The green energy targets being pursued by Britain’s main political parties are so impossibly deluded, fantastical and overambitious that they could only be achievable with the intervention of herds of magical unicorns.
So says Cambridge engineering professor Michael Kelly in a stinging rebuke to the Net Zero policies currently being championed by Boris Johnson and his rivals in their desperate race to the green bottom. The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats are all committed to carbon emissions reduction targets which they cannot hope to attain and which will be hugely damaging both to Britain’s prosperity and freedoms.
Professor Kelly has said:
“For the world to reverse two centuries of industrial development in a few decades would require the efforts of herds of unicorns.”
“I don’t think people should fly just for the hell of it,” says veteran wildlife documentary maker Sir David Attenborough.
Like so much of what this reverend Malthusian says about the environment, it sounds superficially sweet and reasonable. But scratch the surface — and it’s why we talk about eco-fascism — and what you find is something really rather oppressive, authoritarian and sinister.
Let’s just pause, for a moment, and consider what on earth Attenborough can possibly mean by this phrase ‘fly just for the hell of it.’
Business trips? But no one goes on business trips any more unless they absolutely have to because companies are so increasingly stingy with their travel budgets.
The eco-fascist campaign group Extinction Rebellion tells us there is a ‘climate emergency’. So too do all Britain’s main political parties. So too do UK government bodies such as the Committee on Climate Change and the Environment Agency.
Such disparate groups can’t all be lying to us, surely?
Yes, they can. The evidence can be found in a report for the Global Warming Policy Foundation titled ‘Plus ça change – The UK climate in 2018.’ (There’s also a short video)
It shows that:
Summers aren’t getting hotter
UK temperatures have become less extreme
Except in Scotland, where rainfall has increased, it has not got wetter
There’s little evidence to show ‘wetter winters’ or ‘drier summers’
Sea level rise is the same as in the first half of the 20th century, about 1.4 mm a year
Storms have not become more frequent or stronger
So where, you might reasonably ask, is the truth in a speech given earlier this year by Sir James Bevan, head of the Environment Agency, titled ‘It’s the climate emergency, stupid’?
Canadians already suspicious of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax are likely be even more suspicious given a report by Ottawa-based Blacklock’s Reporter that Environment Canada omitted a century’s worth of observed weather data in developing its computer models on the impacts of climate change.
The scrapping of all observed weather data from 1850 to 1949 was necessary, a spokesman for Environment Canada told Blacklock’s Reporter, after researchers concluded that historically, there weren’t enough weather stations to create a reliable data set for that 100-year period.
“The historical data is not observed historical data,” the spokesman said. “It is modelled historical data … 24 models from historical simulations spanning 1950 to 2005 were used.”
TIME magazine has produced a special edition on climate change in which some of the world’s most hysterical alarmists – Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Michael Mann – have been space to gibber and shriek about how totally doomed we are thanks to our selfishness, greed and unwillingness to change our carbon-guzzling lifestyles.
Green hysteria is on the verge of destroying Germany’s car industry, the CEO of Volkswagen has warned. Since motor manufacturing is Germany’s biggest industry sector, this effectively means: Auf Wiedersehen to the German economy.
VW chief Herbert Diess has told Spiegel Online (translated by the Global Warming Policy Forum) that the combination of climate protests against cars in general and stricter CO2 emission limits imposed by the EU are pushing Europe’s car industry to the “brink of collapse.”
“The current campaign against individual mobility and thus against conventional cars is reaching existence-threatening proportions.”
Diess also called out the nonsense of trying to force everyone to shift from petrol-driven cars to electric ones: the electricity that supplies them will still come largely from fossil fuels, so where will be the environmental benefit?
Yet another greenie expedition to the Arctic to raise awareness of ‘global warming’ has been scuppered by unexpected large quantities of ice. This brings to a total of six the number of Ship of Fools expeditions where weather reality has made a mockery of climate theory.
According to Maritime Bulletin:
Arctic tours ship MS MALMO with 16 passengers on board got stuck in ice on Sep 3 off Longyearbyen, Svalbard Archipelago, halfway between Norway and North Pole. The ship is on Arctic tour with Climate Change documentary film team, and tourists, concerned with Climate Change and melting Arctic ice. All 16 Climate Change warriors were evacuated by helicopter in challenging conditions, all are safe. 7 crew remains on board, waiting for Coast Guard ship assistance.
The reporter, Erofey Schkvarkin clearly has a sense of humour. He adds:
Something is very wrong with Arctic ice, instead of melting as ordered by UN/IPCC, it captured the ship with Climate Change Warriors.
It appears the mainstream media has failed to get the memo.
The world is finally waking up to the horror of bat-chomping, bird-slicing eco-crucifixes.
As ever, President Trump is leading the way. He hates the wind turbines blighting the views of his golf course in Scotland; he hates the wind turbines chopping up wildlife and driving up electricity prices in the U.S.
Here he is, in Pennsylvania earlier this week, giving those bird-choppers both barrels:
“When the wind stops blowing, it doesn’t make any difference, does it? Unlike those big windmills that destroy everybody’s property values, kill all the birds,” the president said at a Shell petrochemicals plant in the Keystone State.
Environmentalism is the new fascism. And just like with the original fascism a worryingly large proportion of the population seems all too eager to slip on that metaphorical black shirt and march (and fight) for a better future. Why?
Let me give you three examples which I think help illustrate the scale of the problem we’re facing.
A recent letter to the Daily Telegraph from Daniel Carey-Dawes, Head of Rural Economy and Communities, Campaign to Protect Rural England.