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  • Climate change no longer scary in Europe

    The tide has turned

    HANS LABOHM (Amsterdam)

    Bjorn Lomborg’s ongoing publicity campaign for his new film makes it obvious that the fight against the delusion of dangerous man-made global warming remains an uphill struggle.

    For decades the climate debate has been obfuscated by cherry-picking, spin-doctoring and scare-mongering by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other climate alarmists, including the environmental movement and mainstream media. Their massive effort to overstate the threat of man-made warming has left its imprint on public opinion.

    But the tide seems to be turning. The Climate Conference fiasco in Copenhagen, Climategate scandal and stabilization of worldwide temperatures since 1995 have given rise to growing doubts about the putative threat of “dangerous global warming” or “global climate disruption.” Indeed, even Phil Jones, director of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit and one of the main players in Climategate, now acknowledges that there has been no measurable warming since 1995, despite steadily rising atmospheric carbon dioxide.

    People are paying attention, and opinion polls in many countries show a dramatic fall in the ranking of climate change among people’s major concerns. They are also beginning to understand that major rain and snow storms, hurricanes and other weather extremes are caused by solar-driven changes in global jet streams and warm-cold fronts, not by CO2, and that claims about recent years being the “warmest ever” are based on false or falsified temperature data.

    In various parts of the world, the climate debate displays different features. The US and other parts of the non-European Anglo-Saxon world feature highly polarized and politicized debates along the left/right divide. In Europe, all major political parties are still toeing the “official” IPCC line. In both arenas, with a few notable exceptions, skeptical views – even from well-known scientists with impeccable credentials – tend to be ignored and/or actively suppressed by governments, academia and the media.

    Nevertheless, skepticism about manmade climate disasters is gradually gaining ground.

  • Death to the Chicago Climate Exchange ($7.40 to a nickel per CO2 ton, the market has spoken)

    [Note to staff: where can we at CFACT.EU short carbon?]

    By William Griesinger

    Brought to us by 21st Century Wire

    “One of the keystones of the Climate Change alarmist movement was its audacious attempt to create a functioning market by monetizing the atmospheric gas known as CO2…. Certainly, gaming the system has always been at the top on the agenda of the new green eco-trader.”

    – Patrick Henningsen, “The Great Collapse of the Chicago Climate Exchange,” 21st Century Wire, August 28, 2010.

    We were tipped off by the August 28th headline, “The Great Collapse of the Chicago Climate Exchange,” by Patrick Henningsen, editor of 21st Century Wire. And now it is official as reported by Chicago Business, Fox News , and Crain’s Chicago Business (sub. required): the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) is dead. Trading in carbon-dioxide (CO2) emission contracts at CCX has basically ceased with member emissions-reduction agreements expiring at the end of the year.

    The death rattles have come with each price decline per ton of carbon credits. Compared to $7.40 per ton in May 2008 when cap-and-trade legislation was eagerly anticipated, CCX’s market price tanked to $0.10 per ton in August 2010 and half that last month.  So much for a contrived opportunity in a pretense  market.  What a difference a couple of years, a few scientific scandals, and old-fashioned political gridlock make.

    Projections of carbon fortunes were based on the same hyped speculation by the IPCC that the planet’s temperatures would suddenly rise (PHOTO: Patrick Henningsen)

    Reuters reported in August that the CCE was facing significant layoffs and an operational scaleback only a few months after being acquired by publicly traded Intercontinental Exchange Inc (NYSE: ICE). ICE acquired CCX earlier this year in an all-cash deal totaling nearly $600 million, a shocking valuation given CCX’s lack of traction and a paucity of sustainable revenue (more on this later).

    ICE is a nearly $1 billion revenue company and leading global operator of regulated futures exchanges and OTC markets for agricultural, credit, energy, currency and equity index contracts. In other words, ICE is a real-deal commodities exchange as opposed to the faux market for CO2. As an example of ICE’s scale, its Futures Europe unit clears trades in nearly half the world’s crude and refined oil futures, according to SEC filings.

    Left Environmentalist Lament

    It is fitting that real market forces have imposed their discipline on this Enron-like market, leaving climate alarmists in spin mode. Howard Learner, president of the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago, told Crain’s: “What CCX pricing sadly demonstrates is that unless there’s a regulatory cap on emissions, there’s no real market.” Well there you go! Learner’s admission describes rent-seeking in a nutshell.

  • Confession of a climate prostitute

    Sent to us by our friend Drieu Godefrid*

    [translation from the original French via Google].

    ____________

    Today the Academy of Sciences released its report on the climate in which it validates the whole three thousand pages of the latest IPCC report and its conclusions, it is time for the masks to fall. I am ashamed.

    This is the confession of a climate prostitute.

    Yes, I confess, I wrote a book discussing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) under false pretenses;

    Yes, I confess, my motives were not disinterested;

    Yes, I confess, I’m sold to lobbyists, for reasons both financial and ideological;

    Yes, I confess, global warming seemed a potentially lethal threat to the global capitalism that I idolize;

    Yes, I confess, my work on the IPCC is an order of a cartel of companies, including oil, especially in Europe, whose publication was intended to open up the columns of newspapers and television to reach the general public;

    Yes, I confess, the many “forums” and I gave interviews to mark the release of this book are only variations on the same theme that the IPCC is a false political organization;

    Yes, I confess, I never thought through a quarter of the nonsense that I stirred;

    Yes, I confess, whole chapters of my book were “blown away” by agencies and foreign think tanks;

    Yes, I confess, I have extensively studied the precepts of Gramsci and Bernays (Propaganda, 1928) and the strategy developed by the tobacco lobby in the sixties and later to counter the first scientific studies attesting to the harm of smoking;

    Yes, I confess, I have therefore exploited the noble concept of doubt to discredit the scientific work of the IPCC — I am a merchant of doubt;

    Yes, I confess, I never doubted global warming or its anthropogenic origins, although these issues are beyond my very modest skill;

    Yes, I confess, I have distinguished the debate about the IPCC’s climate debate itself so as to insinuate doubt into the minds of citizens;

    Yes, I confess, though imperfect like everything that is human, the IPCC is indeed scientific, not political as vilely I tried to make believe;

    Yes, I confess, I fear my safety forbids me to say more;

    Yes, I confess, I am not a prostitute, but an intellectual climate realist.

    (*) Author of Le GIEC est mort, vive la science! (The IPCC is dead, long live science!)  (Texquis, 2010), a book funded by dirty money.

    Note from CFACT:  If you don’t “get it” click here and here.

    Follow Drieu at the Hayek Institute.

    Original French after the jump.

  • CFACT cosponsors international climate conference

    Berlin – December 3 & 4, 2010

    International Conference on Energy and Climate:

    Parallel to the UN Climate summit in Cancún we want to invite you to our 3rd International Climate conference. One year after the Climategate scandal, leading international scientists will present new findings in the fields of climate science and energy. In many cases these findings are contrary to the claims made by the IPCC. During two days we will cover topics from the science of climate change to the socio-political and economic impact of current climate and energy policies. Due to the current changes in Europe’s energy policy, this topic will receive special attention.

    REGISTER ONLINE

    Programme: 3 -4 December 2010

    All presentations of the main sessions will be simultaneously interpreted English to German and German to English

  • What the green movement got wrong

    British documentary exposes green “misanthropy, exaggeration and damage” Britain’s Channel 4’s What the Green Movement Got Wrong features former green campaigners explaining how radical ideology warped environmentalism, preventing it from conserving nature and causing unintended harm.  Channel 4’s decision to air this documentary is the latest evidence that the media is finally moving away from […]

  • Carbon sequestration scrapped in Netherlands and other developments

    HANS LABOHM (Amsterdam)

    A serious dialogue has started between the crème de la crème of the Dutch climate sceptics and climate scientists of the Royal Netherlands Met Office (KNMI). It is focusing on the mechanisms underlying the greenhouse effect (radiation, evapo/convection) and the ensuing climate sensitivity. Profound differences of view still remain.

    The decision of the previous government to sequester carbon in the densely populated area of Barendrecht (near Rotterdam) has been canceled by the present government.

    The parliamentary energy spokesman of the VVD (the classical liberal People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, the major partner in the present coalition government) has questioned the wisdom of additional investments in off-shore wind energy. Hij was seconded by Shell CEO, Peter Voser. It was the first time that a high-ranking Shell representative made such a statement.   Report (In Dutch)

    American public opinions polls show a dramatic shift away from AGW among respondents.

  • Greens realize worth of nuclear energy and GM foods

    The Daily Telegraph reports that green campaigners are abandoning old prejudices and embracing nuclear energy and genetically modified foods. The activists now say that by opposing nuclear power they encouraged the use of polluting coal-fired power stations, while by protesting against GM crops they prevented developing countries from benefiting from a technology that could have […]

  • President Klaus: Warming action not justified

    “I am not impressed by heavily biased British scientific institutions.” Czech President Vaclav Klaus finds no evidence that government spending on global warming would be worth the cost. “I don’t see empirical evidence of human-caused global warming. I see so many mistakes in the methodology of science and modelling.” President Klaus, who recently served as […]

  • Bright Idea: German entrepeneur markets light bulbs as heat bulbs

    4,000 snap up incandescent light bulbs A German entrepeneur got around the EU ban on incandescent light bulbs over 60 watts by importing them as heaters from China.  His shipment of 4,000 bulbs sold immediately.  That makes at least 4,001 Germans who see the folly of restricting individual consumers from choosing their own preferred light.  […]

  • Victory for Dutch Climate Realists

    HANS LABOHM (Amsterdam)

    The draft Memorandum of Understanding of the new Netherlands government coalition (including the classical liberal party, VVD, plus the Christian Democrats, CDA, with parliamentary support by Wilders’ Party for Freedom, PVV, – the so-called ‘Danish Model’) contains only two – obligatory – references to climate change. Climate sceptics opined that backtracking from AGW did not go far enough. Nevertheless, it could be argued that this is, so far, the most important political victory for climate scepticism in the world.

  • Another Domino Falls: UK’s Leading Scientific Body Retreats on Climate Change Agenda

    By Patrick Henningsen
    21st Century Wire
    Sept 30, 2010

    The UK’s leading scientific body has decided to rewrite its own definitive guide on climate change, now admitting that it is “not known” how much warmer the planet will become.

    The Royal Society has released a new guide which outlines its retreat from its former vanguard stance on the threat of climate change and man-made global warming. The decision to update their scientific guide came after 43 of its members complained that the previous versions failed to take into account the opinion of climate change sceptics.

    The new guide, entitled ‘Climate change: a summary of the science’, concedes that there are now major ‘uncertainties’ regarding the once sacred ‘scientific consensus’ behind man-made global warming theory, admitting that not only is it impossible to know for sure how the Earth’s climate will change in the future but it cannot possibly know what the effects may be. The 19-page guide states clearly, ’It is not possible to determine exactly how much the Earth will warm or exactly how the climate will change in the future, but careful estimates of potential changes and associated uncertainties have been made”.

  • Lord Monckton Responds to Prof. Abraham

    Many readers of this site have been following the controversy caused when Prof. John Abraham of the University of St. Thomas posted a lengthy video critique of a speech delivered by CFACT Advisor, Lord Christopher Monckton last October in St. Paul Minnesota. Here is Lord Monckton’s freshly issued, detailed written response to Prof. Abraham in […]

  • U.K. wind farms paid not to produce

    Wind corporations paid not to generate electricity when a strong wind blows The Daily Telegraph reports that thousands of pounds per day will be paid to compensate the wind  industry when the British national grid can not use the power.   The intermittent nature of wind power requires traditional efficient power generation to remain the mainstay […]

  • Update from Bonn Climate Conference

    Discord, blame and profiteering at UN Bonn climate conference as UN scrambles to get climate treaty back on track; calls for developed nations to repay ‘climate debt’ and an ‘international court of climate and environmental justice’ to prosecute developed world.  Full Update at CFACT.org. Press briefing tomorrow June 10, 10:30, room Haydn at Hotel Maritim […]

  • CFACT Press Conference Bonn June 10, 2010 10:30 AM CET

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2010 CONTACT: Christina Wilson in Bonn +49 1578-7500824 [email protected] Neither a climate treaty, nor agreement warranted Flawed process must begin anew Renewables fail to produce plentiful affordable power : They are totems of our times Bonn – The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) will sponsor a press briefing Thursday, […]

  • CFACT at Bonn climate talks

    CFACT is reporting from the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany. Our display addresses issues of alternative energy and juxtaposes wind turbines with the famed Moai, the carved heads of Easter Island, stating that civilization can’t run for long on superstition or subsidies. On Saturday and Sunday CFACT met with scientists and policy experts credentialed […]

  • Lord Monckton & CFACT head to Bonn

    Lord Monckton to report from Bonn climate talks Lord Christopher Monckton will again lead CFACT’s team of scientists and policy experts to the resumption of the UNFCCC climate talks (SB 32) at the Hotel Maritim in Bonn.  The conference runs May 31 – June 11.  CFACT will address the full range of climate policy and […]