I remember one year when a neighbour set the grass on fire.
We all ran with out bucks and doused the fires near the parking lot.
I think they were trying to tell us something. And now I understand what they were trying to tell us.
Real evil in the world and it's only getting worse
My CFACT colleague Duggan Flanakin has written a compelling column that
outlines the real purpose of the UN and environmentalist global warming
campaign: controlling economic growth and redistributing the world’s
wealth and resources. He also explains why the world’s poor need
abundant, reliable, affordable energy – and yet are being kept
impoverished by policies that prevent them from having that energy and
improving their lives.
I hope you will publish his column during this Christmas and New Year
season of joy and hope – and thank you for considering it.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a belated Happy Hanukkah to you and
all your readers.
The Cancun climate con by Duggan
The UN seeks to redistribute wealth, while
CFACT works to reduce "energy poverty"
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As conference delegates shivered in Cancun during its coldest weather in
100 years, power-hungry elitists labored behind the scenes to implement
the real goal of this “global warming” summit, this sixteenth
Conference of the Parties (COP-16), this clever political con job.
That the Cancun summit was never a climate conference at all has become
increasingly obvious. Even before it began, IPCC Working Group III
co-chair Ottmar Edenhofer said, COP-16 is actually “one of the largest
economic conferences since the Second World War…. One has to free
oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is
environmental policy.” In fact, it has “almost nothing to do with the
environmental policy.” Its real purpose “is redistributing the world's
wealth and natural resources.”
A few days later, IPCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres told
conference attendees, “The world is looking for new answers to the
political, economic and social challenges which all countries face.”
That the “new answers” focused primarily on how much more money and
technology developed nations “owe” poor countries further affirmed the
proceedings’ true nature.
As Viscount Christopher Monckton has accurately noted, the entire UN
IPCC process is a “monstrous transfer of power from once-proud,
once-sovereign, once-democratic nations” … to the corrupt, unelected
Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
The grand design – built on the model of the European Union – is to give
the Secretariat power to compel once-independent nations to compile and
submit vast quantities of information to the UN, pay ever-increasing
taxes to unelected internationalists, and do the bureaucrats’ bidding on
a host of issues. They are especially keen to compel the replacement of
affordable, reliable hydrocarbon energy with “eco-friendly,”
“sustainable” wind, solar and biofuel power.
Claims that “the science is settled” and there is “scientific consensus”
on manmade climate disasters have already been demolished. The
ClimateGate emails, revelations that numerous “peer-reviewed” IPCC
“studies” were actually environmentalist press releases and student
papers, and admissions by alarmists themselves took care of that. “There
has been no statistically significant warming” since 1995, Dr. Phil
Jones of East Anglia University's Climate Research Unit admitted to the
BBC in February 2010.
“No kidding,” his fellow Brits would tell him now, amid one of the UK’s
coldest winters in a century.
In fact, there is not now and never has been a “consensus” on manmade
global warming. A new
by Marc Morano, of the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow
(CFACT) and ClimateDepot.com, lists more than 1,000 scientists who have
openly challenged the IPCC and claims that humans, hydrocarbons and
carbon dioxide are causing a climate crisis. One of them, Swedish
climatologist Dr. Hans Jelbring, accused the alarmist community of
relying on inadequate computer models to blame CO2 and innocent citizens
for global warming, to generate funding, gain attention and influence
“If this is what ‘science’ has become,” he added, “I as a scientist am
However, these cold realities have done little to chasten the alarmists
or temper their tone. Far too much money, power and prestige are at
stake. Confronted in Cancun with Dr. Jones’ admission, a startled IPCC
Chairman Rajendra Pachauri pointed to the discredited Fourth Assessment
Report (of which Edenhofer was a lead author) as his sole source for
“scientific” information – and refused even to say whether he agreed
that warming had stopped 15 years ago.
During the widely covered CFACT press conference in Cancun,
climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer addressed some of the reasons so many
scientists dissent from IPCC orthodoxy. Many of the scary scenarios and
predictions of imminent crisis, he explained, are based on computerized
climate models that assume carbon dioxide drives climate change, but are
deficient or erroneous in reflecting major climate mechanisms. For
example, clouds cause negative feedback (cooling effects), and not just
the positive feedbacks (heat trapping effects and warming) assumed by
nearly all climate models.
Dr. Spencer also challenged a recent paper that continues to insist that
clouds only trap heat and warm the planet. This paper defies science
and common sense, he noted, and is “one more reason the public is
increasingly distrustful of the scientific community, when it comes to
research having enormous policy implications” for energy use, jobs,
economic growth, and human health and welfare.
In short, debunking alarmist climate science is relatively easy. The
much harder job has always been to expose the true intentions of the UN
climate cabal. CFACT and others did this in Cancun, by demanding an end
to “energy poverty,” condemning phony “climate change” obstacles to
affordable energy, and insisting that poor countries be encouraged and
helped to achieve the health, prosperity and modern living standards
that only hydrocarbons can ensure and sustain.
When billionaires Ted Turner and Richard Branson tried to discuss ways
to profit from global warming hype, “renewable” energy and CO2 emissions
trading, a team of CFACT college students exposed their hypocrisy and
anti-people climate profiteering. Wind, solar and biofuel companies are
“producing products people don’t want and can't afford,” the students
pointed out. Even more immorally, they are conspiring to keep poor
families impoverished and afflicted by malaria, lung infections,
dysentery and other diseases of poverty.
Meanwhile, champions of “climate ethics” and “environmental justice” in
dozens of rich countries are all too happy to provide what Lord Monckton
called “bailout bucks for bedwetting big businesses,” to ensure their
continued cooperation with the wealth redistribution scheme. He also
slammed the notion of giving kleptocratic governments $100 billion a
year – which will do little except perhaps keep poor families from
starving. If they are to achieve their hopes and dreams, they need
abundant, reliable, affordable energy: ie, fossil fuels.
Climate alarmists say poor families will be devastated by global
warming, unless we slash carbon dioxide emissions. No. The world’s poor
are being devastated right now by climate alarmism. US Congressman
Edward Markey (D-MA) and others who say poor countries must live
“sustainably” and rely on “renewable” energy are rich, callous
hypocrites, Canadian policy analyst Redmond Weissenberger said. They
would never live that way themselves, but they want Earth’s poorest
people to forego “the energy, wealth, health, clean water, safety and
longer lives we enjoy, thanks to fossil fuels.”
A CFACT-organized bus tour drove this fact home. Delegates and
journalists visited a village whose residents work at lavish Cancun
hotels, but whose own houses are built of cardboard, plywood, rope and
sticks – and lack electricity, running water, sanitation, trash pickup
or even a functional public school.
“It is wrong to erect obstacles to progress for communities like this,”
CFACT President David Rothbard told tour participants. “And yet, global
warming campaigners are in Cancun, proposing treaty provisions that
would permanently trap these families in energy poverty, while doing
nothing to stabilize the Earth’s constantly and naturally changing
“The UN has always been about the politics of [climate science],” Morano
told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto. “They produce the best science that
politics can manufacture, and their goal has always been global
governance. They openly admit it and are using climate scares to achieve
Decent people everywhere must help ensure this does not happen. The
battle will continue through COP-17 in Durban, South Africa and COP-18
in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, during the 20th anniversary of the Rio Earth
Summit that launched this power grab. We hope you will join us on the
Duggan Flanakin is director of policy research for the Committee For A
Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org)