I woke this morning to two items of glad tidings: the world’s leaders have reached a ‘historic’ climate change agreement, and Malcolm Turnbull, the man who swore he would be doing no more than adding some spit, polish and a media-friendly smile to his predecessors policies, has immediately overturned the Abbott government’s ban on government, er, ‘investment’ in wind farms. May Gaia be praised and rent-seekers enriched!
The cult of climate change — Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming, to give it its correct title — is a strange beast, one whose advocates’ lies, distortions and pseudo-science have fascinated me for the past decade. Although I regard myself as a conservative, I can usually concede that, on most political issues, the other side at least has an arguable case (the notable exception to this being ‘asylum seekers’). And when it becomes clear that the other side has won, I’m usually prepared to let go with a sigh and move on.
But the business of climate change, well that is different because ‘climate change’ is an ideological issue, not a scientific one.
Back in 2001, the IPCC released its 3rd Assessment Report. The report’s Summary for Policymakers had a prominent graph that showed global temperatures rising alarmingly from 1860 to 2000. In 2007, the Summary for Policymakers of 4th Assessment Report contained exactly the same graph. It had not been updated to show the measurements for the intervening six years. You all know the reason for that omission. A fresh graph would have shown a flat line from 1998 to 2007, which would not have helped the cause at all. By that stage, sceptics were already noting the lack of warming, but the official position of the climate science establishment was that it would require at least 15 years of no warming before their vaunted and hallowed models could be regarded as genuinely suspect.
Fair enough, but if sceptics thought they had only to wait 15 years for the whole theory to be invalidated, or at the very least to be subject to some serious questioning, they were sadly naïve. Since that time, the scientific basis for the theory of CAGW has continued to erode while the money-hoovering juggernaut rolls relentlessly on.
Sceptics such as David Evans, Jo Nova, John Christy, Judith Curry, Roy Spencer et al continue to address the holes in the science but Malcolm Turnbull, supposedly the smartest kid in any room, will not have a bar of it. The man who is now Australia’s leader has his own agenda. Witness the public wealth he has now poured back into the wind industry, which enriches none but its backers and impoverishes everyone else.
It is inconceivable that Turnbull and his cronies are unaware of the fatuousness of a non-binding treaty based on carbon-reduction commitments, many made by some very dodgy regimes indeed. Despite the posturing in Paris, none actually believes anything substantive will actually come from the treaty they have blessed with pieties and photo ops. The establishment knows the science is bogus, but that is beside the point. There are lobbies to be pleasured, mates to be enriched, taxpayers to be fed nonsense with one hand and robbed blind with the other.
That Turnbull smile, there is a reason why it is so broad and even more self-satisfied than usual.
As I said, when the tide of politics and elected leaders’ decisions go against what I would prefer to have seen, I can usually accept it. But not this time, Mr Turnbull.
And by the way, Prime Minister, when are you calling the election? I can’t wait to express my view of what you have done and what you are. I know many, many others are feeling likewise. So enjoy the moment. I suspect the glow won’t last.