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Global warming’s deranged disciples
TheScotsman ^ | 1/12/2014 | Gerald Warner

Posted on 01/12/2014 8:46:05 AM PST by Signalman

CLIMATE change is real and it is happening very fast. The climate of opinion, that is, regarding the rapidly imploding fantasies of the global warming alarmists.

After a decade in which sane commentators have been angered and frustrated by the purblind adherence to the warmist superstition by followers of the Al Gore cult – prominent among them our own esteemed First Minister and President for Life Designate – the whole climate change scam has finally degenerated into a joke, provoking widespread derision.

That has not deterred the climate Gnostics, sustained by their mystical insight into inner truths hidden from sceptics (“deniers” in their language of anathema) and, increasingly, from scientists who have not taken the IPCC shilling. The cultists can rely on the support of politicians since non-existent global warming furnishes the pretext for all-too-existent and exorbitant taxes, which is what the whole myth is all about. Thus, during discussion of the recent floods in the Commons last week, David Cameron was prompted by the Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron to attribute the problem to climate change. The Prime Minister dutifully replied: “Colleagues across the House can argue about whether that is linked to climate change or not. I very much suspect that it is.”

That statement was overdue as it was seven weeks since he had been reported as telling his colleagues “We have to get rid of the green crap”, an exceptionally long period for Dave to entertain a consistent opinion. Unfortunately, Owen Pat­erson, the Environment Secretary, refused to endorse his leader’s view. Then the Met­eorological Office intervened to contradict Dave: “At the moment there’s no evidence to suggest that these storms are more intense because of climate change.” That was a significant development because formerly the Met Office could be counted upon to support climate alarmism. Clearly it is now conscious of reputational damage and is hedging its bets.

It is not alone. Very subtly, unobtrusively, other institutions and individuals are backing away from the discredited orthodoxy of warmism. The process began some time ago when the Royal Society declared its switch to a more neutral stance in the climate debate. Scientists not committed to the cause by financial considerations are growing aware that the imposture is disintegrating so fast it could achieve Piltdown status within their own career spans. It is a measure of the bogus nature of the alleged climate crisis that the last time warming occurred there was a majority Tory government in office under John Major (“Oh, yes!”).

Recently the collapse of the scam has accelerated. The Christmas holiday period was enlivened by the hilarious pantomime “Anthropogenic Global Warming On Ice”, when 52 AGW believers led by Professor Chris Turney embarked on the Russian ship Akademik Shokalsky to study the melting of Antarctic ice. In reality, as they would have known before they set out if they had read Nasa reports, Antarctic sea ice is currently at its largest extent since records began: 19.5 million square kilometres. Their ship became embedded in the ice, as did the Chinese icebreaker sent to rescue them. When their situation became potentially life-threatening, these pioneering climate change gurus experienced the humiliation of having to rely on the leading climate sceptic Anthony Watts and his colleagues for accurate Antarctic weather information to facilitate their rescue by helicopter.

Meanwhile, the United States was in the grip of a “polar vortex”, with temperatures in all 50 states below freezing and a low of –43C recorded in one area. The Niagara Falls froze into stalactites of ice. This was hailed by True Believers as conclusive evidence of global warming – after all, everything is. As a Greenpeace activist famously expressed it: “Global warming can mean colder.” A heatwave, a flood, a drought, a blizzard, an away win by Partick Thistle – all will be determinedly conscripted as “evidence” of man-made climate change. These people are beyond help. The climate imposture is doomed to end not with a bang but a belly-laugh.

What is totally unamusing, however, is the harm these fanatics and complicit politicians have done, raping the landscape with their hideous wind turbines and imposing crippling taxes. Fuel poverty is killing the elderly. Every winter more people die of hypothermia in Scotland than in Finland. Although the climate madness will have the most lethal consequences in the developing world, it also threatens to impoverish Europe. A government study has shown the lifetime cost of meeting “renewables” targets across the EU will be £290 billion, more than a quarter of which will be contributed by the UK. Denmark already has the dubious distinction of being the first country where green taxes account for more than 50 per cent of an electricity bill. It is not global warming that is killing us but its deranged disciples.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: watermelons

1 posted on 01/12/2014 8:46:05 AM PST by Signalman
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To: Signalman

Beware, expletives not deleted. Pretty funny, though.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8hGIF9FljM


2 posted on 01/12/2014 8:48:59 AM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Signalman

Haven’t heard anything recently on the ships stuck in the antarctic — have they been freed?


3 posted on 01/12/2014 8:57:51 AM PST by bunster
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To: Signalman
What is totally unamusing, however, is the harm these fanatics and complicit politicians have done, raping the landscape with their hideous wind turbines and imposing crippling taxes.

I don't think hyperventilated rhetoric of this type is any better when our side uses it than it is when it is used by our opponents.

Wind turbines are not "rape." The landscape cannot be "raped."

And I don't think wind turbines are hideous to look at. I think the economics of wind energy is dubious, but I happen to like them. I've liked propellers and fans since I was a toddler growing up in the late '50s, and I still like them today.

Granted, not everyone feels that way. But I for one think they're not that horrible.

4 posted on 01/12/2014 9:00:52 AM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Signalman

Dr Michael Mann, the inventor of the infamous hockey stick reasoning, is still employed by Penn State. Where should that hockey stick now be shoved?


5 posted on 01/12/2014 9:07:46 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: Signalman

The climate hoaxers like to point out melting glaciers as conclusive evidence of AGW. So bogus. I recently watched an old travel series called “Travel Talks” from the 1930s-40s. On one episode, they went to Glacier National Park. The narrator said that scientists claimed the glacier was slowly melting and that over time it would completely disappear. This makes perfect sense. When there is heavy snow in the winter, in the northern US, some snow may persist on the ground and in the shade until May. But eventually it melts in the summer. Likewise, the glaciers are just left over remnants of the ice age, and we are simply experiencing global warming relative to the ice age.
But logic NEVER works on these AGW hoaxers.


6 posted on 01/12/2014 9:10:07 AM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: Steely Tom

Makes my blood boil when I think of how many coal plants have been shuttered in our state, only to reappear in India or China.

Economic suicide. Thank you, Obama.


7 posted on 01/12/2014 9:10:29 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (The media must be defeated any way it can be done.)
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To: bunster
Haven’t heard anything recently on the ships stuck in the antarctic — have they been freed?

Yes. A few days ago.

8 posted on 01/12/2014 9:24:16 AM PST by fso301
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To: Signalman

bm


9 posted on 01/12/2014 9:26:02 AM PST by Vision (Tune out, drop back)
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To: Signalman

Anyone familiar with mathematics knows the frustration of solving equations with 2 or 3 variables. But we’re virtually “told” to believe these crackpots projecting God knows how many variables to which they claim to know the solutions to.

Man, is this country screwed-up.


10 posted on 01/12/2014 9:26:05 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Steely Tom

Rape can indeed be used in this context. Check your definitions. And your premise that huge towering turbines are aestheticly pleasing is nuttier than fruitcakes, mate.


11 posted on 01/12/2014 9:34:16 AM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: bill1952

I guess I have just precisely as much right to my idea of what is aesthetically pleasing as you do, mate.

Who made you boss?


12 posted on 01/12/2014 9:39:14 AM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: bunster

An American Ice Breaker rescued them from the Antarctic summer


13 posted on 01/12/2014 10:28:46 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

That must be why we haven’t heard any more about it.


14 posted on 01/12/2014 11:09:49 AM PST by slouper
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To: GeronL

Your tax money at work.


15 posted on 01/12/2014 11:58:39 AM PST by Western Phil
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To: Western Phil; Vendome; PJ-Comix; Army Air Corps; Darksheare; KC_Lion; Revolting cat!

Ballad of Eco-Nut Isle

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this frozen port
Aboard this Russian ship.

The mate was a mighty sailing man,
The skipper effeminate.
Fifty passengers set sail that day
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.

The climate started getting rough,
The tiny ship was trapped,
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
The Akademik Shokalskiy would be lost, the Akademik Shokalskiy would be lost.

The ship set ground on top of this frozen Antarctic sea With Eco-Nuts
The Skipper too,
The millionaire and his husband,
The movie star
The eco-nut professor and a lesbee-an,
Here on Eco-Nut Isle.

16 posted on 01/12/2014 12:08:19 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: bunster; slouper; Vision

well... I thought it was kind of funny...


17 posted on 01/12/2014 12:24:22 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: All
Just as an aid to US readers. :^)

Use this line -

...and, increasingly, from scientists who have not taken the IPCC dollar...

- as a replacement for this reference to old UK money, not a reference to a “shill”

...and, increasingly, from scientists who have not taken the IPCC shilling...

A well said Scotsman article.

18 posted on 01/12/2014 12:39:20 PM PST by az_gila
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To: az_gila

Are those who find bird-mincers (aka windmills) esthetically pleasing also strongly attracted to shiney objects?


19 posted on 01/12/2014 12:44:56 PM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: Signalman
I'd love to have the nerds and nebbishes who come up with phrases like ''polar vortex'' and my personal pet peeve ''moving forward'' found and dragged out into the light for making a wreck of the English language and sticking annoying sounding phrases in the collective ear.
20 posted on 01/12/2014 3:12:46 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: GeronL
LOL!! Here's to Dawn Wells. Hottest ‘’castaway’’ on Gilligan's Island’’.
21 posted on 01/12/2014 3:15:02 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: jmacusa

agreed


22 posted on 01/12/2014 3:18:10 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Steely Tom

I agree with you about the amazing sight of those turbines. I like them too.

Now if they could simply be nuclear powered...........


23 posted on 01/12/2014 3:39:43 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Damn ObamaCare, full speed ahead!)
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To: Signalman
A heatwave, a flood, a drought, a blizzard, an away win by Patrick Thistle – all will be determinedly conscripted as “evidence” of man-made climate change.

Heh. The Brits do sarcasm much better than we.

That statement was overdue as it was seven weeks since he had been reported as telling his colleagues “We have to get rid of the green crap”, an exceptionally long period for Dave to entertain a consistent opinion.

Double-heh.

24 posted on 01/12/2014 4:14:24 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: GeronL

Just to get the story right, the greenies were rescued by a helicopter. The American icebreaker was sent to dig out the Chinese and Russian ships.


25 posted on 01/12/2014 5:37:31 PM PST by WVNan
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To: Balding_Eagle
I agree with you about the amazing sight of those turbines. I like them too.

Now if they could simply be nuclear powered...........

They are thermonuclear powered.

26 posted on 01/13/2014 11:39:17 AM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

Nobody has to be “boss” to disagree with you or your odd belief that gigantic metal superstructures littering the landscape like a post apocalyptic movie set are just fine looking examples of whatever your odd point is.

Who made you write like a self aggrandizing child?


27 posted on 01/13/2014 2:41:01 PM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: bill1952
Who made you write like a self aggrandizing child?

Kindly point out to what I said that was childish, or self-aggrandizing. I'm sure you'll have no trouble finding the exact word - or phrase - that implies childishness.

28 posted on 01/13/2014 2:49:10 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

Gee. Making assertions you can’t back up with facts is precisely the sort of thing that a child does, isn’t it?

Maybe I’m rushing you. I posted a whole 124 words before your “self-aggrandizing child” assertion, so you may need another day or two to demonstrate that you weren’t just popping off. Feel free to take all the time you need.

Or maybe the best thing at this point would be to just fold up your tent and move on. Your call, of course.


29 posted on 01/14/2014 4:35:27 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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