2019: the year of peak green bullsh*t

Greta, Prince Harry and Extinction Rebellion took the eco-cult to new heights of madness.

Ben Pile

2019 was the most extraordinary year of green bullshit yet. Despite the planet being a wealthier, healthier and safer place than it was when fears of global warming first appeared on the political agenda in the 1980s – and despite the failure of more than half a century of green prognostications – crazy and destructive green ideas still dominate politics.


Royal hypocrisy

In 2019, green doublespeak went mainstream. Harry and Meghan had intended to ‘eco-signal’ by warning us about climate change. At the same time, they were hopping on private jets to stay in luxury villas. Despite attempts by some celebrities to defend the royal couple from criticism, newspapers across the world pointed out that actions speak louder than words. What Harry and Meghan’s royal hypocrisy showed was that elite environmentalism is less about saving the planet than about telling people how to live and to know their place.


Greta and the school strikes

The only truly new thing that has emerged over the past year or so has been the phenomenon of Greta Thunberg and her school-strike movement. For years, the ‘green blob’ network of campaigning organisations, corporations, academics and UN agencies has fantasised about mobilising the young as a political force. After pumping billions of children full of green propaganda, a climate avatar has arrived in the form of the Swedish truant-cum-activist. There could be no doubting the sincerity of the teen who bore the emotional scars inflicted on her by the movement that she was to lead – she had been so traumatised by green propaganda that she had not spoken, not eaten and had refused to go to school. Environmentalism is nothing if not a cult of self-harm.

Political, cultural and religious leaders fell over themselves to be seen being scolded by the child. Unlike Harry and Meghan, Greta refused to fly. Instead of private jets, European royalty, millionaires and superstars loaned her their sailing yachts and Teslas. To keep her own personal carbon footprint down, sailing crews and her entourage had to fly across the Atlantic.

Politicians and campaigning organisations may have found it useful to hide their political ambitions behind children. But to many people, the emotional manipulation of impressionable minds is unconscionable. It has now emerged that the false stories that many of the children have fallen victim to – such as the claims that charismatic creatures like walruses and polar bears face extinction or that the world’s rainforests face imminent collapse – are distressing young children and causing real harm.

The school strikes may continue next year but, at some point, parents will start to demand that organisations which have promulgated the lies that are damaging their children are held to account.


Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion (XR) is perhaps the living embodiment of green bullshit. It is hard to add much to the volumes of criticism of XR that already exists: it is a movement of bizarre, narcissistic, anti-democratic, upper-middle-class, regressive zealots. XR has no better grasp of the world than their child co-protesters.

Despite XR’s obvious contempt for the wider public, commentators argued earlier in the year that XR, combined with the schools strike, was having a positive impact on public opinion. The protests were seemingly intended to draw the masses into the fold. But by obstructing ordinary people from their daily lives, the protests quickly alienated people, leading in one famous case in Canning Town to people taking matters – and the protesters – into their own hands. Agitated commuters dragged protesters off the roof of the train they were holding up. Despite favourable media coverage, XR was emphatically rejected by the public. The year ended in ignominy when XR founder member, Roger Hallam, insulted Holocaust victims in a German newspaper.


Net Zero and the UN climate meetings

The most useless parliament in British history asked itself this year whether the goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 went far enough. The figure should be 100 per cent, said MPs, who then instructed the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to investigate the possibility of ‘Net Zero’ emissions. It could be done, said the CCC, for the bargain price of £50.8 billion in 2050. But there are 30 years between now and then, and it is during that time that gas boilers and petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles (among many other things) will be banned and will need to be replaced.

I asked the CCC in a freedom-of-information request how much these policies would cost between now and then. The answer is that the CCC does not know – it was only asked to calculate how much Net Zero would cost in 2050 – in the year it had already been achieved, not how much it would cost to achieve. Nonetheless, MPs didn’t even need to vote on making Net Zero the law – the statutory instrument that will consign much of the UK to ecological austerity was passed with barely any scrutiny.

The Net Zero policy was partly engineered to support the UK government’s bid to host the 2020 UN climate talks. Unfortunately, climate meetings have a habit of embarrassing their host nations. Shortly after the 2017 meeting in Bonn, it emerged that Germany – famed for its radical green policies – was unlikely to meet its own climate commitments. Likewise, France, the host of the celebrated 2015 Paris Agreement, has been wracked by conflict on the streets for over a year since it attempted to introduce green taxes on fuel. This year’s meeting was due to be held in Chile, but the events were cancelled because of civil unrest – sparked, as in France, in part by rising fuel prices. The event was moved to Madrid, but – like almost all of the meetings before it – fizzled into nothing.

Green bullshit is the lifeblood of our remote, intransigent and useless political elites. And 2019 provided an unusual glut of it, marked by the reinvention of climate change as the ‘climate emergency’. But the volume of green bullshit also opened people’s eyes to the facts. Green hypocrites, green zealots and groundless, science-free green political posturing are now mainstream objects of ridicule. Environmental alarmism is now understood to have damaged young people’s sense of the future. Politicians, of course, will be the last to understand any of this. And for that reason, another year of peak green bullshit is probably ahead of us.

Ben Pile blogs at Climate Resistance.

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Comments

Quentin Vole

5th January 2020 at 11:45 pm

I’d love to believe that we’ve seen the peak of green bullshit, but I fear there is still some way to go. See Australia for some jaw-dropping examples.

John Doran

4th January 2020 at 1:11 pm

For anyone wanting to look further into the fascinating complexities of climate science I would recommend geologist Prof. Ian Plimer’s great book:
Heaven And Earth: Global Warming: The Missing Science.

Written for the layman, like Dr. Tim’s great little handbook, but this is no easy weekend read. 500+ pages, 2000+ ref’s to peer-reviewed papers etc, this terrific read includes a most useful chapter on history.

Prof. Plimer is scathing on the UN IPCC & demolishes Al Gores film, exposing the 60 alarmist lies & exaggerations. 35 lies & 25 exaggerations.
9 of Gore’s “errors” were exposed in court by Lord Christopher Monckton before the Brit judge called a halt to the farce, dismissing the film as “political” & laying down that the nonsense should only be shown in Brit schools with a countervailing 70 page booklet explaining the “errors”

Dr. Tim Ball names the main motives of those pushing the fraud.
For a clue to these, click on Quotes:
http://www.c3headlines.com

JD.

John Doran

4th January 2020 at 1:20 pm

Sorry, the three main motives of the fraudsters are:
1) a vast human depopulation, up to 95% if freakos like Ted Turner, multi-billionaire, get their way.
2) A World Totalitarian Govt, based on the UN.
3) De-industrialisation. Forward to a Medieval agrarian world of lords & just enough serfs to service them.

John Doran

4th January 2020 at 12:44 pm

A rather good article & some excellent replies, thank you.

The notion that man-made CO2 (carbon Dioxide) is a main climate driver is nonsense.
CO2 is plant food, the base of the entire food chain on Earth, & only the most minute contributor to the greenhouse effect.

The whole thing is a cast fraud.

Climatologist Dr. Tim Ball reveals all in only 121 pages:
Human Caused Global Warming The Biggest Deception In History
The science & scandals, the politics & profiteers.
Dr. Tim names the bankster Rockefellers & their multi-billionaire cronies like George Soros, Ted Turner & Maurice Strong as among the chief pushers of the warming/climate fraud. He names John Cook (of skepticalScienc disinfo fame) & Naomi Oreskes as the frauds who concocted the 97% consensus lies. If Dr. Tim were wrong these clowns would sue him in an instant. They do not.

Dr. Tim has won 2 court cases on this fraud: the most important vs Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann, who had tried to wipe out 900 years of recent history to make the recent, small & pleasant warming seem alarming. His “Hockey Stick” graph tried to wipe the 400yr Medieval Warm Period & the 500yr Little Ice Age which ended about 1850.
Both periods are so well documented in history that no sane person or organisation would have done more than laugh at his paper. The UN IPCC fraud factory fully endorsed his nonsense. But Dr. Tim prevailed in court.
JD.

pater eusebius tenebrarum

4th January 2020 at 7:08 am

I keep hoping they may actually have jumped the shark by parading Pippi Longnaggings in front of the assembled UN bureaucracy to whine about the evils of economic growth… but deep down I suspect this hope is in vain. Climate alarmism is simply too big a racket by now, so the BS will keep coming thick and fast.

Jerry Owen

3rd January 2020 at 10:13 am

R Penn
It’s the shampoo what done it !
Love your humour!

Graham Woodford

2nd January 2020 at 7:24 pm

I know ‘bull****’ when I see and smell it, and this puerile article reeks of it. As if ‘green’ issues and climate change are really the obsessions of the elites; the complete opposite is true, with politicians and their finders, aided by their bawling sergeant majors in the yellow press and media hurling abuse instead of argument. And quite staggeringly, this article has the cheek to suggest climate change activists are devoid of science, when we all know what the scientists who study this say about this, and contrary to any claims by commentators on this article, the total absence of any serious science which suggests other than that we face the most existential of environmental effects.

But it keeps going. Attempt to sneer at Thunberg and pretend to sympathise as you claim she is an abused teenager. Bravely attack media lovies and the Royal family. How daring! Claim Charles Moore is being no platformed, dub every political movement you disagree with as middle class’.
It’s no substitute for serious thought, or even journalism.

Jerry Owen

3rd January 2020 at 10:10 am

Graham Woodford
Long waffling rant … science free as well. Why am I not surprised ?

Robin Harwood

2nd January 2020 at 7:05 am

“fears of global warming first appeared on the political agenda in the 1980s ”

It was pushed on to the global political agenda by Margaret Thatcher in her speech at the UN.

http://john-daly.com/history.htm

Rick Penn

1st January 2020 at 6:28 pm

Well i’m no English student , rocket scientist or climatologist so ignore my poor grammar and any ideas that i have taken wrongly from fake news with titled writers and letters behind their names but from articles i’ve read and it may be untrue, that water vapour that stuff that makes clouds makes up 90% of the green houses gasses and one decent volcano throws out more greenhouse gas than all the planes and automobiles combined in a year . Anyways back to the water vapour bit , have you noticed ever when your in the bath or shower the place doesn’t really steam up till you start using shampoo , body wash soap. Thats right detergents that break down the water surface causing evapouration . Well we freely pump this stuff into the oceans and rivers and you can watch unknown 20 years ago to man tribes in the amazon on documentaries now washing their smalls in the rivers and streams with boxes of daz and surf washing powder . Surely all this must be having as great an effect on the climate but i have never heard anyone campaign to ban ionic surficants and live dirty . Maybe i’m just overthinking that you act on the 90 % of the greenhouse gas or maybe i’m just completely nuts haha

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Michael Lynch

31st December 2019 at 12:26 am

XR rebellion is just another middle class fad with a bit of amateur dramatics thrown in to make things interesting. It merely fulfills the need to part of something, to be in a gang of like minded people, a belonging of sorts. Let’s face it, it’s the posh version of Mods and Rockers really. What’s astonishing is how they lack culpability for their own inflated carbon consumption. Take that Doctor who glued his hand to a glass door of an office building during one of the protests, just imagine the fancy lifestyle he has enjoyed over the years, even the cars and homes he has probably owned. His carbon usage towers above that of an average working person and yet he insists we share his guilt! Not to mention what Emma Thompson has used up or Harry and Megan even. These people just love telling the lower orders how to live don’t they? There’s nothing new to see here, the rich love to indulge in this sort of thing and if wasn’t the climate it’d be something else.

S P Johnson

31st December 2019 at 6:03 pm

Just how I feel. Like any sane person I am concerned about environmental issues but I could do without being preached at by well off middle class hypocrites who have, by simply being much better off than me, used up far more of the world’s resources than I have.

Stan Smith

30th December 2019 at 11:22 pm

Ben pile of…..

For fuck sake at least make an effort!! I don’t think ive ever read a more turgid excuse for an article and the standards on here have really plumited. You are only giving abuse to Greta, and that is you fear her.

What a total croc of shit.

Andy Wells

31st December 2019 at 9:05 pm

I totally disagree. “Green bullshit” is such an apposite term for the hysterical, anti-humanist, unscientific effluent that assaults us from the eco lobby. Good work Ben !

Ven Oods

1st January 2020 at 12:22 am

“the standards on here have really plumited.”

A bit like your spelling abilities?

jessica christon

1st January 2020 at 1:44 am

Ouch!!

Jerry Owen

3rd January 2020 at 10:16 am

Stan Smith
Dazzle us with your science on AGW then instead of cheap abuse ?

Bri -an

30th December 2019 at 8:45 pm

This ‘green’ agenda must be the weirdest policy ever. The ‘greenhouse effect’, allegedly due to carbon dioxide, has never been measured because it does not exist. Many effects influence the various temperatures on Earth but a greenhouse effect, as claimed by the IPCC and assorted activists, has never been measured.
Perhaps that is why we hear rather less about it.
Of the fluids that influence climates on Earth water dominates, flowing in ocean currents. A simple example is the difference between the North and South poles. The ocean under the North pole is up to 4000meters deep and liquid water (thus >=4C) flows freelymelting the ice when it gets the chance. There is no such flow under the Southern ice cap, so solid that even volcanos cannot put a dent in it. The Southern ice cap rests on solid rock with a very thin layer of water in between – but there are no circulating currents, completely different from the North polar cap which is little better than cat ice on a pond.

S P Johnson

30th December 2019 at 6:21 pm

As a sixty something who has been living an enviromentaly sustainable life style for over 30 years, I can’t help but feel a bit annoyed by young people like Greta Thunberg jumping on the bandwagon and preaching to her elders. I have not flown for over twenty years, I have an old fashioned garden with insect friendly plants (no decking in our garden, only old fashioned bee loving plants). My husband grows vegetables in raised beds, I do not own a dish washer, my husband and I have a low petrol use car which we use rarely, I buy my clothes from a company in Derbyshire that manufactures all the clothes locally and employs local people, thus saving 40% for the environment (no Chinese rubbish for me!). I buy local vegetables by having an organic box delivered and I have eaten meat only once a week for the last 30 years or more. We also have solar panels on our roof and we have a house full of English antique furniture, dating from the 17th to the early 20th century, so we have never been near a rubbish Swedish Ikea store and our furniture is relentlessly brown (so unfashionable to the young middle classes, what?) so eat your heart out Greta Thunberg and stop lecturing your elders and betters! Anybody living an old fashioned pre-war lifestyle is automatically green and you young pretenders have a lot to catch up on. Two fingers up to you!

steve moxon

31st December 2019 at 9:31 pm

Me too! … to coin an unfortunate phrase.
And I don’t even have a car.
And nothing I do is from ‘green’ reasons: it’s ‘cos I’m broke and need to avoid spending dosh!
I did USED to be a raving green loon ….. when I was about 14 — from reading E F Schumacher’s ‘Small Is Beautiful’ too often.
I predict a similar life trajectory for our Nordic sourpus.

Ven Oods

1st January 2020 at 8:27 am

“Anybody living an old fashioned pre-war lifestyle is automatically green..”

(cough) …internet… (cough)
Your point, however, stands.

Jerry Owen

3rd January 2020 at 10:20 am

SP Johnson
I admire your lifestyle choice and moral standards, and I admire the fact that you clearly aren’t virtue signalling your lifestyle onto others.

George Orwell

30th December 2019 at 6:20 pm

Meanwhile it is becoming clear that the surface temperature on planets with atmospheres is set by atmospheric mass and not radiative gases:

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/06/27/return-to-earth/

If CO2 is not relevant to climate then it follows that the Green ‘solutions’ are just making everything worse.
Instead the wealth derived from fossil fuels should continue to be used as necessary to improve other methods of environmental protection.
Wealthy nations voluntarily reduce breeding to less than replacement and fossil fuel use will get us to that point sooner for the entire globe whereupon our main problem will be adjusting economies to a declining world population.
Fossil fuels are the answer rather than the problem.

Alan Howatt

30th December 2019 at 3:57 pm

We should contemplate the following comment from Dr Ottmar Endenhofer, who was in 2009, Co-Chairman of the IPCC Working Group 3: ‘We (IPCC) redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has nothing to do with environmental policy anymore’.

Rupert Darwall has written two excellent books: The Age of Global Warming and Green Tyranny. In the latter one, he describes in some detail the recent German experience in climate virtue singnalling . For those more mathematically inclined, try Rex Fleming, The Rise and Fall of the Carbon Dixoide Theory of Climate Change. He has all the equations you will ever need. He also has a list of scientific articles questioning the role of carbon dioxide, all of which are peer-reviewed.

Dominic Straiton

30th December 2019 at 3:54 pm

Greta should have had a smack bottom and sent to live under the stairs 10 years ago.

Ven Oods

1st January 2020 at 8:30 am

To judge from her pallor and underdevelopment, she may well have spent 10 years under the stairs.

James Knight

30th December 2019 at 2:45 pm

These climate pagans have now been effectively endorsed by the Queen and the outgoing Bank of England governor has also jumped on the bandwagon. Far from challenging the establishment they are useful idiots of the establishment.

Jim Lawrie

30th December 2019 at 2:17 pm

Millions of wannabees and their parents the world over, green with envy at the Thunberg’s success, and trying to figure out how to replace them at the top of the tree.

Jim Lawrie

30th December 2019 at 2:19 pm

Take an axe to the whole fukkin lot of them.

Neil McCaughan

30th December 2019 at 1:40 pm

We were all terribly affected by the sight of little Greta on a pile of bags and coats on the floor of a crowded German train, finally on her way home.
How mean then of the train company to point out that they had given her a complimentary first class seat, and spoil the effect of this carefully staged deceit.

Neil McCaughan

30th December 2019 at 1:14 pm

There’s something authentically mediaeval about the doomgoblin and her excitable, irrational sectaries. A holy fool, surrounded by unwashed hysterics, yammering about the end of the world.

Brandy Cluster

30th December 2019 at 6:31 pm

It’s the cult of the teenager, so beloved of the Left. Their deification of the child is integral to their permission ideologies where everything is relative; adults have no more authority than a child, who is then fetishised as the final authority on everything moral. Completely odious, terrifying for children who don’t know where the adults are and an example of the fashionable bigots of the Left who eschew real adult role models with integrity and worldliness. They cannot handle that latter.

Thunberg is the secular saint equivalent of St. Bernadette of Lourdes, to whom the masses hobbled on crutches for a cure with the laying on of hands.

Brandy Cluster

30th December 2019 at 6:32 pm

Sorry, I meant “permissive ideologies”.

Ven Oods

1st January 2020 at 8:42 am

Your ‘doomgoblin’, if original, has just begun my new year on a high.
Thank you!

Hugh Oxford

30th December 2019 at 1:05 pm

Pro-lifers such as myself feel as strongly about the actual killing of living unborn children as climate change protesters do about the hypothetical impact of climate change, yet we hold peaceful vigils, seek to constructively assist desperate mothers and engage in the political process.

Imagine how the anti-life media would treat us if we behaved like Extinction Rebellion – who they treat like heroes.

Brandy Cluster

30th December 2019 at 6:36 pm

My 40y/o son (going through divorce) is meeting women of his age – they are thick on the ground. Most of them espouse woke ideologies and climate alarmism. One recently talked about abortion (yep, a good round robin conversation for a potential mate!!) and my son observed to me later, “society has found a safe way of surgically removing a baby from a womb at a young age and everybody now thinks they’re entitled to that”.

I suddenly felt very proud of my son and knew I don’t at least something right!!!

Brandy Cluster

30th December 2019 at 6:37 pm

Typo: “I’d DONE something right”.

More haste, less speed!

Stan Smith

30th December 2019 at 11:37 pm

Read the book (not the film) the cider house rules and you will learn something about violence to women and abortion.

I would love to have a society where abortion is unheard-of. But until certain elements stop using them as slave labor or punchbags, it’s something we all need to support

Brandy Cluster

30th December 2019 at 11:52 pm

@ Stan Smith: I get what you’re saying. These are not the women I’m talking about but the huge numbers of women with ‘buyer’s remorse’ who want convenient terminations.

pater eusebius tenebrarum

4th January 2020 at 7:18 am

There is also the crucial difference that the body count you object to is not imaginary.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

30th December 2019 at 12:58 pm

What kind of imbecile believes that there is no such thing as pollution or environmental damage? Species collapse is occurring at an alarming rate. Bees pollinate 40 percent of the world’s crops. Environmental protection and conservation is a rational, scientific and commonsense strategy for the preservation of the planet for your children and all their descendants.

James Knight

30th December 2019 at 2:39 pm

But the whole focus is on demonising CO2. It was environmentalist and government “experts” wy9 nudged people into diesel vehicles which have particulate emissions that look far more hazardous to human health than CO2.

Calling CO2 a “pollutant” is anti-science and anti-truth. CO2 is what is making the planet greener.

Noggin The nog

30th December 2019 at 4:53 pm

Zenobia Palmyra (formally known as Amelia Cantor) is an SJW roll and should be ignored. Otherwise this is an excellent and important article.

Joseph Brown

30th December 2019 at 8:39 pm

Getting a bit more trolling in before the new year rolls in, eh?

*golf clap*

Ven Oods

1st January 2020 at 8:39 am

“Environmental protection and conservation is a rational, scientific and commonsense strategy…”

Indeed it is; but what’s it to do with all the climate-heads gluing themselves to buses (using – with no sense of irony – petrochemical-industry products)?

Jerry Owen

3rd January 2020 at 10:52 am

Poor old ZP can’t see the difference between environmentalism ie keeping your house and garden clean and the cult of AGW.
Still no surprise there really.

Dodgy Geezer

30th December 2019 at 12:48 pm

“……..the phenomenon of Greta Thunberg and her school-strike movement………”

A ‘school strike’ is an essential part of green dogma. If people are educated they will cease to believe in the scam.

Brandy Cluster

30th December 2019 at 6:33 pm

I don’t agree there; it’s about the empowerment of children towards lowering the voting age to 16.

zack knight

30th December 2019 at 11:54 am

We have a serious problem, we are f**king up the climate and I have no time for woo merchants who argue otherwise.

However the likes of extinction rebellions and other social justice warriors who have hijacked this issue, are as bad as than the climate change deniers. The social justice warriors are using climate change as a way of virtue signalling and pushing their usual hobby horses. While pollution from China and India is simply ignored by them, out of loony colonial guilt. They try to push endless green austerity on the West.

Their real agenda is shown by the way they react to technological solutions to the problem. Like nuclear power, electric cars or geo-engineering. They don’t want those things because what they really want is to punish the West. Of course the virtue signalling protesters will have to make no sacrifices themselves, it is other people who will have to have endless austerity.

Presumably pollution from non-Western nations like Brazil, China and India is WOKE pollution which doesn’t harm the planet or cause any problems.

We need realistic grownup solutions to climate change, not the WOKE non-sense offered by the likes of extinction rebellion.

Dodgy Geezer

30th December 2019 at 12:50 pm

“….We have a serious problem, we are f**king up the climate and I have no time for woo merchants who argue otherwise….”

Does that mean that you will not listen to any argument which shows that you are wrong?

zack knight

30th December 2019 at 8:23 pm

I studied science and engineering at University. One thing that taught me is, it is pointless listening to non-scientists on such subjects. Science is incredibly complicated and beyond laypeople.

The majority of scientists in this field are telling me climate change is happening and that is good enough for me. If those experts change their mind, I will change mine.

Ven Oods

1st January 2020 at 8:33 am

“The majority of scientists in this field are telling me climate change is happening…”

Fair enough; but are they all agreed on *why*?

Jonathan Anthony

30th December 2019 at 4:27 pm

Of course you may wish to wallow in your own ignorance, but having monitored this sector for 20 years, there’s never been a time when move evidence is appearing debunking climate alarmism. And from ‘proper’ scientists and the passage of time. Agree with the rest, though..

ray warkentin

31st December 2019 at 6:59 am

Zack, you say that it is pointless arguing with non-scientists and the majority are telling you climate change is happening. The problem is that that is false. It was never a majority. Here is what one scientists says about that:

Date: 17/01/19
Ian Plimer, The Australian

“It is often claimed that 97 per cent of scientists conclude that humans are causing global warming. Is that really true? No. It is a zombie statistic.

In the scientific circles I mix in, there is an overwhelming scepticism about human-induced climate change. Many of my colleagues claim that the mantra of human-induced global warming is the biggest scientific fraud of all time and future generations will pay dearly…….

…….The 97 per cent figure derives from a survey sent to 10,257 people with a self-interest in human-induced global warming who published “science” supported by taxpayer-funded research grants. Replies from 3146 respondents were whittled down to 77 self-appointed climate “scientists” of whom 75 were judged to agree that human-induced warming was taking place. The 97 per cent figure derives from a tribe with only 75 members. What were the criteria for rejecting 3069 respondents? There was no mention that 75 out of 3146 is 2.38 per cent. We did not hear that 2.38 per cent of climate scientists with a self-interest agreed that humans have played a significant role in changing climate and that they are recipients of some of the billions spent annually on climate research.”

And here is what over 31,000 scientists told President Obama:

“There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”

http://www.petitionproject.org/

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Ven Oods

1st January 2020 at 8:36 am

“We have a serious problem, we are f**king up the climate and I have no time for woo merchants who argue otherwise. ”

Or, as a pope said long ago: “We have a serious problem – the earth is f**king flat, and I have no time for woo merchants who argue otherwise.”

Jerry Owen

3rd January 2020 at 10:58 am

We are as a species are continually making more out of less, more food out of less ground more heating out of less energy, more miles to the gallon out of fossil fuels, more stuff is being recycled.
Once upon a time you needed vast amounts of materials to be used for a tv, radio, computer, torch, phone, camera, video recorder, sat nav etc. Now all we need for all of that is one small device. It is called a mobile phone. The ingenuity of man is quite frankly incredible. And the system that allows this to happen is capitalism.

pater eusebius tenebrarum

4th January 2020 at 7:52 am

And free market capitalism is evidently what the climate hysterians want to destroy and replace with a command economy (guess who they think should be giving the commands). After the Marxists lost their sugar daddy in Moscow in 1990 in what is best described as the biggest bankruptcy in history, it was no longer possible for them to argue that their political program would improve people’s material well-being. So they picked a fallback position: capitalism may be better at delivering the goods and services people actually want, but it is somehow “morally inferior”. Based on this notion, they have apparently adopted a two-pronged strategy (cultural and economic). The old classes of “proletariat” and “bourgeoisie” were replaced with a variety of minorities allegedly struggling against the “patriarchy”, while their economic program is pursued via environmentalism, specifically climate alarmism, which comes with a repackaged incentive: instead of promising to deliver a Utopia of riches to workers, they are now waving about the threat of an impending apocalypse unless we agree to abandon our sinful capitalist ways.

Femxle Penis

30th December 2019 at 11:39 am

Ella’s humble bragging is getting on my tlts

Adamsson 66

30th December 2019 at 10:57 am

No chance they will just double down on the green lunacy and with complete control of the MSM and most politicians they will keep going.

Michael Gilday

30th December 2019 at 10:15 am

Could someone stop these spam messages from the obove ELLA GRACE please sensible discussion does not need to be spoilt by Spam interuptions.

Puddy Cat

30th December 2019 at 10:12 am

Who would we be if we did not care for our environment? This is a blessing and a hostage to fortune. It is psychological and and political. In recent months we have seen the issue turned int a quasi religion, David Koresh would have been familiar with its presentation. Much like socialism itself, the adherence to such a thought inevitably means turning over the old order and re-establishing all our values in support of our suit. It is not as though the world is not working in the broadest sense it is that we have reservations about some of it. To quote if it aint broke don’t fix it asks the questions what is and isn’t broke, who decides?

It is apparent that our young have been corralled and now seem to think that the conflation of existence and disaster is acceptable, true. Koresh and others of his stamp came to the decision that not being in the world is an answer. That the world depopulated (as David Attenborough avows) is better than living here while inevitably destroying it. Who should live? Who decides?

A short ramble through history tells you that man has an infinite capacity for invention and with each step we find out more about the world that induces wonder, if not understanding. If if only we had faith. Even luminaries in the world of religion are professing a complicity in the sort of outpouring we would associate with XR. It was said that the invention of personal insurance led to the decline of religion as most of the appurtenances granted by prayer were catered for in a cash settlement. The abandonment of faith is represented very much in the round of dire environmental news we receive. This abandonment says more about the chances of man to survive than anything even vaguely scientific.

Man lives in every environment on Earth. Years ago much more of Britain was inundated (in the south of our country places that were ports are now miles in land and Norfolk and Lincolnshire great farming areas). We are abundantly provided for and more people are party to that abundance. Again, in England, in this wonderful environment, we are still digging up civilisations, their dwellings, their ways of life that they must have thought immutable.

We can invent our way to a different sort of future which, by popular consent, will be fulfilling. The fact is that if you insist on living in the moment you will become stuck and incapable.

K Tojo

30th December 2019 at 8:45 am

Ben Pile says:
“Green hypocrites, green zealots and groundless, science-free green political posturing are now mainstream objects of ridicule”.
If only that were true. Check out Charles Moore’s experience last week as guest editor of BBC Radio 4’s “flagship” Today programme. He states that there was major resistence to him bringing any climate change sceptics on the programme to be interviewed.

While the BBC continues to pump out eco-propaganda as fact and behaves as though the notion of a “climate emergency” as a simple matter of fact, public opinion will remain grudgingly sympathetic to Extinction Rebellion’s underlying beliefs even if critical of their methods.

Our other main round-the-clock news source, Sky News, rather than providing a serious alternative increasingly behaves as though it were a branch of BBC news and current affairs. Like it or not, these channels are, for most people, the mainstream media. I have yet to see any ridicule of green zealotry on either of them.

Bri -an

30th December 2019 at 10:06 am

“Charles Moore’s experience last week as guest editor of BBC Radio 4’s “flagship” Today programme. ”
Indeed, I heard it.
I admire CM’s courage in participating.
But the scenario was entirely normal.
As Moore began to make significant inroads to the ‘received wisdom’ the policy of continuous interruption was initiated and his contribution was obliterrated.
This ‘policy of continuous interruption’ is effectively standard at the BBC. It was used powerfully and partially by Emily Maitlis during the BBC’s parliamentary election ‘debates’. Johnson was the, I would say exclusive recipient.
Recognising what was happening, I watched his face closely, yes he knew it too but did not let it deflect him, surely the wisest response, he must have been well prepared for it!
I just wonder if this ‘baiting’ had any significant impact on the voting. Impossible to know, of course.

K Tojo

30th December 2019 at 12:42 pm

If you think that scrapping the TV licence will solve the problem Sky News have been showing repeats of their “investigative report” into Extinction rebellion. Essentially just helping XT to make their case.

There is so much crossover between Sky and BBC that they just look like the work of a close knit, London based, broadcast news community. You see the same old Lefty commentators week after wee. Is anyone as fed up as I am with Rachel Shabi, Ash Sarkar and Ayesha Hazarika’s routine appearances and predictable views on just about every political panel discussion?

Those are just the faces you see on screen. How much cross-pollenation goes on behind the scenes? Rod Liddle mentioned in a Spiked podcast that when Emily Maitlis subjected him to a “sneering and bullying” interview on Newsnight it seems to have been the production team that pressed for Maitlis to give him a tough time.

Jim Lawrie

30th December 2019 at 3:17 pm

It pleases those in the TV audience who approve of silencing people, but the rest become angry at not being allowed to hear what someone has to say, and indignant at the arrogance of those who think to make the decision for them about what they cannot handle. Making sure someone is not heard only peaks interest in them.
Boris Johnson must have been seething at the utter bias and conceited smugness of the media.

steve moxon

30th December 2019 at 8:11 am

With the anthropogenic climate change hypothesis failing to give rise to any sort of predictive model, its having no scientific basis, being no fit at all with historical data (which show that changing CO2 levels always FOLLOW — and by a considerable time lag — temperature changes, revealing that CO2 cannot possibly be the driver) and several heliogenic models now well modeled and accruing mounting evidence … and with the grand solar minimum now upon us causing temperatures to decline over the next several decades ….. then the whole green blob could blow up in the faces of the ‘PC’-fascists perhaps even before feminism does! How about that? We live in interesting, nay hilarious times.
The noses of the Left are going to be rubbed in their own excrement so long and hard they will look less like cokeheads than acid attack victims

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steven brook

30th December 2019 at 3:07 pm

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steve moxon

31st December 2019 at 9:34 pm

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