AS we shiver in the coldest start to winter in living memory, you may wonder whatever happened to global warming. Good news! Doomsday is indefinitely postponed. Three years ago, the UN inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (iPCC) made blood-curdling fore- casts of melting ice caps causing sea levels to rise 13ft by 2100. such low-lying countries as The Maldives and Bangladesh would be submerged. London and New York would be swamped.
Last week, the Met Office downgraded the prediction to a “worst case” threat of only 6ft. in a masterpiece of understatement, even this is said to be “unlikely” and a more plausible figure is eight inches. As this is just a game of think-of-a-number, we might as well consult Mystic Meg, especially as only five weeks ago the Met Office predicted a “milder than average winter”.
Will this chink of doubt silence the prophets of doom? No. There’s too much money at stake for that. Man-made global warming is a new religion whose high priests and acolytes’ well-paid jobs depend on propagating their vision of hell- fire and destruction.
As i write, 20,000 of them are basking in sunshine at the upmarket Mexican resort of Cancun for the latest iPCC junket. why aren’t such gatherings ever held in places like sunderland or Detroit, where the beach is likely to be less of a distraction?
Their jumbo jets roar on the Tarmac, the five-star hotels are all full and fleets of air- conditioned limos ensure the delegates never break into a sweat however warm the globe gets. so much for the fat-cat hypocrites’ own carbon footprint.
Dr vicky Pope, the Met Office’s chief guru on climate change, however, seems to have been a victim of global cooling. she got stuck in eight inches of snow at Gatwick. regrettably Chris huhne, the Climate Change secretary, did get to Can- cun to report on an “alarming pattern of extreme weather events” in Britain, causing insurers to pay £4.5billion for flood damage in the past 10 years compared with £1.5billion in the previous decade. he got these figures from an Association of British insurers report but what he didn’t say was that all of the increase was due to a single event: the floods of summer 2007 which cost £3billion. huhne failed to emphasise that these floods distorted the figures. he behaved just like the academics in the Climategate scandal who were recently exposed for using selective figures to “hide the decline” in global temperatures since 1995.
Full marks to Dr Pope for rapping huhne, by saying: “it is misleading to say the summer floods of 2007 were caused by climate change. Twenty years is a very short time to look for a signal of man-made climate change.” The ABi also said: “we were careful not to blame the increase on climate change. we are not climatologists. we always get episodes of bad weather in this country.”
Why didn’t huhne add these caveats? ex-Labour MP Phil woolas has been expelled from Parliament for lying about his Lib Dem opponent. if a Lib Dem Cabi- net minister peddles lies about a major policy costing taxpayers billions of pounds a year shouldn’t he be chucked out, too? even if the warmists’ dire predictions were credible it would still be ridiculous to think we could influence the weather without dramatically culling the world’s population and reducing the survivors to pre-industrial revolution poverty. it beg- gars belief that, with a deficit of £150billion a year, the Government is still committed to spending £18.3billion annually to meet carbon-reduction targets in the last government’s Climate Change Act.
It is wrecking the countryside with for- ests of giant wind turbines and fields carpeted with black solar panels. At stallingborough in Lincolnshire, a German company has applied for planning permis- sion for two 493ft turbines. Berkshire residents are fuming over plans for others 426ft tall, visible for more than 20 miles.
Yet none of this will do anything to “save the planet”. winds are so variable you have to duplicate power sources or lights will go off. similarly, we don’t get enough sun to make solar energy practicable.
A correspondent tells me that last Tues- day, the UK Grid reached its peak load of more than 60 gigawatts of electricity. wind power contributed only 133 megawatts of this, just 5.5 per cent of its theoretical maximum and a pathetic 0.2 per cent of the peak load. Yet we are all paying a stealth tax equal to eight per cent of our electricity bills for this under the renewables Obligation.
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