Registered On: December 24, 2013
Just ducking in to clarify a couple of points.
First, BRI, I don’t and never have denied that man-made emissions are having an impact on climate change. It’s the size of this impact that I — and many scientists, btw — are questioning. The IPCC is now claiming that man is effectively responsible for everything that’s happening, yet the ONLY evidence for this comes from computer models. You can claim as much as you like that “there’s no other explanation for what’s happening” but such a statement assumes climate change is well understood. The plain truth is that climate is hugely complex and we do NOT understand everything. Indeed, we know more about the moon than we do about the oceans, which play a critical role.
Second, Deerey, I do NOT ignore scientists. What I ignore are the outrageous claims being made on their behalf by the IPCC, the media and environmental zealots. Plenty of scientists have left the IPCC because they do not agree with the way the science is covered in the IPCC reports, which have become one outrageous claim after another.
The great sadness with all of this is that it’s turned climate change into a political battle, which will hit the poorest hardest and deny cheap energy that much of the world needs to lift it out of poverty. If people say that’s “gaslighting”, tough. It’s the reality whether people like it or not.
As I said above the UK is about to find what I’ve been warning about for many years. Energy prices are not going to fall but will rise hugely on top of which the costs of achieving net-zero through things such as heat pumps and EVs will be eyewatering. They won’t even save much carbon as they will still have to be manufactured, run on some sort of energy and things such as batteries use valuable resources that can be very difficult to extract in volume. Living standards will fall and people’s quality of life will suffer — it’s not at all unreasonable to expect electricity usage will have to be rationed while taxes for things such as driving will skyrocket.
What impact will this have on climate change? Pretty much zero and certainly not measurable. It’s totally and utterly crazy. As you are all about to find out.