Net zero policies are ’emperor’s new clothes,’ academics warn

Posted: October 22, 2021 by oldbrew in Critique, Emissions, government, net zero
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Does that make it official, i.e. that we’re being sold another empty box by climate obsessive governments? No surprise that these critics want even more severe policy measures to constrain industrial economies.
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Net zero targets are a “fantasy” that often just protect “business as usual,” a leading expert in environment and sustainability has said. Phys.org reporting.

Dr. James Dyke, Assistant Director of the Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter, criticized net zero targets as a “great idea in principle” but which “help perpetuate a belief in technological salvation and diminish the sense of urgency surrounding the need to curb emissions now.”

The excoriating critique is published in “Negotiating Climate Change in Crisis,” a new essay volume on the climate crisis featuring prominent social scientists and humanities scholars from around the world, co-edited by the University of Exeter Business School’s Professor Steffen Boehm.

In a chapter titled “Why net zero policies do more harm than good,” Dr. Dyke and his co-authors Dr. Wolfgang Knorr and Professor Sir Robert Watson argue that the discourse around net zero hinges on deploying potentially dangerous ‘fairytale’ technologies such as carbon capture.

Their essay looks at how projecting a future with more trees was first used by the US to “in effect offset the burning of coal, oil and gas now.”

They go on to argue that the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degree Celsius emissions target allowed “untested carbon dioxide removal mechanisms” to be included in climate-economic modeling.

They describe Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) as a “savior technology,” saying “the mere prospect of carbon capture and storage gave policy makers a way out of making the much-needed immediate cuts to greenhouse gas emissions.”

The authors say: “It has been estimated that BECCS could demand an area of land approaching twice the size of India. How will that be achieved at the same time as feeding eight to 10 billion people around the middle of the century, or without destroying native vegetation and biodiversity?

“The argument appears to be that net zero technologies will work because they have to work,” they add. “But beyond fine words and glossy brochures there is nothing there. The emperor has no clothes.”

Continued here.

Comments
  1. stpaulchuck says:

    totally trashing the world economy over made up future threats to the planet remind me of Popeye’s Whimpy – “I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today”

    I looked back over a list of prior “dire warnings” about climate and the Satanic Gases. I cannot find even one of them that came true. Not one. Reminds me of HL Menken’s saw about this sort of thing:
    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”

  2. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Call me when there are hippos in the Thames, like the Neanderthals had.

  3. Gamecock says:

    What a wonderful world this could have been if the Left never showed up.

  4. Phoenix44 says:

    “…featuring prominent social scientists and humanities scholars…”

    Their expertise in transitioning the world economy being…?

  5. oldbrew says:

    Computer simulations of the Earth’s climate are now science, or so it’s claimed.

    To investigate whether climate change plays a role in an event, WWA compares possible weather today—after about 1.2 degrees Celsius of global warming since the mid-1800s—with a simulated climate without that heating.

    https://phys.org/news/2021-10-climate-extreme-weather.html

  6. Phil Salmon says:

    It’s over.
    It will come as a surprise how suddenly the entire climate bandwagon with its monstrous machinery, a nightmare circus 🤡, will simply vanish without trace. Like waking from a weird and slightly disturbing dream – and quickly forgetting the dream itself.

    The measurements are in – showing that in the year 2020 of global lockdown, CO2 emission did not only fail to show the tiniest slow-down, the tiniest trace of the apparently huge reduction in transport and industrial emissions. It even rose to a record high.

    This fact – which the media have not held back from publicising, is a stake through the heart of the “rough beast, its hour come round at last, (that) slouches towards Bethlehem to be born.” It’s hour has come and gone. The falcon spirals back closer in and returns to the arm of the falconer. Things stop falling apart, the center might hold after all.

    It will take some time for this portentous fact to be digested and absorbed – but not too much time. The huge changes to lifestyle, the total stoppage of daily rush hour traffic and the stilling of many wheels of machinery. All the unprecedented painful stoppage of our energy fuelled lives in the move, the months on end not using the car, just looking through those home windows from the inside, the odd walk in the park. A stop to airliners, ferries, trains. All for absolutely and precisely nothing!? No tiniest trace of a dent in growth of atmospheric CO2?

    The climate bandwagon is – to mix metaphors horribly – a headless chicken. Already the signs are multiplying that COP26, the upcoming climate jamboree in Glasgow U.K., will be a fiasco and a damp squib. Order after leader are declining the invitation. Funding pledges are sliding into the future and evaporating. This is just the start.

    Snow ❄️ will likely give a dusting to COP26 in Glasgow as yet another winter of unstable Arctic jet stream and polar vortex wheels around icy air from the Arctic, Scandinavia and the east to the U.K. and Western Europe. Surveying this scene delegates will struggle to remind themselves what they are doing there.

    If the global pandemic made not the smallest dent in CO2 emissions, people will realise that nothing short of a global disaster movie scenario, a Mad Max or I am Legend or Children of Men, or dozens of shoddy dystopian end-of-world movies, with decimation of the world’s population, will have a chance to make a measurable impact on the rate of rise of CO2. Let alone make it fall. And inexorably, people will ask themselves – are we really willing to pay that price to prevent CO2 from boosting plant growth and – maybe – slightly warming a glacial climate? Destroy the human race to save it? I don’t think so.

  7. Paul Vaughan says:

    wait… there is a light… — (time index 209-236….) to symbolize (with a Hallowe’en horror theme) the “anomalous” financial plight of many good, ordinary people right now.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Carbon accounting madness makes a mockery of the UK’s Net Zero plans, says University of Birmingham academic
    Posted on 25 Oct 2021

    Professor Ian Thomson, who co-led the research and is an international expert on environmental accounting and expert reviewer for the next IPCC report, is Director of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business at the University of Birmingham and says:

    “Some of the carbon accounting systems and evaluation processes in the UK are farcical and inadequate, lagging well behind net zero thinking and creating a structural barrier to implementing effective solutions. Without robust, reliable and trusted carbon accounting evidence, it’s likely that the UK’s net-zero carbon transition will be inhibited by poorly-informed decisions based on inappropriate evidence.”

    https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2021/10/carbon-accounting-madness-makes-a-mockery-of-the-uk's-net-zero-plans-says-university-of-birmingham-research.aspx

    ‘net zero thinking’ — an invention of climate alarmism.

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