This is the part of the Climate Change equation that Alarmists, and its allies in the media, don’t like to mention. So it was surprising that the left wing Herald decided to exhibit an unusual burst of balance and publish an article by Robin Grieve pointing out some of the realities behind the myth. Of course they did so in the middle of the ‘silly season’ when most are on holiday.
Robin Grieve’s article Our leaders are misleading us on climate change makes some telling points.
According to the UN's own Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), they (the Alarmist pundits) are all wrong. Its fifth assessment report states that the temperature rise of the past 15 years is far slower than it used to be and well below model predictions. On droughts, the IPCC concludes that it cannot attribute any changes in the frequency or severity of droughts to human influence on climate. On extreme weather, it summarizes that we are not in the sting of anything at all with no increasing trend in storminess or cyclones identified over the last century. It does predict however that in a warmer world there will be a reduction in cyclones for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, so that is good news.
Why then are world leaders misleading us? Are they mistaken or are they being dishonest?
Whichever it is, their utterings demonstrate how global warming has moved from a scientific theory where integrity matters, to a political movement where it doesn't. The movement has much appeal, it promotes renewable and sustainable things, it rallies against carbon which we visualize as black and sooty and bad and going to run out anyway.
A low carbon future is an attractive vision, even if we don't believe global warming is much of a problem, but a genuine utopia is not built on lies and the other problem is the cost. Treasury predictions on New Zealand's Paris pledge to reduce emissions are that it will make every family in New Zealand poorer by $1300 per year every year. This is on top of how much poorer we are now due to current climate policies.
The leaders and the opinion writers ignore the financial burden their vision brings. Not enough money is more a reality for most than the rising sea, so our leaders need to be right about the information they rely on to make decisions that will make us all even poorer, and they are not.
Big Green knows it does harm to the environment and to people. The environmental movement is a rich, white, upper and middle class movement. Its costs fall heaviest on the poorest. It is shameful that the political Establishment, which comprises all our political parties, and the socialist media that encourages them, are committed to the Climate Change religion.
Alarmists rely on the people's general ignorance of science to promote their propaganda. I suspect John Key is part of that general ignorance. He just goes along with the Establishment view. What he wants is to be part of the white, predominantly male, Establishment club of political leaders who swan around the world thinking they matter and telling other people how they should live their lives. But he should not be buying membership at the expense of all of us.
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