Monday, January 6, 2014
Warmist Snowed in a Room Full of Eco-Idiots !
It must be a tipping point in the climate debate when a senior Shell executive notices something odd about the green activists with whom he has been consorting. Two weeks ago, David Hone, (photo) Shell UK's Melbourne-born ''senior climate change adviser'', went to an academic conference on ''radical emission reduction strategies'' in London. He concluded on his blog that he had fallen among eco-idiots wanting to remould society from the ground up!
Hone, also a director of the Emissions Trading Association, has a background in oil and shipping-trade markets. One explanation for his blog outburst could be that he was still in shock from the collapse of carbon pricing and trading scheme at the Warsaw IPCC conference a few weeks before. Hone wrote: ''This was a room of catastrophists (as in 'catastrophic global warming'), with the prevailing view, at least to my ears, that the issue could only be addressed by the complete transformation of the global energy and political systems, with the latter moving to one of state control and regulated consumerism. There would be no room for 'ruthless individualism' in such a world.''
He continued: ''The posters that dotted the lecture theatre lobby area covered topics as diverse as vegan diets to an eventual return to low technology hunter-gather societies. Much to my surprise I was not really at an emission reduction conference (despite my nametag saying I was), but a political ideology conference.'' The conference, sadly, was no less unhinged than the UK government's legally mandated goal to cut CO2 emissions by at least 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. Stand by, hardy Britons, for brown and black-outs. Australian national targets are 5% emission cuts but 2020, compared with 2000 levels.
UK climate blogger Andrew Montford (photo) noted: ''Hone's sudden realisation that many of his fellow travellers in the environmental movement are completely round the twist is rather comical and you can't help but wonder where he has been in the last 20 years.'' At this loopy conference, Australia's ideas on climate catastrophism were well represented. One weblink paper was from Laurence Delina and Dr Mark Diesendorf, of the Institute of Environmental Studies, University of NSW. The title? ''Is wartime mobilisation a suitable policy model for rapid climate mitigation?'' No wonder Shell's Hone felt trapped in a madhouse!
Another participant was Professor John Wiseman, of Melbourne University's Sustainable Society Institute, whose weblink talk was titled: ''Winning the climate war; removing political roadblocks to radical emissions reductions.'' I particularly like a photo of Professor Un-Wiseman at an Australian Conference last October shown alongside a slide projection quoting excitable green activist Miriam Lyons: ''The highest priority action for achieving a rapid transition to a resilient post-carbon future is to sculpt visions of the future that are beautiful, and lifelike enough to fall in love with.'' Wow....that'll surely wet her panty liner! It goes without saying that this twit is a regular guest on the biased ABC programs....gushing forth her warmist religion.
Among Wiseman's authorships is ''Hope, Despair and Transformation: Climate Change and the Promotion of Mental Health and Wellbeing.'' Hopefully the absence of global warming since 1997 has restored to sanity the victims of climate scare campaigns. And let's not forget about this inane person, Dr Jane O'Sullivan, (photo) of the University of Queensland, whose topic was; ''Reducing emissions through family planning and women's empowerment." I wonder how much she screwed us taxpayers for a grant to write this asinine paper? I hear she's a gung-ho person on carbon taxes. Dr O'Sullivan shows symptoms of Life of Brian's People's Front of Judea divisiveness, being ''frustrated by the tangled web of misconceptions and the determination of environmental activists to regard any criticism of the cap and trade proposal as climate change denial.''
The Way I See It.....the UK still has some level heads that are influential like Matt Ridley, a member of the House of Lords and a science writer, whose latest bestseller is ''The Rational Optimist''. In it he finds the Greens exploiting Typhoon Haiyan as a sign of a great global warming catastrophe awaiting us as ridiculous. He says, ''Storms and weather events happen, they've always happened. There've been much stronger typhoons in the past and to blame this on climate change is a bit like shamanism. It's witchdoctory. It's going back 10,000 years to try and blame every weather event on mankind. So the idea that you can stop typhoons happening by cutting carbon dioxide emissions is just absurd.''
''Also I think rolling out immature and 14th-century technologies like wind power all around the world -- which are extremely expensive, don't cut carbon emissions very much, and on the whole it's disastrously bad for people's living standards. We should put a lot of money into research into new energy technologies. If we can get cheap fusion energy, or cheap thorium nuclear power, or even cheap ordinary nuclear power, then by the end of the century we probably won't need fossils fuels much. Here in Britain there is huge growing disquiet about energy prices, and they're about to go up even more, because of green levies, and that I think is beginning to make politicians rethink this agenda. David Cameron will have swallow his dream of a totally green England by 2030, the people and the government will be bankrupt!''