Friday, 5 February 2010

The Death of Global Warming...

...has been formally announced by influential US commentator Walter Russell Mead... (and Mr Seal and his mates don't look too unhappy about it) H/T Wattie...

...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...

17 comments:

Wineboy said...

1. I love the photo! the seal looks like one of those cheeky kids that sticks his face in the camera while some TV report is trying to do a serious live broadcast.
2. Please Micky, dont taint your grandson's belovered Thomas characters, by comparing Al Bore and the rest of the liers to the HONEST hard working people from the island of Sodor.

MK said...

The gw movement might be dead or dying, but the architects and its followers have not lost their yearning to tax the shit out of us. That's the real worry, if you ask me, so be prepared for the next round, cos you and i both know those bastards will never give up.

Ayrdale said...

Good point Wineboy. I hope he never gets to hear that Dr Pachauri worked on trains. It might put him off for life.

MK, right of course, but this time the architects of AGW have identified themselves with specific predictions of climatastrophe. People like you and I, and readers, need to make sure they can never wriggle out of the spotlight and reinvent themselves.

Nessa said...

Politicians of every sort are good at invention and re-invention. It's why they are dangerous, the slippery devils.

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Ayrdale said...

You are so right Nessa. Too many lawyers and ivory tower unworldly academics among them...

Ron Russell said...

Yes, they have taken a severe body blow and are on the mat, but down for the count---I just don't know. These people have a lot of time tied up in this effort with trillions hanging in the balance not to mention the control they will have if they get their programs accepted. For the moment things look good for the common sense folk who are standing against these fanatics, but that could change. I won't wave the flag of victory just yet!

Ayrdale said...

Just keep waving Old Glory...

Furor Teutonicus said...

What I have seen of "Governments" and the media, things are carrying on as normal.

We still get bombarded with advert (If that is the right word) after advert on T.V and radio about drowning polar bears, (An EXCELLENT source of protien and fatty acids) and "Governmenmts" are still pouring fistfulls of OUR money into anything that even HINTS that it MAY be "good for the environment".

Ayrdale said...

Furor, if you're interested we have a special facebook site for those interested in whale cuisine. Don't know about eating polar bears though...it's

http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?tid=1006316315135#!/profile.php?id=1089519913

acadie1755 said...

Even the Penguins are feed up and want to be left alone.
http://www.ecoenquirer.com/angry-penguins.htm

Ayrdale said...

Ahh but we know what's good for them. An orca or two...

Furor Teutonicus said...

Ayrdale.

My Great Grand Mother was Sammi, so we had a licence to hunt Polar bear, Seal, Walruss, whale, nearly everything that lives in the Arctic. :-))

So I am well veresed in how to cook these things.

Mostly it is boring "just like steak".

I would seriously reccomend roast seal nose if you are ever in North Scandinavia or Finland.

Ayrdale said...

But Furor, that would be like eating a kitten, or a puppy or a lamb...

Anonymous said...

No one seems to be asking suitably probing questions of one political body which is deeply involved in all of this, which is the Norwegian Parliament. They are the people who decide who gets Peace prizes, and they have a distinguished history of cock-up: giving the Peace Prize to Gore and the IPCC is merely the most recent. It's possible that as the news emerges of how much money these two are making out of non-existent AGW/Climate Change the left-leaning Norwegians may feel some remorse; but the Peace Committee will never show it unless they're tried.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I got it wrong; giving it to Obama is the most recent Norwegian Peace Prize cock-up.

Ayrdale said...

"No one seems to be asking suitably probing questions of one political body which is deeply involved in all of this, which is the Norwegian Parliament..."

You're right. Over the week I'll explore that and post about it.

Geir said...

I see that I need to comment here too. With the fear of being too wordy for you readers, a short assessment of the Norwegian parliament and peace prize committee.

The Norwegian parliament are made up of politicans, rightfully elected in a democratic process. Most of them are normal people. They started as local politicians, deciding how much money should be used for a new home for the elderly or spending money for pc's in school. Maybe they became used to discussions about there the local road should be led or where to build new houses in the next 5 years. In other words, they had little use for principles, they had the local tax money, and they had to quarrel about budgets. Ironically, opposing parties have little opposition to each other in local politics. It might be that the greenies and the socialists and the odd marxist decide that we need more collective transportation so they devise a new bus route, but that's what it is in general.

The most quarrelsome of these flock together in their local county meetins - and from that they choose the people to go into the parliament. Suddenly they get different things to discuss, but be sure of one thing - they all act on the basis of very few principles. Emotional arguments are important. I recommend Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister as brilliant books to see how politics are in real life.

Well, if scientists tell politicians that "we need to act" they will probably do - out of two basic reasons: emotions (caring for the people) and greed (more taxes means ability to carry on your personal prestige project or idea).

Scientists have become Authority. Therefore, Scientists cannot lie (dogma). Scientists are impartial (dogma).

People who get tired of parliament have to be taken care of, for instance as diplomats or chairmen of the board of some state controlled industry. They rake up committees and boards to sit in, where they can go on listening to their own voice, which is the main reason to go on as a politician (not that it was that in the beginning, save for a few).

The Nobel Price Committee is such a board for used politicians.