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Global Warming Alarmism is in Freefall. Obama Wants More Money to Spend. by The Elephant's Child

The European Union’s climate policy is in freefall.  Carbon prices (they do cap-and-trade) have lost nearly 14% of their value (April 2).  The already depressed carbon price dropped from €7 to a record low of €6.14 by early afternoon.

The Germans are dumping their subsidies for solar energy. The British government has rejected the bogus economics of climate change, though they are not quite ready to announce it formally.

Europe is coming to the realization that on top of all their other economic problems, they don’t need to be subsidizing expensive solar energy that hikes the power bills for the public while producing little energy.

In Canada, Lawrence Solomon writes in The Financial Post that the world is awash in oil, and in the future, the MIddle East will go back to being an obscure backwater because the world will no longer be dependent on its oil.

The Aussies are not happy with Prime Minister Julia Gaillard’s climate efforts and taxes, and are showing their displeasure at the polls, tossing out their Labour government.

And at the University of East Anglia, a new postgraduate course hopes to bring together researchers in the environmental sciences, philosophy, history and literature to develop “new ways of thinking about environmental change and social transitions.” If you  have experience in writing “eco-poetry” the UEA wants to hear from you. UAE is noted as the birthphlace of ClimateGate.

Everywhere, a sensible public is becoming more skeptical of outrageous climate claims, and the climate alarmists come up with new stories of impending doom.  Dr. Tim Ball, Canadian climate scientist says that “when asked what’s wrong with global warming —most can only say sea level rise.”

And here at home, in alignment with the rest of the world, the Obama administration has requested $770 million in federal funds to combat the effects of global warming in developing countries, according to a congressional report. This continues administration policy of using foreign aid to combat the effects of global warming in the developing world —despite another year of $1 trillion deficits.

According to the Congressional Research Service the administration has spent a total of $2.5 billion on the Global Climate Change Initiative on anti-global warming efforts in Latin America, Asia and Africa.  If approved by Congress the latest request would boost foreign climate change spending to $3.3 billion. The money supposedly goes for adaption, clean energy, and sustainable landscapes.

CRS noted that —like most foreign aid programs — there was a high probability that foreign countries would misuse or wast GCCI funds. They also mentioned that “Congress may want to consider the fact that there is a lack of consensus on whether global warming will happen at all.”

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EC, it doesn’t help anybody’s reputation to exaggerate.

Your headline assertion is that “global warming alarmism in freefall”, yet none of your evidence really relates to the core beliefs about whether or not global warming is real and presents a danger to human kind. Rather, what you describe are policy failures. Even then, you exaggerate.

That the price for carbon credits in Europe are falling flies in the face of the “global-warming policy alarmists” who claim that the world as we know it would collapse if the same kind of cap-and-trade system were to be applied in the United States. What the price fall shows, in part, is that there are many small, cheap things that companies can do to reduce their emissions. But it also shows the consequence of giving away (rather than auctioning) most of the permits at the time that the cap-and-trade system was implemented. During a period of slow growth or recession (depending which European country you’re looking at), the inevitable consequence is a slump in the price of a permit.

The Germans are dumping their subsidies for solar energy.

No, they are reducing them. Most of the subsidies have been provided through regulated feed-in-tariffs, which paid solar plants exorbitantly high prices for the (small amount) of electric power they generate. It was an industrial policy — designed to indirectly encourage solar-cell manufacturing in Germany — that was badly designed from the start. The change in the policy reflects the reality that the policy was creating few jobs, and was an expensive way to avoid CO2 emissions. Germans have not all of a sudden decided that global warming is a non-issue.

The British government has rejected the bogus economics of climate change, though they are not quite ready to announce it formally.

Certain think tanks have pointed out that some of the policies justified in the name of climate change have proved to be cost-ineffective. Without any further proof from you, then it becomes your alleged inside knowledge against my inside knowledge. I would be very surprised to see the British Government come out with a public announcement that it regards the economic risks from climate change to be so low that the best course is to do nothing.

The Aussies are not happy with Prime Minister Julia Gaillard’s climate efforts and taxes, and are showing their displeasure at the polls, tossing out their Labour government.

National elections are not due until next year, so what you are referring to are state elections, notably in Queensland. Australians are dissatisfied with a number of aspects of the Labour Government, including some of its non-carbon-related policies affecting the mining sector.

But a year is a long time in politics. Former premier John Howard was unpopular after he introduced a national Goods and Services Tax (GST), in 2000, but nevertheless managed to win the election in 2001, so Labour’s current low standing in the polls is not irreversible.

Everywhere, a sensible public is becoming more skeptical of outrageous climate claims, …

Which is a good thing. But, through education, they are also becoming more skeptical of the outrageous climate claims of some of the committed deniers.

We need reasoned discussion about this topic, not the bending of facts to support a particular story line.

Comment by Subsidy Eye

Subsidy, I get really tired of being told that I exaggerate or don’t know what I write about. It is offensive. You claim to want a discussion, but that seems not to be the case.

The earth is always warming and cooling. it is currently in a cooling phase as it has been for nearly 15 years. Britain has taxed carbon heavily, and done everything they can think of to cut back on carbon emissions, to no avail. I don’t know any “committed deniers.” The scientists I know are skeptics. They agree that there has been warming; they are very skeptical that it is anything to be concerned about. I am quite aware of when the national elections in Australia are, but Ms Gillard is not popular from what I read.

The national wealth wasted in an effort to prevent something that is perfectly natural, because some computer models project disaster in the distant future has been so damaging to the countries involves that it is a tragedy. Carbon dioxide is plant food, and we need more of it. It is not a pollutant and absurd to pretend that it is. The EU remains committed to their programs — after all, the unelected and unrepresentative government can hardly admit that they’ve been stupid. But there are clear trends. I don’t know of any policy adapted in the name of climate change that has been effective or successful. It has been a criminal hoax, encouraged by those who have profited greatly from it.

Comment by The Elephant's Child




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