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  • End Game or Mid Term – Bonn

    by Einar Du Rietz, Bonn

    CFACT display, Bonn climate conference

    The game is not over yet, but the climate talks in Bonn are. For the time being. Another session is already scheduled for August, and it might very well be that the free-lunchers will squeeze yet another in, during the buildup of expectations before Cancun. After the enormous debacle before, during and after Copenhagen, it seems unlikely that the general public hysteria could be regenerated. You can’t fool all the people all the time, but remember that you can still fool some.

  • At Least – Leave Those Kids Alone

    by Einar Du Rietz, Bonn

    I feel old sometimes. I’m not, according to my doctor, but I’m at least not “Youth”, as defined by the United Nations to be between the age of 15 and 24 (for the first three years in there, you also have the privilege of being “child” at the same time).

    Couldn’t care less.

    The UNFCCC however, cares a lot, and that’s where I start to care.

  • And Now For the Good News

    by Einar Du Rietz

    How splendid in this often pessimist debate, to get the chance to present some good news!

    According to the global health statistics from WHO, things are going in the right direction, in some cases remarkably well. Since 1990, infant mortality has decreased by 30 percent. Malnutrition is going down, access to drinking water has gone up, and even the spread of HIV has been halted.

    It’s still a long way to go, but at least the WHO points out, in their own analysis that the most essential prerequisite for the creation of healthier societies is growth and sound politics, in other – though not directly WHO’s – words, free markets and democracy. One of the few complaints in the study, is that chronic diseases that used to be a problem for the industrialized world, now are more common in developing countries. Sad enough, but a rather natural consequence of decreased epidemics and higher life expectancy. Call it a luxury problem if you wish, but at least I – with my rather bad allergy – is happy to have been born and still be alive. About a hundred years ago, when allergies did not exist in Europe, that would have been a lot less likely. Two of the both worse and common illnesses in the developed world (The developing countries, sadly, are still fighting with Malaria, due to western stupidity some decades ago), diabetes and cancer – both chronic – are horrendous things. Scientists are working frantically to find the best cures. What is needed for this endeavour is nothing less than expensive education and research, technological development and heavy investments . Even the companies are pitching in, creating less expensive equipment not dependent on a steady access to electricity.

  • Create Prosperity – Not Hypocrisy

    by Einar Du Rietz

    Investing your money and savings for your pension in funds that advertise themselves as more “ethical” than others? Maybe it’s time to think again.

    Environmental watchdogs are increasingly pointing out funds as dubious, because of investments in different energy companies. In a recent – undercover – study (Swedish) non of the four checked banks proved to offer the clean investments they advertise.

    Fraud? Not really, but certainly hypocrisy.

  • Proper Precautions

    by Einar Du Rietz

    “Assumption is the mother of all fuck-ups”, my former colleague, the environmental affairs director, liked to quote his favourite actor Steven Seagal as saying. It could be read as an argument for the precautionary principle of course, but it could also be interpreted as an argument for precaution against political action. There’s an important difference here. If I choose, or choose not, to sniff the milk before I pour it into my coffee, I’m the only one affected if my calculation is wrong. If I choose to change the lifestyles and even livelihood for all my fellow men, it’s better have some more solid argument than speculation.

    “Climatology is not (yet) a science”, writes Serge Galam in a recent article (French, published in Agefi Magazine and distributed by Institut Économique Molinari), and warns that the self proclaimed climatologists of today, in the end – consciously or not – are driving the world towards totalitarianism.

  • A Matter of Taste

    by Einar Du Rietz

    After being approved by the national governments in the EU, Thrombin has now found it’s way into the parliament, by way of the environmental committee, which – not surprisingly – found a majority for proposing a ban.

    Thrombin is also, more popularly, known as “Meat Glue”, creating connotations that set off a lot of alarm clocks. As a matter of fact, it is a perfectly natural product; a coagulation protein which together with the fibrous protein fibrin can be developed into an enzyme, that can be used for sticking together different pieces of meat.

    In other words, a ban would be highly symbolical. The Thrombin doesn’t show and doesn’ t taste, and above all, is not dangerous. The glued steaks however, are often built with meat that otherwise would have been thrown away. Something to contemplate for those who argue that eating steak contributes to climate change.

  • Do No Harm – And No Alarm

    by Einar Du Rietz Unintended consequences are the curse and irony of politics. The recent study, ordered by the Swiss government, and published by the institute ITIS, on the possible electromagnetic radiation from low energy light bulbs, confirms this once again. The radiation levels turned to be so high, that the Swiss government found it […]

  • I Didn’t Do It I Was Not Even There

    by Einar Du Rietz

    On March 21, incidentally my birthday, a friend from Iceland called me and said she had organized some fireworks for me. What a pity she could not set off the second eruption one week ago. With all airline traffic closed down in most of  Europe, as today, the Climate conference in Bonn would have been more eventful. Or less.

    But I don’t blame her. Or anyone else. I also have a solid alibi myself.

  • An Offer You Can Not Possibly Reject

    by Einar Du Rietz, Bonn

    Last day of the climate conference in Bonn, a most interesting city that we unfortunately never had the time to study more closely, due to the – as usual – busy program. Bonn, the city of Beethoven and a symbol both for peaceful German recovery after WWII and the European university traditions. Today, all but remnants of the hastily build government administration are gone, together with the embassies, though the sometimes magnificent residences still remain along the Rhine.

    How lovely then to stumble across an invitation to come back! The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, sponsored by everything from the European and especially German taxpayers to DHL is inviting everyone to an international conference 21-23 June, here in Bonn, on “Climate change and the media”.

  • CFACT – Mission Bonn

    Bonn, Germany

    They are at it again, as Lord Monckton puts it. Well, so is CFACT. Strategically positioned in the middle of the action at the new UNFCCC climate talks in Bonn.

    It certainly is more quiet than in Copenhagen. Officially, it’s a preparatory, informal meeting, before Mexico. Unofficially, it’s a matter of gathering strength after the Copenhagen fiasco.

  • Sound Science or Dirty Politics

    by Einar Du Rietz

    University of East Anglia

    Exonerated, is a beautiful word. It means that all your trouble are gone and you can go back to sleep, with no accusations hanging over your head. Consequently, it is also frequently used in the comments after the UK parliamentary committee delivered its report on Professor Jones’ responsibility for the strange events at the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at East Anglia University. The problems with Climategate are instead described as a lack of routines and a culture of secrecy, something the panel advises CRU to do something about. Note that this is only about the E-mails at East Anglia, not the peculiar coincidence that all the other mistakes made by IPCC  were only detected after the Copenhagen Climate Chaos.

    However, the panel also voices understanding over Jones, most likely being frustrated about handing over data to climate sceptics who just want to undermine his research. Is this a university or a political youth organisation?

  • Happy Easter, Mr President

    by Einar Du Rietz

    The President of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez is a most innovative man. With his peculiar combination of home made socialism, populist nationalism and impulsive despotism, you never can tell what the next brilliant idea will be.

    He decided to change his country’s time zone with half an hour, presumably just for fun. He managed to create a shortage of coffee, in one of the major coffee producing countries in the world, by introducing price controls. And he has managed to stay in power.

  • Lights On – Caviar Out

    by Einar Du Rietz

    The campaign is on again with expensive ad’s for Earth Hour, and local politicians have been forced for months to defend their decisions on shutting of the lights on central buildings, or not.

    In the midst of the IPCC debacle, the activists and politicians pretend that shutting out the lights for one hour from 8:30 pm will, if not save the climate, at least send a signal to those in charge. Whoever they are. To do what?

    It is, indeed, an impressive campaign.

    And possibly dangerous. I’m convinced even the organizers have realised that street lamps, hospitals and airports should not mind, but how about other things? It’s quite possible to live in the dark for an hour, but if you live in a city, or a house filled with lamps, the sudden change can be devastating. Now, where’s that land mark (which incidentally neither at sea, nor on land has to be a light house or a traffic sign)? Should the gas station get dark? The Eiffel Tower? The city lights below your trekking rout on a narrow path?

  • Let’s Relax For A Minute

    by Einar Du Rietz

    Sometimes, just having fun is the best option

    The Copenhagen process, or what has become the official name, is strolling along. Most countries (read: politicians) have signed the no-one-knows-really-what-to-call- it document, though some after deadline. Reviving Kyoto is still on the table, recently half heartedly suggested by the European Union (read: a bunch of politicians from countries with different agendas).

    At the same time, the UN (read: even more people with different agendas) has decided to let new people have another look at the IPCC report that was the official document before the above mentioned became desperate to at least take some action. Before it became apparent that the report in many aspects was flawed. No one suggests it was altogether wrong.

    The scientific work is starting – hopefully – all over again. The political game continues as if nothing, really, has happened.

    In real life, people are constantly, sometimes more seriously confronted with choices. Make a huge investment? Buy  a house? Get married? Buy a dog?

  • With Adversaries Like This – You Don’t Need Friends

    The IPCC report and work will undergo an independent review. It’s not a minute too soon, but neither is it too late. The debate will continue and most certainly will myths and false science continue to spread. The problem, as many sensible commentators have pointed out (a recent, rather objective summary with links is here) is not that mistakes were made. They are bound to occur in any scientific work. The problem is that the report was used as an argument to claim that “the Debate is Over”. And, of course that politicians frantically rushed in to spend other people’s money.

    Some commentators don’t see it that way at all, but instead take all criticism as a personal insult. The examples are numerous, but the most blatant one I’ve found so far is from an otherwise classical liberal, sensible editorial page in a Swedish newspaper. (In Swedish, but you have to trust my summary, or use Google translator). The headline is, basically, “Wipe that smile of your faces – sceptics”.

  • Imagine There’s No Science…

    …it can get scary if you try. Einar Du Rietz has a bad dream.

    Final Frontier

    The worst problem, according to experts, is not that the IPCC both screwed up on several points and tried to hide the facts. The real threat is that the “so called ‘Skeptics’” might try to gain momentum for their own obscure beliefs. To get some historical perspective, we managed to dig up fragments from an interview by CFACT.Earth, made sometime during mid 15

    th century, with the High Priest of the Intergovernmental Panel on Earth Preservation, Professor Terra Isma.

    – Professor, are the recent revelations about fraud in your report a sign that maybe you were wrong from the start?

    • Not at all! First of all, it’s a giant job to save the world and a few mistakes are unavoidable. Secondly, you have to remember that there are powerful forces out there, trying to sabotage our work. Scientifically, the debate is over. The few globalists crying out loud present new theories that are unfounded and should not be taken seriously.
  • Someone Will Have to Pay Somehow

    by Einar Du Rietz

    Greenpeace International has now issued a statementsaying that they do not support the earlier demand by their UK chief that IPCC Chair, Dr Pachauri resigns. And besides, their executive director UK John Sauven was probably misunderstood by the Times. And in spite of the record cold winter, it’s hard to find snow in Vancouver.

    Well well, when the going gets tough, unite behind the guy up front. At lease for a while.

    Greenpeace also includes a rather well written list of all the “gates” recently, complete with an etymological and historic explanation. For some reason, the false claims about the polar beers, which their colleague organization WWF International already has refuted, or the mysterious “Hockey Stick” that whas removed from earlier IPCC reports, but somehow crept back in with the last report before Copenhagen, are not listed.

  • Operator – We are NOT Drowning

    by Einar Du Rietz The Dutch authorities would like us to know they are not sinking, at least not yet. The most recent report from Newsvine (quoting AFP) says: “The Netherlands has asked the UN climate change panel to explain an inaccurate claim in a landmark 2007 report that more than half the country was […]

  • Live and Let Survive

    by Einar Du Rietz

    As tragic as it is, I can’t help being hopeful about the rebuilding after the catastrophe on Haiti. Emergency aid, especially coordination, is difficult to say the least. Sometimes it seems as coordination is what is not needed, but rather individual initiatives. Naturally, people tend to get in each-others way, but a common mission can create spontaneous order. This of course does not include the looters and vultures, or subsequent lynchings. why the need for a civil society is a paramount part of the overall efforts.

    Plain stupidities however, seem to have been rather scarce. One lady recently managed to publish a lengthy article claiming that missionaries were the worst problems, as Christianity would be a threat to the traditional voodoo religion. The born again christian diva Carola, twice winner of the Eurovision song contest, is walking around the ruins contemplating that this is the biblical sign of the Armageddon. And, I guess, there are some other compassionate air heads there too.

    The thing is, they don’t really cause any harm. Carola even takes care of an orphan. If we closed the border to all religious zealots, we could very well be doomed.