Warmism’s got to die sometime of its own stupidity

Warmism’s got to die sometime of its own stupidity

All the action plans, taxes, green levies, protocols and carbon-emitting flights to massive summit meetings, after all, are not because of what its supporters call “The Science”. Proper science studies what is – which is, in principle, knowable – and is consequently very cautious about the future – which isn’t. No, they are the result of a belief that something big and bad is going to hit us one of these days.

Some of the utterances of the warmists are preposterously specific. In March   2009, the Prince of Wales declared that the world had “only 100 months to   avert irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse”. How could he possibly   calculate such a thing? Similarly, in his 2006 report on the economic   consequences of climate change, Sir Nicholas Stern wrote that, “If we don’t   act, the overall costs and risks of climate change will be equivalent to   losing at least five per cent of global GDP each year, now and forever.” To   the extent that this sentence means anything, it is clearly wrong (how are   we losing five per cent GDP “now”, before most of the bad things have   happened? How can he put a percentage on “forever”?). It is charlatanry. …

The origins of warmism lie in a cocktail of ideas which includes   anti-industrial nature worship, post-colonial guilt, a post-Enlightenment belief in scientists as a new priesthood of the truth, a hatred of population growth, a revulsion against the widespread increase in wealth and a belief in world government. It involves a fondness for predicting that energy supplies won’t last much longer (as early as 1909, the US National Conservation Commission reported to Congress that America’s natural gas would be gone in 25 years and its oil by the middle of the century), protest movements which involve dressing up and disappearing into woods (the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, the Mosleyite Blackshirts who believed in reafforestation) and a dislike of the human race (The Club of Rome’s work Mankind at the Turning-Point said: “The world has cancer and the cancer is man.”). …

[T]he international war against carbon totters on, because Western governments see their green policies, like zombie banks, as too big to fail.  The EU, including Britain, continues to inflict expensive pain upon itself.  Last week, the latest IPCC report made the usual warnings about climate change, but behind its rhetoric was a huge concession. The answer to the problems of climate change lay in adaptation, not in mitigation, it admitted. So the game is up.

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