The Prince of climate fools?

By |2013-05-25T10:37:03+00:00May 22nd, 2013|CFACT Insights|3 Comments

CHURCHVILLE, VA—Prince Charles recently made his most outspoken criticism yet of the world’s failure to reduce CO2 emissions. Meanwhile, British families have seen no global warming trend in 16 years, while their electric bills have doubled to support expensive and unreliable wind turbines.

Is Prince Charles now too “Green” to be king of Britain? Until recently most Britons seemed almost as eager to get rid of fossil fuels as Charles. Now, however, electricity blackouts threaten, and “fuel poverty” looms for perhaps half of the nation’s families. Britain’s industries, meanwhile, are threatening to leave the country. Many are eying the much-lower energy costs in America, thanks to the shale gas revolution that President Obama seems powerless to stop. Potential nuclear power plant investors are also deterred by the low-cost shale gas.

Commentator Dominic Lawson wrote in the Sunday Times: . . . In “medicine, agriculture, architecture and energy production, the prince is taking positions that are intensely partisan; and some of these are areas in which decisions have monumental economic implications for every family in the land. . . . The prince certainly needs someone to point out to him that the planet is not ‘dying’ and that it was just fine when CO2 concentrations were vastly higher than they are now or are ever likely to be as a result of whatever amount of fossil fuels we burn.”

Peter Wilby wrote in The Guardian on May 10th: “Prince Charles should have remained silent. Charles strays into areas of political dispute over what should be done [about global warming]. Charles’s lack of judgment may explain why, though he will take over duties such as attending Commonwealth heads of government conference, the Queen will not agree to either abdication or a regency. Charles is a dangerously divisive figure. . .”

Jonathan Brown said in The Independent last November 23rd that the Prince: “is a good representative of the environmental movement” but added that the “extreme alarm and extreme concern doesn’t convince any governments or any ministers, and in the end it is over the top and won’t be heard.”

Britain has long demanded that its monarchs remain non-political. Prince Phillip has come close to crossing that line, saved by the fact that he is not a king, merely the husband of a queen. Charles has been free to express his many activist views as long as Queen Elizabeth keeps the reins firmly in her hands.

Since Brown’s column, the energy situation in Britain has gotten steadily worse. The wind turbines are failing to produce reliable energy, and, therefore, must be backed by fossil energy in spinning reserve. Meanwhile, Britain’s North Sea gas is running out.

Prince Charles’s deeply felt positions on energy are likely to be even less comfortable for a suffering U.K. public in the years ahead. America’s NASA announced in 2008 that the Pacific had entered its cool phase, which implies moderately cooler global temperatures until roughly 2030 at least. Queen Elizabeth is highly unlikely to occupy the throne for so long.

Will King Charles then declaim about man-made warming from the British throne? How will his protests impact public opinion—and the royal family— if the country is suffering brown-outs and fuel poverty in a world that stubbornly refuses to obey the computerized climate models?

Prince Charles climate fool brief


  1. Ruth Bard May 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Charles, like his 17th-century namesakes, is neither intelligent nor wise, although, unlike them, he probably won’t end up deposed and beheaded. The smartest (and therefore unlikely) move he could make would be to abdicate in favour of William when the Queen passes away.

  2. Eckenhuijsen Smit May 24, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    It’s a pity Charles´ stupid declarations about e.g. AGW CO2 and Climate Change weren’t smothered when he fancied being a “tampon”.

  3. Brian G Valentine May 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Here’s one example of the problems of Royal inbreeding.

    Charles was more interesting when he was describing his seances with the departed.

    Actually, Charles has done more than anyone to make the public loathe to anything that has to do with “climate change.”

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