ALAN writes: Pat and I are on tour in Tennessee. We left Britain knowing that, in May, the south fries. So short sleeve shirts, cotton trousers and little else came with us - with me, anyway. Mrs F. brought rather more...Tonight, shivering in our church guest quarters, I rather guiltily turned on a heater. It was either that or wrapping myself in a bath towel. The more we hear about global warming, the colder it gets.......Today, as the rain lashed down from grey skies, it didn't rise about 57F.
Ironically, the state's senator is the ridiculous - but rich - AL Gore, the world's first climate change billionaire. It's profitable pandering to the world's desire for warmist fairy tales, just as people loved listening to horror stories about the coming new ice age in the 1970s and 80s. Thus there have been huge profits from Gore's flawed but brilliantly marketed books and DVDs - required reading and viewing in hundreds of thousands of schools, which refuse to allow any right of reply. That's not counting the money earned by the climate change credits racket, where firms which allegedly pollute by putting out carbon can deal in carbon credits- rather as Catholics pay for prayers to get their beloved deceased out of a make-believe place called purgatory.
The whole thing has turned into a monstrous worldwide racket, in which non-existent threats to "the planet" are countered by idiotic but ruinously expensive "climate change" policies which threaten to bankrupt what is left of western industry if they are fully applied. The result is vastly higher charges for electricity than would be needed if joke sources of power like windmills - call up Don Quixote - were not lavishly subsidized.
Sometimes I even drive past a British windmill on which the blades are actually turning.... The real power, of course, is provided by realiable sources, like coal, oil, gas and nuclear power stations. Left to windmills, we'd get very occasional flickers of light from that bulb in the bedroom. All greenies should be forced by law to get all their power from windmills, just to teach them a lesson. They would not be admitted to our heated home when they complained about being frozen....Or perhaps they could be made to run to generate enough power to shave. There must be some suitable punishment for their ludicrous but world-wrecking ideology.
Fortunately some folk far cleverer and better informed than I are putting up a fight against the climate change fantastists. Here Britain's former top civil servant says we should take it all with a large handful of salt. Here's the story:
Former Cabinet Secretary Questions Blind Faith In Climate Alarmism
The Global Warming Policy Foundation, 16 May 2011 ( http://thegwpf.org/index.php?option=com_acymailing&ctrl=url&urlid=527&mailid=176&subid=180 )
London, 16 May - Lord Turnbull, the former Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service (2002 — 2005), has called on MPs and ministers to
consider more carefully the rising costs and economic risks of Britain‘s unilateral climate policies.
In a dispassionate but devastating critique of current policies, Andrew Turnbull also criticises the blind faith in the propositions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) given that they do not bear the weight of certainty with which they are often expressed.
In his briefing paper for the Global Warming Policy Foundation, Lord Turnbull outlines the many doubts and disagreements that exist about key IPCC assumptions.
”Ministers would be well advised not to place such heavy bets on just one rather alarmist source of advice,• Lord Turnbull said.
Lord Turnbull added: "Vince Cable (British business minister) was right to point out the serious threat the UK's unilateral climate targets pose to British business and the
economy, particularly at a time of considerable economic fragility."
Nigel Lawson, the chairman of the Global Warming Policy Foundation said:
”Lord Turnbull has had unsurpassed experience of policy-making at the highest level under governments of both parties. His measured verdict provides
important lessons which ministers and senior officials in particular, but also parliamentarians, eminent scientists and the media, all need to reflect
Lord Turnbull‘s briefing paper The Really Inconvenient Truth, Or ”It Ain‘t Necessarily So• was launched today by the Global Warming Policy
The full paper can be downloaded here ( http://thegwpf.org/index.php?option=com_acymailing&ctrl=url&urlid=526&mailid=176&subid=180 )
About the author
Andrew Turnbull was Permanent Secretary, Environment Department, 1994-98; Permanent Secretary to the Treasury 1998-2002, Cabinet Secretary and Head of
the Home Civil Service 2002-05. He is now a crossbench member of the House of Lords and a Trustee of the Global Warming Policy Foundation.
Dr Benny Peiser
The Global Warming Policy Foundation
1 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DB
tel: 020 7930 6856
mob: 07553 361717