World-wide populations and policymakers are becoming increasingly less sheepish about the existence of a human-caused climate warming crisis. More and more, they’re recognizing that they are being fleeced by wolves in green camouflage that have been pulling wool over their eyes.
Senator John Kerry recently vented frustration about this climate change and what he called “the flat-Earth caucus” of global warming skeptics when he said: “Even amid the ‘Tuesday Group’…a bi-partisan block of lawmakers, mostly Democrats, who are interested in energy issues… you can’t talk about climate now. People just turn off. It’s extraordinary. Only for national security and jobs will they open their minds.”
Democrat Kerry and Independent Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman had worked hard to push a global climate crisis-premised 2010 carbon cap-and-trade bill, only to see its prospects for passage swept away in a Republican House cleaning. Kerry then charged that opponents to the legislation “made up their own science. They made up their own arguments. The Republicans created this idea of [carbon credit] trading because it avoided command and control by the Federal Government. Then they just decided to pick up and brand this a negative.”
Egregious ClimateGate and related Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scandals have prompted many to rethink which side of the climate/energy issue “has made up their own science and arguments”. Observable contradictions between actual climate trends and those predicted based upon highly speculative IPCC models support further doubt that economy-ravaging carbon regulation schemes are warranted. Despite elevated atmospheric CO2 levels and alarmist IPCC projections, there hasn’t been any significant warming over the past one and one-half decades. What’s more, many distinguished scientists expect that Earth may be entering a protracted cooling phase influenced by solar and ocean conditions.
As for Al Gore’s dire warnings about climate change causing extreme U.S. weather, there is no evidence to support this either. December 4 of last year set a record for the number of days between landfall hurricanes of category 3 or higher (2,232 days). The previous streak began on September 8, 1900 when the Great Galveston Hurricane hit and ended on October 19, 1906.
Even the IPCC in Chapter 4 of its recent Special Report dealing with disasters and climate change admits that there is no reliable evidence to support alarm. Posing a question to readers “Is the Climate Becoming More Extreme?”, it states “[…] None of the above instruments has yet been developed sufficiently as to allow us to confidently answer the question posed here. Thus we are restricted to questions about whether specific extremes are becoming more or less common, and our confidence in the answers to such questions, including the direction and magnitude of changes in specific extremes, depends on the type of extreme, as well as on the region and season, linked with the level of understanding of the underlying processes and the reliability of their simulation in models.”
In other words, they are uncertain about those things they don’t know, most particularly regarding extreme circumstances of unknowing……or something like that. Not being a real climate scientist, I may be missing something in this interpretation.
In any case, uncertainty regarding the magnitude or likely consequences of human climate change influence (either for better or worse), is spreading globally, even in European carbon-capping capitals where two decades of global warming mania are finally cooling.
Poland, together with southern and eastern European allies, is seeking to block efforts of environment ministers and non-governmental organizations to introduce any new, unilateral CO2 policies. They argue that since no global climate agreement is even envisioned until 2015, it would be “premature” to decide on Europe’s future climate policy now. In 2008, member states had agreed to cut carbon emissions by 20% from 1990 levels by 2020. The European Commission had drafted a proposal to slash emissions 80% by 2050, essentially prohibiting use of fossil fuels for electrical power generation.
The European Commission’s current draft report on its “Energy Roadmap 2050” warns that “if coordinated action on climate among the main players fails to strengthen in the next few years, the question arises how far the E.U. should continue with an energy system transition oriented to decarbonisation.” It has become quite clear that not even Germany and France are willing to go it alone, and many countries will refuse to go beyond a 20% emission target.
Painful awareness that anti-carbon strategies are hampering the E.U.’s economic recovery and future competitiveness are causing its green agenda to become increasingly unpopular. With growing numbers of voters and energy-intensive industries protesting climate policies that are inflating energy bills and heating costs, hardly any European government is clamoring for “green leadership”.
While British Prime Minister David Cameron’s administration committed to be “the greenest government ever”, it now appears that economic costs attached to anti-carbon policies aimed at combating global warming are giving top government officials cold feet. U.K. Chancellor George Osborne recently cited budgetary reasons to review and possibly overhaul the government’s carbon reduction commitment. One week later, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman announced she would delay a decision on whether to require companies to report quantities of their greenhouse gas emissions. In doing so, she will miss a deadline that has been in place for the past four years.
Highly displeased with a new carbon tax established by the Australian government, Queensland’s Premier Campbell Newman has ordered former Premier Anna Bligh’s husband, Greg Withers who heads the Office of Climate Change (OCC), to begin dismantling the green energy programs he helped to create. The OCC’s annual $430 million fund which provides $30 million for climate change initiatives will be closed, along with a $50 million Renewable Energy Fund which supports a Geothermal Centre of Excellence.
Australia’s green showpiece, a $1.5 billion Solar Flagship Program, is now in jeopardy, and Queensland’s Liberal National Party government already pulled the power plug in March on $75 million in state funding pledged for a $1.32 billion Solar Dawn solar thermal project west of Brisbane. Newman also declared intentions to axe seven other green schemes because: “We now have a federal government that is imposing a big carbon tax on us and the rest of the country that is meant to solve all these [environmental] problems.” Referring to Withers, he said:” We want him to unravel those programs ‘cause he’s the bloke who set them up.”
The Queensland LNP isn’t alone in its contempt for the federal government’s carbon tax. A June 2011 poll conducted by the “News Limited” media firm revealed that nearly 60% of Australians opposed it when the plan was proposed, with just 28% in favor. About 75% believed it would leave them less well off financially, while offering no environmental benefit. The poll showed that most voters thought the extra energy costs would send jobs abroad, and weigh heaviest upon the poorest citizens. These and other opponents contended that the tax was premised upon global warming “save the planet” theories which are a hoax.
Many are now especially enraged because Prime Minister Julia Guillard of the Democratic Socialist Labor Party had promised before the elections not to push the scheme. Then after assuming power she betrayed voters and, in her own words, became “determined” to impose it on the population.
Is there any wonder why lots of American citizens are disgruntled about our federal government’s policies as well? Like Europe and Australia, they are witnessing many billions of dollars being squandered on “renewable energy” fiascos premised upon climate alarmism along with empty promises of environmental, employment, and energy security benefits. They are watching green energy subsidies, domestic fossil development impediments, and runaway EPA regulatory policies drive up fuel and electricity costs, food prices, federal debt, and monetary inflation.
And yes, like others throughout the world, many Americans are finally realizing that they really don’t like what they are seeing happen to their country and lives. Politicians are well-advised to heed this heated climate change as a true global warning.