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Friday, 22 January 2010

Politics of Climate Change

The politics behind all the hype, hysteria and frankly bad science is being exposed inexorably. As Abraham Lincoln is reputed to have said, you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. Now that the IPCC has finally admitted that its date for the dissappearance of the Himalayan Glaciers is wrong, their denial that it is part of the overall hype and hysteria is notable by the fact that they say they have published the "wrong" date - but don't give a new one.

It speaks of altogether too much politicing behind all of this debate and I just wish that the Greenpeace and Fiends of the Earth Ecowarriors would grow up, stop being complete prats and get a little realism. These ignoramuses swallow the hype and don't understand the very real concerns about the data, the models that are used, and the way the media and the political classes are manipulating them and everyone else with it. I doubt whether the likes of Gordon Brown or Tony Blair even understand the science, they simply do as their civil servant puppet masters tell them.

Watts up with that? has been publising some very telling and interesting articles on the "bad science" and refusal to accept any counter evidence to the desired political line of the moment. And it is political. The Copenhagen Summit failed to deliver precisely because far too many people have woken up to the fact that the developed nations would have had to tax their populations to new heights to pay for the subsidies and handouts to the overpopulated polluters in the developing nations - and most politicians knew they stood no chance of getting away with it. Brown was the single idiot left standing at the end - and we all know where he's headed in May/June next year. If he's lucky he'll keep his seat.

This whole topic is unravelling, which is a shame since there are some things we do need to consider about the environment. The problem is that it has become a political tool and a fight to get and keep research funding. Thus people like the professor in the US who is now being investigated will stop at nothing to make sure that their research funding stays with them and does not get drawn off to explore the very powerful arguments of the skeptics. We also have the problem of the politicians who see "Carbon Tax" as a great way to line their pockets and the pockets of the civil servants while proclaiming that its "good for the environment".

Thankfully, many people are now starting to see through the sham. The founder of Greenpeace is now on record saying that he thinks the organisation should drop its opposition to nuclear power. Edifying was the typically knee-jerk reaction of a typical Greenpeace supporter ....

If Copenhagen tells us aything at all, its that Abe Lincoln was mostly right. He left out the bit that says "except for some idiots who refuse to use the brains God gave them." Those you can fool all of the time.

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