By, Viv Forbes, Chairman,
The Global Warming Scare
started when some rich western elites in their deep green bunkers saw it as a
way of curbing what they saw as the wasteful and unsustainable life-style of
western consumer society (that is, those other people). If they managed this
“crisis” properly, they could make great strides in their long-held goals of
controlling national and local governments, destroying private property and
introducing an unelected elite with access to a world system of taxation and
But, voters, consumers and
scientists are destroying this green dream:
The 97% science consensus
is busted. A survey of American Meteorological Society members found that “48%
either questioned whether global warming is happening or would not ascribe human
activity as the primary cause”.
A recent Australian
election was won decisively by Tony Abbott on the clear promise to repeal the
Japan decided their
emission targets were unsustainable and unilaterally increased them. Japan has
also decided they would not sign any new Kyoto targets.
Canada upset the Warsaw
climate claimants by refusing to support a massive climate compensation fund.
Canada also withdrew from further Kyoto liabilities.
The US admitted there was
no chance that their Senate would agree to fund “compensation” for past
UK Prime Minister, David
Cameron, who once boasted that he led the greenest ever government, made a huge
U-turn by ordering aides to “get rid of all the green crap” which is pushing up
energy costs for consumers.
Carbon trading, once seen
as a burgeoning industry, is evaporating in Europe with at least 10 banks in
London alone scaling back or closing their trading desks.
Germany, the heart of green
Europe, has signalled it will slash the green energy subsidies and is
proceeding to open 10 new coal fired power stations.
Russia, having milked the
gullible west for carbon credits for closing the obsolete Soviet era industrial
infrastructure, is no longer interested in emissions targets.
Poland sacked its minister
in charge of the Warsaw climate gabfest, and intends to push ahead as quickly
as possible on developing shale gas resources.
China led a block of 132
nations in a walkout from the Warsaw conference over "loss and damage” an
ambit claim that developed nations should be legally liable for compensation
when natural disasters strike developing poor nations. No one cared much.
Even the BBC was moved to
comment that the sun’s behaviour may presage another cooling era.
Finally, Al Gore has sold
most of his green investments because they were all losing money.
The climate scare is no
longer about the realities of the climate, but about money – continuing
subsidies for green energy, more funds for climate research and conferences,
international compensation for natural disasters, the soaring costs of
electricity, and the collapse of carbon trading.
The community savings being
spent or demanded by governments on the climate industry is staggering –
EU plans to spend €180
billion domestically plus €15 billion in overseas climate aid in the next 6
USA has spent $6 billion
overseas on “climate finance” over the last 2 years and more is committed.
USA has spent $107 billion
domestically on climate change since 2003 and spending is now running at about
$9 billion per year.
Africa is claiming $15
billion by 2020 to adapt infrastructure to cope with global warming.
“Poor” countries like
China, India, Brazil and South Africa are heading a claimant coalition of 190
nations demanding climate-aid guilt money of $100 billion per year.
The Australian federal
government has no idea how much is being spent in dozens of un-coordinated
federal, state and local government climate programs, overseas climate aid and
spending on overseas carbon credits but a figure of $20 billion has been
And all over the western
world, consumers are being impoverished by soaring electricity charges, as
green energy costs get passed on.
All we have to show for
this spending are massive computers producing worthless forecasts, thousands of
wind and solar plants producing trickle-power intermittently, millions of green
jobs producing propaganda, many overseas trips for the climate bureaucracy and
not much else.
Imagine if this deluge of money had been spent on flood-proof
railways, roads and bridges, cyclone-proof power supplies, drought-proof water
supplies, fire-fighting equipment, community shelters for fires, floods and
cyclones, emergency helicopters and helipads and so on.
Instead, this money
has been frittered away so that all western governments are in now financial
distress, and soon will be unable to help even their own people.
At the same
time, the same people behind the climate scare are manning Shut-the-gate
movements all over the western world. Their prime target has been exploration
for oil, coal, shale gas, coal seam gas and uranium, but they have also denied
access to vast tracts on land and sea for exploration, mining, farming,
forestry, fishing, water supply, railways, ports and pipelines.
Not since the
days of the Aztecs has a priesthood inflicted such lethal sacrifice on its own
people. They have vastly increased the costs to be borne by taxpayers and
consumers, while at the same time crippling those industries that are the
primary generators of real wealth.
Maybe some future historian will write a
massive tome titled “The Decline and Fall of Western Civilisation – how a
green-robed priesthood sapped a vibrant society of its desire and ability to
feed and defend itself”.