Without any justification for this statement, she sent a high proportion of the country into a panic mode. It was to come out that humans were putting Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere at an unprecedented rate and this was causing global warming which would be catastrophic if allowed to continue. Later, cows were in the firing line too emitting Methane which was also contributing to global warming.
The IPCC reports became the gospels for the government and if the reports said: “It is highly likely that greenhouse gases emitted by human activities were causing global warming,” then that was taken as the general consensus and action was urged. Several conferences were held with delegates flying to the conferences in private jets emitting Carbon Dioxide in copious quantities. The aim of the conferences was to get all countries to make a commitment to reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions. This was achieved at the Paris conference. Some parts are legally binding and some are not. There is no hard enforcement in the Paris agreement. There was also concern about a dramatic rise in sea level . Several countries were predicted to be under water in a short space of time. So panic all round.
Here are some predictions about climate. Note the dates.
· Pachauri (head of the IPCC): “If there is no action before 2012, that’s too late. What we do in the next two or three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.” (Nov 2007).
· Greenpeace: “Without urgent measures to rapidly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, the possibility of limiting the temperature rise below a dangerous level will have disappeared within a decade.” (2004). So, by 2014 the temperature would have reached a dangerous level! Did it?
· James Hanson (strong climate activist): “I think we have a brief window of opportunity to deal with climate change .....no longer than a decade at most (Sept 2012).
· The Guardian: “On a very conservative estimate there are 50 months to prevent a climate catastrophe.” (Sept 2012). Did we have a climate catastrophe by 2016?
So here we are at 2023. According to the four alarmists it is already too late . Not much point in doing anything is there?
What about sea level rise?
UN predicts disaster if global warming not checked.
Peter James Spielman wrote in 1989:
A senior UN environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. Yes that’s by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of “eco refugees”, threatening political chaos, said Noel Brown, director of the New York office of the UN Environmental Programme-UNEP. He said governments have a ten year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect before it goes out of control. So we had to solve the greenhouse gas problem by the year 2000!
“As the warming melts both ice caps, ocean levels will rise up the three feet (almost a metre), enough to cover the Maldives and other flat island nations,” Brown told the Associated Press in an interview. Coastal regions will be inundated, one sixth of Bangladesh will be flooded, displacing a quarter of its 90 million people. A fifth of Egypt’s arable land in the Nile delta will be flooded, cutting off its food supply, according to a joint UNEP and US Environmental Protection Agency study. Ecological refugees will be a major concern.
Well, here we are in 2023. Did any of this happen? No of course not. It was all scaremongering on a gigantic scale.
Yet obviously many people took this rubbish in and continue to do so now.
One who climbed on the bandwagon and made a great deal of money out of the global warming scam was Al Gore, the former US Vice President. He produced a book called “The Inconvenient Truth” (2006), plus a video or two. His book produces no scientific evidence for what he states. For example, he states that the population of emperor penguins is thinning. No figures given. He gives pictures of some places such as Florida and the Netherlands and what they would look like under water. Pure scaremongering, because so far they are not under water, some 17 years later.
On the back cover of the book he says this: “The threat of extinction to endangered species such as polar bears would increase. Water levels would rise so much that millions of people would be permanently flooded out of their homes.”
Polar bear numbers are actually increasing because a restriction was put on hunting them. It was hunting them that caused a decline, not global warming.
Martha’s Vineyard is an Island off the coast of Massachusetts where the rich and Famous own property.
Al Gore owns several properties.
· A mansion in Nashville valued at $7.5m
· A waterfront villa in Montecto valued at $13m
· A Virginia home valued at $3m
· An apartment in San Francisco valued at $3m
He also has $80m in stock in Apple and Google, and draws a salary from Apple. He charges $200,000 for a public speaking engagement. When he ran for President his worth was $1.7m. He has made an unbelievable $330m from climate alarmism. He is a member of the World Economic Forum. In fact, he is on the Board of Trustees of the WEF.
The figure from 2016 gives sea level rise as about 1.8mm per year. That’s about 5 inches or 14 cm by the year 2100, but the rate is decreasing. Sea level has risen about 120m after the last Ice age and the small rise observed is due to warming from the Little Ice Age. According to the Heartland Institute, the highest quality tide gauges around the world show no acceleration of sea level rise since 1920. A 2017 report by geophysicist Dennis Hedke analysed data from ten coastal cities with long and reliable sea-level records. Hedke found there was no correlation between changes in sea level at these locations and rising Carbon Dioxide levels.
What about temperatures in the past?
The following is basically a version of Hubert Lamb’s graph last published in 1982. Since then data has been collected from various worldwide localities including South Africa, which showed the Medieval warming was not confined to the Northern hemisphere. The worldwide temperature in the Medieval Warm period was at least 1 deg C warmer than at present.
“ I had another interesting experience around the time I was publishing the paper. I received an astonishing E-mail from a major researcher in the area of climate change.” He said: “We have to get rid of the Medieval Warm period.”
The Medieval Warm Period was a real problem for the climate alarmists. It had to be removed. They needed the present temperatures to be higher than anything else in the past. There would be no human influence in the Medieval Warm period so how could one explain the high temperature?
The climate alarmists were given a godsend in the form of Michael Mann and his Infamous Hockey Stick graph. This graph was shown in the 1991 IPCC report.
Scientist Ross McKitric and PhD student Steve McIntyre became suspicious of this graph and decided to investigate. Mann used very unreliable bristlecone pine tree rings and picked a small number which gave the results he wanted. Mann repeatedly refused to give McKitrick and McIntyre his data. It took legal action to get the information which should have been freely available.
They found that basically any data plugged into Mann’s formula produced the hockey stick. Mann’s results depended on bristlecone pine records which are sensitive to a variety of conditions apart from temperature and are not at all reliable for temperature reconstructions. He was warned about this. When the bristlecone pine results were removed the graph collapsed.
Dr Hamish Campbell, Geologist at NZ Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences said: “Mann’s hockey stick has indeed been substantially discredited.”
Dr Michael Fox, Professor of Chemistry at Idaho State University stated: “ We now know that the hockey stick is fraudulent.”
Unfortunately, the damage was done, and the hockey stick, fraudulent as it was, was pushed as “evidence “ of strong recent global warming – naturally due to humans putting more Carbon Dioxide into the air.
The year 1998 saw a hiatus in the earth’s temperature, so the alarmists changed the global warming term to climate change. This covered all eventualities.
If anthropogenic climate change is a fraud then why is it happening?
This climate fiasco is not about climate. It is merely a tool for political and economic change.
The global warming/climate change scare has nothing to do with the environment or saving the planet. Its roots lie in an environmental movement of the 1970’s. This movement realised that doing something about claimed man-made global warming would play to quite a number of the Left’s social agendas. The Club of Rome (environmental consultants to the UN), made up of mainly European scientists and academics used computer modelling to warn that the world would run out of finite resources if population growth was left unchecked. They came up with the following statement:
“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that...the threat of global warming would fit the bill.”
The Club of Rome produced “The Limits of Growth” in 1972. It predicted a dire future for mankind unless: “We act now.”
Margaret Mead, anthropologist, organised a 1975 North Carolina conference. The conference concluded that anthropogenic (human produced) Carbon Dioxide would fry the planet, melt the ice caps, and destroy human life. The idea being to sow enough fear of man-made climate change to force cutbacks in industrial activity and halt third world development.
Then we had Maurice Strong, founding UNEP (United nations Environmental Programme) then the IPCC (Intergovernmental Programme for Climate Change), under the premise of studying only human CO2 driven causes of climate change. Here are two statements he made.
“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialised civilisations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about.” (UNEP)
“Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class, involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels , appliances, air conditioning , and suburban housing are not sustainable.” (Rio Earth Summit.)
There is a certain group who want to reduce the world population down to no more than 1 billion. So somehow they need to get rid of the other six billion.
Energy rationing and the control of Carbon Dioxide, the direct product of cheap reliable hydrocarbon energy, has always been the key to the Left’s agenda of depopulation and deindustrialisation (A Malthusian and misanthropic agenda).
Reverend Thomas Malthus laid out his political and economic thought in his 1798 writings entitled: “An Essay on the Principle of Population.” Malthusianism is the idea that population growth is exponential, whereas the growth of food supply is just linear. In simple number terms 1,2,4,8,16,32,64,128 etc is exponential while 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 etc is just linear.
Now in 2022 we are still doing reasonably well for food and resources. Malthus didn’t take into account that humans would find much more efficient ways of doing things. Technological advances since the Industrial Revolution have enabled this to happen. Contraception has the potential to keep populations down.
So we have a totalitarian ideology enforced through punitive emissions controls under the guise of saving the planet. The motives of the UN are no different from those of the radial eco-zealots of the 1970’s. They despise capitalism, development, growth and freedom with the misguided fear of over-population as the principal driver. Their solution is to use the emotive force of climate change to pursue a radical transformation in cultural, economic, and political structures across the globe. This is what the UN Climate change boss said at the 2015 climate conference in Brussels.
And The UN’s real agenda is a new world order under its control.
So there we have it: The movement to destroy capitalism has been going on for some time now. We are heading towards a world government.
Here is what Dr Ottmar Endenhoffer, a member of the IPCC said in an interview in 2010.
“We (The UN/IPCC) redistribute the world’s wealth by climate policy. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore.”
What is the UN’s weapon of choice for rapid deindustrialisation? It’s called renewable energy but actually the name should be unreliable energy-wind and solar. Token gestures of the folly of green madness designed to force us backwards down the energy ladder to days of human and animal power.
It appears now that the WEF, UN and WHO are acting together to destroy capitalism. The NZ government needs to withdraw from the UN and the WHO as soon as possible. The WHO plan to control most aspects of our medical needs is very concerning. They will implemented in May next year, and will be compulsory for member states. We need to get out before then.
Ian Bradford, a science graduate, is a former teacher, lawyer, farmer and keen sportsman, who is writing a book about the fraud of anthropogenic climate change.