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What Was Global Warming ?

Politics / Climate Change May 16, 2012 - 06:27 AM GMT

By: Andrew_McKillop

Politics

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRelatively soon, this question will be asked: global warming has traced a wipeout curve like any failed Great Cause, mixing junk science, porkbarrel politics, cash-gouging corporate greed and deliberate promotion and falsification of any real danger or risk for society by self-serving media barons seeking the latest Big Thing to bemuse what they cynically treat as their witless "media consumers".


Global warming was custom made to fill all those roles. At its high point it was able to bridge and converge extreme right and extreme left political strands, it could amuse, thrill and distract the "media consumers" from any and all other real problems, other and real crises, while generating massive profits for the nimble, greedy and deceitful who always ride the curve of any fake Great Cause, like the parasites they are. Underneath all this however, a critical pinch of credibility was needed: when it disappeared, the "great cause" was doomed.

Trofim Lysenko and his degenerate and delirious genetic and heriditary science notions, a clumsy mix and mingle of Darwinism, Lamarkism, Christianity and Stalinism, was a great model for the junk science charlatans who crowded into global warming, such as Britain's James 'Gaia' Lovelock, the showman Al "Polar Bears are Dying" Gore, or the hysterical scientist James Hansen, who wrote an open letter to Angela Merkel telling her that building coal-fired power stations is now a crime against humanity which will be severely punished one day. Never mind! Today she builds hundreds of square kilometres of windfarms and solar power plants, even if she tries to keep the coal plants going.

Today also, the loudest-mouthed self-proclaimed great thinkers who so massively profited from the myth of global warming are tiptoeing and sliding away from their monster, knowing that its ability to deliver them more cash and more kudos is declining fast. In late April, James 'Gaia' Lovelock in an MSNBC interview made the nearest thing, from persons of his ilk, to a public admission that he had been lying. The UN IPCC has for some time published its own shiftily worded admission that it has wantonly exaggerated the real existence - not the threat but the existence - of global warming. In brief, CO2 levels are surely rising but temperatures measured at different places around the planet and called "global average temperatures", if they have a real scientific meaning, are certainly not rising.

 To the most desperate defenders of global warming hysteria, ranging from prime ministers and presidents, through the climate crazies with paint on their face, who confused global warming with a football match leer-and-beer session, to the extreme left and the extreme right always seeking mileage and media reach for their hysteria, the near-term threat of their favourite myth collapsing is a mortal challenge. It is the end of the gravy train, for them. The public got bored with the subject a long time ago, they now have real and serious problems - and being told on endless TV specials and even the daily press that "billions will die from global warming by 2075" has lost its thrill-and-chill impact, if it ever had it. What is sure, is that the most desperate defenders of what is now a lost "great cause" will be forced to lie or exaggerate more than ever, in a febrile last attempt to keep their party going.

HOW DO "WE" REPLACE GLOBAL WARMING
Great ages have great philosophies, ideals and ideas, but today's tarnished and degenerate times in the western world that has lost its way, its unchallenged economic power, its total military dominance and its cultural hegemony are inevitably sullied further by lies, false hopes and naked charlatanism. The replacement of Global Warming will almost certainly be another Mass Lie. James 'Gaia' Lovelock hinted this in his bow-out interview with MNSBC, where he signalled that he no longer expects to wallow in kudos and cash from the last gasps of Global Warming myth, and is now moving towards Geo-engineering to Save The Planet, that is to harm it any way he can.

As a launch platform for Ecological Everything, the myth did sterling work: green energy will surely continue to fly - to the rage of James 'Gaia' Lovelock himself, so distressed at windfarms being visible from his English country home! Creative and lying financial engineering, ranging from the now rapidly failing Carbon Finance porkbarrel, to national finances of the now ruined "liberal market economies" will surely continue on and up. We can with amusement think back to the December 2009 claim by Dominique Strauss Kahn, the great statesmen and sleaze artist, who as IMF chief claimed that carbon finance "could attain a turnover of $10 trillion a year".This of course is nothing compared with the debt-and-deficit distress of the liberal market economies, but at the time was a stirring tribute to the antics of global warming mythmakers and the greed of financial charlatans who rode the gravy train, and were then at their peak of their power to profit from global warming hysteria.

Global Warming was however and above all an elite myth, a religion substitute that only required fragile strands of junk science to further legitimize itself: it fitted squarely into the post-1980s loss of faith in western values - the western Kali Yuga - that has sprouted a huge and suppurating range of charlatan notions from New Age romantics, eccentrics, charlatans and fools. Global warming was an ideal fit for New Age charlatans but the western Kali Yuga will quickly invent new openings for "sages and philosopher scientists" in the mould of Sir James Lovelock to titillate, bemuse and fool the lazy minded and greedy middle class media consumers of the declining west.

To be sure this Great Quest of saving the planet, and all its living things, needed a founding philosophy, which "Jim" Lovelock had cobbled, some time before, with his Gaia theory, religion, or myth. Even a moment's analysis of this myth reveals its massive illogicality and fragility, mixing and mingling Western and Asian philosophies and religions, with a liberal dose of junk science: the coming replacement of Global Warming will have to take account of this, making the replacement a straight choice between two extremes: junk science or junk religion.

Junk science is already favoured by the reality of climate change, that was so carefully and deceitfully confused with fake global warming claimed as due to CO2 from fossil fuels. Real climate change, which has massively grown since the 1980s or before, can only become more dangerous and hard to sweep aside as a non-problem. Geo-engineering is therefore the almost inevitable choice of ace charlatans such as James 'Gaia' Lovelock, permitting them to engage in very costly, and very risky attempts at man-made climate change - to correct man-made climate change ! The junk science rationale and defence of Geo-engineering is already well frothed with academic-seeming credentials but the media launch of this next junk science backed Great Cause has yet to happen. The collapse of global warming, in the meantime, will surely spur frenetic action by other competing great causes.

FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC SALVATION
Shifting fast and one-way into the realms of pure myth, helped by fantastic and incredible sums and amounts of debts, deficits, corporate losses and corporate theft, the Great Cause of saving public finances and saving the economy already rides high in modern mythmaking of the declining West. One of the most recent victims of this was the neoliberal bourgeois regime of France's Nicolas Sarkozy, simply unable to lie enough, convincingly enough, to keep his greedy hands on power. His unreal mix of buffoonery and fantasy economics or finance finished by not only boring, but disturbing the voter middle class masses of his declining country.

We can expect that new brands of Millenarian Economics can surge from the void left behind, by the collapse of global warming hysteria and its hoped-for massive bubble of Carbon Finance.

The sheer absence of public funds available, except by borrowing and printing, has no importance: charlatan economics is in no way different from junk science. In Europe, Greece and its debt already serves as an excellent support or "underlying asset" for a perpetual round of private bank refinancing as these hollowed-out entities declare themselves near to collapse because the Greeks can't pay, and use this to blackmail governments for more funding - in the Greek case, Dexia Bank is already well engaged in that play. Greece itself is of course using the same play, with the blackmail being that if it quits the Eurozone, the euro will fall to parity against the US dollar. A modern disaster !

Millenarian economics engaged by the West is already perceived, and treated by its creditor Emerging countries as a similar threat to that set by the West in its failed attempt to force its creditors to instantly engage, and pay for a forced shift to green energy and reduce their oil consumption, under the guise of "fighting global warming". This attempt, which spectacularly failed at the December 2009 climate summit, now needs an even bigger siphoning of wealth from the Emerging economies to the West: which unfortunatelty for the West will not happen.

In Europe at least, political millenarianism is now in high gear - whether extreme left or extreme right, only the extremes can presently win. In every case the underlying asset and plaything is national debt and the failing economy. Since both are untreatable by liberal bourgeois methods, especially austerity cures, the market for Anti Austerity myths will massively grow. Keynes will be back, but terribly mutant:  the previous European version - building roundabouts on highways, nuclear power plants or high speed trains - being far too insipid for current and exalted times. Normally speaking and underlying the West's loss of power and self-confidence, war spending would be the Natural Choice, but outside the west the number of small badly-armed nations to oppress and ravage, to pillage for their natural resources is low and heavily armed powerful enemies are ready to strike the West into the dirt.

The extreme left and environmentalists now have great opportunities for inventing new ways to spend more borrowed money, vast quantities of it. Financial and economic salvation will surely feature further and exalted spending on green energy "to protect and conserve" if not to fight the deadly menace of Global Warming, and as oil prices spiral down with the economy. The agro sector is another likely big winner: a millenarian return to the soil movement and myth - called Ecological Transition - could quickly be cranked up by media moguls and their politician friends, carefully avoiding any comparison with Pol Pot's attempt at doing the same thing.  Exciting times are coming !

By Andrew McKillop

Contact: xtran9@gmail.com

Former chief policy analyst, Division A Policy, DG XVII Energy, European Commission. Andrew McKillop Biographic Highlights

Co-author 'The Doomsday Machine', Palgrave Macmillan USA, 2012

Andrew McKillop has more than 30 years experience in the energy, economic and finance domains. Trained at London UK’s University College, he has had specially long experience of energy policy, project administration and the development and financing of alternate energy. This included his role of in-house Expert on Policy and Programming at the DG XVII-Energy of the European Commission, Director of Information of the OAPEC technology transfer subsidiary, AREC and researcher for UN agencies including the ILO.

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Comments

Thomas Laprade
16 May 12, 16:06
Global Warming??

Recent research by Henrik Svensmark and his group at the Danish National

Space Center points to the real cause of the recent warming trend. In a

series of experiments on the formation of clouds, these scientists have

shown that fluctuations in the Sun's output cause the observed changes in

the

Earth's temperature.

In the past, scientists believed the fluctuations in the Sun's output were

too small to cause the observed amount of temperature change, hence the need

to look for other causes like carbon dioxide. However, these new

experiments show that fluctuations in the Sun's output are in fact large

enough, so there is no longer a need to resort to carbon dioxide as the

cause of the recent warming trend.

The discovery of the real cause of the recent increase in the Earth's

temperature is indeed a convenient truth. It means humans are not to blame

for the increase. It also means there is absolutely nothing we can, much

less do, to correct the situation.

Thomas Laprade

Thunder Bay

Ont.


dan bloom
18 May 12, 00:23
polar cities

Andrew, you might want to read a new novel blessed by Dr Lovelock about dark future of global warming:

I have seen the future and it's dank, dark and dystopian.

At least in one Oklahoma author's eyes, it is.

As a climate activist based in Taiwan, I commissioned sci-fi writer Jim Laughter in Oklahoma last summer to write a novel about mankind's shaky future on this third rock from the sun, and he immediately said yes. His new book, titled “Polar City Red” is out now from AWOC Books in Texas, in time for Earth Day here in Taiwan, and the entire story, from page one to the final paragraph, belongs to Mr. Laughter. His name is on the book cover, not mine, and all profits, if any, go to him.

I've read the book, of course, and I can tell you this: climate denialists are going to say it's not science, and die-hard climate activists are going to say it's just fiction.

But Laughter's book would make a cool movie in the future dystopia department, following up on such Hollywood films as “City of Ember” and “The Road.”

Laughter's pulp “polar Western” is set in the Last Frontier and it poses a very important and headline-mirroring question: Will mankind survive the “climapocalypse” coming our way as the Earth heats up over the next few centuries?

As sea levels rise and millions of “climate refugees” make their way north to Alaska, Canada, Russia and Norway, think scavenger camps, “Mad Max” villages, and U.N.-administered “polar cities” — cities of domes, as Laughter (his real name) calls them.

“Polar City Red” is more than mere science fiction. Laughter is a retired USAF technical writer who has lived all over the world on military assignments. The retired grandfather of four comes across as a probing moralist and a modern Jeremiah. His worldview befits a Christian pastor who has built two churches and finds in religion both an anchor and a place for hope.

His book is not just about climate change or northern dystopias. It's also about the moral questions that must guide humanity as it tries to keep a lid on global warming's worst-case scenarios while also looking for solutions to mankind's worst nightmare: the possible final extinction of the human species due to man's own folly and extravagant ways. Can a small 200-page book do all that? No, it's just entertainment, a good book to put on your summer reading list.

Writing the novel took Laughter seven months of nonstop research and keyboarding, he told me, but I have a feeling that what he wrote will last 100 years.

It's more than a “cli-fi” thriller. It also exposes the underbelly of humankind's most terrifying nightmare: the possible end of the human species and God's deep displeasure at what His people have done to His Earth. Even if you're an atheist, as I am, Laughter touches a nerve.

The book is prophetic, futuristic and moralistic. As a reader, you will get through this one alive. But will our descendants, 100 or 1,000 years from now, survive the Long Emergency we find ourselves in now? That's the question that Laughter poses.

Fortunately, the book ends on a note of hope and redemption, so it's not a downer at all. You and your loved ones need to read it. As Laughter himself says in the introduction, quoting Christopher Morley: “When you sell a man a book, you don't sell just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue — you sell him a whole new life.”

“Polar City Red” won't give you a whole new life, and it just might give you a headache and heartburn instead. But as the world heads closer and closer to climate chaos, even here in Taiwan, Laughter's book is no laughing matter.

Danny Bloom is an American climate activist based in Taiwan. His climate blog can be accessed at ''pcillu101''


Kent
19 May 12, 10:41
global warming

The globe has been warming, due to natural causes. It does appear to be ending. Human Hubris is the main reason for thinking our CO2 did it. And if the leftist elite can use it to show how concerned (and superior) they are, well you have Al Gore, et al.


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