Ban ki-Moon has been in Sydney – lucky old us. He gave a speech at Sydney University and was interviewed (worshipped) from various different positions by the ABC, naturally.
One of the key subjects was climate change, and as usual, there was spin and emotional blackmail from the UN chief, claiming on the one hand that “Australia could lead the way” in the fight against climate change [er, if reducing global emissions by 0.075% in a decade is "leading the way", I'd hate to see the slackers at the back... - Ed] and on the other imploring us to “look into the eyes” of Pacific islanders forced out of their homes by climate change.
Of course, there is no evidence that sea levels are accelerating due to anthropogenic emissions (in fact they have plateaued and recently dropped), but that doesn’t stop the UN chief using it to push his organisation’s political agenda for a global governmental role.
You can’t blame him really, after all, he’s got the IPCC advising him, poor bloke. He had words of advice for “sceptics” (thanks in advance):
“I know, once again, there are the sceptics. Those who say climate change is not real,” he said.
Wrong. We do not say climate change is not real, we say that climate change happens (duh) but man’s effect on it is small and taxing our economies out of existence won’t make any difference whatsoever. In fact, strong economies are needed to fund the costs of adaptation to climate change whether anthropogenic or natural, rather than pissing trillions of dollars up the wall trying, and failing, to mitigate.
“But the facts are clear: global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, millions of people are suffering today from climate impacts. Climate change is very real.”
It’s that correlation and causation thing again.
He suggested the doubters take a trip to Kiribati.
“Look into the eyes of the young boy who told me: ‘I am afraid to sleep at night’ because of the rising water,” he said.
“Talk with the parents who told me how they stood guard fearing that their children might drown in their own homes when the tide came in.” (source)
Nothing but mawkish emotional blackmail. Sea levels have not accelerated due to industrialisation. They have risen at virtually the same rate for thousands of years. And anyway, Kiribati is growing – the BBC told us so it must be true.
Then there was the usual bull on China, an example to us all whilst at the same time building a new coal fired power station every couple of weeks:
To those who said there was no point in taking action, because other nations were not, Mr Ban pointed to big polluters including China and India.
China had pledged to reduce its carbon pollution by up to 45 per cent in the next decade, he said. (source)
Well, my friends, that is an outright lie. Because they have pledged to do nothing of the kind. I think the Sydney Morning Herald in its agenda-driven editorial haze forgot the most important phrase “carbon intensity”. Which means China’s emissions will continue to rise, but at a slower rate than before. Big deal – their increases will still outstrip Australia’s reductions many, many times over – that is, if they actually manage to achieve that target, which is far from certain.
Smoke and mirrors once again from the UN’s chief alarmist. The airport’s that way…