Let the Auction Begin

by Einar Du Rietz The - most likely - last preparatory conference before Cancun kicks off today in China. The fact that the debate has changed quite substantially during the past year, that the IPCC's credibility is at an all time low, that more and more scientists have started questioning the validity of the entire Man Made Global Warming theory, and that no warming has been detected during the last decade, does not bother the delegates. What bothers most of them, and especially the big whig politicians, is to avoid creating the same fiasco all over again. Consequently, everyone is talking about [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:19:00+00:00October 4th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Let the Auction Begin

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: [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:19:00+00:00September 30th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Another Domino Falls: UK’s Leading Scientific Body Retreats on Climate Change Agenda

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! […]

By |2012-09-19T23:07:21+00:00September 18th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Everything You Do – I Can Do Worse

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 [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:19:00+00:00July 1st, 2010|CFACT Europe, Conferences|Comments Off on Cancel Cancun

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 [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:19:00+00:00May 10th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Proper Precautions

Hangover Breakfast in Bonn After Copenhagen Fiasco

by Edgar L. Gärtner There were no significant steps taken toward a new global waming treaty at the April meeting in the Bonn Maritim Hotel of two ad hoc working groups of the UNFCCC parties. The official purpose of the conference was for the industrialized nations to negotiate additional obligations on the carbon dioxide reductions and their long-term co-operation with poorer countries. Two thousand delegates met in the conference centre’s elegant halls. NGOs demonstrated on a pile of broken glass […]

By |2012-09-19T23:51:57+00:00April 13th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Hangover Breakfast in Bonn After Copenhagen Fiasco

Nothing More than Broken Glass

by Einar Du Rietz, Bonn It certainly is more solemn here, than in Copenhagen, as most people as this conference persist in pointing out. I'm not complaining, and neither is the local community which this time seems to be spared from closed off traffic and broken glass. The latter is instead provided by some of the few outdoor activists that are here. As a manifestation telling the politicians that "it's time to pick up the pieces". The symbolic broken glass (hope no one got hurt) is supposed to represent the results from Copenhagen. Did anyone say desperate? Or trying to save [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:19:00+00:00April 10th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Nothing More than Broken Glass

Sound Science or Dirty Politics

by Einar Du Rietz 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 [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:19:01+00:00April 4th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Sound Science or Dirty Politics

Let’s Relax For A Minute

by Einar Du Rietz 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. [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:19:01+00:00March 14th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Let’s Relax For A Minute

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 [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:19:01+00:00February 14th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Someone Will Have to Pay Somehow

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 below sea level, the Dutch government said Friday. According to the Dutch authorities, only 26 percent of the country is below sea level, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be asked to account for its figures, environment ministry spokesman Trimo Vallaart told AFP." [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:19:01+00:00February 7th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Operator – We are NOT Drowning

It Can’t Be That Hard to Act Like A Gentleman

Einar Du Rietz on the latest IPCC blunder So we have to wait another 300 years before the Himalayan ice melts. The IPCC has admitted it had the new predictions before the Copenhagen summit, but were to busy to consider them. The most recent account is by the environmental editor at The Times, Ben Webster. “The chairman of the leading climate change watchdog was informed that claims about melting Himalayan glaciers were false before the Copenhagen summit, The Times has learnt. Rajendra Pachauri was told that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment that the glaciers would disappear by 2035 [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:19:01+00:00January 31st, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on It Can’t Be That Hard to Act Like A Gentleman

After Copenhagen: Greens disappointed and directionless

Victory is in the air!  Copenhagen was a disaster for global warming alarmists.  And they know it.  Last Friday, January 22 there was a town hall meeting for NGOs called “Moving forward from Copenhagen” in Washington, D.C.  It was hosted by the United Nations Association of the USA’s Council of Organizations.  The moderator was Angela Anderson, an alarmist and program director for the US Climate Action Network.  This made it clear from the start that they were not interested in a genuine discussion about the issues, but only in finding a new way to push forward their agenda. The mood was [...]

By |2012-09-18T21:16:10+00:00January 29th, 2010|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on After Copenhagen: Greens disappointed and directionless

This is not an Avatar

It remains to be seen whether Copenhagen was indeed a watershed; but at least the French mainstream media seem less apologetic in past months. It is comforting for instance to read the columns by Claude Allègre in the weekly Le Point. (He was sacked from competitor L’Express in 2008, presumably for speaking out against the alarmists. Last October he called the self-appointed eco-hero Nicolas Hulot an imbecile. […]

By |2012-09-19T12:19:01+00:00January 26th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on This is not an Avatar

Don’t Get Mad About the Weather – Get Even

by Einar Du Rietz Two of the more intriguing accusations I got thrown at me in Copenhagen were: “Climate Hater” and “Weather Denier”. Funny, but strange. I’m convinced that cursing along, hating the ever changing climate is about as constructive as trying to steer a sailing boat by shouting orders to the winds. Either one would just drive you mad (and possibly injured). Denying the weather seems more promising, but equally dangerous. Is that what you do when you take that boat out in spite of the approaching storm? There’s no room to deny the record breaking cold winter right now. [...]

By |2012-09-19T12:19:01+00:00January 12th, 2010|CFACT Europe|Comments Off on Don’t Get Mad About the Weather – Get Even
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