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The climate scaremongers: Apologise for fossil fuels? No, we should be proud

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THE charity Christian Aid have launched a petition calling for richer countries to pay compensation to poorer nations for what they describe as ‘climate damage’.

This is the petition: lossanddamage.christianaid.org.uk/petition/

‘Poorer nations shouldn’t have to take out loans to repair climate damage they did not cause. Make the polluters pay.

‘Crops ruined by drought. Homes destroyed by hurricanes. Roads washed away by floods. Countless lives lost.

‘This climate crisis is hitting vulnerable communities the hardest. Yet those who have done most to cause the damage – rich nations and fossil fuel giants – continue to ignore demands to provide loss and damage funding.

‘We say it’s time for polluters to pay up. To do their moral duty by our global neighbours. It’s time governments set up a central fund to help poorer countries repair and rebuild after climate disasters. And as a large emitter, it is the UK’s duty to push for this fund. Immediately.’

This loathing of the West and its values is nothing new where Christian Aid is concerned. Their goal has long been to destroy capitalism, undermine the West and make us all equally poor.

Underlying this petition is the assumption that poor nations are worse off because of fossil fuels. We can leave aside the question of whether events such as droughts, floods and hurricanes are worse than before the Industrial Revolution (they are not). On a far more basic level, it is undeniable that poorer countries are now immeasurably better off than ever before, precisely because of those very same fossil fuels they are demonising. Most of that improvement in living standards has happened very recently. It does not matter what category you pick, people in Africa and Asia now enjoy lives that their ancestors could never have dreamt about. For instance, some examples from Africa:

•       Life expectancy has increased from 40 to 62 years since 1960;

•       The child mortality rate, ie the proportion of newborns who die before the age of five, has more than halved in the last 30 years;

•       The share of the population with access to clean water has almost doubled in the last two decades;

•       Cereal production has doubled in the last 50 years;

•       Poverty levels have halved since 1990;

•       GDP per capita has tripled since the 1950s.

I have included a couple of graphs illustrating these changes, and there are more to see here.

https://ourworldindata.org/

It is inconceivable that any of this would have happened if the Industrial Revolution had never taken place. And without fossil fuels, there would have been no Industrial Revolution. We should not be apologising for any of this. We should be proud of it.

Developing nations have also gained from the transfer of knowledge and technology, not to mention those dreaded fossil fuels without which their economies would soon return to 19th century levels.

Africa gets 90 per cent of its energy from fossil fuels. Most of the rest comes from hydro power, which could not have been constructed without the use of fossil fuels. Only 2 per cent of its energy comes from renewables.

What does Christian Aid think would happen to Africa’s hospitals, transport, agriculture, industry and commerce without fossil fuels?

What does it think the effect would be on its economy and the standard of living? To put it bluntly, how many millions would die as a direct result?

I suspect Christian Aid don’t actually care about any of this. Their only motivation is their far left political agenda and hatred for Western values.

Finally let’s return to the weather, and all of those disasters listed by Christian Aid.

It is a simple and obvious fact that richer countries are much less affected by extreme weather than poorer ones. This is because their infrastructure is much more resilient, their emergency planning much more effective and they have the resources to put things right quickly.

The best way to protect poorer countries from bad weather is to make them richer too. That cannot be done through aid or ‘climate compensation’. It can only happen by allowing and helping them to develop their economies in the ways that suit them best. If that means fossil fuels, so be it.

It is not Christian to bear false witness. It is not Christian to demand money under false pretences. And it certainly is not Christian to condemn billions of people to a life of poverty.

Christian Aid should be ashamed of themselves.

Pay up, or the climate gets it

THE latest Climate Jamboree, COP27, is continuing at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, where the thousands of jet-setting attendees and hangers-on are no doubt enjoying the sun and sand.

There will be all the usual self-aggrandising speeches, but there is really only one topic up for debate – money!

At Paris seven years ago, developed nations agreed to stump up $100billion a year by 2020 in climate aid. The latest official data suggests that they have reached only $83billion. This is still a vast amount but about two-thirds is in the form of loans, which poorer nations don’t really want and will find difficult to pay off.

However most of the developing nations, which still ludicrously include China and India, have got together and raised their demands to $1.3trillion a year, otherwise they will not co-operate in reducing emissions.

Official OECD forecasts suggest that developed nations will struggle to keep up with the $100billion figure in years to come, not least because they are all broke.

To put the numbers into perspective, based on GDP the UK’s share of $1.3trillion would be $70billion. Plainly the demand is not realistic, even if it is just a starting bid. It does not need me to tell you that $70 billion is not affordable.

It is worth pointing out that the UK is already planning to hand out £11.6billion in climate aid in the next five years, but that this is all funded from the overseas aid budget, which is of course fixed. In other words, money for climate aid is simply switched from other overseas aid spending, such as Ethiopian girl bands.

Worse still, there have been demands for the West to pay climate reparations/compensation. This would be an extremely damaging concession for the West to make, for a number of reasons:

•       It would be an open-ended commitment;

•       It would be an admission of guilt;

•       There is no evidence that global warming has made the weather any worse, so how would it be calculated?

Apparently the far-left Labour/Green government in Australia has agreed to reparations in principle, and there has been some worrying ambivalence from Rishi Sunak. Fortunately there is zero chance of it being agreed, because the US is determined to block it.

Meanwhile African nations have shown that this was never about the climate, and are determined to push for more fossil fuel projects at the jamboree. According to Reuters on October 4:  ‘African countries will use the COP27 climate talks in Egypt to advocate for a common energy position that sees fossil fuels as necessary to expanding economies and electricity access, the continent’s top energy official said on Tuesday . . . “We recognise that some countries may have to use fossil fuels for now, but it’s not one solution fits all,’ said Amani Abou-Zeid, the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy. “It is not time to exclude, but it is the time to tailor solutions for a context”.’

Governments in Africa and the rest of the developing world have never fallen for the climate change con as ours in the West have. The only reason they have gone along with the whole charade for so long is the prospect of large dollops of money. And while we continue to dole it out, they carry on developing their economies with help from fossil fuels.

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Paul Homewood
Paul Homewood
Paul Homewood is a former accountant who blogs about climate change at Not a Lot of People Know That

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