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Monday, November 29, 2010

Climate change gabfest in Cancun

Here we go again, readers, the pro-climate change crowd are attending their annual gabfest. This latest round of United Nations talks on climate change is being held at Cancun, Mexico. The scare tactics have already begun and, apparently, Oxfam is calling for a new “Green Fund” of at least $100-billion a year to be set up by 2020 to help poor countries adapt to climate change.

Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent for the UK-based Telegraph, tells us that in one of a series of papers published by the Royal Society:

“Professor Kevin Anderson, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, said the only way to reduce global emissions enough, while allowing the poor nations to continue to grow, is to halt economic growth in the rich world over the next twenty years.”

I kid you not. Professor Anderson really wants what he calls the “rich world” to “halt economic growth…” for the “next twenty years.” The professor suggests politicians consider a rationing scheme like the one used during the the 1930s and 40s. Remember what was happening then? The Second World War was happening and that’s why rationing was implemented. Does anyone see another World War on the horizon?

Thank goodness we have the level-headed Conservative, Stephen Harper, as our prime minister. God help us if the Michael Ignatieff Liberals were running things in Ottawa with loonie ideas like this being bandied about at international conferences. Just as they did with the Kyoto Protocol, Grits would be lined up to sign us up so we could bankrupt ourselves trying to forestall the naturally occurring warming cycle the earth seems to be going through.

We’ve had several cycles of ice ages followed by warm spells throughout the earth’s long history, and we’ll probably continue to have them regardless of what humans do. And, frankly, I don’t see this as any sort of excuse or rationale to transfer hundreds of billions of dollars of wealth from one group of countries to another.

“I am not saying we have to go back to living in caves,” Professor Anderson assured us. How kind of you, professor. Thank God for small mercies.

 

© 2010 Russell G. Campbell
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  1. Many of these groups hope to cash in from the redistribution of the wealth programs and taxes.

    This is socialism. It is dying but those professionals are not giving up the gravy train without a fight.

    We need to keep pushing for accountability of our tax dollars and remove funding from groups who are failing to help the most vulnerable and focusing on advocacy as their primary activity.

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  2. Whoa. Don't kid yourself pal, if the Tories had a majority they would ram cap&trade down our throats just like the Tories rammed the GST down our throats 20 years ago. With our form of democracy in Canada we effectively give the majority party a dictatorship. The party in power can do whatever it wants, and there is nothing we can do about it for 5 years. I don’t believe for one minute that the Tories would not bring in Cap&Trade, there is just too much money to be made from it. As long as we have a minority government, they have to dance to our tune, once they get a majority we have to dance to theirs. I will never again vote for one of the two major parties, I want to maintain this minority. I don’t truest any of those people anymore.

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  3. This Cancun summit is not getting anywhere near the media coverage that Copenhagen got last year.

    This is in part because Obama isn't going to show up. Add to it the wikileaks and the Korean crisis then this summit is not even registering among the voting public.

    But more important I think is that there is fatigue among most people. I am not talking about bloggers and those that read them but everyone else. It is clear to most people by now that even if manmade GHG's are causing "climate change" (a big if of course)that the current crop of world leaders are clueless as to how to address the problem. After nearly two decades they have accomplished nothing. In fact they have done more harm than good especially when people check their own wallets.

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  4. Wow. Actually human caused global warming is only an "if" if you are a subscriber to right wing think tanks like the Fraser Institute or the Cato institute. Okay, that's hyperbole. You could also be an oil industry employee. Or you could be hired by the Conservatives. Or you could work for the Calgary Herald. But there is an overwhelming consensus among the scientific community who have expertise in the field. Even Skeptic Magazine recognizes this consensus.

    It seems to be more and more common for blog comments that are denying the likelihood of human caused climate change to be left by anonymous authors. I'm speculating about this, but this is probably because fewer and fewer people are willing to stake their reputations on this issue. Also, an author's credibility is often lost when it's discovered that they are in the employ of the oil industry or the Conservatives, or a right wing, free market, think tank.

    I would have thought that someone who bills themselves as fighting against political dogma would be more able to separate the data from industrial and political spin.

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