Spectator and Forbes still host wholly confused climate commentators!

October 5, 2008 at 2:38 pm | Posted in Climate change, Environment, Global warming | Leave a comment
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The Nonsense of Global Warming

by Paul Johnson 09.11.08, 6:00 PM ET
Forbes Magazine dated October 06, 2008

Though it will appear in tomorrow’s magazine, the date Johnson put fingers to keyboard was likely September 11, but could equally well be 9 November 1908 (!) to judge by the nonsense that followed, for instance:

 

The idea that human beings have changed and are changing the basic climate system of the Earth through their industrial activities and burning of fossil fuels–the essence of the Greens’ theory of global warming–has about as much basis in science as Marxism and Freudianism. Global warming, like Marxism, is a political theory of actions, demanding compliance with its rules.

Those who buy in to global warming wish to drastically curb human economic and industrial activities, regardless of the consequences for people, especially the poor. If the theory’s conclusions are accepted and agreed upon, the destructive results will be felt most severely in those states that adhere to the rule of law and will observe restrictions most faithfully. The global warming activists’ target is the U.S. If America is driven to accept crippling restraints on its economy it will rapidly become unable to shoulder its burdens as the world’s sole superpower and ultimate defender of human freedoms. We shall all suffer, however, as progress falters and then ceases and living standards decline.

 

The funniest thing is the punchline aka byline:

Paul Johnson, eminent British historian and author; Lee Kuan Yew, minister mentor of Singapore; Ernesto Zedillo, director, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, former president of Mexico; and David Malpass, chief economist for Bear Stearns Co., Inc., rotate in writing this column.

I don’t know what these authors are doing right now, but if any one of them were to ‘rotate in writing this column’ it could explain the spin!

As for the Spectator, well, you don’t really want to read what Melanie Phillips has to say about the new Department for Energy and Climate Change, do you?  She begins:

According to Tory culture spokesman Ed Vaizey, the creation of a government Department for the Extraction of Sunbeams Out Of Cucumbers headed by Ed Miliband is ‘a masterstroke’.  Both Vaizey and Miliband might usefully read Paul Johnson’s take* on this watermelon Marxism (green on the outside, red on the inside).

* yes, it’s the same Nonsense article I linked above.  Oh dear.

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