Thanks to regular reader Simon Roberts for his offering below, which he was inspired to write on the leaked draft IPCC report.
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So, it seems that the IPCC are about to admit what many of us have known all along – that the warming of the environment at the end of the 20th Century was due to solar activity (See James’ Blog). I say 20th Century as the climate has been cooling for the last fifteen years.
This would appear to be the beginning of the end for the Warmists. When challenged on the science, their cheerleaders – primarily the BBC and the Guardian – refer to IPCC reports which, because the UN represents all hope for the future for such people, are beyond reproach.
There will still be battles to be fought and it will be some time before the establishment comes to terms with the new position as the Warmist philosophy is so deeply entrenched (they can even count the Prime Minister among their number), but we all need to understand how close a call this has been.
We have come very close to losing control of our economic lives, both as individuals and as nations. Make no mistake, if unelected international organisations had been awarded virtually limitless powers to control the use of global energy in the name of “saving the planet”, we would have entered a new dark age for mankind.
Future generations will scratch their heads in bemusement and wonder how we came so close to such a situation. The answer will of course be simple – “cui bono”. The main beneficiaries of the warmest philosophy have been politicians, bureaucrats and multinational corporations. The main losers have been the poor, in both the West and the Third World (i.e. those without power).
People in future will also no doubt ask how so many of us could have been taken in by this. The answer is rather less simple but it does highlight another problem of our age – the power of the media. The science behind warmism can be summarised in one phrase – “hide the decline” – yet a self-censoring media has followed the Warmist line with very little dissent allowed.
We should now start looking ahead. There are practical issues to be resolved – for example, what will happen to the wind turbines when the subsidies stop? They will become uneconomical to run and will fall into disuse. With no maintenance, they will become dangerous and will have to be removed. Who will foot the bill?
But the main lesson that we should all learn from this is that when the powers-that-be collude against the people to bypass democratic accountability for their own ends, there are no virtually limits to the deceit that will be practised. When the next attempt at taking power from the people and giving it to elites surfaces (my bet would be on the need for Global Government in response to financial crisis) will we have learned our lesson?