Sunday, September 26, 2010

Now, everyone be cool

Once again, the redoubtable Christopher Booker once more laid into the stupidity of wind farms, this time concentrating on how uneconomical they are.
In all the publicity given to the opening of "the world's largest wind farm" off the Kent coast last week, by far the most important and shocking aspect of this vast project was completely overlooked. Over the coming years we will be giving the wind farm's Swedish owners a total of £1.2 billion in subsidies. That same sum, invested now in a single nuclear power station, could yield a staggering 13 times more electricity, with much greater reliability.

Indeed. And whilst Chris "most dangerous man in Britain" Huhne plays at being an energy guru, James Delingpole has discovered that those who pull Huhne's strings may have moved on from the carbon issue somewhat.
Bilderberg. Whether you believe it’s part of a sinister conspiracy which will lead inexorably to one world government or whether you think it’s just an innocent high-level talking shop, there’s one thing that can’t be denied: it knows which way the wind is blowing.

And which way is it blowing? Well, as that nice Mr Delingpole points out, the Bilderberg Group held a conference in Spain recently...
At its June meeting in Sitges, Spain (unreported and held in camera, as is Bilderberg’s way), some of the world’s most powerful CEOs rubbed shoulders with notable academics and leading politicians. They included: the chairman of Fiat, the Irish Attorney General Paul Gallagher, the US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, Henry Kissinger, Bill Gates, Dick Perle, the Queen of the Netherlands, the editor of the Economist…. Definitely not Z-list, in other words.

Which is what makes one particular item on the group’s discussion agenda so tremendously significant. See if you can spot the one I mean:
The 58th Bilderberg Meeting will be held in Sitges, Spain 3 – 6 June 2010. The Conference will deal mainly with Financial Reform, Security, Cyber Technology, Energy, Pakistan, Afghanistan, World Food Problem, Global Cooling, Social Networking, Medical Science, EU-US relations.

Did you spot it?
Yep, that’s right. Global Cooling.

Which means one of two things.

Either it was a printing error.

Or the global elite is perfectly well aware that global cooling represents a far more serious and imminent threat to the world than global warming, but is so far unwilling to admit it except behind closed doors.

As James points out, if people realise that their energy bills have gone through the roof, that their rights and freedoms have been curtailed and that the creeping extensions of government control have all been in the name of a total myth, then they are not going to be tremendously happy.
If man-made global warming was really happening and really a problem we might possibly have carried on putting up with all these constraints on our liberty and assaults on our income. But if it turns out to have been a myth…

Well then, all bets are off.

The next few years are going to be very interesting. Watch the global power elite squirming to reposition itself as it slowly distances itself from Anthropogenic Global Warming (”Who? Us? No. We never thought of it as more than a quaint theory…”), and tries to find new ways of justifying green taxation and control. (Ocean acidification; biodiversity; et al). You’ll notice sly shifts in policy spin. In Britain, for example, Chris “Chicken Little” Huhne’s suicidal “dash for wind” will be re-invented as a vital step towards “energy security.” There will be less talk of “combatting climate change” and more talk of “mitigation”. You’ll hear enviro-Nazis like Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren avoid reference to “global warming” like the plague, preferring the more reliably vague phrase “global climate disruption.”

And you know what the worst thing is? If we allow them to, they’re going to get away with it.

Our duty as free citizens over the next few years is to make sure that they don’t.

What might be very amusing (in a rather dark way) is when—in a few years time and the cold has really started to bite—we are all being urged to pump as much CO2 into the atmosphere as possible in order to try to warm the planet up.

Me? Oh, in the meantime, I'm going to invest in ski-wear manufacturers...


Dick Puddlecote said...

So we're back to the 70s position of an imminent ice age, so therefore more restrictions and taxes. As opposed to the global warming scenario involving ... more restrictions and taxes?

Just to be clear, like.

Mark M said...

"That same sum, invested now in a single nuclear power station, could yield a staggering 13 times more electricity, with much greater reliability."

That, if nothing else, explains why we're so angry. If they're going to take our money off us by force, could they at least spend it on stuff that's actually of any goddamn use?

Hambo said...

We have always been at war with Eastasia.

Perhaps we'll be the butt of a real cosmic joke and slip into that well overdue ice age.

Leg-iron said...

An ice age won't take decades to arrive. If it happens (and here in the north of Scotland it's looking likely) then it'll be a case of winter arriving one year... and not leaving.

That's how fast the last one was.

The Climatologists had better practice some fast talking.

Mr Eugenides said...

No, I don't buy this. Vast shadowy conspiracies to hide the truth about "global cooling" don't put their schemes up on a website by accident.

Sure, it could be the mask slipping - but far more likely, it's either (a) a typo, (b) a forum discussing how we might cool the globe to counteract the supposed effects of AGW, or (c) simple contrarianism.

I am sceptical of AGW, though not convinced one way or the other. Apply Occam's Razor here, though, and I think you have to conclude that Delingpole's "scoop" is bunk - and, I have to say, I think this makes us sound like X-Files addicts.

Oxbridge Pratt said...

Mr Delingpole's "scoop" was widely discussed in June. Keep up at the back there...

Eurogoblin said...

Yup, I'm as sceptical as Mr Eugenides here. I try to keep an open mind - but this looks more than a tad shaky. I'm guessing it's c) simple contrarianism.

We have no idea about the substance of the debate, and we can't properly gauge the reaction of the participants. Case in point: the editor of The Economist was attending, yet The Economist's editorial line is that man-made global warming is indeed taking place. I wouldn't read too much into this until that changes.

Ian E said...

They also might have been discussing an attempt to bring about some global cooling - i.e. using Bill Gates' pet project of geo-engineering.

libertarianroguetrooper said...

Hi Devil, first time commenter, longer term reader...

Interesting to be talking about Bilderberg, I think such organisations are worth looking at. For all the conspiracy surrounding them those of us with libertarian open minds should take a long hard look at the nature of their agenda.

Getting to the truth on such matters is always going to be difficult, ignoring them however we do at our own peril. The elites will always try to superimpose their deluded ideas upon us.

Unfortunately I have to agree, the climate fear is quickly becoming a front for a green fascism to appear, to tax us more and restrict freedom. If we thought anti-terror legislation was bad wait for the rest to step up...

Interested! said...

The area where this wind farm is located has been the subject of tide tables documenting time, strength and direction for over a hundred years. Yet we do not know which way or when the wind will blow. Who has benefited from this fiasco.

Roger Thornhill said...

If we are talking Occam's Razor, AGW CO2 correlation or causation? Correlation, given we are in an interglacial period and Mars ice caps, they say, mirror our own fluctuations.

The Gulf Stream seems to be stalling, in part, due to the oil spill, so they say, and if that is the case, it is going to become very chilly hereabouts. And grim. And hungry.

Maybe Alaska will get a stream instead and boy will it be a beautiful place to live!

Anonymous said...

This is too silly for words.

You're also likely to attract some extreme tinfoil-hat types just by mentioning Bilderberg.

SadButMadLad said...

Does the £1.2b for the nuclear reactor include the decommissioning costs?