Our hard-won democratic freedoms and our right to self-determination will be substantially restricted by this powerful treaty. So it is wonderful to hear that it faces severe difficulties and won’t be accomplished easily. Here are some brief observations to ensure that unscientific scandal-mongers are not the only voices on the subject and so our leaders might perhaps learn something vital about it. – RT
The Herald recently carried an article from the Independent lamenting the difficulty of getting 192 nations to agree that mankind can control the climate. Of course it comes as no real surprise, as the keenest megalomaniacs—I mean delegates—among them have been striving for such agreement for about two decades. Each year they meet in an exotic location, disagree on a climate-control treaty and then choose an exotic location to host their disagreement for the following year. All of this they do at our expense, not theirs.
CO2 is not pollution
The grimmest aspect of this piece is the ill-informed, irresponsible belief constantly expressed that dangerous anthropogenic global warming (DAGW) is a fact.
The article falsely describes CO2 emissions as “pollution”—a cynical redefinition of a minor, non-toxic, colourless and odourless gas vital to all life on Earth. The scurrilous description is a naked attempt to delude us into hating this innocuous gas and, though not many resist the illusion, an illusion it still is.
Decarbonising is expensive and difficult
Then it says “the biggest sticking point is sharing the pain”, meaning the high cost of reducing our emissions of CO2, because though minor and innocuous, it is emitted from all the internal and external combustion engines that so abundantly power our prosperity and to develop any of the known substitutes will incur great expenditure. It’s important to notice how the author thus acknowledges the enormous price being asked of us to ‘decarbonise’ and in doing so tacitly denies the Greens’ hollow claims that a decarbonised industrial base will produce for no extra cost the same jobs and prosperity as are now powered by high-density hydrocarbon fuels. Nothing could be more risibly wrong.
Spain not long ago demonstrated the economic perils of heavily subsidising solar panels and Germany recently revealed the dangerous financial folly of lavishing subsidies on renewable energy. Both countries have suffered serious fiscal losses from their idealistic anti-DAGW policies.
The article talks about the developing world emitting “a huge portion of CO2,” which apparently “we just can’t put into the atmosphere”, failing to explain why we shouldn’t allow such a natural thing. Presumably they think that by now we all ‘know’ the reasons and they need not trouble themselves to repeat their propaganda, misdirections and lies.
Now for world domination
No treaty will be worth much unless it’s “legally binding” but for the activists the vital point is for emissions to be “internationally monitored.” This is diplomat-speak for granting unelected representatives of the United (“a just world for all, like it or not”) Nations the sovereign power to enter countries, inspect anything, demand information, assess and collect taxes, track treaty compliance, investigate violations and impose fines. These will not be fair-minded, independent jurists but faceless bureaucrats with the will to rule the world, may God defend us. The various Christian Inquisitors were toothless pussycats compared with the powers these climate tigers will wield.
Helen Clark could be the next leader of the UN. She must be dizzy at the thought of holding this great power over every nation on earth (at least, the ones that sign the climate treaty). Remember that in December, when it was again proposed in Lima that richer nations should pay poor countries $100 billion a year to protect them from runaway global warming, the UN’s chief spokesman, Christiana Figueres, dismissed this as “a very, very small sum”. What is needed to decarbonise the global economy, she said, is “$90 trillion over the next 15 years.” – Christopher Booker, 6 Dec 2014.
That’s a gigantic sum to match the gigantic powers the UN will get. We will lose much.
False foundation of the DAGW theory
The article trots out the now-obligatory false statement claiming there’s an “overwhelming scientific consensus that the climate is warming and humans are largely responsible.” With its token mention of science, most people tend to trust these claims. But they’re wrong and simply reiterate three iconic phrases that encapsulate the basic claims of the climate alarmists (did I mention all three are false?).
- Because it’s an overwhelming scientific consensus it’s criminal to deny it.
- Warming is real and has been happening for a long time.
- We selfish westerners did it and must atone for it.
Claim 1 suggests (but does not say) that scientists from different fields agree that dangerous global warming is being caused by mankind. But among climate scientists (who understand the field) there is no “overwhelming” consensus that humans are responsible for significant warming. The very proposition that there is a consensus is controversial, the only “evidence” in unconvincing, flawed studies (at least one of which has been withdrawn over its errors) of the climate literature and inflamed by bickering, refusal to disclose data and outright deception.
Claim 2 is partly true and partly false. It has been warming and cooling over various periods, so it’s impossible to agree with this statement unless you define the period. The climate has not warmed significantly in the last 20 years, so it’s misleading to claim that the earth “is warming” if you’re implying that we are the cause. However, on a longer scale, such as since the end of the Little Ice Age in about 1850, you might readily accept that the world has been warming for about 165 years—but not by our doing. On page 17 of the AR5 SPM (2013) the IPCC makes a guess that humanity might have caused “about half” the warming from 1951 to 2010, which amounted to about 0.6°C–0.7°C, which means they think we caused about 0.3°C–0.35°C. Since the IPCC also hypothesises that the natural climate system would, through increasing atmospheric water vapour, ‘amplify’ the direct warming caused by our emissions, we directly caused perhaps a third of that warming—so, about 0.1°C, but that’s controversial. It could be more, it could be less. Either way, it’s tiny.
Claim 3 might be true if Claim 2 were true, though I hasten once again to remind the sceptical reader that the fact of warming says nothing of its cause.
To my mind there’s no doubt about these doubts
The Herald article says “sceptics are effective at sowing seeds of doubt,” as though the ‘sceptic’ manufactures doubt where doubt is unjustified. But it’s spontaneous and natural, because when you observe that global average surface temperatures have not increased significantly for the last 20 years, while agitated people shriek that the globe is dangerously warming, you scarcely need to think about it: doubts arise by themselves.
When you’re told that the air will warm the ocean so you search for how it could happen and you find the physics is against it and no paper has been written that describes that warming process, you don’t need to think about it: doubts arise by themselves.
When you hear that our CO2 emissions will raise the air temperature, which creates more water vapour which will raise the temperature even further, but you observe less water vapour and no temperature rise, you don’t need to think about it: doubts arise by themselves.
We sceptics don’t need to manufacture doubt—the statements of the alarmists and the facts of the climate themselves contain the doubts. We can scarcely describe them if they’re not there. Also, these are not mere seeds of doubt—they’re strong, full size, adult doubts that thump the table and demand answers now.
Finally the article says:
The collapse in oil and gas prices also threatens the green agenda, making renewable energy sources such as wind and solar even more expensive by comparison [with] fossil fuel power, meaning that even bigger subsidies are likely to be needed to attract investment. It’s a tough sell for politicians with short-term goals.
And that is good news indeed, because it may be the saving of us all from the most weakly-justified alarm in human history.