As an investor in a number of ‘renewable’ energy funds, I am highly appreciative of the ongoing efforts of the U.N., Western governments, the education system and the captured mainstream media to sustain a feverish level of eco-hysteria in the general population.
Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not a ‘climate change denier’ – indeed I’m extremely comfortable with the notion that climate exists, and changes pretty much all of the time.
Based on my extensive research and keen observational skills, I’ve concluded that at any given moment it’s either getting warmer or colder – and for the 45 years or so since ‘the ice-age cometh’ predictions in the 70’s, I’ve enjoyed every minute of what little warming we’ve experienced.
I’m immensely glad that I didn’t live through the Little Ice Age, and I’m thankful that the climate, at least in the northern hemisphere, in winter, at night, has been gently warming. I wish we’d had some more to be honest. I’m still waiting for the Mediterranean climate the Met Office used to threaten us with, before they twigged that their threats weren’t actually scaring anyone. I don’t think for one moment that there is a ‘climate emergency’.
In the words of Richard Lindzen, emeritus professor of meteorology at MIT: “Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century’s developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age.”
I happen to believe that mankind’s discovery of fossil fuels has been a fortuitous, perhaps even providential, blessing for humanity, and life itself. It has engendered an explosion of technological advancement and human well-being. But more importantly, life loves carbon. And life loves warmth. The release of sequestered carbon in the form of CO₂ has given rise to a greening planet, shrinking deserts, and record crop productivity. Whether by accident or by design, humanity has rescued the biosphere from carbon famine.
It really isn’t warmth that we need to fear – quite the opposite. Warm periods – the Minoan, the Roman, the Medieval – are associated with flourishing civilisations and plenty. Cold brings crop failure, starvation, disease and death. Our current interglacial, the Holocene, is now long in the tooth, and we should enjoy it while it lasts.