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Posted on 01/08/2012 8:59:15 PM PST by neverdem
Margaret Thatcher was the first leader to warn of global warming - but also the first to see the flaws in the climate change orthodoxy
A persistent claim made by believers in man-made global warming they were at it again last week is that no politician was more influential in launching the worldwide alarm over climate change than Margaret Thatcher. David Cameron, so the argument runs, is simply following in her footsteps by committing the Tory party to its present belief in the dangers of global warming, and thus showing himself in this respect, if few others, to be a loyal Thatcherite.
The truth behind this story is much more interesting than is generally realised, not least because it has a fascinating twist. Certainly, Mrs Thatcher was the first world leader to voice alarm over global warming, back in 1988, With her scientific background, she had fallen under the spell of Sir Crispin Tickell, then our man at the UN. In the 1970s, he had written a book warning that the world was cooling, but he had since become an ardent convert to the belief that it was warming, Under his influence, as she recorded in her memoirs, she made a series of speeches, in Britain and to world bodies, calling for urgent international action, and citing evidence given to the US Senate by the arch-alarmist Jim Hansen, head of Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
She found equally persuasive the views of a third prominent convert to the cause, Dr John Houghton, then head of the UK Met Office. She backed him in the setting up of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988, and promised the Met Office lavish funding for its Hadley Centre, which she opened in 1990, as a world authority...
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Pay attention after his initial rant about George Stephanopoulos. Stone has some choice remaks about Chuck U Schumer's manner of dressing too.
Thanks for posting this.
All I needed to tip me off was for Algore to start pushing it.
I helped Mrs Thatcher get re-elected in 1983 (albeit in a small way) and there was never any element of revenge against the unions. She was simply too logical to apply something as emotional as revenge into her thinking. It was far simpler - the unions thought they ran the country and she had to show them they were wrong. The mining unions simply refused to understand that fewer and fewer people were buying coal, they were expecting more and more pay for digging it up and foreign suppliers could undercut UK coal by a huge margin. You don’t need a degree in econimics to see where that was going.
“.....the unions thought they ran the country and she had to show them they were wrong.” Way to go UK. Do to unintended consequences you are well on your way to being a third world nation as more and more of your wealth is sucked out of your pocket through CO2 Cap And Trade. Next stop: Serfdom.
Listen to the Paul Mulshine segment from the Bob Grant Show. That's why I linked it in comment# 1. That's how I heard it. If I misunderstood what Mr. Mulshine said, then I'm sorry. If I didn't, then your argument is with Mr. Mulshine. Regardless, Mrs Thatcher's fight with coal miners was the main reason for her to embrace initially global warming alarmism.
“Regardless, Mrs Thatcher’s fight with coal miners was the main reason for her to embrace initially global warming alarmism.”
I disagree. Mrs Thatcher embraced GW for the same reason all other politicians do - it allows them to tax, something she badly needed to do at the time. She was IMHO wonderful, but not perfect.
I disagree. She was a Tory, and she regularly disparaged Labor for their lust of other peoples money. She trained as a chemist, as did I. Carbon dioxide absorbs infrared radiation. Extra carbon dioxide from human activity causing at increase in temperature is a plausible initial hypothesis, except actual temperature data says its probably insignificant compared to normal variability.