Prince Charles – climate change root cause of Syrian war

Posted: November 23, 2015 by tchannon in alarmism

I suppose this is predictable and plainly nonsense

Prince Charles has pointed to the world’s failure to tackle climate change as a root cause of the civil war in Syria, terrorism and the consequent refugee crisis engulfing Europe.

The heir to the British throne is due to give a keynote speech at the opening of a global climate summit in Paris next week where 118 leaders will gather to try to nail down a deal to limit rising greenhouse gas emissions.

The prince said in an interview with Sky News, to be aired on Monday and recorded before the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, that such symptoms were a “classic case of not dealing with the problem”.

— Reuters

Is there anything to say?

Snippet, in India papers report some of the reservoir dams are spilling water, full for the first time since 2005.

Post by Tim

  1. tallbloke says:

    Dellers is on it:

    In September I wrote a piece called For The Last Time, No, The Syrian Crisis Was Not Caused By Climate Change.

    Clearly, though, my approach wasn’t subtle enough because a month later I had to write another piece called No, Charlotte Church. The Syrian Civil War Was Not Caused By Climate Change.

    But there’s always one, isn’t there?

    Now, it would seem, I’m going to have to wheel out yet another piece on the subject for the benefit of the dur-brain at the back. The dur-brain’s name is Windsor – Charles Windsor, aka The Prince of Wales – and here’s what he had to say in an interview with Sky News at the weekend.

    Asked whether there was a link between climate change, Syria and terrorism, the Prince said:


    He added:

    “Some of us were saying 20 something years ago that if we didn’t tackle these issues, you would see ever greater conflict over scarce resources and ever greater difficulties over drought, and the accumulating effect of climate change which means that people have to move.”

    “And in fact there’s very good evidence indeed that one of the major reasons for this horror in Syria, funnily enough, was a drought that lasted for about five or six years, which meant that huge numbers of people in the end had to leave the land but increasingly they came into the cities.”

    Coming less than a week after the massacre in Paris, the Prince’s remarks might seem not just warped, thick, irresponsible and hysterical but also crassly insensitive.

    We can perhaps let him off the latter charge because the interview was recorded three weeks ago. But the first criticisms still stand. Although Osama Bin Laden, it’s true, did towards the end of his life leap onto the global warming bandwagon, there is no credible evidence whatsoever to suggest that there is any link between “climate change” and terrorism.

    The first flaw in the Prince’s theory is a technical one. The “drought” he cites was a) too short-lived to be plausibly linked to climate change and b) in any case, it didn’t actually happen in Syria. (See here for more details)

    The second flaw in the Prince’s theory is a basic factual one. Islamist terrorists – as they are never shy of telling us – are on a holy mission to restore the Caliphate and to bring the House of War (that’s us, in the West) into the House of Submission (that’s the Islamic world).

    That’s it. That’s the deal. That’s their motivation.

    Were you to try asking them whether anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions were contributing to potentially catastrophic and unprecedented global warming and what should be done about it, their response would be to think for all of no seconds – and then chop your head off.

  2. Fanakapan says:

    Given the good Prince’s oft stated desire to become Defender of the Faiths, I suppose that GW is the only scapegoat left that he can use ?

    Although, and whilst being wary of committing Treason, the time cannot be far off when he gets the Big Hat, I’d have to be worried that Charlie is not getting advice to trim down his ill considered comments. We dont after all want a monarch who backs the wrong horses 🙂

  3. Curious George says:

    His houseplants told him.

  4. Graeme No.3 says:

    A charlie..
    for those old enough to remember the Goons.

  5. Lawrence A P Wilson says:

    I have always aligned with the monarchist side in the debate here (OZ) about our becoming a Republic, largely on the basis of ‘if it aint broke………….’ . But I’ve long believed that if the Brits were silly enough to allow the idiot son to take the throne that would be it for me. With his accession I have no doubt that the great majority of Australians would be well ready for the change. I do feel sorry for the Queen and her consort as she has done a magnificent job, her stumble over Diana being the only slight failing; particularly sorry since as she would well know she would be succeded by such an embarrassment. Isn’t there some way to skip straight to William – in ages past there was never a problem of prematurely ‘retiring’ the odd monarch in waiting.

  6. J Martin says:

    Let’s hope Charles co2 gullibility isn’t inherited by William, and that Queen Elizabeth outlasts Charles.

  7. Don Keiller says:

    No wonder the Queen isn’t abdicating.
    Not with cuckoo Charles next in line.

  8. ntesdorf says:

    The Queen is holding on in the hope that Charles will retire to the kitchen garden, and leave the succession to William and Kate. Monarchist in Australia are praying for the same thing too.

  9. John Silver says:

    A real charlie, eh?
    Now, when is the Republic due?

  10. seth says:

    The paper he refers to is probably this one:

    Our analysis of the conflict in Syria shows an impact of an extreme
    climate event in the context of government failure, exacerbated by
    the singular circumstance of the large influx of Iraqi refugees.

  11. 8364khz says:

    Probably on the advice of the court astrologer.

  12. tchannon says:

    Old but has resurfaced in South Africa. As I recall HRH’s web site lost some pretty dodgy items.

  13. I would feel more confident about the pronouncements of our future monarch if someone could confirm that he is able to tie his own shoelaces.

  14. dp says:

    Long live the Queen! Please.

  15. tallbloke says:

    The UKIP spokesman commented: “Prince Charles will likely fly once again by private jet to Paris and be picked up by a convoy of gas guzzling motorcars in order to preach about cutting carbon emissions.

    “At the start of this year he and Camilla were hosted by the Saudi Royal Family to use his special relationship with the monarchy to promote British interests. Perhaps he will use those connections to encourage the oil rich Gulf states to help tackle the threat from Islamic extremism and play their part in helping refugees in the region.

    “Links between terror cells in Saudi Arabia and Islamic State are well established, and it is documented that a vast amount of funding for extremism is also coming from inside Saudi Arabia. Rather than make frankly ludicrous comments about climate change leading to Middle Eastern conflict, he actually has the right connections to say and do something useful.”

  16. Gail Combs says:

    Lawrence A P Wilson says
    “… Isn’t there some way to skip straight to William – in ages past there was never a problem of prematurely ‘retiring’ the odd monarch in waiting….”

    Well he is heading to Paris….

    Reminds me of an old science fiction novel where a war was started for the express purpose of ‘retiring’ the heir apparent in a manner that showed him as a ‘hero’

  17. AlecM says:

    The origin of Syria’s falling crop yields is actually Assad’s decision to stop subsidising diesel fuel for irrigation pumps about 8 years ago:

  18. tchannon says:

    Roger Andrews has done well there.

    I’d worry too about the data integrity given the history of the region. Adding the dam power data is a good check.

  19. Roger Andrews says:

    Thank you, Tim. Nice to be appreciated 🙂

  20. Mjw says:

    No wonder mummy won’t step down from her job.

  21. hunter says:

    No wonder we are sliding towards WWIII. Our most enlightened and important leaders are reduced to climate wack jobs, blithering historically and scientifically lliterate nonsense.

  22. hunter says:

    Gail Combs, are you referring to the classic “Shards of Honor” by Lois McMaster Bujold?
    “….Crown Prince Serg and his flagship are lost, as are all officers senior to Vorkosigan, leaving him in charge. He orders his fleet’s retreat. Cordelia overhears one critical fact and deduces a deep political secret: the entire invasion was orchestrated by the dying Emperor with the goal of removing his unstable son and discrediting the war party in order to avoid a civil war after his death…..”
    A great book in a great series indeed.

  23. oldbrew says:

    It’s worse than we thought 😉

    ‘Global Warming Caused Hitler’ – Delingpole

    ‘Little is known about what became of Dr Clarence A Mills, professor of experimental at the University of Cincinnati, and his amazing theory that “gradually warming temperatures of the world” helped bring Hitler and Mussolini to power because “people are more docile and easily led in warm weather than in cold.”

    But Dr Mills would surely be proud to know that his legacy lives on among such great 21st century thinkers as ex-jailbait-choral-nymphet Charlotte Church, the Prince of Wales, John Kerry, Thomas Friedman and the fifth most obnoxious Social Justice Warrior on Twitter, Graham Linehan.’

  24. oldbrew says:

    Is this what the UK’s possible future monarch is worried about?

    Climate change in the UK – August by numbers

    UK August average mean temperature 58.8F (14.9C) – 2015 58.6F (14.8C)
    UK August average max temperature 66.3F (19.1C) – 2015 66F (19C)
    UK August average Sunshine up to 26th August 136 hours (2015 129 hours)
    UK August average rainfall up to 26th August 2.9 inches (75.5 mm) 2015 3.6 inches (92.2mm)

    ‘Soggy summer was impossible to predict, says Met Office’

    Compared to the average, was it…
    Warmer? No.
    Sunnier? No.
    Wetter? Yes.

    Time to panic? Obviously not.