: Been a mongrel, Brian, yes. First Climategate made us all look like a bunch of crooks. Then Copenhagen made us look like a bunch of stupid crooks. And…
Brian: And ???
John: Subsequent events have confirmed the earlier conclusions Brian. The UN head of climate change turns out to be a railway engineer who’s now on the gravy train, and it seems our peer reviewed glacier data is obtained over the phone from a gentleman in the Punjab.
Brian: Who is…?
John: A certified idiot Brian. And as of late, a highly respected and very well credentialed traveler on the gravy train as well.
Brian: Where the wheels are looking wobbly to the point of parting from the vehicle?
John: Cheers for that Brian. Can we change the subject please?
Brian: OK. So, err, Senator, any plans for the future?
John: Not much.
Brian: How about the ETS legislation in February?
John: Not much point really, is there Brian? Blind Freddy can see it’s a crock of it. A total waste of taxpayer’s resources and government’s time. Government exists to maintain and expand the social and economic well-being of its population – not to legislate natural events. No responsible government would even contemplate such a thing.
Brian: Then what will you do instead?
John: After disbanding the Department for Climate Change?
Brian: Dismantle your own department?
John: Of course. It’s about as useful as tits on a bull right now Brian. Yep. Disband the department, resign from parliament and then I think I’ll renovate the en-suite and put in a home entertainment room.
Brian: (Gobsmacked) What!?
John: Home entertainment room Brian. A lot of houses have them these days.
Brian: (Spluttering) Resign?
John: Sorry, should have mentioned it earlier. The Labor Party will be resigning on Monday. We’ll probably be the first government in history to resign in protest at their own incompetence. Brian: (Still gobsmacked.) The Labor Party?
John: Only the feds Brian. Though I hear the New South Wales guys reckon it could be a good idea as well. Kevin might stick around to run a garage sale and hand over the keys. The best thing we can do for the country Brian.
Brian: You can’t be serious!
John: (Laughing) ‘Course not Brian. When do you want to start the interview?
The Prime Minister said today the reality was that Mr Abbott would be prime minister if two or three people in 100 changed their vote at the next election...more here..
Sunday, 31 January 2010
...The swing of power to the BASIC group of countries (Brazil, South Africa, India, China) had likewise been signified for some time, but, again, it came with precipitate ease, leaving even the American President, Barack Obama, with no doubts as to where the political agenda on climate change was now heading, namely to the developing world, but especially to the East, and to the Pacific Rim...‘Old Europe’, with its love of meaningless targets and carbon capping, will no longer carry weight, while Obama himself has been straitjacketed by the voters of Massachusetts, by the rust-belt Democrats, by a truculent Congress, by an increasingly-sceptical and disillusioned American public, but, above all, by the financial crisis. Nothing will now be effected that for a single moment curbs economic development, from China to Connecticut, from Africa to Alaska.
And, as ever, capitalism has read the runes, with carbon-trading posts quietly being shed, ‘Green’ jobs sidelined, and even big insurance companies starting to hedge their own bets against the future of the Global Warming Grand Narrative. These rats are leaving the sinking ship far faster than any politician, many of whom are going to be abandoned, left, still clinging to the masts, as the Good Ship ‘Global Warming’ founders on titanic icebergs in the raging oceans of doubt and delusion...I have long predicted, and in public too, that the Copenhagen Conference could prove to be the beginning of the end for the Global Warming Grand Narrative. It appears that I may well have been right, and, indeed, I may have considerably underestimated the speed, and the dramatic nature, of the demise...
...Where this all leaves our politicians and political parties in the UK; where it leaves climate science, scientists more generally, and the Royal Society; where it leaves energy policy; where it leaves the ‘Green’ movement; and, where it leaves our media will have to be topics for many later comments and analyses. For the moment, we must not underestimate the magnitude of the collapse. Academically, it is jaw-dropping to observe. And, the political, economic, and scientific consequences will be profound...more here...
Phillip Stott is obviously angry, and so is James Delingpole, writing in the UK Telegraph...Now suddenly it has all changed utterly. And you know what? I’m in no mood for being magnanimous in victory. I want the lying, cheating, fraudulent scientists prosecuted and fined or imprisoned. I want warmist politicians like Brown and disgusting Milibands booted out and I want Conservative fellow-travellers who are still pushing this green con trick – that’ll be you, David Cameron, you Greg Clark, you Tim Yeo, you John Gummer, to name but four – to be punished at the polls for their culpable idiocy.
For years I’ve been made to feel a pariah for my views on AGW. Chris Booker has had the same experience, as has Richard North, Benny Peiser, Lord Lawson, Philip Stott and those few others of us who recognised early on that the AGW thing stank. Now it’s payback time and I take small satisfaction from seeing so many rats deserting their sinking ship. I don’t want them on my side. I want to see them in hell, reliving scenes from Hieronymus Bosch.
Yeah, maybe it isn’t the Christian way. But screw ‘em. It’s not as though they haven’t all been screwing us for long enough.