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George Monbiot (a global warming extremist) has launched an assault on Christopher Booker and is offering a non-prize for suggestions on the most ridiculous ‘on-line’ publications on climate change.
His request is at this link at The Guardian Pure rubbish: Christopher Booker prize
“The award will go to whoever in my opinion and assisted by climate scientists and specialists manages, in the course of 2009, to cram as many misrepresentations, distortions and falsehoods into a single article, statement, lecture, film or interview about climate change. This work must be available online. You score a point for every mistake, though one point will be deducted for every retraction or correction published by the author or the original outlet within a reasonable length of time.”
I have submitted the following entry but (somehow) I do not think it will win.
Anyway, I report this because others may wish to submit other Hansen publications, too.
All the best
I nominate the letter from Dr James Hansen, Head of NASA GISS, and his wife, Anniek Hansen, to President Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama. The letter is available at
The letter calls for the following stupid and murderous actions.
(a) “Moratorium and phase-out of coal plants that do not capture and store CO2. This is the sine qua non for solving the climate problem. Coal emissions must be phased out rapidly.”
A call for a “phase-out of coal plants that do not capture and store CO2” is a call to phase-out most of the world’s electricity supply. Simply, it is a call to “phase-out” industrial civilisation over the next few decades.
Coal plants generate most of the world’s electricity, and construction of replacement nuclear power stations would take about 30 years. Also, at present, it is not possible to “capture and store CO2” and the completion and installation of such technology would take at least 30 years. Our present energy supply is provided by nuclear power and fossil fuels with significant contributions from hydropower and geothermal power. There is little possibility of increased use of hydropower and geothermal power, and the laws of physics decree that return to wind, animal and solar energies cannot displace much fossil fuel usage. Only expansion of nuclear power could significantly displace use of coal plants and that displacement would take at least 30 years.
(b) “Rising price on carbon emissions via a "carbon tax and 100% dividend".”
But the UK tried a “rising price on carbon emissions” with its ‘fuel price escalator’. The effects of that ‘escalator’ induced public civil disobedience that forced the ‘escalator’ to be abandoned long before it reached a level where it could reduce fuel usage.
And the letter makes the daft assertion that
“Burning all the fossil fuels will destroy the planet we know”
The statement that “Burning all the fossil fuels” is ambiguous. It could mean
(1) the combustion of the total of fossil fuels which exists
(2) the use of all forms of fossil fuels; i.e. coal, oil, gas and peat.
But the statement is nonsense whichever meaning it has.
The combustion of all fossil fuels is probably not possible and certainly will not happen. There is sufficient coal alone to provide the total requirement for fossil fuels for at least the next 300 years and probably for the next 1,000 years. Oil and gas can be made from coal. Nobody can know what energy needs and supplies will be 300 years in the future from now. (It could have been shown 300 years ago that today’s transportation could not be possible because there is not sufficient land to grow all the hay that would be needed for the horses of eighteenth century transportation systems).
Stopping the use of all fossil fuels would kill most of the world’s population. All human activity is enabled by energy supply and limited by materials science. Human population growth accelerated when animal power and wind power were abandoned because the greater energy intensity in fossil fuels became available by use of the steam engine. Our present energy supply is provided by nuclear power and fossil fuels with significant contributions from hydropower and geothermal power. There is little possibility of increased use of hydropower and geothermal power, and the laws of physics decree that return to wind, animal and solar energies cannot displace much fossil fuel usage. Only expansion of nuclear power could significantly displace use of fossil fuels and that displacement would not be much because there are limits to the uses of energy only available from the end of a wire.
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