Last week, Texas Republican Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal…
Secular progressive leftists and their eco-alarmist fellow travelers are normally hostile to expressions of Christian faith. But, occasionally, when Pope Francis and his Vatican “experts” come out with a statement seemingly supporting collectivist and eco-alarmist dogma, their natural enemies exploit it to the hilt, as if it came directly from Gaia and/or Marx. The Pope is making a big mistake, much bigger and much farther reaching than the one made by the Pope who condemned Galileo.
… Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change … is due to land in September to rally climate True Believers ahead of the U.N.’s giant policy shindig in Paris.
… This week’s statement, from the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PAS/PASS) … confirms that Vatican not merely has slim or no grasp of economics or history, but is on its knees before tried-and-failed collectivist policies, and committed to a crusade against rich nations.
… The pope, who is an economic ignoramus, has allied himself with forces that would perpetuate poverty, not relieve it.
… Denying humanity the use of still bountiful hydrocarbon energy is thus not simply wrong. It is immoral – and lethal. This is the real reason that climate change is a critical moral issue. No one has a right to tell the world’s poor they cannot use fossil fuels to improve their lives, or to tell others they must reduce their living standards, based on speculation and unfounded fears about a man-made climate crisis.
Ramping up the propaganda leading up to the December 2015 UN summit in Paris, UN climate bureaucrat, Christiana Figueres, in today’s National Post, addressed Canada’s role in the global effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Some of the first words we…
Andrew Coyne in his column in yesterday’s Nat Post shows that he is typical of many political commentators who have been swayed by climate scare-mongering without having done any due diligence. Though he is critical of efforts (and the lack thereof) to “fight climate change”, he uncritically accepts the underlying premise for doing so. A letter writer in today’s NP captured the essence of his confusion on the subject:
I am in total agreement with Andrew Coyne concerning the futility of the provincial carbon (dioxide) summit but for different reasons than Coyne’s. And, in fact, Coyne’s own words explain why.
“Is climate change happening? Yes.” An empty statement, since the climate is continually changing.
“Are we, as a species, responsible? Probably.” Well, since the modelling of the effect of carbon dioxide on global warming has been shown to be very wrong, this means that at this moment science does not well understand the effect of human actions on the climate. So not even the lukewarm “Probably” has a solid basis, especially if Coyne is implying that humans have a major effect on climate.
“Can we do something about it? So it seems.” But likewise, the evidence for this maybe-we-can-do-something-about-global-warming remark is absent.
But the most inconsistent part of Coyne’s argument is his statement, “There’s no point in us acting alone – we produce just two per cent of global emissions – but there’s no defence for not acting at all.” So even though it doesn’t make sense to act alone there’s no defence for not acting alone. Huh? Alex MacMillan, Kingston, Ont.
More on the Quebec Climate “Summit” by Peter Foster.
Stuart McNish at Conversations That Matter interviews environmental and climate scientist Dr. Ken Green. Dr. Green is skeptical of climate models and decries the politicization of climate science and the resulting alarmism. He feels s…
Last Monday Terence Corcoran declared Carbon Taxapalooza Week:
We hereby declare this to be Carbon Taxapalooza Week. The objective is to acknowledge and deplore the great stampede of provincial governments to tax the hell out of fossil fuels.
On Tuesday, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, a self-appointed group of allegedly market-oriented economic policy wonks, will release a report calling for the provinces to adopt “carbon pricing” to help Canada tackle climate change. [Here’s the full list Ecofiscal “commissioners“. It includes Preston Manning, Jean Charest, Paul Martin, Bob Rae, Peter Robinson (Suzuki Foundation CEO), etc. With that rats nest of progressives and eco-illiterates what could possibly go wrong?]
Until now, Ontario hasn’t had much interest in carbon pricing … But now, having exhausted a range of bad policies, Ontario’s Environment Minister, Glenn Murray, is pushing to adopt another set of allegedly less bad policies.
Peter Foster: The way backwards on carbon policy:
… On Tuesday Canada’s self-appointed Ecofiscal Commission released a study, The Way Forward, that amounts to a recommendation for policy chaos in pursuit of the ever-more dubious cause of fighting catastrophic man-made climate change. …
Peter Foster: Chris Ragan, market beautician:
You can always tell a fan of Big Government by the way he or she addresses the Invisible Hand, Adam Smith’s metaphor for free markets. … This week, McGill economist Christopher Ragan, chairman of the self-appointed Ecofiscal Commission, came up with a more subtle put down – “Sometimes the Invisible Hand needs a manicure, and the way is to improve market signals.”
See also, Dennis Ambler at The SPPI Blog: A nest of carbon vipers
Vast sums of money, influence and power are involved in carbon mitigation schemes, and yet there is never any mention in the media of these massive and lucrative conflicts of interest. They appear quite content swallowing the diversionary tactics pushed by the likes of DeSmog Blog and Greenpeace ExxonSecrets with their claims of “oil- company funded deniers”. It is doubtful that mainstream journalists ever bother to look behind the scenes at these people, yet it is all available on official websites.
The Vancouver Sun publishes a weekly video from “Conversations that Matter” hosted by Stuart McNish. This week McNish interviewed famed mathematical physicist, Freeman Dyson on the subject of climate change.The Vancouver Sun has a number of…
New Brunswick’s anti-fracking legislation is effective today. And the official excuse: “social license”. Ezra asks: “… who gives social license to the people who give social license”.
… Republican senators Roy Blunt (Missouri) and Jim Inhofe (Oklahoma) … have just launched a challenge to the bilateral climate change “agreement” reached by President Obama with China last year …
… Under this “agreement”, the US will cut its emissions by 26 per cent by 2025 while China will increase its “non-fossil-fuel share of energy to around 20 per cent” by 2030.
… An “agreement” in diplomacy-speak is legally or politically binding. … That is why both negotiating parties took care in the finished document never to use that word. Instead they chose the much vaguer word “announcement”…
… By 2030, China will be producing more CO2 than Japan, the US and the EU combined. In this context, America’s carbon reductions emission targets can properly seen for the meaningless gesture politics they really are. … So Senators Blunt and Inhofe are absolutely right to challenge this plan …
Happy Earth Hour!
The Ontario government is conducting public consultations “to prepare a new strategy for fighting climate change”. Tom Harris and other climate realists attended the Ottawa sessions and presented about ten minutes of testimony: Not unpredictably,…
Rumours are flying that the owner of a beachfront mansion in Hawaii, which was once used to film the hit TV series “Magnum PI”, is none other than President Obama – the same President who warns us that global warming, and rising sea levels, are a greater danger to the future of America than Islamic terrorism.
Scottish Sceptic issues A personal apology to Obama and Cameron:
Any Democrat, Tory or any other politicians who are still extolling the virtues of Global … will now know that they have been very mistaken: the public are no longer swallowing the
global warming lies!
… What a shame you didn’t listen to us sceptics
… Did it never occur to you that you were being led to attack vast constituencies of your own voters?
… So, sorry Obama, sorry Cameron, sorry to the hate-mongers like Kerry, sorry to the gullible idiots like Milliband. Sorry Jo Swinson my own MP. Sorry … to every politician who were so keen to jump on the bandwagon of hate directed against vast swathes or your own electorates.
Excellent guest post at WUWT by Earth Scientist, David Middleton, where he defines the current climate paradigm, details why it’s collapsing and goes on to discuss the logical fallacies underlying the so-called “consensus”:”The paradigm is collapsing p…
In yesterday’s debate (at about the 28 min mark), Green Party leader Elizabeth May argued that human induced global warming is preventing our entry into a new ice age. In other words were it not for AGW, Canada would soon be looking at being buri…
This afternoon, Victoria’s CFAX 1070 radio station hosted a live debate between Tim Ball and Green Party climate alarmist Elizabeth May. Listen to the podcast (starting at about the 6 minute mark).[h/t: Anthony Watts]
Speaking of climate lunacy, James Delingpole isn’t too impressed with Canada’s contribution to the BoE.
Bank of England governor talks rubbish on climate change:
Three things are clear.
1. Carney cannot speak intelligible English, only evasive, flannelly CorporateSpeak.
2. Under Carney’s leadership, the Bank of England has joined the long, long list of institutions speaking well above their pay grade on the climate change issue, which it is palpably obvious they do not understand.
3. Carney, like his greenie activist wife, has bought wholesale into the climate change scare, can barely conceal his lofty contempt for those, such as Lord Lawson, who are not “with the programme”, and thus feels under no obligation to justify his position because he’s right, damn it, all the world’s climate experts say so….