Quotes of the Day: On the politics of global warming [update 4]
“The politics [of global warming] are tough now because conservatives years ago allowed the debate to get away from them; frightened of being labelled nature-haters, they declined to attack anti-progress green arguments as they were being formed. Result: in 2009 they’re dealing with a full-blown religion, and they’re discovering that logic isn’t much of a weapon against faith.”
…………………………………. – Tim Blair, commenting on ‘Malcolm Turnbull’s Malcontents’
“The current Global Warming Debate is not about temperature or CO2 levels. It is an ideological clash between those who want to change us (rather than the climate) and those who believe in freedom, markets, human ingenuity, and technical progress. The advocates of global warming alarmism ask for an almost unprecedented expansion of government intrusion, of government intervention into our lives and of government control over us. We are pushed into accepting rules about how to live, what to do, how to behave, what to consume, what to eat, how to travel. It is unacceptable.”
………………………………………….- Hon Vaclav Klaus, President Czech Republic.
Grasp those two points, and you’ll understand why warmists are so excited – and why they can be taken seriously when they campaign to have industry shackled by forty percent from 1990 levels: because if you haven’t grasped it already this is not about logic. It’s an ideological clash.
And as Muriel Newman reminds us in her latest newsletter, the clash here in New Zealand is about to reach an historic climax:
“National’s Climate Change Response (Moderated Emissions Trading) Amendment Bill is now in front of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee. Submissions close on the 13th of October, giving a scandalously short time frame for the preparation of submissions on legislation of this scale. Emissions’ trading is the biggest government policy to be imposed on New Zealand in recent times and promises to be just as invasive and cancerous as income tax.”
So read her latest and scientist Chris de Freitas’s briefing before getting your submission in quick smart:
UPDATE 2: As more and more scientists and science writers see a whole decade of temperatures refusing to rise in accord with the predictions of their models, after years of non-warming – after an day in which the largest snow fall in 25 years has closed the Desert Road and the Napier-Taupo highway, it’s starting to look like the climate alarmism of Time magazine might actually be justified. It’s just that it took thirty-five years to show it.
UPDATE 3: The draft of the Copenhagen Climate Change Treaty, on the basis of which all the world’s Emissions Trading Scams are being drawn up, is looking less of a climate treaty and more of a blueprint for world socialism. See for example ‘From The Copenhagen Climate Change Treaty’ at the Coyote Blog, and more along these lines at Anthony Watts’s blog.
UPDATE 4: Oh, and the Coyote Blog is also the home of the free online book 'A Layman’s Guide to Anthropogenic (Man-Made) Global Warming'. It’s purpose is simple:
“. . . to provide a layman’s critique of the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) theory, and in particular to challenge the fairly widespread notion that the science and projected consequences of AGW currently justify massive spending and government intervention into the world’s economies. This paper will show that despite good evidence that global temperatures are rising and that CO2 can act as a greenhouse gas and help to warm the Earth, we are a long way from attributing all or much of current warming to man-made CO2.
“We are even further away from being able to accurately project man’s impact on future climate, and it is a very debatable question whether interventions today to reduce CO2 emissions will substantially improve the world 50 or 100 years from now.”