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Edmond, Okla., February 2011

Here’s something to ponder as much of the U.S. digs out from under one of the biggest snow storms in decades. Here’s an amusing article from 11 years ago. If you follow the link titled “Don’t Believe the Hype over Climate Headlines,” you can see The Independent furiously backpedaling over this preposterous article.

Britain’s winter ends tomorrow with further indications of a striking environmental change: snow is starting to disappear from our lives.

Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer winters – which scientists are attributing to global climate change – produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.

The first two months of 2000 were virtually free of significant snowfall in much of lowland Britain, and December brought only moderate snowfall in the South-east. It is the continuation of a trend that has been increasingly visible in the past 15 years: in the south of England, for instance, from 1970 to 1995 snow and sleet fell for an average of 3.7 days, while from 1988 to 1995 the average was 0.7 days. London’s last substantial snowfall was in February 1991.

Global warming, the heating of the atmosphere by increased amounts of industrial gases, is now accepted as a reality by the international community. Average temperatures in Britain were nearly 0.6°C higher in the Nineties than in 1960-90, and it is estimated that they will increase by 0.2C every decade over the coming century. Eight of the 10 hottest years on record occurred in the Nineties.

Read the rest at The Independent.

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Nothing at all cult-like here! See also The Religious Language of Global Warming “Believers.”

With United Nations climate negotiators facing an uphill battle to advance their goal of reducing emissions linked to global warming, it’s no surprise that the woman steering the talks appealed to a Mayan goddess Monday.

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, invoked the ancient jaguar goddess Ixchel in her opening statement to delegates gathered in Cancun, Mexico, noting that Ixchel was not only goddess of the moon, but also “the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving. May she inspire you — because today, you are gathered in Cancun to weave together the elements of a solid response to climate change, using both reason and creativity as your tools.”

Read more at the Washington Post.

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Is this guy ever going to shut up and go away? Maybe he’s running around preaching his gospel in India because he can’t travel anywhere in the U.S. without being jeered at and mocked. One thing he’s got right: If you label something—anything—as terrorism, you can claim the moral high ground, shut down reasoned debate, and demonize anyone who disagrees.

Nobel Peace Prize winner and champion climate campaigner Al Gore outlined the doom the world is awaiting because of climate change and expressed disappointment at world leaders failing to clinch a treaty to fight the new global terror. Terming the logjam in climate negotiations as a “startling paradox”, the man, whose documentary, The Inconvenient Truth won an Oscar said the year 2010 had seen worst of climate change.

“There was severe drought in Russia and extreme flooding in Pakistan. What more evidence is required for action,” he said at HT Leadership Summit.

Read more at The Hindustan Times.

See also:

Climate Change Is a $528 Billion Global Industry

The Collapse of the Global Warming ‘Consensus’

The Religious Language of Global Warming ‘Believers’

NY Times: No Warming Trend in U.S. Since 1895

With Straight Face, Climatologist Says January Hottest Ever

EPA Head: Lack of Warming Doesn’t Prove Lack of Warming

Climategate Scientist Admits: No Warming Since 1995

World May Not Be Warming, Say Scientists

Climatologist Threatened for Questioning Global Warming

Inbred Royal Gets All Pouty over Blowup of ‘Global Warming’

EPA Suppressed Internal Global Warming Study

Global Warming Cultists Die in Suicide Pact

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A report published this week by researchers working for the U.S. government and the European Union envisions a future in which non-governmental organizations have achieved what national governments working together could not: the elimination of national sovereignty and the establishment of a borderless superstate encompassing the entire world.

At the end of the report, the authors indulge in a bit of fantasy, imagining a “promised land” in which environmental disaster has swept away resistance to global governance and eliminated the “parochial” institution of the nation-state.

In expressing this fantasy, the authors acknowledge that governments are proving ineffective in bringing about global governance and that the globalist agenda is running off the rails.

The report, titled “Global Governance 2025: At a Critical Juncture,” was presented Sept. 20 at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C., by Mathew Burrows, counselor at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s National Intelligence Council, and Giovanni Grevi, former senior research fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence describes the report this way:

“It posits that the growing number of issues on the international agenda, and their complexity, is outpacing the ability of international organizations and national governments to address these challenges. As a result, global governance—the collective management of common problems at the international level—is at a critical juncture.”

The solution, the authors suggest, is for non-governmental organizations and other “non-state actors” to take up the banner of globalism. This, they hope, will unify people across cultures and replace allegiance to the outdated nation with allegiance to the new global superstate. The report may be read in its entirety here.

At the end of the report, which totals 120 pages in length, the authors present a fictional column from the Financial Times, dated Sept. 14, 2024, in which the achievement of global governance is explained after the fact. Governments, the fictional article explains, failed to bring about the end of the “Westphalian Era”—that is, the age of the nation-state—and it was left to non-governmental organizations communicating through international networks and responding to environmental disasters to make global governance a reality.

Here is the fictional Financial Times article. (We have boldfaced the most telling paragraph.)

Politics is Not Always Local

September 14, 2024

We are in a new era in which governments are no longer king. All of us commentators talked a lot about the end of the Westphalian era, but we never really believed it. Moreover it was harder to get our arms around nonstate actors than to report on government ministries with their solid granite foundations and columned porticos. Now we have to recognize the new force of these loose networks. Unlike governments, they actually got something done. They have shown they really matter. I’m talking about the new climate change treaty that was recently agreed upon—even before the previous one expired—that instituted stricter carbon emissions ceilings and established global programs for renewable energy and new technologies to deal with the increasing water supply problems.

Of course, there is no single network and maybe that is the secret. Not only were there various national groups, but many of the networks responsible for forcing the climate change negotiations collected together professional groups, NGOs, and religious groups, across national, class, and cultural divides. The wide deployment of the next-generation Internet (Ubiquitous computing), although done for commercial reasons, greatly facilitated the empowerment of these nonstate interest groups.

This probably would not have come about without a succession of environmental disasters. The New York hurricane was a trigger. Importantly the fact that it happened about the time of UNGA, which many of these networks and groups had been scheduled to attend, facilitated the initial coalescence. However, it would not have happened without other events like the cyclone a year earlier that devastated Bangladesh and the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report showing much higher levels of CO2 despite efforts at cutbacks. A crisis atmosphere prevailed. Indeed it was one of those moments in history in which a new millennium or apocalyptic atmosphere was operating—as if the end of the world was nigh—and immediate action was needed.

In a sense, we have reached the Promised Land in which global cooperation is more than a “conspiracy” among elites but bubbles up from the grassroots across historic national and cultural divides. We had hoped for this with the European Union but never achieved it. Everyone maintained his narrow parochial viewpoint, speaking first as a Frenchman, or Pole, not as a European.

A lot of this can be ascribed to the rise of the middle classes in Russia, China, and India. Like their Western counterparts before them in the 19th and 20th centuries, they are wealthy enough now to decry the health hazards associated with pollution and rapid growth. They wanted their governments to take action, but they did not. The middle classes have been incensed by the shoddy construction and poor planning that led directly to large numbers of casualties when disasters struck. Anti-corruption and environmentalism merged. As the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere suffered more and more from climate change, religious activists also became mobilized. Migrants pushed off unproductive land, and unable to get access to clean water technologies, turned to churches for help.

Institutions were more savvy than governments in detecting the change. The annual Davos meeting was transformed several years ago. It brought in a host of activists from these networks and has since established virtual meetings where thousands more could participate. The pressure became too much for member-states to ignore. The UNGA set aside 20 seats for NGOs who yearly competed among themselves to take up a seat for a year and have the same voting rights as nation-states. International politics is forever changed even though I doubt these networks can be as effective on other issues. The environment was tailor-made because the widespread commonality of interest in avoiding Armageddon. At another time or on a different issue, my guess is national, religious, ethnic, and class differences will resurface. But the achievement stands and the precedent set will make it hard for governments to ignore NGOs. Maybe they can even begin to partner.

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This story is for anyone who’s still laboring under the delusion that those pushing for a carbon tax are doing so out of concern for you and me and our environment.

THE global climate change industry is now worth more than $528bn, powered by China’s rise as one of the top nations for climate revenues.

As the debate on setting a price on carbon in Australia continues, HSBC Global Research issued a report on climate change that showed the sector had proved resilient to the global slowdown, seeing less than a 0.9 per cent decline in revenues in 2009, as companies push ahead with plans despite political uncertainty over green policies.

“Despite concerns over the risks that governments may retreat from their pledges to deliver emission reductions and continuing uncertainty surrounding the withdrawal of regulatory incentives in key markets, global climate revenues have held up remarkably well and in 2009 stood at $US530bn for listed companies,” the report says.

The headline figure is greater than the global wireless telecoms services sector and comparable to the GDP of Switzerland, the report says.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal.

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If you scoff and say anthropogenic global warming is a crock, watch out! The global warming inquisition might come after you!

LONDON — Apocalyptic visions and the muscular language of religious fervor are invading the climate arena, replacing issues of fact with those of faith and bringing high emotion into science — an area where it should have no place — politicians and religious leaders complain.

People who say human-induced climate change is a fact that demands urgent action are described as “believers” or “climate evangelists,” while those who reject the concept are “deniers,” “skeptics” or “atheists.” Those in the middle who say they are unconvinced either way are “agnostics.”

Read more at the New York Times.

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This is where a belief that humans are bad for the planet logically leads.

A seven-month-old baby girl survived three days alone with a bullet in her chest beside the bodies of her parents and toddler brother.

Argentines Francisco Lotero, 56, and Miriam Coletti, 23, shot their children before killing themselves after making an apparent suicide pact over fears about global warming.

Read more at The Mail Online.

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