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  • The Climate Mystery

    by Einar Du Rietz In the never ending debate on what really triggered WWI, an interesting observation is that August 1914 was one of the warmest months in Europe, during the last century. With no AC, politicians simply went bananas. Naturally, the underlying factors were multiple; trigger happy, sometimes very old, politicians and officers, negligence to […]

  • Yet Another Panel

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    When I was a kid, we were told that pollution was the worst threat to the world. This pollution was also supposed to be caused by greedy capitalists. The absolute environmental catastrophes behind the iron curtain were yet to be witnessed. And all resources would end. According to the figures I was taught in school […]

  • High Energy

    by Einar Du Rietz Yesterday, I witnessed a courageous team save lives by clearing the roof tops from snow and ice. There has already been casualties this year, caused by falling ice, so I regard these fellows as the heroes of the season. It took – skilled and expensive – manpower, but heavy equipment, including a lift […]

  • Maybe the Wind Fellas Blew Them

    Einar Du Rietz, reads an interesting article with a new angle on wind power and the EU

    The EU Structural Funds are enormous. Maybe they contribute to something good, but mostly – slightly admitted by everyone in the game – they are a feast for vested interests.

    One of the pet projects for the distributors is renewable energy projects, something the journalist Angus Stickler sheds some light on:

    “The most strikingcase is that the development of wind power stations on the Mediterranean island of Sicily, home of the notorious mafia clan Cosa Nostra.  A few weeks ago the Italian authorities seized the assets of the record sum of 1.5 billion euros. The police had uncovered an elaborate case of embezzlement and money laundering by an EU-funded project on renewable energy sources. A crime boss who recently defected described it as ‘easy pennies’ or ‘comfortable money’.”

  • Funny Games

    by Einar Du Rietz

    That the activities behind the scenes before, during and after last year’s circus in Copenhagen were everything from strange to dirty is no surprise. For example, CFACT Europe, together with the paper Berlingske Tiderne in Denmark, discovered the sudden shift in the official Danish attitude towards Dalai Lama, an apparent effort to offer the difficult Chinese delegation something to chew on.

    With the recent publication of the eneourmos amount of documents at Wikileaks, even more light is shed on the power play and virtual extortion to get tax money in so called climate aid.

    The UK paper, The Guardian – a publication which has, for some strange reason, always been very interested in CFACT – is one of the first to compile the climate related documents. Draw your own conclusions, but please admit that it’s entertaining reading. 

  • 16 Going on 17

    by Einar Du Rietz

    At the recent preparatory conference in Bonn, a gentleman asked me after a short discussion if this was “all about money”. To some extent I’m beginning to feel that he pin pointed the entire circus.

    COP 16 is kicking off in Cancun, and it’s amazing to read all the commentaries having one sole thing in common: The conviction that it will lead nowhere. Quite different from the general Hallelujah one year ago.

    But it is going somewhere. To South Africa, where COP 17 is already scheduled to occur in time for Christmas in a year. Conducting the meeting in the southern hemisphere might even be a good idea, to avoid the biting cold that destroyed all connotations to global warming in Copenhagen.

    Among all the comments and sometimes interesting articles, I found one particularly interesting. Mr Bruce Usher, acknowledging that Cancun will lead to nothing, advocates a “bottom up” strategy, instead of a top-to-bottom. The idea sounds like recognizing the market as the only viable force in any environmental endeavour, regardless of your convictions otherwise. Mr Usher describes, according to him, successful local initiatives and experiments in alternative energy production.

    Then it comes.

  • Remember Remember – Last November

    by Einar Du Rietz How can we ever forget the Climate-gate scandal that erupted right in time for the Copenhagen debacle. Or fail to note that, interestingly enough, some of the more stunning revelations – Holland-gate etc – were made just after the conference. Now, during the count down for Cancun, it’s worth the effort to […]

  • Here We Go Again

    by Einar Du Rietz

    The EU Commission has presented its Energy Strategies for the next decade. To be correct, it’s a document for consideration, as both the Council and the Parliament will have to have their say. It’s a long process, but probably one that will dominate a large part of the EU debate over the next years.

    It’s a heavy document, but the main focuses are on a “Eurpenisation” of the energy market, making sure that energy exchange can work between all the member states And efficiency.

    Concerning the latter, the disturbing thing is a tendency to continue on the inefficient and market disrupting strategies earlier applied in the case of low energy light bulbs and subsidies for – efficient – high end products. Somehow, it’s all about costs. With this attitude, the EU risks hurting the natural incentives driving companies towards efficiency, i.e., cost savings, both in production and, for example in cars and appliances, during use.

  • Maybe More Embarrasing

    By Einar Du Rietz After our recent posting here about Al Gore’s travelling habits, the interest has indeed been intense. How wonderful! Mr Gore – later than we had guessed – has now spoken, or has been spoken for by a spokesperson. “According to Gore’s office, Gore did not idle his car at the event; […]

  • Frankly Sir, You Are an Embarrassment

    Gore chooses Swedish government jet over public transportation, leaves car running while telling the rest of us to cut carbon By Einar Du Rietz He did it again. Recently, Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore was on tour again  (or maybe he does that all the time). This time, he turned up in Gothenburg (Sweden) […]

  • Expectations Low for Cancun after Chinese Failure

    by Einar Du Rietz

    Better bring to the next climate conference

    According to reports from the recent preparatory climate conference in China, the so called world leaders – most eager to show off in Copenhagen a year ago – are trying to avoid even showing up for the conference in Cancun, instead commissioning their ministers for environment to take the embarrassment.

    One enlightning report comes from Louise Gray, in the Daily Telegraph. Writes Gray; “There are fears that Cancun may not even meet the drastically low expectations of its participants, and that the UN-wide process of negotiation could be abandoned in favour of thrashing out an agreement in a smaller group such as the G8.”

  • Climagte Changes – Scholarship Doesn’t

    MALCOLM A. KLINE

    Einar Du Rietz is happy to introduce his old tutor as a guest at CFACT.EU.

    So entrenched is the belief in global warming in academia that even when critiquing its adherents, academics still feel compelled to pay it homage. “The IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] does a very good job of reporting the climate science,” Yale economist Robert Mendelsohn told an audience at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on Friday, September 24, 2010. “It is a problem that will accumulate for centuries.”

    “Ignoring it will leave you looking like Neville Chamberlain,” the ill-fated Conservative Prime Minister of Great Britain in the 1930s, who attempted to appease Adolf Hitler. I asked him and his co-panelists why they did not mention the Climategate scandal in which e-mails show that global warming alarmists attempted to “hide the decline” in temperatures that occurred over the past two decades.

  • Everything You Do – I Can Do Worse

    Einar Du Rietz takes a look at one of the world’s ongoing election campaigns

    Sweden: Tomorrow, Sunday, it’s time for general election in my country of birth. Though I somehow feel that the simultaneous process in Kabul would be more important, it’s hard not to follow the debate. If it is a debate.

    Customary televised exchange between the leading players singles out the most crucial issues, and the auction starts, on education, taxes, employment. The usual. And the usual nonsense. 

     

    And then it comes, the Climate!

  • The Mystery Panel

    by Einar Du Rietz

    At your service for a new panel

    The InterAcademy Council has finally released its report on the workings of the IPCC. Fine.

    The review is not altogether clear, but the criticism of – in particular – procedures and methods, is strong. Many media have taken the shortcut reporting this as a criticism of the major mistake made by the IPCC; publishing unfounded data from WWF on the melting of glaciers. In fact, the report – though politely praising the mission and work of IPCC – criticizes the entire working structure of the panel, suggesting more peer review and new blood.

    And before the tranfusion, most likely some bloodshed will occur.

  • CFACT Europe President in the Media

    …and friends are found all over Europe. Einar Du Rietz gives an up-date. CFACT Europe’s President and co-founder Dr. Holger Thuss recently gave a lengthy interview in German Ökowatch; “Prosperity is the basis for higher environmental standards”. The full text will soon be available in English translation. Dr Thuss explains in particular the environmental work of […]

  • BASIC Bull

    by Einar Du Rietz

    Maybe we should just skip this project

    The preparatory climate talks of BASIC, the coalition of Brazil, South Africa, India and China, just ended in Rio. The UNFCCC has the courtesy to link to some of the reports of the apparent fiasco. Reuters here and Xinhua.

    As was apparent at the latest Bonn meeting, developing countries are getting more and more anxious to get those hand outs, promised in the non binding babble in Copenhagen. Further, the BASIC countries are far from anxious to commence any drastic emission cutting programs before other countries do.

    Of course, you could – and should – argue that the four countries are not really representative of the third world. Developing, yes, but economically powerful and not possible to compare to the real developing world in desperate need of energy, development and industrialisation.

  • Chill Out

    by Einar Du Rietz

    In Europe, the record breaking cold winter (irritatingly, or amusingly coinciding with the Copenhagen meeting) has now been followed by a heat wave. As the alarmists love to point out, climate is not the same thing as weather. How true. Apart from causing dizziness however, real life – away from the AC at the UNFCCC conferences – can lead to some reflection.

    During the recent top in the summer warming, even the refrigeration department of my local store broke down. The costs must have been enormous, but luckily they had stocked up on at least bottled water. Non chilled. And should we really dare to drink bottled water?

    Refrigeration has been under attack by environmentalists for the past decades. First, it was the ozone layer, then the scrapping, currently the so called GWP (Global Warming Potential) as defined by UNEP. Industry meanwhile, has developed the technology, which is not that old to start with, partly by adapting to the new trends, partly by substantially increasing efficiency. The latter probably being one of the best deeds in development work in the third world imaginable, as electricity tends to be scarce and the need for food preservation can be desperate.

  • The Hockey Season is Over

    by Einar Du Rietz

    …and the famous/infamous hockey stick got stowed away long before the latest world championship even started. Then occasionally picked out again.

    The IPCC took out the hockey stick graph from two of their last reports. Somehow, it managed to creep back into the report submitted before Copenhagen, apparently picked up by one of the assistants, from Wikipedia.

    Now, even the inventor of this symbol, Michael Mann, concedes that it was, if not altogether wrong, at least “misplaced”. In an BBC interview  summarized in the British Daily Telegraph by reporter Louise Gray, he concludes that “I always thought it was somewhat misplaced to make it a central icon of the climate change debate.”

  • Cancel Cancun

    by Einar Du Rietz

    …or maybe don’t.

    As fun as you can have, in the company of all sorts of people, there  is something depressing over these climate conferences. Delegates looking serious while spending other people’s money on down-right dangerous schemes, young people, who ought to be either in school, or out partying, or protesting the real injustices in this world, standing outside telling the lunch-eaters to spend more. Often financed by government. The police working overtime, and those fringe groups who travel around the world just in order to pick a fight with the former. A sort of holiday, I presume, like inter-railing or camping. Most of these elements, both in Copenhagen and at the recent G8/G20 summit, would probably go to the international congress of scrapbookers, if it meant they could get into trouble – and media – along the way.