I have never subscribed to the climate change, global warming scaremongering that has become a religion of the political left and is, in reality, like all religions, just one big scam. No wonder ‘Big Business’ has made mega profits from state subsidies sucked out of productive sectors of economies to fund inefficient, wasteful so-called ‘renewable’ energies. Business always recognises opportunities when they present themselves, but the gravy train is finally coming to an end as the experiment has gone badly wrong. One of the world's early adaptors of the new religion was Germany, but when the Eurozone, largely financed by Germany, slipped into a double dip recession is causing a major rethink of their position. The question is, why did a successful economy like post-war Germany rush headlong into embracing an unproven theory like Global Warming?
Caring about the ‘environment’ gave a new generation of Germans a way of being readmitted into the human race. No wonder they embraced Greenism with all the fervour they had previously shown for another brand of idealism. What better slogan than ‘saving the planet’ to show how much they’d changed for the better. Global warming alarmism became their new religion. As the banker of the EU, they subsidised their own ‘renewable’ energy industry to spread the religion to all parts of the EU suckering countries into bigger loans than they could not afford. But like all socialist experiments it was going along fine until they started to run out of other people’s money.
So on 23 September when President Obama, a more recent convert to the new religion, hosts world leaders in New York to pledge urgent action against climate change but guess who’s not coming to dinner? You got it, Germany, along with the China and India with others likely to follow. Matt Ridley takes up the story in the Wall Street Journal.
On Sept. 23 the United Nations will host a party for world leaders in New York to pledge urgent action against climate change. Yet leaders from China, India and Germany have already announced that they won't attend the summit and others are likely to follow, leaving President Obama looking a bit lonely. Could it be that they no longer regard it as an urgent threat that some time later in this century the air may get a bit warmer?
In effect, this is all that's left of the global-warming emergency the U.N. declared in its first report on the subject in 1990. The U.N. no longer claims that there will be dangerous or rapid climate change in the next two decades. Last September, between the second and final draft of its fifth assessment report, the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change quietly downgraded the warming it expected in the 30 years following 1995, to about 0.5 degrees Celsius from 0.7 (or, in Fahrenheit, to about 0.9 degrees, from 1.3).
Even that is likely to be too high. The climate-research establishment has finally admitted openly what skeptic scientists have been saying for nearly a decade: Global warming has stopped since shortly before this century began.
Therein lies the opportunity for New Zealand to get ahead. Instead of embracing Greenism it should be abandoned forthwith along with the ridiculous blocks it imposes on our world leading agrarian research.
It is technology, not the brave new Marxism of the Greens, that will solve the problems of today and tomorrow.