The Iron Lady, UK MetOffice, IPCC and EU are ALL to blame!

June 21, 2007 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Climate science, EU, Europe, Ice Age, IPCC, Junk, MetOffice, Nonsense, Rubbish, Squirrel, Thatcher, UK, US | 3 Comments

Thatcher The Musical poster

How much more outlandish and desperate can global warming magicians get than the following polemic?

It would seem that climate jihadists might well start their anti-warming campaigns in the chainsaw isle of their local hardware stores, rather than coming for our SUVs, incandescent light bulbs and thermostats.

Yes, Steve Milloy does spell it ‘isle’, not ‘aisle’ (he must have been dreaming of summer vacations in far-away places). Can you believe, the week Britain remembered The Falklands War 25 years on, he describes Maggie “not wanting to fight” other entities … for fictitious reasons? There’s a certain irony in that he is blaming the Iron Lady of the Conservative Party and her favourite science advisor—who, for a time was the notorious Lord Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, no less, now the most infamous British climate change sceptic—for the so-called ‘global warming hoax’.

Steve Milloy, of JunkScience fame, is far from mellifluous in his diatribe, and I quote:

Then there are the Europeans who are responsible for launching global warming alarmism in the first place.

When Margaret Thatcher became UK Prime Minister in 1979, her mandate was to reduce Britain’s economic decline. Thatcher wanted to make the UK energy-independent through nuclear power — she didn’t like her country’s reliance on coal, which politically empowered the coal miner unions, or oil, which empowered Middle Eastern states.

So Thatcher latched onto her science adviser’s notion that man-made emissions of carbon dioxide warmed the planet in a harmful way, thereby providing the perfect political cover for advancing her nuclear power agenda without having to fight the miners or Arab oil states.

She empowered the U.K. Meteorological Office to begin global climate change research, a move that eventually led to the 1988 creation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations’ group that has come to be the “official” international agency for global warming alarmism.

The Europeans now see global warming as a means of hampering U.S. economic competitiveness through increased energy prices. In a global warming-worried world, it becomes more expensive to use coal, for example. About 52 percent of U.S. electricity is produced by burning coal. France, in contrast, gets 80 percent of its electricity from nuclear power. Guess whose economy takes the hit.

The Europeans also know that environmentalists and trial lawyers will ensure that greenhouse gas emissions regulations are strictly enforced in the U.S. The same cannot be said for Europe.

There is also the gigantic global warming bureaucracy that’s been created over the last 20 years. Whereas there used to be only a handful of scientists who called themselves atmospheric scientists, now there are legions of self-proclaimed “climatologists” along with the attendant bureaucracies to support them. U.S. taxpayers alone support this gang to a tune of about $5 billion per year.

Where a zoologist might previously have had difficulty getting a grant to study the mating habits of squirrels, a whole new world of possibilities opens up if the newly minted climato-zoologist asks for funding to study whether changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide are making female squirrels friskier.

Sabre-toothed squirrel in Ice Age

We might as well know what we are up against! It’s all in a desperate call to:”Hold the line on global warming!” by Steven Milloy on June 18, 2007,05984.cfm



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  1. Well done for not actually making that URL live (which would only increase that site’s search rankings), though I wouldn’t give this xenophobic idjit’s opinions more web-space than his vested interests already pay for. The bit about ‘the Europeans know that environmentalists and trial lawyers will ensure… regulations strictly enforced in the US’ is mind-boggling, though – since when has the US been reknowned for a strong environmental lobby or an incorruptible legal system? Even Hollywood rarely tries to peddle those myths!

  2. I am just using this as a fresh reminder that the inversion principle is alive and kicking. By inversion, I mean Orwellian evil-is-good stuff.

    Beyond that, the details are not worth dwelling on. The gist is that free speech allows junk to spread and people need reminding to check the reliability of sources.

    Middle school students in CA get lessons in ‘assessing material from the web’ and children are often told to ‘include a web search’ as part of their school project research process. I think it is good to remind adults what comes up.

    Students don’t know how to judge this stuff, and nor do millions of adults. They have no touchstone of reality to compare untruths with. Truth is ‘whatever happens in my daily life’ to many people, including what they see on TV!

  3. P.S. It did give me a chance to use that Maggie poster, and the sabre-toothed squirrel from Ice Age 😉

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