Meet Finland’s Answer to Vaclav Klaus

‘Finland, Finland, Finland — the country where I want to be. Po-ny trek-king or camp-ing. Or simply watching TV.’ But Monty Python got it wrong. Finland is more than just a cold, comedic nowheresville near to Russia. Not only is it the land of Nokia, bear pâté, the Moomintroll, and one of the few countries in the eurozone still doing business (one of only seven with an AAA credit rating) — but it may also save the world from the approaching euro armageddon.

For this last, we must thank an implausible hero named Timo Soini: implacable Eurosceptic, leader of Finland’s fastest-growing political party (the True Finns) and a diehard fan of Millwall Football Club. We meet in Eastbourne, shortly after he has given a rapturously received address to the Ukip conference.

Here are some of the lines that so delighted the punters.

‘You are so lucky to have the pound. You are so lucky — keep the pound!’

On the illegality of the bailouts.

‘This crisis has turned us into criminals. Who will respect politicians anymore after this? Who will trust the law if the law is not obeyed by us? We should be governed by the rule of law and by the members of the parliaments who we have ourselves chosen.’

‘These bailouts are immoral. We are pouring our money to the bad guys: to the governments that cheated us and to the bankers that made huge profits by taking reckless risks… It’s outrageous. I say, it’s outrageous!’

Yes, of course this is the sort of thing his mate Nigel Farage does very well too. But there are several key advantages Farage is lacking. He’s not built like a 1,500lb grizzly bear; he doesn’t have bull walrus jowls, stubble that makes Desperate Dan look like a L’Oréal ad and a Reg Varney quiff; he doesn’t support Europe’s roughest, lairiest football team. Timo Soini does and I’m sure it’s a huge part of his appeal: he can talk about abstruse economic issues without sounding a ponce; he has the aura of the grizzled, battle-scarred, tough but fair sergeant you’d follow to hell and back; he looks like a real man, rather than just another bloody politician.

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Millionaire Chris Huhne Finds New Ways to Waste Your Money

A man so dangerously wrong. . .

Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (Photo: Reuters)

Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (Photo: Reuters)

I’ve been trying to think which politician on earth I would rather have less in a cabinet post in the current Coalition than Chris Huhne. And with the possible exception of Hugo Chavez, Kim Jong Il or Salma “Mrs Duckham” Yaqoob, I really can’t think of any.

Here he is this morning on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme talking from Luxembourg where he is at a summit of European Environment Ministers. Apparently blithely unaware how hard up we all are and how we’re on the brink of a double dip recession, multi-millionaire Chris “Seven houses” Huhne is demanding that the EU jeopardises its recovery still further by hampering business and consumers with even stiffer carbon emissions reductions targets.

Where before the EU was committed to 20 per cent CO2 reductions within ten years, Huhne now wants it increased to 30 per cent. According to the EU’s calculations this will only cost another 11 billion Euros extra: 11 billion Euros being, of course, a mere bagatelle to a man as loaded as Chris Huhne.

But why spend all this money in the first place? Because, according to Huhne, if the CO2 reduction figure stays at 20 per cent, it

Makes it all the more risky that we will not be able to keep global temperatures below the two degree limit which scientists reckon to be the real danger point at which we tip into potentially disastrous weather events.

Every word of that statement is the most fantastical bilge and the fact that Huhne was capable of uttering it in a clear, confident voice shows just what a dangerously ill-informed zealot the man is.

The “two degree limit” is an entirely arbitrary figure devised by EU bureaucrats. If global temperatures were to rise by twice that amount, the benefits would far outweigh the downsides in terms of improved crop growth, lower morbidity due to milder winters, increased rainfall, and so on.

Extreme weather events do NOT increase with global temperature rises.

The precise relationship between CO2 and global temperatures is still ill-understood by scientists. They don’t even know how much of the increased CO2 in the atmosphere is anthropogenic and how much has been released from the oceans as a result of warming periods many hundreds of years ago.

The idea that “scientists” – whoever “scientists” are – believe that whether the EU can cut its plant food (aka CO2) production by 20 per cent or 30 per cent will make the blindest bit of difference to “climate change” is absurd beyond measure.

Chris Huhne is a man so dangerous and wrong in every way, and his presence in the Cabinet so stinging an indictment of Dave Cameron’s judgement and of the shoddiness of his compromise with the slimy Liberal Democrats that it almost makes one yearn for the happy, enlightened governance of Ed Balls, John Prescott and Stephen Byers. In fact I do: come back New Labour, all will be forgiven, just so long as you promise to cast the dreadful Huhne into outer darkness. (Oh, and Vince Cable, please).

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28 thoughts on “Millionaire Chris Huhne finds new ways to waste your money”

  1. A. Phillips says:12th June 2010 at 4:13 pm“They don’t even know how much of the increased CO2 in the atmosphere is anthropogenic and how much has been released from the oceans as a result of warming periods many hundreds of years ago.”Complete rubbish: “Measurements of carbon isotopes and falling oxygen in the atmosphere show that rising carbon dioxide is due to the burning of fossil fuels and cannot be coming from the ocean.”

    http://www.skepticalscience.com/co2-coming-from-ocean.htm

    “The idea that “scientists” – whoever “scientists” are – believe that whether the EU can cut its plant food (aka CO2) production by 20 per cent or 30 per cent will make the blindest bit of difference to “climate change” is absurd beyond measure.”

    It’s about managing risk. More C02 = greater risk of catastrophe.

  2. Mike Borgelt says:12th June 2010 at 8:43 pmUnfortunately for your hypothesis, A. Phillips, the isotope balance and falling oxygen observations are not explained so simply. Suggest you read E.M Smith’s take on the isotope balance argument. Search for “Chiefio”. He pretty comprehensively demolishes it.As for your last statement about managing risk and “More C02 = greater risk of catastrophe.”, we are still arguing using abstruse and exotic statistical measures about how much or even if any warming has occurred due to slightly increased CO2. Any effect from CO2 is extremely difficult to discern, let alone predict catastrophe from.

    Also James is quite correct, even if we all agreed (which will be around about when Hell freezes over) that a little extra CO2 was a problem, none of the measures proposed, including having the EU commit to a 30% cut instead of 20%, will have any measurable effect and are therefore pointless.

  3. A. Phillips says:12th June 2010 at 10:40 pmMike,EM Smith is a blogger, who describes himself as a ‘technical managerial sort.’ His claims have not been peer reviewed, or subject to any kind of scientific scrutiny. He has not demolished anything.

    We can argue about mitigation, targets etc. – those are political questions.But pretending there is no risk (against the strong weight of evidence) is not a valid position at all.

  4. Mike Borgelt says:13th June 2010 at 3:33 amI think you’ll find the guy running the skeptical science site is a blogger also. What makes his opinions worth more than E.M.Smith’s?As for evidence – what evidence? There is no evidence at all that CO2 is causing anything at all.
  5. A. Phillips says:13th June 2010 at 7:59 amMike, that was a guest article by an oceanographer. That doesn’t mean he’s right, of course, but he’s familiar with the science, and he explained it very clearly, and also raised a serious problem for Chiefio et al: What happens to the 30 billion tonnes of C02 we release each year, by burning fossil fuels? If it’s not accumulating in the atmosphere, or dissolving into the oceans (another very serious problem), where does it go?Before you say, “plant food” please consider:

    “…Land use and biomass changes certainly soak up a lot of CO2, some it simply regrowth of forests etc, but the point is that the increasing CO2 in the atmosphere clearly demonstrates that they do not soak up enough.”

    “There is no evidence at all that CO2 is causing anything at all.”

    Yes there is. Ignoring it does not make it go away.

  6. John Hindley says:13th June 2010 at 10:19 amEvery word of this article is the most fantastical bilge and the fact that Delingpole was capable of writing it in a clear, confident style shows just what a dangerously ill-informed zealot the man is.
  7. Gus Walters says:13th June 2010 at 12:46 pmFine arguements all. But ‘selectively’ choosing research and conclusions that agree with your own philosophy, though human, is quite adolescent. Awaken to open-minded research and decisions, and please use some common sense, if any is left in this world. If all the maximum reductions in CO2 emissions were met, the reduction in global temperature would be so slight as to be completely insignificant. And that fact comes from thousands who are peer reviewed. Wait. I apologize for using that term, since it has come to be defined as ”Reviewed by peers who agree with me.”Yes, man has done some air polluting, and some terrible land and water polluting. But when it comes to global warming and climate change, a phenomenon much more complicated and mysterious than many are willing to admit, nature is in control, not man. Mankind should spend his efforts and money adapting, for world and local climates will continue to change, in all different unexpected ways, regardless his activities.

    Remove self-loathing and politics from AGW and Climate Change, and you have a background story of scientific arguements over when cooling will replace warming. Hmmmm.

  8. orkneylad says:13th June 2010 at 4:14 pmJames, a game-changing must read IMHO:2010 Antarctica Peer-Reviewed Research: Ice Core Data Confirms Medieval Period Warmer Than Present

    http://www.c3headlines.com/2010/06/2010-antarctica-peerreviewed-research-ice-core-data-confirms-medieval-period-warmer-than-present.html

    “Scientists using the latest analysis techniques, conducted a high resolution analysis of the ice core retrieved from Antarctica’s Dome C station. The Dome C is located on the eastern half of Antarctica, on the polar plateau with an elevation of 10,607 feet. (The more well-known Vostok polar station is located on the same plateau at a similar elevation.)

    What did this new high resolution analysis determine?

    1. The Medieval Warming period had temperatures that approached 1°C higher than current temperatures, in spite of lower CO2 levels.
    2. The Minoan Warming period had temperatures that possibly exceeded current temperatures by 1°C, in spite of lower CO2 levels.
    3. The previous interglacial period, approximately 130,000 years ago, had temperatures in excess of 4°C versus current temperatures, in spite of lower CO2 levels.

    Clearly, the new ice core data indicates that natural climate variations caused huge temperature variations in the past. Based on this empirical climate science, it would be safe to conclude that current climate changes are predominantly driven by natural forces, not human CO2 trace gas emissions.”

  9. Tom Forrester-Paton says:14th June 2010 at 8:49 amorkneylad – As I understand them, I’m not sure that these results allow you “safe(ly) to conclude that current climate changes are predominantly driven by natural forces, not human CO2 trace gas emissions.” I’d be more comfortable with “this research strongly disconfirms the theory that current climate changes are predominantly driven by anthropogenic CO2 emissions.” I know it’s a small point, but habitual false confirmation lies at the heart of M-B-P, (as A. Phillips obliges us by demonstrating) and we denialisti need to avoid the same trap.
  10. George says:14th June 2010 at 9:58 amorkneylad“Clearly, the new ice core data indicates that natural climate variations caused huge temperature variations in the past. Based on this empirical climate science, it would be safe to conclude that current climate changes are predominantly driven by natural forces, not human CO2 trace gas emissions”

    The argument is logically invalid, even if the premise were true. Otherwise the following argument of the same form would be correct:

    ‘The Black Death in the middle ages is estimated to have killed more of Europe’s population than World War 2. This means that deaths during World War 2 were not unusual, and hence must be due to natural causes, not man-made’

    Tom Forrester-Paton,

    Your semantics fail to improve things.

  11. John of Kent says:14th June 2010 at 10:31 amThe medieval warm period being warmer than today for one thing discredits Michael Mann and his colleagues who came up with the “hockey stick” graph. Thus another pillar of CAGW theory collapses. Plus the fact that CO2 only accounts for 3.3C of the alleged total GHG effect (water vapour accounts for the other ~30C that the earth is warmer than it should be). Doubling of CO2 from pre- industril levels will only add at most 0.5C. Hardly anything to worry about.As for comparing the black death to WWII, that is the most useless argument I have ever seen. Clearly, most deaths in WWII were caused by millitary action and were therefore human caused deaths, we have historical and media proof of this. The Black Death was due to a biological infection of some kind, however, which agent was the cause is unsure.

    There is no real evidence at all that CO2 levels in the future can cause catastrophic warming. Certainly no evidence for this in the geologic record of climate versus past CO2 levels. However, there is plenty of geologic evidence to suggest that our climate is currently nearly as warm as it can get being at or near the end of an interglacial period and that the climate can naturally get warmer than it currently is without harming any ecosystems.
    Therefore the most likely climate change is to a colder climate, and this is the change that is to be feared. Cold, not warmth hold the real danger for life on Earth and our civilisation in the future.

  12. George says:14th June 2010 at 10:56 amJohn of Kent,“As for comparing the black death to WWII, that is the most useless argument I have ever seen.

    I think that’s the point.

    We could rewrite orkneylad’s post thus – “Clearly, the new ice core data indicates that natural climate variations caused huge temperature variations in the past. Based on this empirical climate science, it would be safe to conclude that natural climate variations caused huge temperature variations in the past.”

    Now that makes sense.

    There is no real evidence at all that CO2 levels in the future can cause catastrophic warming. Certainly no evidence for this in the geologic record of climate versus past CO2 levels

    Google “K/T boundary”.

    Doubling of CO2 from pre- industril levels will only add at most 0.5C. Hardly anything to worry about.”

    Google “positive feedback”. As you point out, water vapour is the main culprit.

  13. John of Kent says:14th June 2010 at 12:19 pmGeorge, sorry, you are talking nonsense. There is more to scientific knowledge than making Google searches.The K-T boundry is evidence of the asteroid collision that killed the dinosaurs 76 or so million years ago. It is a layer of Iridium found around the world. Nothing to do with CO2. Iridium is a rare metal on the earth, common in asteroids.

    As for water vapour being a “culprit”- that is also nonsense. It merely makes the earths temperature stable and comfortable for life on earth. There has been no evidence of water vapour feedback causing catastrophic warming in the past when the earths climate was warmer. It cannot do so, or the earth’s climate would be so unstable that life would have been impossible.

    Also, water vapour if its alleged GHE fedback on itself then CO2 would not be needed for a catastrophie to occur. A temperature rise (from whatever cause) would evaporate more water from the sea into the atmosphere, this would cause more warming and set up a feedback of ever escalating temperatures and water vapour levels. This has never happened – CO2 or not- an can never happen for two reasons:-

    1) More water vapour forms more clouds (low level) this cools the climate.
    2) Clouds rain using up the energy in the hydrological cycle.

    There is the natural thermostat in the earths climate- clouds and rain. Basically weather.

    If you want to Google again see Dr Roy Spencer and Prof Richard Lindzen on these negative feedbacks. Also Ferenc Miskolczi on the saturated greenhouse effect.

    This means more CO2 added to the atmosphere has an ever diminishing effect. So called GHG’s do not “trap” energy they merely slow its progress to space. To claim otherwise goes against the laws of physics, in particular, thermodynamics.

    CO2 is vital for life on earth. It is the green gas. Add more CO2 to the atnosphere and nature will flourish. The so called “green: movement has attempted to turn the truth upside down for political ends.

  14. orkneylad says:14th June 2010 at 12:37 pmTom Forrester-Paton says:
    “I’d be more comfortable with “this research strongly disconfirms the theory that current climate changes are predominantly driven by anthropogenic CO2 emissions.”Point taken, I agree that’s a more balanced statement.
    ____________
    George says:
    “The Black Death in the middle ages is estimated to have killed more of Europe’s population than World War 2. This means that deaths during World War 2 were not unusual, and hence must be due to natural causes, not man-made’”

    It’s not the same thing & you know it, your duncicality seems to know no bounds.

    Best,
    OL

  15. orkneylad says:14th June 2010 at 12:55 pmto add……
    Data of past event X shows past result Y, thereofore Y in present likely to be result of present event X.& your Black Death / WWII analogy:

    Past event X caused past result Y, & recent event P caused recent result Q. Ergo, Y = Q.
    dude, WTF?

  16. George says:14th June 2010 at 1:11 pmHi John of Kent,I’ve included some links in this post, but I’ve removed the first ‘h’ from each one to prevent waiting for this post to be moderated.

    Actually the K-T boundary took place approx 65 million years ago. The impact of the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs released vast amounts of CO2 from vaporising carbonate-rich rocks, pushing atmospheric CO2 levels up to approx 2,300ppm resulting in a climatic forcing of +12 W-m(-)2 that would have been sufficient to warm the Earth’s surface by 7.5°C, in the absence of counter forcing by sulfate aerosols. Paper here – ttp://www.pnas.org/content/99/12/7836.full.pdf+html

    You could also look up the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum, which took place some 10 million years later. Same process, except this time probably as a result of methane released from the sea floor as a result of continental drift.

    Actually, there has been evidence of water vapour feedback causing catastrophic warming in the past. Here’s a study which highlights the importance of increased tropospheric humidity (water vapour) in amplifying a warming effect during the afforementioned Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum – ttp://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v432/n7016/full/nature03115.html

    Also, water vapour if its alleged GHE fedback on itself then CO2 would not be needed for a catastrophie to occur. A temperature rise (from whatever cause) would evaporate more water from the sea into the atmosphere, this would cause more warming and set up a feedback of ever escalating temperatures and water vapour levels. This has never happened…

    Actually that’s exactly what has happened. Past climate change provides excellent proof that climate sensitivity is high (probably around 3°C – ttp://www.iac.ethz.ch/people/knuttir/papers/knutti08natgeo.pdf) In fact, in order to explain previous changes in the global climate, we must account for positive feedbacks from a variety of sources, including water vapour. And it turns out that water vapour is in fact the largest positive feedback mechanism in the climate system – ttp://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JCLI3799.1 A good example is he amplifying effect of water vapor that was observed in the global cooling after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, during which the cooling led to atmospheric drying which amplified the temperature drop – ttp://atoc.colorado.edu/~dcn/ATOC6020/papers/Soden_etal_727.pdf

    I’ve read a number of papers by both Spencer and Lindzen. Spencer’s work in particular seems important, however, nobody is denying the existence of negative feedbacks in the form of (for example) low-level clouds or mega-fauna. The question is whether negative feedbacks outweigh positive feedbacks. If they do, do you have another explanation for previous climate change?

    The same thoughts apply to Lindzen’s work, although I’m less assured of his ability. Ironically here’s Spencer critcising some of Lindzen’s work – ttp://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/11/03/spencer-on-lindzen-and-choi-climate-feedback-paper/

    Regarding CO2 saturation, observations continue to find an enhanced greenhouse effect as CO2 levels rise, see ttp://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v410/n6826/abs/410355a0.html

    Yes there is a diminishing return but the effect is approximately proportional to the logarithm of the concentration, meaning there is no true saturation point. You might consider that Venus’ atmosphere is over 95% CO2 and its surface temperatures are almost 500°C. That makes it hotter than Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun. If CO2 had a saturation point Venus should have reached it a long time ago.

  17. John of Kent says:14th June 2010 at 1:14 pmStrong evidence for the Medieval warm period being warmer than today shows:-1) Climate does change, gets colder and warmer, does not need man and CO2 to do so, climate change is natural.
    2) The 1C warmer climate did not lead to water vapour feedbacks or any other catastrophie that the global warmers allege. Neither did it cause an asteroid to strike the earth and kill the dinosaurs all over again.
    3) The natural climate of the earth due to its normal energy balance during this interglacial may actually be warmer than current temperatures.
    4) What exactly is supposed to be the average climate temperature of the earth?? If such a concept even has any meaning.
    5) The human race flourished during the middle ages- due to the MWP. Warmer is better!
    6) Climate is almost never stable, change is the norm.

    Recent mild warming over the past 150 years merely represents a recovery from the Little Ice Age which was the catastrophic cooling phase that followed the MWP. This appears to have been due to changes in solar activity as there was a dip in recorded sunspots at this time.

  18. George says:14th June 2010 at 1:16 pmorkneylad,Don’t get yourself in a muddle.

    Past event X caused past result Y, & recent event P caused recent result Q. Ergo, Y = Q.
    dude, WTF?

    If Y = death, and Q = death, then I think it fair to say that Y = Q. Disagree?

    Let’s call bubonic plague ‘X’, and death ‘Y’.

    So, past event X caused past result Y, therefore Y in present likely to be result of present event X?

    Don’t think so.

    Watch your Ps and Qs; that’s not scepticism.

  19. orkneylad says:14th June 2010 at 1:33 pmGeorge,Deaths from ‘viral’ event ‘X’ are not interchangeable with deaths from ‘war’ event ‘P’……I can only assume you’re just joking with me. 😉

    Your KTB link was interesting, however it appears their numerical work is all based on climate model simulation & not empirical observation of actual data. Since modelling & code is something I do have a lot of expertise in, I know it’s flaws & remain highly sceptical of results based on current methods of modelling conjecture.

    However, I’ve sent it off to my mum [MA geophys] for further analysis…….

    Best,
    OL

  20. John of Kent says:14th June 2010 at 1:33 pmVenus is another global warming myth. The high temperatures are due to the atmospheric pressure (95 atmospheres) and the length of the day heating the atmosphere directly and not to CO2 and the alleged GHE. Plus the suplhate clouds in the atmosphere are so thick that little sunlight gets to the surface to fuel any GHE. There is no water vapour on Venus. It is simply the sheer thickness of the atmosphere that causes Venus to be uniformly hot- which by the wayAs for alleged past water vapour feedback, this warming was not due to water vapour, as the feedbacks would have multiplied and fed back on themselves and led to the end of life on earth. So why did this not happen?? because it is impossible. The warming was due to changes in solar activity and to changes in solar insolation due to cloud cover changes. Water vapour is self limiting as I have said due to cloud formation. Read Lindzen and spencer again. Also look up Svensmark for more on clouds and solar activity and their role in the LIA.

    “The impact of the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs released vast amounts of CO2 from vaporising carbonate-rich rocks, pushing atmospheric CO2 levels up to approx 2,300ppm resulting in a climatic forcing of +12 W-m(-)2 that would have been sufficient to warm the Earth’s surface by 7.5°C, in the absence of counter forcing by sulfate aerosols. Paper here – ttp://www.pnas.org/content/99/12/7836.full.pdf+html”

    That is not true, the dinosaurs were killed by the combustion of the atmosphere following the impact and by the impact winter due to dust and sulphates in the atmosphere causing a deep freeze. If you look further back in time, CO2 has at numerous times been at levels of 5000ppm during an ice age!

    “Actually that’s exactly what has happened. Past climate change provides excellent proof that climate sensitivity is high (probably around 3°C – -snmip- A good example is he amplifying effect of water vapor that was observed in the global cooling after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, during which the cooling led to atmospheric drying which amplified the temperature drop – ttp://atoc.colorado.edu/~dcn/ATOC6020/papers/Soden_etal_727.pdf


    No, the cooling was due to dust in the atmosphere for a couple of years. The atmosphere did not dry out that much! Sensitivity is low because more water vapour leads to more clouds which more than makes up for the alleged extra GHE. The references you gave have all come to the wrong conclusions based on the GHE dogma, and because it is an lazy way out for climatologists to blame GHG’s for everything where the truth is they really do not understand climate very well at all.

    Climate is driven by the sun and the stars and moderated by the oceans. there is no need to invoke imaginary “forcings” by CO2.

    Did you know that the greenhouse effect has never been proved?? It is only a speculative theory, and that physicists have recently published papers casting doubts upon the Arrenhius theory of greenhouse?

  21. George says:14th June 2010 at 2:05 pmorkneylad“Deaths from ‘viral’ event ‘X’ are not interchangeable with deaths from ‘war’ event ‘P’

    Exactly. Which is why past warming from total solar irradiance, solar UV irradiance, cosmic ray flux, Milankovitch cycles etc. is not necessarily comparable with current warming. That’s not to say it isn’t, it’s just to say we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. Even if the MWP does represent a period in which global temperatures were simultaneously warmer than the present day, the interesting question is why?

  22. orkneylad says:14th June 2010 at 2:24 pm“Even if the MWP does represent a period in which global temperatures were simultaneously warmer than the present day, the interesting question is why?”Of course that’s the next question that follows, yet denial of a global MWP has been part of the bedrock of AGW alarmism because it didn’t conform to the ‘politically acceptable’ CO2 hypothesis…….that stance is now a busted flush. Hopefully that why can now be addressed.

    “past warming from total solar irradiance, solar UV irradiance, cosmic ray flux, Milankovitch cycles etc. is not necessarily comparable with current warming. That’s not to say it isn’t, it’s just to say we shouldn’t jump to conclusions.”

    Agreed, but if it isn’t CO2 [based on this absence of a temperature corrolation] then we would be wise to assume the above solar irradiance, solar UV irradiance, cosmic ray flux, Milankovitch cycles etc as being the most likely culprit.

    The Science is never settled……

  23. George says:14th June 2010 at 2:37 pmorkneylad,I’ve always found that stance rather perplexing. I don’t think the existence (or not) of a MWP either proves or disproves the AGW theory. That said, I wouldn’t describe it as a ‘busted flush’ just yet.

    It’s undeniable that temperatures were warmer than today in certain areas at certain times, and I’d like to understand why that was. Re: global average temperatures, I think there’s a lot of ongoing disagreement; like you say, the science is never settled.

    We’d be wise to assume nothing. We’re currently just coming out of a solar minimum, and yet temperatures have continued to rise.

  24. George says:14th June 2010 at 4:03 pmJohn of Kent,“Venus is another global warming myth.

    Lengthy debate to be had there, for which I’m under qualified. There is actually water vapour in Venus’ atmosphere, although it only makes up 0.002%. There used to be a lot more, but Venus succumbed to a runaway water vapour greenhouse effect.

    Venus succumbed early to a “runaway water vapor greenhouse,” in which the increased water vapor content arising from increased temperature reached an end state with much of the ocean evaporated into the atmosphere. Once this happens, it is easy for the water vapor to decompose in the upper atmosphere, whereafter the light hydrogen escapes and oxygen either escapes or reacts with rocks. One hypothesis is that the weak magnetic field at Venus, which otherwise would protect the planet from the solar wind, is one reason for why the oxygen and hydrogen escaped faster into space. Once water is lost, the reaction that turns carbon dioxide into limestone can no longer take place, so CO2 outgassing from volcanoes accumulates in the atmosphere instead of staying bound up in the rocks. The end state of this process is the current atmosphere of Venus, with essentially no water in the atmosphere and essentially the planet’s whole inventory of carbon in the form of atmospheric CO2. Earth, in contrast, kept its water, which allowed the planet to keep most of its carbon inventory safely bound up in the crust. The amount of CO2 in the atmosphere of Venus is approximately the same as the amount of CO2 bound up in the form of carbonate rocks on Earth today.

    From – http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2006/04/lessons-from-venus/

    As for alleged past water vapour feedback, this warming was not due to water vapour, as the feedbacks would have multiplied and fed back on themselves and led to the end of life on earth. So why did this not happen?? because it is impossible. The warming was due to changes in solar activity and to changes in solar insolation due to cloud cover changes.

    You answer your own question. Why did it not happen? Because increasing humidity is not the only driver of climate. As I’ve demonstrated, some warming has to be attributed to the positive feedback effect of water vapour, however, you are right in saying that the trigger for past warming was (almost always) solar activity (or Milankovitch cycles). When solar activity falls, so does temperature, bringing humidity down with it. This also explains why, as you point out, CO2 levels have in the past been high during an ice age (although never at 5000ppm – the late-Ordovician would have been a contender but this recent paper – ttp://geology.gsapubs.org/content/37/10/951.abstract – demonstrates that CO2 consumption increased during the mid-Ordovician as a result of continental weathering, however levels were held up by volcanic outgassing. This volcanic activity dropped off towards the late-Ordovician, however weathering remained high. This caused CO2 levels to fall below 3000 ppm, an event not evident in the Geocarb III model). As CO2 is not the only driver of climate, it is perfectly possible to have relatively high levels of CO2 while having relatively low global temperatures. When the sun is less active, the CO2-ice threshold is much higher. For example, if the CO2-ice threshold for present-day Earth is 500 ppm, the equivalent threshold during the Late Ordovician (450 million years ago) – when the solar constant was about 4% less than current levels – would be 3000 ppm. Royer has demonstrated that when you combine the radiative forcing from CO2 with solar variations there is a close correlation with temperature stretching back to the early Phanerozoic. See Fig.2 p.4 – ttp://droyer.web.wesleyan.edu/PhanCO2(GCA).pdf

    The most recent period when CO2 levels were as high as today was around 15 million years ago, during the Middle Miocene. CO2 levels were at about 400 ppm. What was the climate like at the time? Global temperatures were 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit higher than they are today. Sea level was approximately 75 to 120 feet higher. There was no permanent sea ice cap in the Arctic and very little ice on Antarctica and Greenland.

    That is not true, the dinosaurs were killed by the combustion of the atmosphere following the impact and by the impact winter due to dust and sulphates in the atmosphere causing a deep freeze.

    Perhaps I should have been more clear when referred to, “The impact of the meteorite that wiped out the dinosaurs“, that the dinosaurs weren’t all standing directly under the meteorite at the time, and that I was refering to the consequences of the impact. Quoting from the study I provided – http://www.pnas.org/content/99/12/7836.full.pdf+html – “This finding reinforces previous evidence for major climatic warming after the KTB impact and implies that severe and abrupt global warming during the earliest Paleocene was an important factor in biotic extinction at the KTB.”

    Re: Mount Pinatubo

    No, the cooling was due to dust in the atmosphere for a couple of years.

    Partially correct. The cooling was certainly triggered by the dust released into the atmosphere, which was then amplified by the drop in levels of water vapour. See paper – ttp://atoc.colorado.edu/~dcn/ATOC6020/papers/Soden_etal_727.pdf

    The references you gave have all come to the wrong conclusions based on the GHE dogma, and because it is an lazy way out for climatologists to blame GHG’s for everything where the truth is they really do not understand climate very well at all.

    Climate is driven by the sun and the stars and moderated by the oceans. there is no need to invoke imaginary “forcings” by CO2.”

    Sorry, do you have some academiccredentials that I should be made aware of? Am I to take your word over the work of the scientists I have quoted, who have had their peer-reviewed work published in distinguished journals? I hope I can.

    Yours,

    George

  25. Natsman says:14th June 2010 at 8:42 pmWell, I know which argument makes the most sense to ME, a comparative layman.
    George, you ARE the weakest link – goodbye…
  26. Pointman says:15th June 2010 at 1:11 pm@Natsman says:
    June 14, 2010 at 8:42 pmSeconded.

    Pointman

  27. Dom says:15th June 2010 at 9:56 pmJames,
    well done for cutting through the bs. It’s always refreshing to read someone who isn’t taken in by the utter drivel of global warming alarmism.
  28. Roger C says:26th June 2010 at 12:42 pmThe debate was surely about Chris Huhne. I do care about preserving resources, energy security, pollution, and the thought of global warming – I still find him dangerous.He does have this big target – but no real ideas. At the moment it is all about turning the light bulbs off and improving insulation. Both good ideas – but really not new – and we have those pretty much in place already – ie if you wanted to improve your insulation – you could do – and there are grants available for the less well off. His programme will not help reach the 20% target let alone the 30% – I am fairly sure that he will spend most of parliament sorting out his bill and taking little action.

    The best point was that we are all “comparative laymen” – and the answer is that as individuals we do not know the answer to global warming – and we are probably split on who we like and who we do not. However:

    Fossil fuels are becoming more expensive to extract (I think that is a fact)
    We have less fuel in the UK (which is also a fact)
    I quite enjoy clean air (Do you?)
    Rainforests do contain valuable resources – and it would be good not to cut them all down (or to put pressure on them to be cut down through demanding goods that will initiate deforestation – e.g. palm oil)
    Good insulation and careful use of fuel is good from a monetary perspective – it keeps the pound in your pocket – put a jumper on if you are cold.
    Alternative energy technologies are useful – they may indeed be cost effective alternatives in the coming years as other fuel becomes more scarce or more expensive to extract.

    More contentiously I am not a big fan of nuclear power. In the same way that many posters are “enviroscepic”, I am nuclear sceptic. Can they really make it safe? (I think probably) Can they deal with the waste? (I think probably not)

    Nuclear power plants take a long time to build and commission. It is unlikely that this government will provide subsidy for them. In this situation it is unlikely that we will get loads of nuclear power plants in the short run.

    What would be more embarrassing would be an energy crisis – where we cannot produce enough energy for the countries needs. This seems to be a real issue – although short term I am more concerned with prices.

    I am disappointed that global warming is a headline grabber for Chris Huhne – I would prefer him to be dealing with practical things concerning energy – rather than false targets. Also the negative reactions Global warming seems to get – often put people in a space where they talk about the ifs and buts and ignore practical stuff like gas is now 4p a kW – and rising. We are not going to be able to simply put prices down

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How Al Gore’s amen corner Newsweek censored his critics – James Delingpole

November 18, 2009

Today I’m off on the Eurostar to Brussels (”a carbon neutral journey” it boasts on my ticket – which rather makes me wish I were flying instead) to speak at the European Parliament on Climate Change.

No, don’t worry. The Goreistas haven’t got to me. It’s a sceptics’ conference – Have Humans Changed Climate? – being staged tomorrow by Tory MEP Roger Helmer. Many of my science and eco-heroes will be there, including Patrick Moore (the co-founder of Greenpeace who subsequently bailed when the charity turned far too red), Prof Fred Singer (who’ll be talking on Can We Trust The IPCC?) and Professor Ross McKitrick (who famously helped expose the notorious Hockey Stick curve).

I’ll be there to provide comedy value and also to talk about the irresponsibility of the mainstream media in spreading climate-change fear and largely suppressing any counter-argument in the great AGW debate.

There’s a good example of this from the latest Newsweek, which recently ran a cover story on Al Gore billing him as The Thinking Man’s Thinking Man.  The majority of letters it received in response – 74 per cent – were critical, says Tim Graham at Newsbusters. But Newsweek didn’t run one of them; only letters in support of Gore.

The worst was from war veteran Lee Bidgood Jr of Gainesville, Florida:

Propaganda by global-warming skeptics and deniers reminds me of 1944, when as an Army officer I saw living skeletons in striped pajamas. Horror stories about Nazi concentration camps suddenly rang true. I wondered how intelligent people could commit such atrocities. History records the effectiveness of Joseph Goebbels’s propaganda. I hope Al Gore and others can prevail over today’s anti–science propaganda.

Gosh I do hope they got their fact checkers onto that one. Otherwise, I’d suspect that this was the concoction of some young eco-freak who wasn’t even born in ‘44 using the Holocaust and the respect we grant war veterans to make a cheap political point.

Newsweek’s censorship doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. Its what the MSM generally does with anti-AGW stories – despite the fact that the majority of the public is now sceptical. Problem is, there are lot of people out there – media owners, environmental correspondents, carbon traders, big businessmen – who for a range of reasons from the emotional to the financial simply cannot afford to abandon their blind faith in ManBearPig no matter how compelling the evidence to the contrary.

We climate change sceptics would have lost the battle long ago had it not been for the happy advent of the internet. It’s in the Blogosphere (and a few odd MSM strongholds such as The Wall Street Journal and Christopher Booker’s Sunday Telegraph column) where all the counterarguments are being disseminated.

And despite what Professor Ian Plimer said in his Spectator lecture last week, this is a war we’re fighting. Plimer was talking about how the language of war had no place in science because it is simply a process of discovery, with one hypothesis being replaced by another. I’d agree with this if I thought science was the only factor in the global warming debate, but sadly it ain’t. It’s at least as much about politics, money, economics, horse-trading, personalities and perhaps above all about propaganda, ranging from responsible reporting to cheap shots about the enormous, badger-esque vastness of The Hon. Sir Jonathan Porritt’s rear end. That’s where scumbags like me come in. It’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it. For the children, you understand.

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Enough Eloquent Eexcuses, Dave: Tthe Only Place for a Conservative Britain in Europe Is Out

Today David Cameron is going to explain plausibly, reasonably and, for all I know, convincingly just why it is that he has no option other than to welsh on his promise to hold a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. And lots of clever commentators will pile in, as the imminent Lord Finkelstein has already with his characteristic wit, charm and insight, to confirm that, no really, Dave Cameron is as rabidly Eurosceptical as any of us, but that he is also a pragmatist; and that what you have to understand is blah, blah, blahdiblah di blah.

And do you know what? I do not ****ing care. And I’m guessing that an awful lot of you reading this – those that aren’t still drinking the Cameroon Kool-Aid and repeating your consoling mantra about how “look, the important thing is to get Brown out, anything else is just icing on the cake…” – feel exactly the same way.

Is this a childish response? Quite possibly. But what it is, more importantly, is an honest and visceral response. This is the glory of the blogosphere. You don’t have to dress up your argument in supersubtle nuance. You can just cut to the chase and tell it like it is: the European Constitution has stolen British sovereignty; it will make us poorer, more highly regulated, less democratically accountable and less free. You cannot run an effective Conservative government within a Socialist Europe. You can’t. It is simply not possible.

Yeah, sure. If I sat down at a table right now with a bunch of lawyers, and wonks from Policy Exchange, and members of Cameron’s shadow cabinet, I’m quite sure that within the hour I would be won over. “Dear boy,” they’d persuade me in that wonderfully patronising mandarin way, “Of course we feel your pain and your rage. Everything you say is quite true. But in the real world….”

Ah yes, of course. That old saw about politics being the “art of the possible” – the weasel get-out of compromised politicians everywhere. Well I’m sorry, but that to me is not the language of realism. It’s the language of surrender and failure.

The reason I’m interested in politics is because I’m ideological. The reason I’m ideological is because I’m interested in what’s right and what’s wrong, what works and what doesn’t, what ultimately is going to make us all happier, richer and more free.

I still don’t see Cameron’s Pragmatic, Compassionate, but not that Conservative Conservatives offering us any of those things. (Obviously Blair/Brown’s mob didn’t either, but a) one never expected it of them and b) they’re really not worth writing about any more because they are toast). And their nuanced position on Europe – negotiating various opt-outs in certain key areas – is a case in point.

Not only is this mere tinkering at the margins (I notice for example, that they’re not even thinking about trying to extricate us from Europe’s crippling carbon regulations) but it’s most unlikely to work. As David Davis rightly (and rather bravely, given Cameron’s Stalinist line on dissent) argues in the Mail today, the EU “engrenage” machine is grindingly effective at crushing all attempts by constituent members who want to claw back tiny gobbets of sovereignty.

The Europeans are past masters at the permanent negotiation that makes up the federal project. They know all the tricks of isolation, pressure, delay, coalition, vague language, and institutional and judicial expansion.

Here’s the bottom line: until the day when, by whatever means, we can renegotiate our position in Europe so that it is little more than a friendly trading bloc, Britain is screwed.

If Cameron doesn’t understand this – and act upon it – then let us pray he’s replaced sooner rather than later by a leader who does.

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The Spectator’s Editor Agrees: The Only Way out of This Ghastly Euro Fudge Is OUT

I never tire of reading Fraser Nelson’s political analysis. Not because he’s my new editor at the Spectator and I feel I ought to suck up to him but because, like me, he’s right about everything. But he’s right about everything in a much clever and more insightful way than I am. Mostly I tend to wing it, whereas Fraser totally knows his stuff.

What he has to say in Spectator Coffee House about the Conservatives’ new non-policy on Europe is an essential read.

He starts off quite kindly towards Cameron. Nelson understands as well as anyone that Cameron WILL be our next prime minister and that, a bit like parents and schoolteachers are supposed to do with children, you can’t forever be telling him how rubbish he’s going to be. If you’re going to criticise, first you must say something nice. So Nelson does:

He is right not to promise what he calls a “made-up referendum”, that would accomplish nothing other then vent rage.

Semi-compliment over and done with, Nelson sticks in the knife. Cameron’s promise to renegotiate powers from Brussels is a nonsense, he explains.

What the new Tory package amounts to is a promise to ask the EU very nicely if it will consider handing back a few powers over employment and justice. The answer will be ‘no’. Saying that he might hold a referendum over a wider package of guarantees will carry no weight. By ignoring the Dutch and French ‘no’ votes the EU has shown that it cares not a jot what the little people think. It is a project of the elites, for the elites.

Given that the EU is guaranteed to crush all the Conservatives’ pathetically feeble attempts to claw back tiny bits and bobs of British sovereignty, what is the answer? There is, says Nelson, only one thing that will frighten the EU bullies – a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the EU at all.

The ‘in or out’ question is seen as an extreme position in Westminster, which shows just how out of touch our political class has become. Brussels’s own polling shows that less than a third of the British public consider our membership of the EU to be ‘a good thing’ — and this was last year when our net contribution to the EU was just £3.1 billion. Next year it will be £7.8 billion (due to the budget deal the would-be President Blair negotiated) and serious questions will be asked as to whether all these regulations are worth the money we pay for them. Recent EU research shows that just 37% think the benefits of EU membership outweigh the costs.

Perhaps some Kool-Aid drinkers out there will be able to tell me what wonderful benefits Britain will get from the EU mafia in return for that £7.8 billion protection money. Perhaps they’ll also be able to explain why, no really, Cameron’s policy announcement on Europe yesterday is as tough as tough can be and will eventually result in all sorts of powers being returned to Britain. The absolute right to decide on the size of the white margins on our postage stamps, maybe. Or the right of parents to chastise their kids lightly on the hand if they have stolen a car. Or the right of employers to sack any staff member found with his hand in till on more than 22 occasions.

Certainly I’m quite sure that whatever Cameron is planning, it will be – as Dan would no doubt say – the terrors of the earth.

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