It’s rare that I republish a strongly political opinion piece here on the talkshop. Mostly because on other blogs it it tends to generate exchanges which create more heat than light. But the time has come to consider the consequences of the policies being foisted on us in the name of averting the threat of global warming if they turn out to be aiming in the wrong direction.
A common argument from the better informed people on the co2-drives-climate-change side of the debate is that although we don’t know for sure if co2 really does drive climate change (formerly known as global warming) the consequences of not acting now if it is true are so bad that we should not delay in drastically cutting co2 emissions.
The article below from Christopher Booker is the counterpoint to this line of thinking. It asks what the consequences of pursuing the policies already in place will be for us if they continue. In the face of the evidence that the small group of scientists at the centre of the co2 scare have strongly oversold the certainty of their public pronouncements, this is a salient question.
I have for some time been expressing my concerns about the inability of successive governments in the UK to get to grips with the looming crisis in energy production. The costs of renovating decrepit distribution infrastructure and building new generation plant are so vast that our leaders have buried their heads in the sand and used the co2 scare as an excuse to shelve much needed new projects. This has gone on for so long that the decimation of the UK’s engineering capability begun by Margaret Thatcher in the 80’s has brought us to the point where we simply don’t have the expertise or manufacturing capacity to deliver the huge amount of new equipment needed in the timescale required to avert energy disaster.
Our political class is so bereft of engineering understanding, coming as it does from the world of economics, law and finance, that it has allowed the situation to slide to the point where our only option is to ask foreign companies to build and run our energy supply. If they can see a profit in it. This will price many people out of being able to afford to keep their homes warm in the increasingly cold winters we have been experiencing in the last few years. Many premature deaths of vulnerable people will result. The commitment of these companies is to their profit, not our social responsibilities.
It’s time for our politicians, civil service mandarins, policy gurus and chief scientists to take a deep breath, read what Christopher Booker has to say without jerking their knees around, and face up to the state we’re in.
Is the global warming scare the greatest delusion in history?
Christopher Booker – Daily Telegraph Sunday 27 November 2011
To grasp the almost suicidal state of unreality our Government has been driven into by the obsession with global warming, it is necessary to put together the two sides to an overall picture – each vividly highlighted by events of recent days.
On one hand there is the utterly lamentable state of the science which underpins it all, illuminated yet again by “Climategate 2.0”, the latest release of emails between the leading scientists who for years have been at the heart of the warming scare (which I return to below). On the other hand, we see the damage done by the political consequences of this scare, which will directly impinge, in various ways, on all our lives.