As European nations come to grips with the exorbitant costs of energy subsidies and over-reliance on “green” energy (and build new coal-fired power plants to offset those costs and address the intermittent nature of wind and solar energy), the U.S. has been heading in the opposite direction — President Obama’s onerous Clean Power Plan. Thankfully, the plan is held up in court, as the world is beginning to recognize the enormous costs of complying with the non-binding Paris Climate Agreement. The question remains, though, whether America will go the way of California, which already has electricity prices 40% above the national average and the highest retail gasoline prices in the U.S.?
The Cancun climate conference was much like Copenhagen. The Cancun mountain gave birth to less than a mouse. But global warmers will persevere. They will continue their quest for the Holy Grail of legally binding CO2 reductions … ad infinitum. It is like the proverbial irresistible force colliding with an immovable object. Next stop will be South Africa.
Links after the jump. (More on Cancun at CFACT.tv)
The tide has turned
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
Italian Wind Fraud Investigation Extends to the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, and Spain. Subsidies Questioned.
For some carbon millionaires, lining their pockets legally through taxpayer subsidies and hand outs is not enough. They choose to cheat even though they’re playing a game that’s already rigged.