Warming talk cools: Good climate news just isn’t computing
by Monte Solberg
Finally, some good news on the climate change front: Our planetary hot flashes are not as hot as we thought.
According to reports, the International Panel on Climate Change will soon reveal that the climate isn’t warming nearly as fast as predicted.
In 2007, leading science guys at the IPCC projected that the planet would warm at a rate of .2 degrees every 10 years. They now say the rate is only .12 degrees.
It seems the computers were at fault, which we can all appreciate. Who hasn’t had their computer send out stupidly worded e-mails, or make thoughtless comments leaving their human owners to take the blame? Read more…
It’s a fact that in the climate change debate, the truth doesn’t matter
by Lorne Gunter
For more than two weeks now, scientists with doubts about the dangers of global warming have been buzzing about what appears to be a huge admission from the United Nations.
A draft of the UN’s next five-year assessment report has been leaked and appears to show what the skeptics have been saying for years: Carbon dioxide has less effect on global temperatures than thought, the sun is a bigger “driver” of climate change, and global temperatures have not risen appreciably in the past 16 years. Read more…
Earlier today, the jet set of the climate change world began their meeting in Durban, South Africa.
Sure, this United Nations body could meet in New York or Geneva where the UN has permanent facilities but that wouldn’t allow them to whoop it up in places like Bali, Cancun and now Durban. Sure one year they met in a frigid Copenhagen but that was a mistake.
So now thousands of delegates have flown to sunny, warm Durban with it’s beautiful golf courses, exquisite beaches and history of racism.
No, I’m not just talking apartheid, this is also where the anti-Semitic human rights conference known as Durban got it’s start.
But don’t worry, they are here to save the environment, or if you believe the people behind this movement, re-order society.
I don’t make this stuff up, you just need to ask the participants.
Here’s what Tim Flannery, a world renowned climate change expert, told me just ahead of the Copenhagen conference a couple of years ago:
“The negotiations now ongoing towards the Copenhagen agreement are in effect diplomacy at the most profound global level. They deal with every aspect of our life and they will influence every aspect of our life, our economy, our society, our relationship with the developing world, our relationship with the environment as well.”
Last year, ahead of the Cancun summit Ottmar Edenhofer, a German economist and co-chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said that “climate policy is redistributing the world’s wealth.”
And you thought this was about the environment didn’t you?
No, this is about reorganizing the world. This is about redistributing wealth.
Canada is set to give another $400 million for climate change financing. That’s right, another $400 million.
Sure the Harper government is pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol, this after Chretien signed Canada up for targets that could never be met and that he never did anything to move us towards those targets.
We are pulling out of Kyoto but still paying the Dane geld to the climate change alarmists.
Well now we have more evidence that there are problems with the system.
Another cache of emails have been released, it’s being dubbed climate gate 2. Some people don’t want to publish the emails or want to discredit them because they were hacked, stolen if you will. Sure all the emails, the diplomatic cables released by Wiki Leaks were stolen, but that’s different, they were hacked and released for a great cause – embarrassing America.
The climate gate emails once again show that scientists wanted to hide information that didn’t support their cause.
Phil Jones, the man behind the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, is found to be shutting out researchers who don’t fully back his views. There is one email that talks about finding an investigative journalist to go after critics of the UN’s climate change reports.
“I have been talking with folks in the States about finding an investigative journalist to investigate and expose McIntyre and his thus far unexposed connections with fossil fuels interests.” – Michael Mann, University of Pennsylvania.
The temperature of the world has not been going up for years, a fact that Flannery told me was related to the fact that the earth was cooling before it warmed again.
Now a new report form the American National Science Foundation is also questioning the overall concept of warming saying that the UN folks have been over-hyping the problem.
For too long, the debate surrounding climate change has been one of those in favour silencing those opposed and claiming the science is settled.
Those days are now over and real debate can resume.
One world government folks….the idea whose time never comes is back. That’s the topic of Tonight’s Byline.
It’s budget day in Canada and true to form the Harper government is following through on it’s promise to deliver essentially the same budget as the last one.
A few changes here and there such as ending welfare for Canadian political parties and promising some HST money to Quebec.
Throughout the campaign the Harper government has promised a low-tax future for the country as compared to their opponents.
We can quibble about why somethings are still being funded if we truly are in a low tax environment but more on that later.
At least when it comes to the feds here in Ottawa we have a say in who gets to hold the purse strings.
In Canada we have elections and choose who will run the country.
This doesn’t please people like Brigitte Depape who protested in the Senate Chamber during the throne speech.
Depape has said Canada needs an Arab spring perhaps not realizing that the people calling for democracy in the Middle East would love to have what we just went through, an election to choose a government.
For some though democracy and antiquated ideas like no taxation without representation get in the way of progress.
The World Bank is getting set to propose that a tax be levied on all jet fuel and shipping fuel for the cargo ships that enable world trade.
The reason? Climate change.
In an interview with the Reuters news agency the World’ Bank’s point man on climate change says that a proposal will be put forward to leaders of the G20 in October to put a global tax on these fuels to raise $100 billion annually.
“We are looking at carbon emissions-based sources … including bunker (shipping) fuels and aviation fuels, that would be internationally coordinated albeit nationally collected,” said Andrew Steer, World Bank special envoy for climate change.
This is not the first time such a tax has been proposed and it won’t be the last but just like all the other proposals that call for some kind of world tax we must say no.
The idea of no taxation without representation sounds to many Canadians like an American ideal, probably because they heard about it on School House Rock or from American TV but in reality it is part of Canada’s heritage as well.
When the nobles forced King John’s hand at Runnymede and the Magna Carta was sealed, the king agreed to seek consent before levelling a tax. Throughout the centuries this has been expanded and improved upon in Parliamentary democracy and today includes the ability to throw out a government that taxes us too much, or not enough.
Who though would we hold to account for the global fuel tax?
Who would set the tax rate?
Who would decide where the $100 billion would be spent?
Who would be held accountable for the spending of the funds?
And who would we vote out if things went wrong?
None of these questions seem to bother Mr. Steer of the World Bank. Like so many people in the upper echelons of these international bodies, what the people want or vote for or will tolerate, are not as important as what he wants.
There is no one world government and we should never accept one and neither should we accept the idea of one world government tax be it for climate change or anything else.