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The AGW summit in Cancun–“ritualized scaremongering?”

While what David Rose of the Mail calls “another giant, 15,000 delegate UN climate jamboree” is underway in Cancun Mexico, the British press is hard at it again, pointing out that in the world of AGW there’s just no “there there”.   As an example, Rose and others point to the Met Office and its claims:

A year ago tomorrow, just before the opening of the UN Copenhagen world climate summit, the British Meteorological Office issued a confident prediction. The mean world temperature for 2010, it announced, ‘is expected to be 14.58C, the warmest on record’ – a deeply worrying 0.58C above the 1961-1990 average.

World temperatures, it went on, were locked inexorably into an ever-rising trend: ‘Our experimental decadal forecast confirms previous indications that about half the years 2010-2019 will be warmer than the warmest year observed so far – 1998.’

Met Office officials openly boasted that they hoped by their statements to persuade the Copenhagen gathering to impose new and stringent carbon emission limits – an ambition that was not to be met.


Never mind that Britain, just as it was last winter and the winter before, was deep in the grip of a cold snap, which has seen some temperatures plummet to minus 20C, and that here 2010 has been the coolest year since 1996.

Globally, it insisted, 2010 was still on course to be the warmest or second warmest year since current records began.

But buried amid the details of those two Met Office statements 12 months apart lies a remarkable climbdown that has huge implications – not just for the Met Office, but for debate over climate change as a whole.

Read carefully with other official data, they conceal a truth that for some, to paraphrase former US VicePresident Al Gore, is really inconvenient: for the past 15 years, global warming has stopped.

Of course, that won’t stop the “jamboree” from recommending the looting of the “richer” nations to help the “poorer” nations with “global warming”.  After all, that’s what the meeting is really all about.  Just as Democrats are all about income redistribution and “taxing the rich” in this country, their counterparts in the world body are obsessed with the same.  AGW is the perfect pseudo-scientific cause on which to pin the extortion.

In fact, say the Brits, 2010 was an “unexceptional El Nino” year

As for that infamous “scientific consensus?”  Not so much any more:

But little by little, the supposedly settled scientific ‘ consensus’ that the temperature rise is unprecedented, that it is set to continue to disastrous levels, and that it is all the fault of human beings, is starting to fray.

Earlier this year, a paper by Michael Mann – for years a leading light in the IPCC, and the author of the infamous ‘hockey stick graph’ showing flat temperatures for 2,000 years until the recent dizzying increase – made an extraordinary admission: that, as his critics had always claimed, there had indeed been a ‘ medieval warm period’ around 1000 AD, when the world may well have been hotter than it is now.

Other research is beginning to show that cyclical changes in water vapour – a much more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide – may account for much of the 20th Century warming.

Even Phil Jones, the CRU director at the centre of last year’s ‘Climategate’ leaked email scandal, was forced to admit in a littlenoticed BBC online interview that there has been ‘no statistically significant warming’ since 1995.

That’s not to say the true believers (or deceivers, take your pick) aren’t going to continue to try – especially with the “jamboree” going on.  Christopher Booker of the Telegraph reports:

Between their tequilas and lavish meals paid for by the world’s taxpayers, they heard how, by 2060, global temperatures will have risen by 4 degrees Celsius; how the Maldives and Tuvalu are sinking below the waves faster than ever; how the survival of salmon is threatened by CO2-induced acidification of the oceans; how the UN must ban incandescent light bulbs throughout the world.

“Scientists”, we were told, are calling for everyone to be issued with a “carbon ration card”, to halt all Western economic growth for 20 years.

Meanwhile, Dr Rajendra Pachauri was telling us that we must spend hundreds of billions on covering the world’s oceans with iron filings, on building giant mirrors out in space and on painting all the world’s roofs white to keep out the heat from the sun.

The most obvious thing about all this ritualised scaremongering was how stale it all was. Not one of these points hasn’t been a cliche for years.The only scientist who believes we should all be issued with carbon ration cards is a Prof Kevin Anderson, who has been saying it since 2004. It is only those same old computer models that predict that Tuvalu and the Maldives are about to drown, when real measurements show the sea around them not to be rising at all. Far from the oceans acidifying, their pH currently ranges between 7.9 and 8.3, putting them very firmly on the alkaline side of the threshold, at 7.0.

The prediction that global temperatures will rise by four degrees in 50 years comes from that same UK Met Office computer which five weeks ago was telling us we were about to enjoy a “milder than average” winter, after three years when it has consistently got every one of its winter and summer forecasts hopelessly wrong. (And the reason why our local authorities are already fast running out of salt is that they were silly enough to believe them.)

Wonderful stuff, eh?  Oh, and speaking of the Met Office’s ‘mild winter prediction’ even when wrong “scientists” see an opportunity to push the AGW argument:

RESEARCHERS have warned the last three winters’ cold spells could be a taste of things to come for Wales – with even a chance glaciers could return to Snowdon within 40 years.

According to one theory, global warming could paradoxically trigger a collapse in temperatures in Western Europe.

There’s always that “one theory” which will, even paradoxically, doggedly try to pin even bitterly cold temperatures on “global warming”.  It’s a religion, I tell you, not science.

Some truths most of us have learned while following this is 1) the real science is far from settled, 2) the climate is far more complex and still barely understood, and consequently the present day computer models and their predictions are less than useless, 3) the fact that temperatures have remained flat over the past 15 years with a slight trend toward cooling has blown the predictive models out of the water, 4) until there is much better science (and if based in models, models that can at least replicate past climate results) no major public policy initiatives – initiatives that would most likely spend money we don’t have and have a crippling effect on the economy – should be undertaken.  And finally 5) alternative renewable and clean energy sources should be pursued with vigor, but until they’re viable and cheap, traditional fuel sources should be exploited to the maximum (with government getting the heck out of the way).

Of course the Third World Debating Society, aka the UN, won’t leave this scam alone until they manage to rope the richer nations into it and bleed them of a few hundred billion or so.  If ever there was a time to adapt the Nancy Reagan drug slogan to other duty it is now.

“Just say ‘no’.”



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14 Responses to The AGW summit in Cancun–“ritualized scaremongering?”

  • It’s not a crisis – it’s not even real.  How much of a crisis can it be if they’re wasting all that energy to hold it in Cancun?  Why don’t they just videoconference?

    (Yes, I know that’s a rhetorical question.  Teleconferencing means thay wouldn’t get to have their free jaunt in paradise for a week)

    As the man said “When they start acting as if it’s really a crisis, then I’ll believe it’s really a crisis”

  • The prediction that global temperatures will rise by four degrees in 50 years comes from that same UK Met Office computer which five weeks ago was telling us we were about to enjoy a “milder than average” winter, after three years when it has consistently got every one of its winter and summer forecasts hopelessly wrong.

    And yet the Met Office was recently declared a one of the “respected” organizations that has stated categorically – CATEGORICALLY, comrades – that global warming is real, getting worse, and will kill us all.

    But what am I saying?  Just because the Met Office can’t get forecast the weather correctly doesn’t mean that it is wrong about the climate, which is totally a different thing.  And… and… and… that the weather is much colder than predicted just goes to prove that global warming climate change climate disruption is REAL.  Those polar bears are still drowning because of incandescent light bulbs!  And… and… and fire will absolutely NOT melt steel!

    The voices in my head won’t stop… Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb…

  • “It’s a religion, I tell you, not science”
    Actually, that statement has become an insult to actual religions; AGW is at best a flat-earther cult. The major religions acknowledge that their core beliefs are mysteries that require faith because they have limited evidence to support them (or are entirely unprovable). The central beliefs of AGW have been categorically disproven, and ample evidence of the methods used to falsify evidence in support of their claims. It’s as if there were uncut video of Moses and Aaron discussing which Commandments would give them the most power and a receipt from the stonecutter for two tablets.

  • Climate Change is real .. the only remaining question is what change is going on ?  Cooler ? Warmer ? .. over what period of time ? Will it help us or hinder us ?  Who will get those government grants and who won’t ?
    You see … it’s all settled.

  • According to one theory, global warming could paradoxically trigger a collapse in temperatures in Western Europe.
    Uhhh….yeah.  That would kind of be a “paradox” alright.

    • The paradoxical collapse is suppose to occur when vast  amounts of the Greenland ice sheet melts dumping colder than normal water into the North Atlantic shutting down the Gulf Stream.  If Global Warming/Climate Change/Climate Disruption is indeed causing Europe’s colder than normal temperatures, the confirmation is simple: is the Gulf Stream functioning as normal?  So here’s an idea: CHECK the Gulf Stream.  If it’s working, QW/CC/CD is NOT an adequate explanation.  If it isn’t than QW/CC/CD.  Case closed.  Unfortunately, I’m not currently reading anything in the news about the Gulf Stream shutting down.  If fact, the only recent story in the news is confirmation that the Gult Stream is NOT slowing.  Hmm.

  • You really have got to wonder exactly what damage AGW has done to the ability of the science community to change the direction of public policy in the event of real natural danger .. like a big asteroid, etc.

    • The boy who cried wolf, eh?

      This was already ongoing in the diet/health/nutrition area, where researchers have made claims beyond their science. Salt, fat, eggs, red meat, all will kill us. Now we ware finding out that it isn’t true.

  • The ordinary people who buy into this seem to be the sort that will believe whatever the “experts” say. And “experts” in their view means an advanced degree, etc.

    They are the sort who considered Obama qualified because he had a Harvard law degree, and he sounds smart reading his teleprompter.

  • Consumer protection organisations have demanded a suspension of the EU ban on incandescent light bulbs, citing official tests that showed the new compact fluorescent lamps to be dangerous if broken. The energy saving bulbs show mercury levels 20 times higher than regulations allow in the air surrounding them for up to five hours after they are broken, according to tests released Thursday by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). “If the industry can’t manage to offer safe bulbs, then the incandescent bulbs must remain on the market until autumn of 2011,” said Gerd Billen, the leader of the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZVB). His group encouraged the federal government to push for a suspension of the ban in Brussels until there was a safe and practical alternative.

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