Friday, November 04, 2005


Below is an excerpt from what is a fairly routine article (dated 23 September 2005) in a British newspaper that is noted for its devotion to global warming. The article is by Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor of The Independent. What is notable about the article is that "Neo-Cons" are blamed for skepticism about global-warming. And "Neo-Cons" is of course standard Leftist code for "Jews".

The irrationality of the attack is further heightened when we note that some of the leading voices of neo-conservatism share green concerns about fossil fuels. As Robert Bryce pointed out earlier this year, "many of the leading neoconservatives who pushed hard for the Iraq war are going green. James Woolsey, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and staunch backer of the Iraq war, now drives a 58-miles-per-gallon Toyota Prius and has two more hybrid vehicles on order. Frank Gaffney, the president of the Center for Security Policy and another neocon who championed the war, has been speaking regularly in Washington about fuel efficiency and plant-based bio-fuels. See "As green as a neocon" in Slate and also "Neoconservatives and greens find common cause on energy conservation" here.

So the article below and what it reports is not only ignorant in every way but it is clearly just another example of the Jew-baiting that has become so common among the present-day British Left -- something Isi Leibler has recently outlined at length. I am indebted to Benny Peiser for the heads-up on this.

"Super-powerful hurricanes now hitting the United States are the "smoking gun" of global warming, one of Britain's leading scientists believes. The growing violence of storms such as Katrina, which wrecked New Orleans, and Rita, now threatening Texas, is very probably caused by climate change, said Sir John Lawton, chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. Hurricanes were getting more intense, just as computer models predicted they would, because of the rising temperature of the sea, he said. "The increased intensity of these kinds of extreme storms is very likely to be due to global warming."

In a series of outspoken comments - a thinly veiled attack on the Bush administration, Sir John hit out at neoconservatives in the US who still deny the reality of climate change.

Referring to the arrival of Hurricane Rita he said: "If this makes the climate loonies in the States realise we've got a problem, some good will come out of a truly awful situation." As he spoke, more than a million people were fleeing north away from the coast of Texas as Rita, one of the most intense storms on record, roared through the Gulf of Mexico. It will probably make landfall tonight or early tomorrow near Houston, America's fourth largest city and the centre of its oil industry. Highways leading inland from Houston were clogged with traffic for up to 100 miles north...."


Excerpt from the BBC report below:

Technology and science will provide at least part of the solution to global warming, Tony Blair said as 20 nations held talks in London. The prime minister was speaking at the two-day G8 summit of energy and environment ministers. The focus is on curbing climate change through technology, not binding deals.

Mr Blair said there were divisions over the Kyoto climate agreement. But he said economic growth could be combined with helping the environment. The meeting brought together the G8 group of industrialised countries alongside developing world nations. It paves the way for a major summit in Montreal later the next round of United Nations climate negotiations, which open in Montreal later this month.

Mr Blair has described the UN as the "only forum" for formal talks on future treaties but in recent weeks he has downplayed the impact of the Kyoto Protocol. He has expressed doubts there will ever be another treaty which sets mandatory, binding targets on greenhouse gas emissions. Major developing countries such as India and China are also known to be sceptical about a "child-of-Kyoto" deal. Mr Blair said: "The solutions will come in the end, in part at least, through the private sector in developing the technology and science." Countries, such as the USA, were taking action on their own, he said.

And he argued the issue would never be tackled properly unless the world could combine the need for growth with "a proper and responsible attitude" towards the environment. "The blunt truth about the politics of climate change is that no country will want to sacrifice its economy in order to meet this challenge," he said. "But all economies know that the only sensible, long-term way to develop is to do it on a sustainable basis."

Mr Blair said people were very nervous about talks of specific frameworks and targets. "People fear some external force is going to impose some internal target on you which is going to restrict your economic growth," he said. "I think in the world after 2012 we need to find a better, more sensitive set of mechanisms to deal with this problem." The discussions follow the climate agreement drawn up at July's G8 summit in Gleneagles, which emphasised the importance of climate-friendly technologies such as clean coal, nuclear power and renewables.

Report from The Guardian below

Tony Blair appeared last night to undermine more than 15 years of climate change negotiations when he signalled a shift away from a target-based approach to cutting greenhouse emissions. Speaking at the end of the first day of a summit in London of environment and energy ministers, the prime minister said that legally binding targets to reduce pollution made people "very nervous and very worried".

He said when the Kyoto protocol expires in 2012, the world would need a more sensitive framework for tackling global warming. "People fear some external force is going to impose some internal target on you ... to restrict your economic growth," he said. "I think in the world after 2012 we need to find a better, more sensitive set of mechanisms to deal with this problem." His words come in the build-up to UN talks in Montreal this month on how to combat global warming after Kyoto. "The blunt truth about the politics of climate change is that no country will want to sacrifice its economy in order to meet this challenge," he said. "If we can deal with this in the right way and have this informal mechanism then I think we can find a way of meeting what I believe is the clear desire of our people - which is to find a way of combining rising living standards with the responsibility to protect our environment."

The statements echoed sentiments Mr Blair expressed informally at a meeting organised by Bill Clinton in New York recently, when he said he was "changing my thinking" on the best way to tackle climate change. Mr Blair's office said at the time his remarks had been misinterpreted and they did not signal that the UK was changing its position or adopting an attitude similar to that held by the US.

The US has refused to sign up to Kyoto because it says caps on pollution would damage its economy. George Bush also objects to big developing countries, such as China and India, being exempt. Mr Blair has acknowledged he will not overcome such opposition and has instead focused on the need to develop green technology.


Since global warming should cause an increase in rainfall, this one was too much of a stretch even for the Greenies. Using their logic, however, the events below are proof of global COOLING

Lake Victoria, the source of the White Nile, and dozens of other critical freshwater supplies across Africa could be reduced to swamps within decades unless action is taken to save them, the United Nations says in a report. Satellite images have revealed an unprecedented deterioration in all of Africa's 677 biggest lakes, raising fears that water shortages could soon trigger new conflicts across a continent where millions still lack access to safe drinking water.

Klaus Toepfer, a former Environment Minister of Germany, who is now executive director of the UN Environmental Programme, said: "I hope these images of Africa's lakes will galvanise greater action to conserve and restore these crucial water bodies. The images should ring a warning around the world that, if we are to overcome poverty and meet internationally agreed devel opment goals by 2015, the sustainable management of Africa's lakes must be part of the equation." Herr Toepfer was presenting the report, The Atlas of African Lakes, at the start of the 11th annual World Lakes Conference in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, this week. The report compared past and present satellite pictures to reveal the growing dangers to African lakes - which contain about 30,000 cubic kilometres (7,200 cubic miles) of water, the largest volume in any continent. It detailed some startling changes to inland water bodies across sub-Saharan Africa, home to about 800 million of the world's poorest people. The water level of Lake Victoria, the largest African freshwater lake, which provides fishing and transport for 30 million people, has dropped by a metre in the past ten years alone.

The report also revealed the rapid shrinking of Songow Lagoon, in Ghana, caused partly by salt mining; "extraordinary" changes to the Zambezi river system caused by the building of the Cahora Bassa dam; and the shrinkage of Lake Chad by almost 90 per cent. Rapidly increasing populations, climate change, deforestation, poor farming methods and pollution are blamed for the changes, which the report said highlighted the need for vastly improved cross-border co-operation to ensure access to life's most precious resource. "Africa's freshwater supply, including lakes, is threatened by depletion of water resources through pollution, environmental degradation and deforestation," the report said. "High population in Africa is the major cause of degradation and pollution of most African lakes, as everyone exploits aquatic resources to make a living."

According to the United Nations, two thirds of the rural population and a quarter of the urban population in Africa are without safe drinking water, while even more lack proper sanitation. The report said that as much as 90 per cent of Africa's water was used in farming, of which 40 to 60 per cent was lost to seepage and evaporation.

More here


Many people would like to be kind to others so Leftists exploit that with their nonsense about equality. Most people want a clean, green environment so Greenies exploit that by inventing all sorts of far-fetched threats to the environment. But for both, the real motive is to promote themselves as wiser and better than everyone else, truth regardless.

Global warming has taken the place of Communism as an absurdity that "liberals" will defend to the death regardless of the evidence showing its folly. Evidence never has mattered to real Leftists

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