We now know the facts. Return on investment for government-subsidized solar- and wind-generated electricity is a minus 29%
What we don’t have a good handle on is how much of this market interference results in increased inflation or decreased GDP? It’s a given that Peter’s Ox is being gored but there is nothing of value in Paul’s pocket because the weight of government’s thumb on the scales of free enterprise results only in fewer goods at higher prices.
In exchange for the loss of productivity and jobs and the misallocation of scarce resources, the Left can go to bed at night feeling good about saving the world as birds are being incinerated by solar power plants in the Mohave desert or turned to mincemeat in giant spinning wind turbines.
Concerning the next (11th) meeting of the Kyoto protocol members, to be held in Paris this December (hopefully avoiding the embarrassingly cold winters that seem to follow these meetings around the globe), Matt Ridley says that getting international agreement about limiting global temperatures to a 2C increase is essentially a theologically debate:
Is the high cost of gas caused by evil capitalism and gouging businessmen or anti-energy Leftists? Answer: neither: businesses not government brought an abundance of natural gas to the marketplace, bringing cleaner energy and greater fuel independence and to America, causing the OPEC oil cartel to increase production and lower prices on oil to squeeze out Western capitalism.
The big problem with anti-energy Leftists’ message that the end of the world is just around the corner is that disaster never comes soon enough. For skeptics of global warming, the continuous peddling of fears of impending calamity despite the facts is a hoax and the public finally feels it’s been lied to. Government-funded bad science may win headlines in the beginning but in the end it’s always truth that’s most appealing.
If they’re offering no climate change then fear of change has become their new reality. So now they long for a stable climate even if at the cost of economic instability, just as the Left longs for peace in the Middle East even as radical Islam cuts off heads and looks for Jews to burn. The Left is making war on free enterprise at the cost of individual rights, freedom of choice and the spirit it takes to overcome barriers to growth.
Official government global warming orthodoxy is a betrayal of science, undermining logic and suspending conscience. Danger: self-defeating bureaucracy at work: driven by a nihilism that would condemn the third and developing worlds to misery, poverty and death. The Left has denied nature. Still, the global warming hoax persists so long as the alarmists succeed in treating scientific skeptics like the church treated Galileo, the Greeks treated Socrates and German academia treated Einstein and the Jews.
Dead and dying Old Europe, Western academia, the EPA, the Democrat party, all abandoned reason to embrace the politics of global warming. Free market capitalist economies have lowest emissions due to more efficient production. So, in the Left’s pogrom against CO2, we will go poorer and dirtier and the null hypothesis that all global warming is natural is rejected because that’s how government climate science works!
There is a 100-year supply of recoverable natural gas in the US alone but the anti-energy, BIG Government program of the Left would rather abort the baby, sacrifice truth and honesty and if that is not alarming enough, replace science with politics.
The aggressive tactics against CO2 show that the EPA is an anti-business enabler of a hard line takeover by the Left of US energy and industry. The EPA’s labeling of CO2 as a poison is an example of pseudo-intellectual, anti-business McCarthyism by liberal doomsayers of a fiat government.
Facts are facts: we have reached a TIPPING POINT of sorts: global warming stopped nearly two decades ago. Fear in the ’90s of what was to come by 2015 has come and gone. Many scientists outside of the Western government-education complex now see the coming of a cooling phase ahead, due to what is now better understood as the cyclical nature of the sun and decrease in solar activity that has been underway in our solar system for years and could continue for decades if not a hundred years or more. As for CATASTROPHIC predictions of global warming? No! Since 1998 there has been global cooling. Since 2002 there has been no global warming and in recent years we have seen extremely cold winters. What the world may well see looking back from the year 2030 is that while carbon dioxide levels continued to increase around the world the average temperature of the globe plateaued and then went down, not up.
Try as they might the Left has been unable to silence the courageous few who stood up to the Western-led, UN-IPCC consensus of opinion about CO2 being the cause of global warming around the globe. Those who refused to dishonor science have in the meantime been rewarded by the nature of things with the passage of time. For example, the famous hurricane hunter, William Gray may have been run over by a truck blaring Leftist global warming propaganda but he and the truth survived:
“…the global temperature graph for the past century. Notice how, after rising steadily in the early 20th century, in 1940 the temperature suddenly levels off. No – it goes down! For the next 35 years! If the planet is getting steadily warmer due to Industrial Age greenhouse gases, why did it get cooler when industries began belching out carbon dioxide at full tilt at the start of World War II?
Now look at the ice in Antarctica: Getting thicker in places!
Sea level rise? It’s actually dropping around certain islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans.
There are all these… anomalies… computer programs can’t even predict the weather in two weeks, much less 100 years… They sit in this ivory tower, playing around, and they don’t tell us if this is going to be a hot summer coming up. Why not? Because the models are no damn good! (See, Joel Achenbach’s May 2006 interview with William Gray)
“It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming; It is a SCAM,” says John Coleman, founder of The Weather Channel. In challenging the UN-IPCC and derailing the momentum of the Left in support of the Kyoto Protocol, it can now be seen that George Bush saved the country from the gore of radical environmentalism.
The arguments of the global warming faithful have come to mimic in a way the hockey stick computer program of their messianic leader, Michael Mann – no matter what the facts are, they’ve been programed to spit out the same shtick. It took years for concerned scientists to ferret out the data Mann used to construct his hockey stick graph for the UN-IPCC’s disinformation campaign of consensus about the dangers of CO2. We finally learned, however, that the joke was on everyone: scientists discovered Mann’s program did nothing but produce hockey stick graphs, over and over again, irrespective of the data. The government has been paying for filing cabinets full of worthless global warming pseudo-science like this for years.
“My whole involvement has always been driven by concerns about the corruption of science. Like many people I was dragged into this by the Hockey Stick. The Hockey Stick is an extraordinary claim which requires extraordinary evidence, so I started reading round the subject. And it soon became clear that the first extraordinary thing about the evidence for the Hockey Stick was how extraordinarily weak it was, and the second extraordinary thing was how desperate its defenders were to hide this fact. The Hockey Stick is obviously wrong. Climategate 2011 shows that even many of its most outspoken public defenders know it is obviously wrong. And yet it goes on being published and defended year after year. Do I expect you to publicly denounce the Hockey Stick as obvious drivel? Well yes, that’s what you should do. It is the job of scientists of integrity to expose pathological science. It is a litmus test of whether climate scientists are prepared to stand up against the bullying defenders of pathology in their midst. (Jonathan Jones)
What with the AGW True Believers issuing death threats and pushing climate porn on the children, how refreshing it was to see genius teenage skeptic, Kristen Byrnes ‘school’ Al Gore in her term paper (Ponder the Maunder). Continued global warming fear mongering only makes Western academia look like Chicken Little, pumped up with hot air – LOSING – as the Earth moves from no global warming to a cooling trend. Byrnes’ example gives us all a lesson in scientific integrity while exposing Gore as the Leftists’ proverbial, Emperor who parades around the school grounds with no clothes. Dr. Freeman Dyson is not alone in his belief that, “environmentalism has replaced socialism as the leading secular religion,” and that scientists must rediscover how real science is done.
“It’s a kind of scientific integrity, a principle of scientific thought that corresponds to a kind of utter honesty – a kind of leaning over backwards. For example, if you’re doing an experiment, you should report everything that you think might make it invalid – not only what you think is right about it: other causes that could possibly explain your results; and things you thought of that you’ve eliminated by some other experiment, and how they worked – to make sure the other fellow can tell they have been eliminated.
Details that could throw doubt on your interpretation must be given, if you know them. You must do the best you can – if you know anything at all wrong, or possibly wrong – to explain it. If you make a theory, for example, and advertise it, or put it out, then you must also put down all the facts that disagree with it, as well as those that agree with it. There is also a more subtle problem. When you have put a lot of ideas together to make an elaborate theory, you want to make sure, when explaining what it fits, that those things it fits are not just the things that gave you the idea for the theory; but that the finished theory makes something else come out right, in addition. (Richard Feynman)
The time is now for lovers of freedom to choose their futures. During this time of some of the greatest challenges Western Civilization must face for its very survival – from the malevolent forces of radical Islam, radical environmentalism and the anti-humanism of liberal fascism to the social psychosis of the mainstream media’s advocacy journalism – now is not the time to sacrifice the constitution, the economy, capitalism, liberty and the scientific method just because the NYT declares CO2 is a dangerous pollutant that causes global warming. Integrity in science has never been so important.
“Steyn’s book [A Disgrace to the Profession] reminds everyone of Climategate, why the public doesn’t trust climate scientists and aren’t buying their consensus. ~Judith Curry