On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.
I may seem like a strange person to be saying all of this. I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30.
But as an energy expert asked by Congress to provide objective expert testimony, and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as Expert Reviewer of its next Assessment Report, I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public.
Update: Forbes has pulled the link (or put it behind a firewall of sorts). Here’s a new link.
During a crisis that’s seen hundreds of thousands of deaths, it is really difficult to craft a sentence in which COVID-19 swims in the same lexical waters as ‘opportunity.’ But May has done it.
On the anniversary of Chernobyl.
Some of you know I have written a book that many people find controversial. It is called State of Fear, and I want to tell you how I came to write it. Because up until five years ago, I had very conventional ideas about the environment and the success of the environmental movement.
The book really began in 1998, when I set out to write a novel about a global disaster. In the course of my preparation, I rather casually reviewed what had happened in Chernobyl, since that was the worst manmade disaster in recent times that I knew about.
What I discovered stunned me. Chernobyl was a tragic event, but nothing remotely close to the global catastrophe I imagined. About 50 people had died in Chernobyl, roughly the number of Americans that die every day in traffic accidents. I don’t mean to be gruesome, but it was a setback for me. You can’t write a novel about a global disaster in which only 50 people die.
Undaunted, I began to research other kinds of disasters that might fulfill my novelistic requirements. That’s when I began to realize how big our planet really is, and how resilient its systems seem to be. Even though I wanted to create a fictional catastrophe of global proportions, I found it hard to come up with a credible example. In the end, I set the book aside, and wrote Prey instead.
But the shock that I had experienced reverberated within me for a while. Because what I had been led to believe about Chernobyl was not merely wrong—it was astonishingly wrong. Let’s review the data.
March 31, 2020: On Tuesday, March 31, President Trump is expected to issue final rules rolling back the fuel-efficiency standards set during the Obama administration
April 1, 2020: CARBON TAX STILL GOING UP: Set to increase 50% despite global pandemic
Related: MPs, who fled Ottawa over concerns about COVID-19 on March 13, will pocket a pay raise on April 1…
While sane, responsible people are rightfully worried about what is still to come from Covid-19, it must be noted that the ardent disciples of the cult known as Radical Leftism appear to be having all of their most heartfelt wishes granted.
First, the economic growth we’ve all enjoyed is about to end, which is something that Bernie Sanders and AOC and Bill Maher and their ilk have been hoping would happen for some time now. But if that wasn’t enough, the reduced growth is certain to reduce carbon emissions. And for the cherry on top, all of the Leftists who have been screaming that we need to reduce the population are now about to have their wishes granted, with an estimated 0.25% – 3.0% of the world’s population about to die. With that population currently at about 7.7 Billion people, this equates to between 19.25 Million to 231 Million souls gone.
The Leftist Death Cult must be rejoicing!
We could put a stop to this tomorrow — simply sell every mine and oil company to the Chinese.
@global_ottawa Provincial Police in Haldimand County are reporting that Highway 6 in Caledonia has been closed by a solidarity demonstration.
Incompetence or orchestration? Where’s the security detail?
Pipeline protesters linked arms to physically block Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland from entering a meeting at Halifax City Hall.
Freeland planned to meet with Halifax Mayor Mike Savage on Wednesday, but a group of protesters standing in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in British Columbia blocked the front door of the building.
“No thank you, no thank you,” a protester told Freeland, adding that she may need to call the police to remove the group. “This will not happen. This meeting is not happening.”
Ivison, you moron…
The mob is winning. CN has temporarily closed down part of its network and warned of threats to the transportation of food, grain, de-icing fluid for airports and propane for Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
In the face of this declaration of disorder, our politicians have been supine. Justin Trudeau is overseas, campaigning for a UN Security Council seat but encouraged all parties to use dialogue to resolve the problem.
That’s his mob.
Life under the surrender of law;
J.J. Ruest, the president and CEO of CN Rail, said in a statement Tuesday the railway has no choice but to temporarily shutter “significant” parts of its network because blockades by Indigenous protesters near Belleville, Ont., and New Hazelton, B.C., have made train movements in the rest of the country all but impossible.
“We are currently parking trains across our network, but due to limited available space for such, CN will have no choice but to temporarily discontinue service in key corridors unless the blockades come to an end,” Ruest said.
Ruest said the protests threaten industry across the country, including the transport of food and consumer items, grain, de-icing fluid at airports, construction materials, propane to Quebec and Atlantic Canada, and natural resources like lumber, aluminum and coal.
Anthony Furey: A judge warned us in 2013 that endless blockades were coming to Canada
So the courts have ruled that the protesters must leave. It’s the job of the police to enforce the law. But the police have instead made a choice to not enforce the law and are instead “monitoring the situation” and “maintaining a dialogue”. Meanwhile, the Ontario Solicitor General’s office, which is responsible for the OPP, shirked responsibility by simply telling Postmedia that “the Minister cannot direct police operations”.
This is far from the first time law enforcement in Ontario has failed to do their job. In fact, an Ontario Superior Court judge even issued a stark warning several years ago about what would happen if this contempt for court injunctions on the part of the police continues.
I trust the gun rights people are watching and taking notes.
All this as Shiny Pony hopscotches around the globe with his personal photographer, throwing money from the plane.
An evening with Patrick Moore. Heh.
A climate advocacy group called Skeptical Science hosts a list of academics that it has labeled “climate misinformers.” The list includes 17 academics and is intended as a blacklist. We know of this intent because one of the principals of Skeptical Science, a blogger named Dana Nuccitelli, said so last Friday, writing of one academic on their list, “if you look at the statements we cataloged and debunked on her [Skeptical Science] page, it should make her unhirable in academia.”
That so-called “unhirable” academic is Professor Judy Curry, formerly the chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, and a Fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and American Meteorological Society. By any conventional academic metric, Curry has compiled an impressive record over many decades. The idea that she would be unhirable would seem laughable.
But there is nothing funny about Skeptical Science. Today, Curry should be a senior statesperson in the atmospheric sciences community. Instead, she is out of academia. She attributes that, at least in part, to being placed on the Skeptical Science blacklist and its use, as expressed by Nuccitelli, to make her “unhirable.”
I asked Professor Curry about this situation. She explained, “In 2012 I was informed by my Dean that the administration wanted me to step down as Chair. While there were several reasons for this, one obvious reason was extreme displeasure by several activist climate scientists who had a very direct pipeline to the Dean.”
So Curry stepped down and started looking for administrative positions at other universities, “At the time, I was getting numerous inquiries from academic headhunters encouraging me to apply for major administration positions, ranging from Dean to Vice Chancellor for Research. I applied for several of these, and actually interviewed for two of them. I did not make it to the final short list.”
Closer to home: The City of Regina is axing self-described “sensible environmentalist” Patrick Moore from its sustainability conference this spring.
Not an innocent mistake. Did you think they’d stop at gender “science”?
Democrat Congresswoman Kathy Castor recently sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai:
Let’s translate her sentiments into plain English:
I need a favor. I’m tired of anyone disagreeing with my
religious climate views so want to shut them up. Unfortunately there’s this stupid thing called the 2nd Amendment that blocks me from passing a law to do it but this doesn’t affect you. So pretty please, would you mind doing this gal, your new CFF (Climate Friend Forever), a big favor and excluding on your platforms anyone I disagree with?
By the way, this isn’t the first time the Totalitarian Left has tried to silence anyone who “dared” disagree with it about the climate: 2018 2016
And now you know why the new push on paper bags: More than 13.9 million trees felled in Scotland for wind development, 2000–2019