Brisbane Times – hysterical alarmist opinion piece

This is what we can expect as global temperatures level off and fall, ever increasing hysteria from the warmists desperately trying to stop the wheels falling off their cash-cow bandwagon. The Brisbane Times (from the Fairfax – Age, SMH – stable) excels itself in scaremongering claptrap in an editorial piece entitled “Economy won’t matter if earth dies“:

The science of climate change now tells us that if global temperatures are allowed to rise by 3 degrees — which is compatible with widespread adoption by developed countries of the Rudd Government 2020 emission targets — irreversible changes will be set in place that will drive the global temperature increase to 6 degrees above the pre-industrial level.

If this is allowed to happen, it will have catastrophic consequences for the environment and human civilisation.

Even managing to contain global warming to 2 degrees would involve risks for the planet that would be unacceptable to most individuals if the same odds of death applied to air travel or engineering projects.

Already the consequences of global warming are apparent. Extreme weather events are becoming commonplace. The lower Murray and the Great Barrier Reef are crippled almost beyond repair.

If the Rudd formula is applied generally, science tells us the consequences of global warming above 3 degrees include in Australia the deaths of the Great Barrier Reef, the Murray-Darling-Goulburn Basin and Kakadu National Park.

Internationally, the costs include loss of Arctic summer sea ice. Without ice to reflect the sun, the temperature rise will cause the irreversible loss of the Greenland and Himalayan ice sheets, which would translate into an eventual seven-metre rise in sea levels. Under threat are the 200 million people living on flood plains; 22 of the 50 largest cities, which are at risk from tidal surges; and the billion people in an ark from Pakistan to China whose lives depend on the six great rivers of Asia to keep flowing during the dry season.

Just count up how many misrepresentation and outright falsehoods there are in those few paragraphs. The trouble is that most people reading it will treat it as gospel. Disgraceful journalism, Kenneth Davidson.

Read it here.

This is what most 17-year-olds probably think about "global warming" …

… thanks to the indoctrination of their eco-fundamentalist science teachers, the ABC, and newspapers like The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. From a letter to The Age:

MR RUDD, I am 17. Although my opinion will be politically insignificant for another year, it is my generation who will suffer the consequences of inadequate climate change action. After your election, I was one of many excited at the prospect of change. Now I feel extreme disappointment. What happened to taking climate change seriously; to listening to science; to climate change being the greatest challenge of the generation?

I understand how such a politically cunning response would blunt Opposition attacks. But we don’t need clever political manoeuvres or more excuses, summits or reports. We know the facts. A carbon reduction of 25-40 per cent by 2020 is necessary to keep global temperatures within 2 to 2.4 degrees of pre-industrial levels. A mere 5 to 15 per cent means destroying the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu and catastrophe for the Murray-Darling Basin, thus threatening 700,000 jobs.

Global warming may be the greatest challenge of your generation but it is the greatest threat to mine. Don’t go down with John Howard as one of the men who stood by and watched it happen.

Robert Moseley, Upper Ferntree Gully

Read it here.

Andrew Bolt – The 10 worst warming predictions

A great piece from Andrew, who exposes the hysterical predictions made by alarmists for what they are – nonsensical hype.

GLOBAL warming preachers have had a shocking 2008. So many of their predictions this year went splat.

Here’s their problem: they’ve been scaring us for so long that it’s now possible to check if things are turning out as hot as they warned.

And good news! I bring you Christmas cheer – the top 10 warming predictions to hit the wall this year.

Read, so you can end 2008 with optimism, knowing this Christmas won’t be the last for you, the planet or even the polar bears.

Read it here.

The Daily Bayonet – GW Hoax Weekly Roundup

As always, a great read.

Miranda Devine – climate sense

Miranda Devine in the Sydney Morning Herald does a first class demolition job on Krudd & Co’s pointless and wrongly named “Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme”.

Read it here.

2008: "10th hottest year on record"

All the headlines are screaming this fact today, published in the World Meteorological Organisation’s annual climate report. But before we all go and sacrifice a methane-belching ruminant at the altar of Al Gore and the Holy Church of AGW, let’s put a bit of sanity round it:

  • “On record” means since about 1850, a blink of an eye in geological terms which doesn’t include the higher temperatures experienced on earth during the Medieval Warm Period
  • Since temperatures have been climbing steadily since the Little Ice Age, you would expect each year to be the warmest (and this trend started way before evil capitalist CO2 emitting industries and economies were on the scene)
  • If 11 out of the last 12 years are supposedly the warmest on record, then the fact that 2008 is the 10th warmest actually demonstrates a significant cooling… and in fact in Australia, 2008 is the coolest year since 2001…

Next story please.

Read it here (and a thousand other places).

A bit of light relief…

Have a read of this article from the Green Left Weekly (its title tells you all you need to know). A few highlights to whet the appetite:

The targets are not simply disappointing. They are disastrous and appalling.

Worst of all, 450ppm is itself an alarmingly dangerous target that would almost certainly lead to runaway climate change.

As little as 2° warming will still push the planet far past crucial climate tipping points where the planet will begin to warm itself — leading to catastrophic and unpredictable consequences.

It is for this reason that climate scientist James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has argued we face a “planetary emergency” and called for reducing atmospheric carbon at 300-325ppm as rapidly as possible.

The climate change movement also has a very special role and responsibility to tell the truth about the threat climate change poses to people and planet — the truth that the mainstream politicians and media consistently work to conceal.

Read it here.

Handful of greenies protest at emissions targets

About half a dozen “students, environmental organisations and green groups” caused a minor inconvenience at a few government offices, bleating about the 5 per cent target for 2020. But there is a sinister veiled threat of “direct action”, which will, no doubt, be treated very leniently by the courts:

[Nature Conservation Council of NSW chief executive officer Cate] Faehrmann said the Government would now see a spike in more drastic measures to get the message across.

“When it comes to the planet and a safe climate we need to step it up. They haven’t listened to us when we’ve politely asked, so I think there will be a rise in non-violent, direct action [such as] occupying Parliament and sit-ins in offices,” Faehrmann said.

That means non-violent until it turns violent, which these protests have a funny habit of doing…

Read it here.

Rudd & Co make tiny commitment to emissions reduction

Reality bites, as Rudd and Wong announce only a 5% cut in emissions by 2020, which could increase to 15% if there is a global agreement to reduce emissions further. And that’s a big “if”, judging by the results at Poznan. The Greens are livid, of course, which kind of indicates that Rudd is on the right track…

“Australia’s commitment of a 5 -15 per cent reduction by 2020 is a serious and credible commitment to the global action required and is realistically attainable in the current circumstances,” the white paper says.

It’s not a serious and credible commitment at all – it’s a pointless gesture, when what was needed was no gesture at all. In truth, a 5% cut in Australian emissions will do nothing (since a 100% cut in emissions would do nothing as well), and may still cause some unnecessary damage to our already weakened economy, but at least they haven’t swallowed the Green agenda whole.

There’s little chance of a global agreement in Copenhagen, especially with China building two new coal-fired power stations each week, and by that time it is at least possible that the AGW bandwagon will be seriously derailed by continuing global cooling. Here’s hoping.

Read it here.

Climate madness from Bob Brown

And this is real madness, not just the “madness-lite” you get from Rudd & Wong. But we expect little else from the Greens of course, who live in an environmentally friendly little bubble, insulated from the genuine realities of the world. Check out these targets that Bob Brown, writing in The Sydney Morning Herald, has come up with in his fairytale world:

  • 40% reduction by 2020 (below 1990 levels, not 2000 levels);
  • (wait for it…) 100% reduction by 2050

So that would mean no fossil fuel use at all – no petrol or diesel cars, trucks or buses, no planes, no coal use, no natural gas, no nothing, and all by 2050 (and of course, no nuclear – perish the thought). And just for luck, he throws in the usual alarmist BS:

A level of 550 parts per million is a recipe for environmental and humanitarian catastrophe on a scale that is scarcely imaginable.

Australia will lose the Great Barrier Reef (and the 63,000 jobs that it sustains), Kakadu and our alpine snowfields. The Murray-Darling food basket will dry up much faster. There is a real prospect of two billion people in Asia going without clean water if, as projected, the Tibetan glaciers, which feed many of Asia’s major rivers, disappear in the next few decades.

The really alarming thing is that (a) Bob Brown is a Senator of the Australian Parliament (we know the Tassies are a breed apart, but why on earth did they vote this guy in?), and (b) the Moonbat Herald gives him a platform.

Read it here.


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