Stop Climate Alarmism says the ABD
Claims that we have just 10 years to save the planet from an irreversible climate catastrophe have absolutely no support from peer reviewed scientific literature.
It's been a busy week for climate scare-mongers. First, we were subjected to the computer modelled virtual world of the Stern Review - a 700 page suicide note for modern prosperity, living standards, and mobility, funded by a blank cheque for politicians who have run out of stealth tax excuses. This has been roundly dismissed as 'biased, fatally flawed, neglecting the science of climate variance and a microcosm of all that is duplicitous regarding global warming alarmists and their political propaganda' (1). Next up, we have the 'Stop Climate Chaos' march in London on November 4th. Unfortunately, King Canute will be unable to attend as he died in 1035.
The uncertain science of climate change presented as settled, together with computer-modelled catastrophes presented as reality, are gifts to anti-prosperity, anti-mobility 'green' groups, and tax-hungry bandwagon politicians. Furthermore, the gleeful exploitation of natural weather events and human misery is designed to scare us into believing that painful but pointless reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from our cars, our homes and industry will somehow allow humans to control the climate.
The UK produces just 2% of global man-made carbon emissions, and when natural sources are taken into account that's 2% of 3.4%. Even if it was possible to control the climate with a single factor such as carbon dioxide, reducing the UK's emissions to zero would have no measurable effect and be rendered pointless by the growing Chinese economy within a year.
ABD Environment Spokesman Ben Adams continues,
"Each winter in the UK , there are between 20,000 and 50,000 premature cold related deaths. Why would politicians want to increase this total, even if they could, by engineering more severe winters? (2) Contrast this with claims of 2000 excess deaths during the 'heat wave' of 2003."
ABD Spokesman Paul Biggs adds,
"The more intense hurricanes supposedly destined for the USA never arrived - not a single hurricane has made landfall in the USA during the 2006 hurricane season. The father of global warming alarmism, James Hansen, claimed to have found the 'smoking gun' of man-made global warming in ocean heat storage. Subsequently it has been shown to be firing blanks - more than 20% of the heat gained from the mid 1950's to 2003, was lost between 2003 and 2005. Undeterred by failed alarmist predictions, excuses are rolled out. Apparently there will be weather in all parts of the world this week, and that's proof of man-made global warming as well."
The real reasons for the current swathe of green bullying exist at two levels: fiscal expediency for governments, and redistribution of wealth at an individual level. When Gordon Brown or George Monbiot talk of a 'moral' imperative to green policies, a curious mix of hikes in regressive taxes and redistribution of wealth provide the backdrop. Taxation policies will mean the cost of everyday items such as kettles and light bulbs rising sharply, while fuel tax increases will mean that the ability to run a family car goes beyond the poorer sections of society who currently enjoy freedom of mobility and the quality of life this brings (3), leading to further social exclusion (4). Individual carbon credit cards with limits based on a bogus sustainability calculation will render individual mobility a thing of the past and personal wealth pointless above a subsistence level (5). Individuals will be prevented from travelling or 'consuming' (spending) above a limit determined by green extremists. Beyond that, they would have to buy additional carbon credit from individuals who could not expend their own allowance. This is nothing more or less than being forced to give money away, money that has been hard-earned and already taxed to the hilt. Individual mobility will be lost. Personal effort and corporate enterprise will be pointless.
Dr P Moore, co-founder and former leader of Greenpeace (now resigned) warned of the tide of eco-fascism rising within the green movement (6). Adams comments
"We must not be forced to adopt the 'emissionary position' on the command of a few extremists. Many people marching with Mr Monbiot doubtless believe they are saving the planet, when in fact their concerns are being manipulated by political dinosaur activists who have lost the plot."
Notes for editors:
(1) James M. Taylor, managing editor of 'Environment and Climate News'
(2) BBC - 'Winter death toll drops by 19%'
(3) Medical Research Council's Social and Public Health Sciences Unit: concluded that after eliminating the effects of age, social class and income, car drivers have better general health and less depression than people who use public transport.
(4) Transport Research Laboratory report TRL 431 concluded that restrictions on car use would cause economic damage, and social harm to the poorer sections of society.
(5) "The answer to global warming is in the abolition of private property and production for human need."
(Louis Proyect, Columbia University, 27 November 1997)
(6) There were always extreme, irrational and mystical elements within our movement, but they tended to be kept in their place during the early years. Then in the mid-Eighties the ultraleftists and extremists took over. After Greenham Common closed and the Berlin Wall came down these extremists were searching for a new cause and found it in environmentalism. The old agendas of class struggle and anti-corporatism are still there but now they are dressed up in environmental terminology"
(Dr Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace)
"I now find that many environmental groups have drifted into self-serving cliques with narrow vision and rigid idelogy. At the same time that business and government are embracing public participation and inclusiveness, many environmentalists are showing signs of elitism, left-wingism, and downright eco-fascism. The once politically centrist, science-based vision of environmentalism has been largely replaced with extremist rhetoric. Science and logic have been abandoned and the movement is often used to promote other causes such as class struggle and anti-corporatism. The public is left trying to figure out what is reasonable and what is not."
(Dr Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace)