WE have heard a lot about climate change in the last few weeks. The middle-class entitled hippies, Extinction Rebellion, have been preventing people getting to work while our new woke police dance and skateboard around them. The hippies were duly awarded with some ministerial meetings.
St Greta continues her crusade to get us all to survive on kale, which prompted Ed Miliband to make a fool out of himself on the Today programme, collapsing into finger-stabbing hysterics to tell us we should declare war on this climate emergency and not to eat as many bacon butties or fly as much as he does (19,000 air miles I do believe). You can see him in full flow in another interview on Radio 5 here.
If we do not do as he commands then we are all going to die, either in a massive flood not seen since the time of Noah or a fiery hell not seen since Dante.
Climate change is not my area of expertise, but nor do the finger waggers know much about it either. I am not against change if it is necessary to conserve our planet as I am a conservative. I also believe we could all probably cut back on some meat (less gluttony all around). I have re-started no meat in our house on Fridays in accordance with Christian tradition etc, etc. However, I am not going to start to ‘panic’ as St Greta would have us do and hand over all my power and liberty to the likes of Ed fly-me-to-the-moon Miliband.
I am deeply sceptical when a very firm orthodoxy takes hold in any area, and this City Journal piece explains why climate change has become the science of dogma, and that environmental correctness has got a grip.
Judith Curry, a true climatologist, explains the basics. She headed the department of earth and atmospheric sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology until she gave up on the academy so that she could express herself independently. ‘Independence of mind and climatology have become incompatible,’ she says. She continues: ‘There is warming, but we don’t really understand its causes. The human factor and carbon dioxide, in particular, contribute to warming, but how much is the subject of intense scientific debate.’
So don’t panic and read this piece.
I picked up on Twitter this sequence of information that explains how the government’s Climate Change Committee (CCC) has spawned climate change cronyism. It was started by by Ben Pile, a researcher, writer and blogger who is sceptical of environmentalism, for science, against scientism.
Ben begins by explaining how the CCC is the epitome of post-Blair, Brown-Miliband era politics.
That it represents the political establishment closing ranks against the public.
That it was the moment that the idea that politics should represent and serve ordinary people’s interests disappeared.
You can read this long ‘thread’ of information and comment here.