Monday, July 07, 2008

Garnaut, Climate Change and some of the unmitigated thoughts of a Conservative

" ... Astonishing, how hurriedly an issue that lends itself to rationale debate, has been comprehensively hijacked by scaremongering sensationalists ... predictions of climate change are assimilated in the mainstream as if dug out of the old testament ... this reflects the unpalatable truth that ideological undercurrents have surfaced and found a new outlet valve for placing a damper on morally suspect capitalism ..."

No more debate it seems, not that there was any, the science they tell us, is indisputable and overwhelming. We either act or be swamped by nightmare scenarios of doom and apocalypse. Astonishing, how hurriedly an issue that lends itself to rationale debate, has been comprehensively hijacked by scaremongering sensationalists. As the Australians Janet Albrechtsen points out, “ever since Kevin Rudd adopted the Al Gore line that climate change was the greatest moral issue of our time, real debate has become impossible.” Fears about climate change have fuelled mass neurosis; I just wish that the self-interested participants would simply shut up, even for a moment. But they wont, said Ellen Goodman, a Pulitzer Prize winning commentator:

“Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers.”

Agreed there exists a great body of science to support the doomsday scenarios envisioned by Garnaut, equally however, there is also a great body of science that discredits global warming theories though you would never know it. Contrary to the details colorfully displayed on Gore’s PowerPoint like presentations, NASA has now confirmed that the hottest year in the U.S. was not 1998 but 1934 and that six of the hottest years since the 1880’s predate 1954. And never mind that thousands of robotic devices within out oceans reveal slight cooling over the past five years when purportedly, over 80% of global warming involves the heating of our oceans said, National Public Radio’s Richard Harris. In May, German climatologists reporting in Nature said that global warming is due for a ten-year vacation, perplexedly however; critics, (or should I say, charlatans) assure us with much intellectual poise, that the path to doom would resume some time after 2020; thus what should be the greatest concern. No, not the 2020 prediction but how the predictions of climate change are assimilated in the mainstream as if dug out of the old testament.

You see, that last comment about post 2020 is merely a forecast and in no-way based on even the slightest empirical extrapolations. Accordingly, even if it cools for a decade, even this remains irrefutable evidence of global warming, go figure.

Alas, like religion, just as we do not seek to scientifically validate the existence of God, the hypothesis back of global warming is beyond science, “non falsifiable” said Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal.

This reflects the unpalatable truth that ideological undercurrents have surfaced and found a new outlet valve for placing a damper on morally suspect capitalism. The consequences of economic growth, consumerism, and personal, corporate, and national success have triggered climate alarm ism driven by the socialist left, happy to use it as their new found vehicle of choice to herald a new world order. With some touting emission cuts of up to 30% below 1990 levels by 2020 and over 50% by 2050, coupled with the greens now assuming the balance of power in the senate, what eventual price for a tone of Carbon, $200? As it says on the Greens Home page:

"The Greens' approach to climate change is straightforward: use the science to inform action. We know we have to keep global warming to less than 2C, or the impacts become too severe to manage and we risk seeing climate change spiral out of control. That means Australia's emissions have to be 30% below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% below by 2050. Because our policies are based on this scientific reality … "

Did you get that folks, “Scientific reality,” of the non-falsifiable kind …?

For the most part, big business is backing a broad based emission-trading scheme; do they have any choice? Pity the obligations Australia will place on its own will be radically disproportionate to the global response.

Another concern and one that must, at all costs, be addressed by the Federal Liberals relates to the way money raised by the Government through the sale of emission permits will be distributed back to the community. Given Labor’s definition of “working class” families those earning around $100K and over may have to pick up the real cost; social engineering perhaps.

We have often heard that Australia’s total emissions equate to around 1% of total world emissions but we have not heard that in around 10-15 years Australia’ contributions will be around half that, or 0.5 of a percent. You see China alone has plans to build over 544 NEW coal fired power stations as we speak, check out the BBC source below. How many does Australia have around 35 in total? Oh, and here is another interesting case of utter hypocrisy as pointed out by Andrew Bolt; on the same day that catastrophist Garnaut releases his report, Victorian Premier Brumby proudly announced that his State will host the Grand Prix until 2015. Does anyone hazard to guess the Carbon footprint left by a single GP race?

BBC Source: A coal-dependent future?

2 comments:

MK said...

"The consequences of economic growth, consumerism, and personal, corporate, and national success have triggered climate alarm ism driven by the socialist left, happy to use it as their new found vehicle of choice to herald a new world order."

Exactly. It was always the objective, global warming was just a useful means and all the useful idiots swallowed it. They'll make us pay one way or another. Fortunately for the loonies, enough of us let the thieves through the gate. Now it's infinitely harder to get them out.

Aurora said...

Otto, you've hit the nail square on the head. This is THE issue of the day. (I've posted on the same topic and I'm going to link back to your post here). So much of what you say is right on the money, especially the comments about the debate being closed...terrifying!
At the G8 summit, the leaders of the world will use this farce to create a club to bludgeon us into submission. How willingly the unquestioning masses of the world go to their fate!