Does anyone even remember the serial ‘scares’ which pop up from time to time – an oldy but a goody being Ehrlich’s ‘population bomb’ which seemed to have rather fizzled than exploded. I guess this whole AGW thingy will have them shaking their heads in about twenty years wondering how so many smart folks could have gotten it so wrong. However never underestimate the ability for those who like to interfere in your life to find another reason…..
Don’t get me wrong – as I have said before, I do quite a bit on my own to keep the peace with this hunk of rock without anyone having to coerce me or threaten to apply carbon taxes or any of that other nonsense.
Anyway – this should have the goracle and his ilk firing up the spin machine pretty quickly…..
Easily one of the most important stories of 2008 has been all the evidence suggesting that this may be looked back on as the year when there was a turning point in the great worldwide panic over man-made global warming. Just when politicians in Europe and America have been adopting the most costly and damaging measures politicians have ever proposed, to combat this supposed menace, the tide has turned in three significant respects.
First, all over the world, temperatures have been dropping in a way wholly unpredicted by all those computer models which have been used as the main drivers of the scare. Last winter, as temperatures plummeted, many parts of the world had snowfalls on a scale not seen for decades. This winter, with the whole of Canada and half the US under snow, looks likely to be even worse. After several years flatlining, global temperatures have dropped sharply enough to cancel out much of their net rise in the 20th century.
Ever shriller and more frantic has become the insistence of the warmists, cheered on by their army of media groupies such as the BBC, that the last 10 years have been the “hottest in history” and that the North Pole would soon be ice-free – as the poles remain defiantly icebound and those polar bears fail to drown. All those hysterical predictions that we are seeing more droughts and hurricanes than ever before have infuriatingly failed to materialise.