May’s Brexit speech was music to the ears. It marked a complete rejection of the European Union, and a return to sovereignty for the United Kingdom, something I had desired since 1973 when that paternalist, Edward Heath, took the UK into the EEC without a by your leave. It was a rejection of globalism, of unelected institutions, of other people’s laws. But it was also outward looking seeing the whole world as potential trading partners rather than just the narrow self absorbed EU. Her speech heralded a return to life as the British people had known it before the progressive liberal elites took over.
In similar fashion Trump also put America First in his inaugural address. He, too, signalled an end to globalism, to unrestricted freedom of movement, and a return to how it was before the elites took control. And lest anyone be in any doubt that he means what he says, the White House website was changed to reflect the new reality just as soon as Trump had sworn the oath of allegiance.
Of particular interest was the removal of any reference to ‘climate change’, that great monument to the Left’s hatred of mankind. Twitter erupted with joy as we climate sceptics knew it was all over for the global warming scam that has been so costly in terms of jobs, the environment, and cheap energy.
Trump sealed its death warrant a few minutes later as he signed the executive order committing his presidency to eliminating ‘harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule’. Trump had stopped the pernicious doctrine of ‘consensus’ science cold in its tracks. The chill will be felt in the bloated ‘climate’ departments of the universities, in NASA, in NOAA, and through the IPCC, all the recipients of billion upon billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to prop up the myth of man made global warming. It will be felt most keenly at the United Nations, sponsor of the man made global warming myth.
Meanwhile, the actual climate on Earth continues to do what it has always done; sometimes it warms, sometimes it cools. When I was young and studying geography, including meteorology, predictions were focussed on the imminent return of the next Ice Age. The scorching days of the 1930s (the hottest days on record in the US) had given way to substantial cooling from around 1940 to 1975, hence the worries about another Ice Age. There then followed another period of warming for the next twenty years. That is when global warming became all the rage.
Money poured into newly formed ‘climate’ departments, especially through the United Nations who had chosen the doctrine of man made global warming as its leverage to persuade the world’s governments that only a new world order with the United nations at its head could solve the impending catastrophe facing planet Earth.
Unfortunately, the trend stopped in the mid nineties since when there has been no noticeable warming. At present the lack of sun spot activity is giving rise to predictions of cooling not rising. Thus the natural ebb and flow of warming and cooling that has characterised the earth’s climate for all of geological history continues.
Making costly policy decisions on what temperatures might be over a century from now has been a disaster for the world’s poorest nations. This is especially true in the emerging nations of Africa. To quote Nigel Lawson from his ‘Cool it: an essay on Climate Change’
“Asking these nations to abandon the cheapest available sources of energy is, at the very least, asking them to delay the conquest of malnutrition, to perpetuate the incidence of preventable disease, and to increase the numbers of premature deaths. Global warming orthodoxy is not merely irrational. It is wicked.”
Once the funding dries up so will the river of wasted money. Trump has already done what trillions in foreign aid has failed to do. It will free poorer countries to allow cheap energy to flow once again. Now there’s something to really celebrate.