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Stuart Agnew

Treasured National Leftie Goes Bananas

10th December 2018


The very excitable St David Attenborough is attracted to hyperbole as flies are drawn to the jam pot. If he were a woman, instead of being only rather effeminate, we should call him Hysteria. Yesterday he emerged from – insert any one from: the monkey house, the south pole, the international quango HQ – to warn us, “Time is running out to save the planet.” 
 
(When people talk like that, I always wonder which planet they have in mind).
 
He frothed on: “Civilisation is on the verge of collapse.”
 
Because of global warming, of course. But it’s all tosh. Well, all tosh and rich rewards in the form of massive grants from those international quangos, especially the UN.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) likes to advertise itself as the representative body of scientific experts on the subject. It is nothing of the sort, being largely made up of politicians with perhaps as few as twenty-five climatologists in its ranks. By contrast, there are many highly qualified and experienced climatologists and they get together from time to time and issue reports – reports which generally go unmentioned in the media which has swallowed whole the entire global warming fraud.
 
One such body is The Heartland Institute which meets regularly, and among the highly qualified scientists attending its gatherings is Professor Richard Lindzen of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. LIndzen is the world’s most distinguished climatologist. This Institute criticises particularly the unreliability of the IPPC’s computer models used to predict what is likely to happen to the climate over the next century.
 
These predictions state that the temperature is likely to rise by up to 5.3C. But almost twenty years into the 21st century, it is obvious that these predictions are wildly astray. For the temperature has not risen, as the computers predicted, in line with the rise in CO2 – in fact temperatures have fallen.
 
Other distinguished scientists have made telling criticisms of the scare stories put out by the IPPC and similar warmist pressure groups. These spokesmen included such luminaries as Professor Syun-Ichi Akasofu, former Director of the Arctic Research Centre, Dr Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics and Professor Paul Reiter of the Pasteur Institute. Among the points they made were the fact that sea levels are not rising catastrophically but merely continuing the modest annual increase of 3mm observed over the last 200 years; the Antarctic ice-sheet is not melting, except in one small corner of that great frozen expanse; and tropical hurricane activity has not, as predicted by the global warmers, increased but is at its lowest level for thirty years.   
 
Perhaps the most knowledgeable person in the world on the subject of monitoring sea levels is Nils-Axel Morner, formerly Chairman of The International Commission on Sea level Change. And Dr Morner dismisses the recent reports of catastrophically rising sea levels as hysteria. He writes, “The sea is not rising. It has not risen for fifty years. If there is any rise in the 21st century, it will not be by more than four inches.”
 
Al Gore, in his propaganda film An Inconvenient Truth has warned that the sea is likely to rise twenty feet, leading to the inundation and ultimate disappearance of territories such as the Maldives and Tuvalu. Dr Morning explains that, by all we know about the fundamental laws of physics, such a rise in sea levels is impossible – owing to the amount of latent heat needed to melt ice. 
 
Or, if the floods don’t get you, be sure the fires will. But in fact this year’s much publicised wildfires – “It’s all our fault!” – in California are not actually as severe as those which afflicted that state on many occasions during the 20th century.
 
But, speaking of propaganda, a few years ago the British government produced a scurrilous series of scary advertisements in the commercial breaks during Coronation Street. In one of these interludes a father frightened his daughter with a bedtime story: “There was once a land where the weather was very, very strange with awful heat-waves and terrible storms and floods. Scientists said this was caused by too much CO2 being pumped into the air by ordinary people doing ordinary things like keeping their homes warm and driving cars.”
 
Naturally, this piece of indoctrination, of which Goebbels himself would have been proud, was accompanied by a misleading cartoon featuring what purported to be filthy, black polluting carbon rising over the doomed city and lending it the appearance of a monster. This was only the latest episode in the long series of the government’s licensed misinformation. There were numerous complaints made to the office of the Advertising Standards Code. 
 
The global warming enthusiasts rely for their predictions on computer modelling, whereas Dr Morner’s findings are, as he says, “...rather from going out into the field to observe what is actually happening in the real world.”
 
Six times he and his team visited the Maldives and confirmed that the sea has not risen there for fifty years. The government of the Maldives who – human nature being what it is - have been campaigning for years for vast sums of money to avert disaster, refused to publish Dr Morner’s findings. In Tuvalu, where local politicians have been calling for the funded evacuation of the locality for twenty years, the sea level has fallen in the most recent decades.
 
Dr Morner went further and actually exposed the dishonest tactics used by the IPCC. The Panel has warned that sea levels are rising consistently by 2.3 millimetres every year. Dr Morner discovered that the Panel’s experts had drawn on the findings of a single tide-gauge in Hong Kong harbour! The entire global sea level projection was then adjusted upwards by “a corrective factor” of 2.3mm because, as the IPCC scientists admitted, “We needed to show a trend.”
 
Which, being interpreted, really means: “We’re operating a most lucrative scam.”
 
Morner also discovered that not one of the IPCC’s contributing expert authors on sea levels is a sea level specialist. In fact the reliance on rigged computer models forms the basis of the whole of the warmists’ propaganda. 
 
Recently, the explorer Pen Hadow, backed by the BBC and the World Wildlife Fund, set off to measure the thickness of the Arctic ice. Prince Charles, evidently expecting his own doom-saying to be confirmed by Hadow’s findings, said, “For the sake of our children and grandchildren, I pray that we will heed the results of this Arctic ice survey and I can only commend this remarkably important project.”
 
The latest results of this and other surveys of the Arctic show that in fact since March 2008 the ice has thickened by at least half a metre. And ice thickness in the Antarctic is well above its thirty years average. But as usual with the global warming fanatics, mere facts are never enough to spoil a good scare story.
 
It’s worth repeating the fact that global temperatures have been on a downward trend since 2002 – by a rate that averages out at 0.25 a degree per decade. Yet this consistent fall is happening while actual the amount of CO2 gas goes up! This is the very opposite of what all the warmists’ computer models say we should expect.
 
Every week there are sensational stories in the newspapers (and of course prominent on that sponsor of warmism, the BBC) informing us that, since the polar ice has reduced to unprecedented levels, it is now possible for ships to sail through the north east passage between Europe and Asia. As The Independent put it, “a triumph for man, a disaster for mankind.”
 
The story was all propaganda and warmist hype for, as a matter of fact, the journey round the north of Russia has been made scores of times since 1935. In 1940 a German warship navigated the passage to sink seven merchant vessels in the Pacific. Since 1979 the north east passage has been the usual route for ships sailing between Russia and Vancouver. Actually, it turns out that the ship in The Independent’s story belongs to a global warming enthusiast and, what the story did not go on to tell us, he needed the assistance of a Russian icebreaker. The fact is that the Arctic ice began its seasonal re-freeze in the very same week that the warmists’ story broke. This all quite usual: at the end of the 2009 melt, the ice was 25% more extensive than its record low of early autumn 2007.  
 
Perhaps, St David, civilisation really is on the point of collapse? Really, it’s much worse. When we observe the propagandist clamour and the floods of fear produced by warmist liars and fraudsters – solely for the purpose of making huge piles of money for themselves – we know that civilisation has collapsed already.

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