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The climate scaremongers: Proof that our Net Zero drive is pointless


FOR years BP has published its Annual Review of Energy, with loads of detail about global energy production and consumption trends. This year the job has been taken over by the Energy Institute, but the format is the same.

The latest report shows that emissions of carbon dioxide continued to rise in 2023, hitting another high. This continues the pattern of recent years, interrupted only by the lockdowns in 2020.

 The highlights of the report are:

•    CO2 emissions are up 1.6 per cent year-on-year

•    Fossil fuel consumption is also up, by 1.5 per cent

•    Primary energy consumption up 2 per cent

•    Wind and solar power account for only 6 per cent of total energy, up from 5.3 per cent in 2022

In short, increasing generation from wind and solar is not even keeping up with rising demand. The following three graphs tell the story:

Since 2015, when the Paris Climate Agreement was signed, non-OECD emissions have grown by 18 per cent.

The message is stark. While Western countries are slowly moving away from fossil fuels, the rest of the world have made it clear that they are not concerned about climate change, real or imaginary. Their only priority is to grow their economies and improve the lot of their people. For this they need abundant and cheap energy, something that renewables cannot supply.

It must be painfully apparent, even to the Milibands of the world, that the rich OECD countries are rapidly becoming irrelevant in overall terms. Whatever sacrifices we make, the rest of the world will carry on with business as usual.

BBC’s heatwave hysteria

IT’S summer, so surprise, surprise, some places are hot.

According to the BBC, the heatwave in Delhi last month was ‘unprecedented’. Well, at least since the previous one! Temperatures there, they say, topped 40C. May is traditionally the hottest month in India, and temperatures exceed 45C most years in Delhi. The record of 47.2C at the Indian Meteorological Department’s Base Station of Safdarjun was set in 1944, and clearly daily temperatures are not increasing there.

KNMI Climate Explorer

The month of May as a whole was not unusually hot either. Again temperatures for the month are not increasing, and the hottest May was in 1943.

Safdarjun is on the outskirts of the city, so is not badly affected by the urban heat island effect. That is why the Indian Meteorological Department regard it as a high-quality site, suitable for climatological purposes. The media often quote higher temperatures from city centre sites, which usually only have a few years’ worth of data. These have no climatological significance and are useful only for propaganda.

A day later the BBC claimed that a heatwave in Phoenix, Arizona, and the rest of the US South West had been made ‘35 times more likely’ because of climate change. In fact, temperatures in Phoenix never got above 113F, which is par for the course there at this time of year, and well below the June record of 122F set in 1990.

As is so often the case, the BBC claims are derived not from real world data but ‘weather attribution’ models. These are computer models programmed to show that global warming makes weather more extreme, and are widely ridiculed in wider scientific circles (as opposed to ‘climate science’).

Extreme weather expert Professor Roger Pielke Jr summed it up best when he said, ‘I can think of no other area of research where the relaxing of rigour and standards has been encouraged by researchers to generate claims more friendly to headlines and political advocacy.’

Which just about sums up the BBC’s climate reporting too!

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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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