Saturday, November 10, 2012

Mike Butler: Pulling out of Kyoto makes sense

The New Zealand' government has shown some good sense by deciding against signing up to the legally binding second Kyoto Protocol commitment period from 2013. Climate Change Minister Tim Groser announced on Friday that the government would work on its pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the parallel and non-binding United Nation Convention Framework. (1)

The announcement came three days after the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Bill was passed after a late volley of Labour-Green amendments failed.

Groser’s announcement on pulling out of Kyoto brought predictable howls of outrage came from Greenpeace, with Simon Boxer saying New Zealand was ''to join an infamous club of the world's dirtiest economies and most belligerent climate wreckers''. (2)

Green climate change spokesman Kennedy Graham said the announcement meant the Government was withdrawing from global efforts under the Kyoto Protocol to fight climate change and was instead aligning with countries who will just talk about it. Labour climate change spokeswoman Moana Mackey said this country's international reputation had taken a massive hit.

Rhetoric aside, what are the facts? At 0.2 per cent of global emissions, New Zealand could not affect the climate even if it wanted to. This means we could turn everything off, remove all livestock and emit nothing with the result that there would be 0.2 per cent less global emissions.

This assumes that the theory of human-induced global warming is factual. On that front, the global warmers have sustained a few more heavy hits over the past year, even after the row about doctored data that became apparent in the “climategate” emails leaked from the University of East Anglia in 2009 faded.

Earlier this year, a book co-written by German social democrat and green activist Professor Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt titled The Cold Sun (Die kalte Sonne)confirmed that global warming stopped 12 years ago. (3)

Vahrenholt’s skepticism started when he was asked to review a United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on renewable energy. He found hundreds of errors. When he pointed them out, IPCC officials simply brushed them aside. Stunned, he asked himself, “Is this the way they approached the climate assessment reports?”

Vahrenholt decided to do some digging. His colleague geologist/paleontologist Dr. Sebastian Lüning also gave him a copy of Andrew Montford’s The Hockey Stick Illusion. He was horrified by the sloppiness and deception he found, so he and Lüning decided to write the book. The Cold Sun cites 800 sources and has over 80 charts and figures.

Over the last 18 months, policymakers in Canada, the United States and Japan have quietly abandoned the illusory goal of preventing global warming by reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Instead, an alternative view has emerged regarding the most cost-effective way in which to deal with the undoubted hazards of climate change.

This view points toward setting a policy of preparation for, and adaptation to, climatic events and change as they occur, which is distinctly different from the former emphasis given by most Western parliaments to the mitigation of global warming by curbing carbon dioxide emissions. (4)

Groser’s announcement is really a baby step in the right direction. It would be better for the government to drop policies based on the discredited human-induced global warming theory, especially the mind-bogglingly complicated emissions trading scheme that has reintroduced subsidy farming to New Zealand.

The Kyoto Protocol is an agreement arranged by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and adopted on December 11, 1997, in Kyoto, Japan, that set binding obligations on the industrialised countries to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases. The agreement is based on the assumption that man-made greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere interfere with the climate.

As of September 2011, 191 states have signed and ratified the protocol. The only remaining signatory not to have ratified the protocol is the United States. Other United Nations member states which did not ratify the protocol are Afghanistan, Andorra and South Sudan.

In December 2011, Canada withdrew from the protocol. On the day that New Zealand opted out of the second phase of Kyoto, Australia's government said it was "ready to join" the second phase.

Sources: 1. New Zealand Commits to UN Framework Convention, November 9, 2012,

2. Government 'turns its back' on Kyoto commitment, November 9, 2012,

3. Global Warming stopped twelve years ago, The Telegraph, February 9, 2012,

4. Policymakers have quietly given up trying to cut carbon dioxide emissions, Bob Carter, National Post, May 24, 2012,


Anonymous said...

Has anyone else noticed the recent rhetorical shift from "global warming" to "climate change" in response to the 12 year cooling trend?

This whole beat-up is designed to empower the unelected UN socialist one-worlders and give them an ongoing source of funding.

The UN is well aware that the lion's share of its running costs are met by the USA, and that many member states don't even bother to pay their annual levies.

If the USA jerks the rug, the whole global socialist edifice falls over. To get around this prospect, the UN has proposed a number of expedients to become self-funding, e.g. a tax on the international movement of capital, a tax on international air miles, a tax of the use of the "global commons" (extra-territorial ocean fishing and international sea travel).

None of the above have got off the ground, though they keep coming back up periodically like an unloved season.

The global warming/climate change wheeze is the most recent in the assembly line of UN proposals designed to set up a global welfare state in which the so-called "rich" countries are forcibly soaked for the benefit of the so-called "poor" countries.

Like people, countries are typically poor not because of what someone has done to them, but because of what they haven't done for themselves.

The world's most benighted, poverty-stricken places are corrupt, socialist dictatorships or mediaeval religious theocracies.

The world's most successful countries are those with the rule of law, free markets, equality in citizenship, religious freedom, and democratic pluralism (though leftists are constantly trying to undermine all these in the pursuant of their socialist nightmares).

If those in the poorer countries don't like how things are it falls to THEM to change things, even by way of revolution if required.

As Thomas Jefferson so trenchantly observed: "The roots of the tree of liberty must be be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants; it is their natural manure."

We don't need global socialism via the UN one-worlders, and nor does the third world.

It's about time the US pulled the plug on these parasites.

Auntie Podes said...

Nick Smith is now, perhaps, grateful that his environmental portfolio (The Melon-heads Charter) was taken off him and passed-on to Tim Groser. It saved him from a highly embarrassing volte face from his enthusiastic embracing of the ill-fated and stupid Kyoto beat-up.
Let us hope that Groser continues to show such good sense in backing out of this UN confidence trick.

Anonymous said...

Well said - I could not have expressed it better. There are signs that National have at last realised the truth about the alarmists and there lies about global warming / climate change. As they say, follow the money. The alarmists are headed by deceitful so-called scientists who have deliberately lied to enhance their incomes from dubious studies and reports, which have been peer-reviewed by their own friends who are ion cahoots with them. The worst of course is Al Gore, who has made many millions from his lies, apart from the farce of the Nobel Prize!

Anonymous said...

Remember the Y2K fiasco, when the world would grind to a halt because of the Y2K bug? Made a lot of people a lot of money for all the concern and panic.

Global warming and climate change? yes it is happening and yes it is worrisome, but real question is whether all this whole ETS and Kyoto Protocol initiatives can actually change the course of nature? I put my money down that it will not even shift the climatic developments one iota. But it is going to make a few people very rich and vests in the dying Eurozone some power to dominate the affairs of the world...all in the name of Mother Earth.