Last week Australia's capital city hosted the climate change equivalent of PM Kevin Rudd's 2020 Summit. Of the 200 delegates a sum total of zero, nil, nada, none were in the skeptical camp. Imagine my surprise at that fact.
It therefore comes as no shock at all that these Climate Shysters should produce a statement telling us that we all need to slash our economic wrists.
A statement from the 2008 Manning Clark House Conference: “Imagining the Real Life on a Greenhouse Earth”, 11-12 June, Australian National University, Canberra.Comparing global warming, which has killed nobody, flooded no homes, inundated no islands and made no species extinct with World War II shows how hysterical these people are prepared to be. Do they really want us to devote one-third of our economic activity to dealing with climate change? That's how much - and more - we spent during WW2.
Global warming is accelerating. The Arctic summer sea ice is expected to melt entirely within the next five years, - decades earlier than predicted in the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 4th Assessment Report.
Scientists judge the risks to humanity of dangerous global warming to be high. The Great Barrier Reef faces devastation. Extreme weather events, such as storm surges adding to rising sea levels and threatening coastal cities, will become increasingly frequent.
There is a real danger that we have reached or will soon reach critical tipping points and the future will be taken out of our hands. The melting Arctic sea ice could be the first such tipping point.
Beyond 2ºC of warming, seemingly inevitable unless greenhouse gas reduction targets are tightened, we risk huge human and societal costs and perhaps even the effective end of industrial civilisation. We need to cease our assault on our own life support system, and that of millions of species. Global warming is only one of many symptoms of that assault.
Peak oil, global warming and long term sustainability pressures all require that we reduce energy needs and switch to alternative energy sources. Many credible studies show that Australia can quickly and cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions through dramatic improvements in energy efficiency and by increasing our investment in solar, wind and other renewable sources.
The need for action is extremely urgent and our window of opportunity for avoiding severe impacts is rapidly closing. Yet the obstacles to change are not technical or economic, they are political and social.
We know democratic societies have responded successfully to dire and immediate threats, as was demonstrated in World War II. This is a last call for an effective response to global warming.
In WW2 democratic societies took action against undemocratic, totalitarian regimes in Germany, Italy and Japan. It's ironic that the undemocratic, totalitarian regime of the Climate Movement has made more inroads into undermining our societies than those countries ever were.
The following are some of the profoundly immoral alarmists, confused do-gooders and political opportunists that signed on the the statement:
Prof Barry Brook, Prof Ian Enting, Prof Janette Lindesay, Prof Graeme Pearman, Dr Barrie Pittock, Prof Will Steffen;
Earth and prehistory scientists:
Dr Geoff Davies, Dr David Denham, Dr Andrew Glikson (conference convenor), Dr Simon Haberle, Prof Malcolm McCulloch, Dr Bradley Opdyke;
Senator Lyn Allison, Dr Carmen Lawrence, Senator Christine Milne, Barry Jones;
Health and population experts:
Prof Stephen Boyden, Dr Bryan Furnass (conference co-convenor), Prof Tony McMichael, Dr Sue Wareham;
Phillip Adams, Dr Paul Collins, Tony Kevin, Dierk von Behrens;
That's important, having the support of a poet. Or Phillip Adams...! A humanist...! A person less able to understand climate change science you would struggle to find.
I've said before that I reckon one of the reasons for such a rush to action is that climate scientists know full well that the world is going to enter a cooling phase due to low solar activity and they 1) want to ensure funding and 2) want to take the credit of a cooling world due to driving a reduction in CO2.