Paris: climate madness still alive and well

Using his granddaughter as a political prop – stay classy…

Forget Iran, North Korea and Islamic State. The fact that the planet will likely disappear under multiple nuclear mushroom clouds well before the climate has any effect seems to have gone unnoticed in the rarified atmosphere of international climate negotiations.

Europe is rapidly transitioning (a buzzword du jour if ever there was one) from the seat of medieval and Renaissance achievement to an Islamised hellhole, Western civilisation is descending into a swamp of childish self-indulgence and ‘safe spaces’, but the real problem is reducing the temperature of the planet by a few hundredths of a degree by 2100 – maybe.

Such is the disconnect between reality – in the sense of what is really happening in the world (we need to define that word now) – and the other reality – the one that exists in politicians’ brains.

Which all goes to explain the fanfare that accompanied Australia’s signing of the Paris climate treaty:

A record 175 countries, including the world’s top polluters China and the United States, have signed the Paris climate deal, boosting hopes of quick action on combating global warming.

French President Francois Hollande was the first leader to put his signature to the accord during a ceremony at the United Nations, followed by leaders from island-states hardest hit by climate change.

Australia joined those signing the agreement, with Environment Minister Greg Hunt saying Canberra seek to ratify the deal this year.

Not only are priorities completely inverted, but by strangling economies still reeling from the GFC, the climate deal will further incapacitate the West in struggling to deal with the real challenges that face the planet.

Climate madness is alive and well.

ACM cancels out Earth Hour

ACM Towers' display for Power Hour

ACM Towers’ display for Power Hour

Once again, congratulations to all of you who turned off your electric lights last night and sat around in the dark for an hour with a few candles burning. When I say ‘congratulations’ I actually mean ‘tough luck, suckers’ because you have actually increased the carbon dioxide emissions of the planet by doing so. Well done.

Bjørn Lomborg explains:

Hypothetically, switching off the lights for an hour would cut CO2 emissions from power plants across the world. But even if everyone in the world cut all residential lighting, and this translated entirely into CO2 reduction, it would be the equivalent of China pausing its CO2 emissions for less than four minutes. In fact, Earth Hour will cause emissions to increase.

As Britain’s National Grid operators have found, a small decline in electricity consumption does not translate into less energy being pumped into the grid, and therefore will not reduce emissions. Moreover, during Earth Hour any significant drop in electricity demand will entail a reduction in CO2 emissions during the hour, but it will be offset by the surge from firing up coal or gas stations to restore electricity supplies afterwards.

And the cosy candles that many participants will light, which seem so natural and environmentally friendly, are still fossil fuels and almost 100 times less efficient than incandescent light bulbs. Using one candle for each switched-off bulb cancels out even the theoretical CO2 reduction; using two candles means that you emit more CO2. (source)

And in any event, ACM ensured that the efforts of New South Wales environmentalists (with the emphasis on ‘mentalists’) were negated by the annual Power Hour display at ACM Towers (photo).

Tinkering with the theme…

A fair few comments about the new theme being too small, which I agree with. So let me have your feedback on this alternative, which I think is far clearer.

Thanks for your patience while we get this right!


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