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Global Warming Scam

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Incentives create a type of behavior. If you want to achieve something which requires influencing public opinion then you create think tanks, grass root’s organizations, facts & figures. You stigmatize, engage in lawfare and personalize attacks. You seek to reward those espousing the cause and cause harm to those who stand against it. This of course includes spreading lies and disinformation. It’s a standard modus operandi which cuts across subject areas. This is why you have to be skeptical when examining data and theories of the world.  Data and theories of the world are the building blocks of your cognitive frameworks and mental models. These in turn shape your understanding and actions.

Given how our brains are wired, you have to be doubly skeptical about something that confirms your prejudices. It drops your defenses. Similarly you have to review and follow the thoughts of those you disagree with. You have to in order to mitigate the tendency to discount evidence that contradicts your beliefs and to test your assumptions.

The linked videos are by some of the biggies on the skeptical side of the anthropogenic global warming debate. If you’ve not read/watched their work in its entirety then you’ve probably only been exposed to straw man propaganda. If you are not truly familiar with their work, then check out some of these:

Some Videos On The Global Warming Fraud

UPDATE:

$79bn of funding from the US government alone to prove a global warming crisis at the 9 minute mark in the  50 to 1 Project – Joanne Nova Interview.  Sometimes you get what you pay for.

 
A Dalton Minimum

They used to say that when America catches a cold the world sneezes. But what happens if the world catches a cold, if it gets colder?

What’s Up With That has an excellent post suggesting we might be in for colder times:

A Dalton Minimum Repeat is Shaping Up: The sun went spotless yesterday (19 December 2010), the first time in quite awhile… The Dalton Minimum was a period of low solar activity, named after the English meteorologist John Dalton, lasting from about 1790 to 1830.[1] Like the Maunder Minimum and Spörer Minimum, the Dalton Minimum coincided with a period of lower-than-average global temperatures. The Oberlach Station in Germany, for example, experienced a 2.0°C decline over 20 years.[2] The Year Without a Summer, in 1816, also occurred during the Dalton Minimum.

The possibility of a Maunder minimum used to be the major concern. The Dalton minimum is not as bad. The following chart from the article illustrates the number of sunspots over the last 400 years. The good news is that we appear to have moved from being concerned with a Maunder Minimum to a Dalton Minimum. The latter is associated with a cold period rather than a little ice age.

There are numerous charts in the original post and I will leave it to interested readers to follow the link to examine the science in more detail. As is often the way with many of the better sites, the comments make fascinating reading. I tended to agree with this one:

Robert M says:

December 20, 2010 at 12:46 am

I believe if there is a 2c drop it could be disaster for humanity especially if the warmies and watermelons get what they want and world governments are blindsided by the cold.

I am of the mind that we need to start seeing a significant drop in temperatures for the sake of humanity. For all the damage this would do (crops would suffer, millions would die of starvation and cold-related deaths) it would pale besides the damage our corrupt leaders and the UN would inflict on us. We have already seen deaths from starvation due to tax-subsidised farmers growing biofuel instead of food (pushing food prices through the roof). We have already seen masses of jobs lost as once-free businesses fail to compete with the tax-funded green industry. We have already seen energy bills sky-rocket. We have already seen an entire section of the population – i.e. those who know that scepticism in science is an essential element – stigmatised by our own political representatives as “climate deniers” (Gordon Brown used the term on many occasions during his short, unelected period in office, as does Obama, as do most of the unelected EU, as do most of the unelected UN). We have already seen Government-produced propaganda targeted towards children, designed to scare them and if necessary to turn them against their sceptical parents. This is showing no signs of stopping, despite the complete failure of alarmists to prove their corrupt hypothesis. If anything, the more evidence that mounts against them (i.e. that the recent warming is part of a natural cycle, and is nothing remotely unusual), the more totalitarian they become.

So again, I say bring on the cold.

However, it all depends on just how cold and for just how long. A short relatively mild cold snap is just what we need to force people to face reality. That there is more than man to climate change. But cold periods are bad for humanity. They coincide with the collapse of civilizations and hard times. People struggle to keep warm and grow food. Prosperity fades. This can be contrasted to our recent warm period. Warm periods are associated with the flourishing of humanity. Our crops grow and the surplus enables people to work as artisans or artists. They are times of prosperity and plenty. No wonder the Greens with their love of a simple impoverished life are so against a warmer world.

There is more chance of global coldening than warming inducing a collapse in living standards. Please note that I refer to global warming induced dire straights as opposed to global warming policies induced dire straights. The latter have been enormously damaging. The destruction of national treasure and ongoing impoverishment of people through higher energy prices is absolutely indefensible. That it has largely been propagated by the left of the political spectrum demonstrates yet again just how sick they are. Imagine taxing initiative, energy and drive. Sick of subsidizing those who do nothing the left are focusing on directly penalizing those who do something. As if a do nothing economy can support any semblance of a decent standard of living.

It is not as is people can sunstitute other products for energy. If you want to read at night you need light. If you want to keep your house warm or cool you need heating or air conditioning. If you want to access food you need transportation. All of these require energy. Increasing the cost of them will decrease the amount of money available for other things. Energy is often a necessity. Other products get dropped when its price rises. The quantitative easing in the US and UK have been and will continue to be reflected in the price of power. It will fluctuate, but over time will rise. This means everyones existing stock of money or existing income just became worth less. I hope you are getting good returns on your investments or large pay rises to compensate. The investment bankers certainly are.

But back to the comments, another mentions that it will be some months before we know if the snow is going to remain through the summer. If it does it will increase the planet’s reflectivity, with the snow reflecting sunlight back into space and reducing the amount of warming it produces. If this happens then global cooling should really kick in. With that in mind this comment becomes alarming:

Australia swaps summer for Christmas snow: AFP – Snow fell in Australia on Monday, as the usual hot and summery December weather was replaced in parts by icy gusts sweeping up from the Southern Ocean, giving the country a taste of a white Christmas.

Snow has fallen in parts of east coast states New South Wales and Victoria, leaving ski resorts — some of which are usually snow-free at this time of year — with dumps of up to 10 centimetres (four inches)… Lovius said such an amount of snow was unusual for early December, normally the peak of the wildflower season in the New South Wales mountain region.

Hopefully it will melt before it reflect too much sunlight back into space.

There is nothing particularly new about the relationship between sunspots and temperature. It has been known about for a long time. In economics classes at school I was taught about Jevons and his belief that sunspot numbers were correlated with crop yields and the economy:

Sun-Spots and Commercial Crises: I HAVE been repeatedly told by men who have good opportunity of hearing current opinions, that they who theorise about the relations of sun-spots, rainfall, famines, and commercial crises are supposed to be jesting, or at the best romancing. I am, of course, responsible only for a small part of what has been put forth on this subject, but so far as I am concerned in the matter, I beg leave to affirm that I never was more in earnest, and that after some further careful inquiry, I am perfectly convinced that these decennial crises do depend upon meteorological variations of like period, which again depend, in all probability, upon cosmical variations of which we have evidence in the frequency of sun-spots, auroras, and magnetic perturbations. I believe that I have, in fact, found the missing link required to complete the first outline of the evidence. (W. Stanley Jevons, 1879)

It made sense then and it still does. Something impacts upon the sun and this manifests itself in sunspots and something that affects the earth’s climate. Jupiter and electromagnetic fields have been mentioned as one possibility. I’m a simple economist and can’t really commit to anything at this stage. I am maintaining an open and skeptical mind. It is a shame more of our policy makers did not do the same. That said, the post has interesting chart on the sun’s magnetic field activity:

If the sun’s magnetic strength does drive temperature change then there are grounds for concern:

And make no mistake. There are solid grounds for believing in the effects of the sun on climate. Our understanding of the science behind climate change may finally be catching up with Jevons:

A NOT-SO-QUIET SOLAR SURPRISE: Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and elsewhere have discovered that Earth was bombarded last year (2008) with high levels of solar energy at a time when the Sun was in an unusually quiet phase and sunspots had virtually disappeared…. Gibson and colleagues studied another solar phenomenon: discharges of high-speed streams of energy within the solar wind that carry turbulent magnetic fields out into the solar system. Comparing the current solar minimum with measurements during the last minimum in 1996, the researchers found that even though the sunspots were the lowest they have been in 75 years, the Sun’s electromagnetic impact on the outer reaches of the atmosphere was three times greater.

and:

Researchers Say Sun Cycle Alters Earth’s Climate: The team first confirmed an earlier theory, that the slight increase in solar energy during the peak production of sunspots is absorbed by stratospheric ozone. The energy warms the air in the stratosphere over the tropics, where sunlight is most intense, while also stimulating the production of additional ozone there that absorbs even more solar energy. Since the stratosphere warms unevenly, with the most pronounced warming occurring at lower latitudes, stratospheric winds are altered and, through a chain of interconnected processes, end up strengthening tropical precipitation.

At the same time, the increased sunlight at solar maximum causes a slight warming of ocean surface waters across the subtropical Pacific, where Sun-blocking clouds are normally scarce. That small amount of extra heat leads to more evaporation, producing additional water vapor. In turn, the moisture is carried by trade winds to the normally rainy areas of the western tropical Pacific, fueling heavier rains and reinforcing the effects of the stratospheric mechanism.

The top-down influence of the stratosphere and the bottom-up influence of the ocean work together to intensify this loop and strengthen the trade winds. As more sunshine hits drier areas, these changes reinforce each other, leading to less clouds in the subtropics, allowing even more sunlight to reach the surface, and producing a positive feedback loop that further magnifies the climate response.

Naturally the climate change alarmists models do not have variations in the Sun’s output driving climate on earth. Doing so would limit their ability to blame human CO2 output. Without being able to blame developed capitalist countries they will not be able to implement global income redistribution. The left-green house of cards collapses along with their funding and ability to expropriate the wealth of others through climate change “abatement” policies.

Accepting climate is driven by something other than people also removes from traders a potential revenue stream comprising part of the value of everything anyone does. It is a component of everything anyone does, because activity takes energy. And with a carbon trading scheme part of the money used to obtain the right to do something will be secured by traders. We can expect the vested interests and their useful idiots to fight tooth an nail to prevent this outcome. They care not how much ordinary people are harmed so long as they get the opportunity to take billions or even trillions of dollars from them. Without human Co2 driven climate change and carbon trading the likes of Goldman Sachs will be poorer, the people of the world as a whole far richer. I know whose side I am on, how about you?

There is also some Wikileaks material on the Copenhagen conference:

Check out The Guardian‘s coverage of other WikiLeaks climate cables:

The alternative climate proposal that has developing countries outraged E.U. president says Cancún climate talks are doomed, How the U.S. used spies and threats to get support for the Copenhagen Accord More details on how the U.S. squelched opposition to the Copenhagen Accord.

Skulduggery and bribery integral to the Copenhagen process. Who would have thought it? Companies do it to governments to obtain mandated green targets, so why should governments not do it to each other? The global green initiative is simply a stinking corrupt destroyer of value. Those enriched by the Green cause are on the side of evil. They stand against progress and if they get their way will sentence our children to a miserable impoverished existence.  How conflicted must the Guardian have felt? They can stick the boot into America, but only at the cost of portraying the UN global gabfests for what they actually are – denying their outcomes of even the fig leaf of legitimacy.

We are well past the point where some of the global warming profiteers and their willing enablers should have been tarred and feathered. Treasure spent on green dreams is money not available to save lives, feed people or otherwise enhance well-being.

 
Climate of corruption

The fact that Europe, America and bits of Australia have all “enjoyed” unseasonably cold weather must not stand in the way of the global warming consensus. Cancun cold might have followed the Copenhagen freeze, but so what. These are anomalies and random events.

Australia also spent billions on desalination plants rather than dams because of claims Australian rainfall would decline due to global warming.  Naturally rain, flooding and filling dams soon followed:

Australia Confirms Wettest Spring on Record: Australia has recorded its wettest spring in 111 years of records with an average of 163.0mm of rain. The previous record was 140.1mm from 1975.

It was a very wet spring across the country with all states but Tasmania recording heavy rainfall totals.

How could our policy makers and “progressives” be so wrong? How could they waste so much national treasure for so little gain? Are they stupid or what?

Given the breadth of errors across so many countries by so many supposed experts it must be more than stupidity. It reflects something far worse:

Markstone in the news: Last week it emerged that a team of high-powered lobbyists with deep reach inside the VictorianGovernment were behind AquaSure, the winning bid for the $3.5 billion desalination tender. This team included former Cain and Kirner government minister David White; Danny Pearson, his colleague at lobbying firm Hawker Britton and a former adviser to Steve Bracks; and Philip Staindl, who heads Labor’s fund-raising arm, Progressive Business. AquaSure also retained a former state Liberal Party director, John Ridley, but he says he was only advising on community relations

How many people made fortunes from the construction of the desalination plants? But considerable as the desalination plant commissions may be, they reflect but one industry in one small Western country. There has been an avalanche of money flowing to green causes and their proponents. Some make their fortunes, others their living. In total they decrease the wealth of the world. They undermine their societies.

Unabashed greed for power, money and prestige have overridden the normal Western World constraints against policy foolishness:

Markstone in the news:One private sector source said a Labor mates network kicks in after a tender is awarded. ‘‘When you win these jobs the Government thinks you owe them,’’ the source said. ‘‘It expects you to hire its press secretaries, advisers and former politicians. They want you to warehouse their apparatchiks.’’

How many times have we heard similar stories from around the world? With Michelle Obama being a case in point. How long can the West afford to have so much of its wealth siphoned off in kick backs and value destroying projects, to enrich the politically connected elite and their symbiotic sycophants? Pigs with their snouts in the trough do not have to be elected, they can just be connected.

It’s not just Al “poised to become the world’s first “carbon billionaire“” Gore, but almost all the climate alarmists. The IPCC Cancun and Copenhagen get together simply being the most high profile of countless global warming inspired junkets. Great for the ego and pockets of countless parasites living of the sweat and blood of working men and women around the world. People are doing it tough. Kids are going hungry, yet the so called socialists fly around the world to socialize in luxury. Hypocritical scum, the lot of them.

Is it just me or are you sick and tired of our societies financial elites getting rich through “corrupt” practices?  Influencing governments and regulators to create incentives that destroy value is not a right and proper thing to do. It should be punished not rewarded with wealth beyond the dreams of avarice. It matters little how much money is thereby transferred to the vested interests, it is a net negative game. Payoffs to the politically connected and their followers are neither right nor acceptable. They are also destructive and becoming increasingly pervasive throughout the developed world. How long is it since the European Union accounts were signed off? How about the US Federal Reserve being audited?

Eventually we will reach a tipping point where the productive classes can no longer support all those living off their labor. Ultimately someone has to create the value to fund all the lobbyists, green dreams and simple resource wasting ideologically driven projects being imposed upon the peoples of the West. The rot goes beyond the financial sector. Sure the banks have robbed us blind. Banks are also pushing for some sort of carbon trading scheme. Think how much money they will make trading that? Well I say “make”, but “take” is more accurate. Trading does not make wealth. It simply redistributes it from one party of the trade to another. I need not remind you of Goldman Sachs performance. Who made the losses? You and me. Everyone else. we all end up paying for the bankers bonuses.

Don’t think that the too big to fail banks are necesarily acting ethically. It is not just in its promotion of climate change that Deutsche Bank has been up to no good:

Fraud As A Business Model: Deutsche Bank: Deutsche Bank admitted criminal wrongdoing and agreed to pay more than $550 million in connection with its participation in tax shelters that enabled the rich to temporarily avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. taxes, authorities announced Tuesday.

I wonder if one of the people they helped temporarily avoid paying their taxes was Tim Geithner. Well I don’t really wonder about it. But if they promote a tax avoider to head up their tax collecting unit they can hardly begrudge a too big to fail bank helping other rich people avoid tax.

With carbon trading it is not just the banks and the likes of Al Gore who will profit. Established companies will often do so as well. They will probably be gifted a pollution right that they can sell. This effectively acts as a subsidy to the existing producer, creating a barrier to entry to non subsidized participants and reducing competition. It will stifle progress and condemn us to a poorer life. It will also condemn some of us to a  premature death. A poorer economy means the death panels will cut in earlier.

It is time much of the developed world copied aspects of Singapore’s clean system of government. After all, Singapore has overtaken most of them in terms of income per head. It has done it in part on the back of running a clean government. Corruption is not tolerated in Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew knew that corruption undermines all. It is inimical to affluence.

Perhaps the state is not granting a monopoly to import or export tea. But it is still effectively taxing people. It is making them poorer. Corruption is not cost free. Corruption of the magnitude being experienced in countries that think of themselves as clean is the stuff revolutions are made of. If the current elected representatives do not clean things up they will be cleaned up and consigned to the dustbin of history.

Let your elected representative know what you think. Give them a chance to save their jobs and possibly their skins. Revolutions are not to be embarked upon lightly. They invariably end up hurting the good as well as the bad. Democracies should be able to reform themselves peacefully. It is one of the beautiful things bequeathed unto the world by the once Great Britain. We have a right to honesty and integrity in our public officials. Do not accept anything less.