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    PM's climate change proven to be hot air

    By Piers Ackerman

    September 07, 2008 12:01am
    Article from: The Sunday Telegraph

    No single issue better illustrates the Rudd Government's gross incompetence than its blindly ideological approach to the question of climate change. Fortunately, and perhaps accidentally, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's own hand-picked climate change guru, Professor Ross Garnaut, has now driven a truck through its principal argument.

    In the 10 months since Rudd, Treasurer Wayne Swan, Climate Change Minister Penny Wong and Environment Minister Peter Garrett have held office, the Government has constantly decried and denigrated as "irresponsible climate-change deniers" all who question their views .

    The snide use of the word "denier" to link sceptics with those who deny the actuality of the Holocaust is so obvious it hardly deserves mention. But its repeated usage is indicative of the gutter nature of the massive propaganda campaign waged by Rudd and his colleagues as they attempt to capitalise on their symbolic signing of the politically correct Kyoto Protocol.

    Fixated with the flawed reports prepared by the totally partisan Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and falsely claiming there is a "consensus" among climate scientists that human activity is responsible for global warming, Rudd has pushed a warped agenda based on extraordinarily dubious modelling.

    And such an agenda can, in all reality, have no effect on the planet, let alone the behaviour of other nations. For the whole of their period in office, federal Labor's mantra has been simple: the cost of doing nothing about climate change will be greater than the cost of doing something.

    Now, however, former foreign affairs mentor Professor Garnaut has revealed that mantra is false. First, though, let's look at Labor's determination to repeat that chorus, as captured by Hansard:

    "All are familiar with the fact that the economic cost of inaction on climate change is far greater than the economic cost of action on climate change" (Rudd, June 26).

    "This government does understand that the cost of inaction on climate change is far greater than the cost of action" (Swan, June 26).

    "It is the case that the economic costs of inaction are greater than the costs of action" (Swan, June 24).

    "Those of us on this side of the chamber understand that the economic costs of inaction are far greater than the costs of responsible action now" (Wong, June 24).

    "On the question of emissions trading, we on this side of the House know a simple fact and it is this: the economic cost of inaction on climate change is far greater than the economic cost of action on climate change" (Rudd, June 23).

    "Australians recognise that tackling climate change will not be painless, but I think the Australian people have a very clear understanding that, as I said, the cost of inaction would be greater than the cost of responsible action now" (Wong, March 18).

    "The fact of the matter is that it is the costs of inaction that outweigh the costs of action" (Garrett, March 17).

    "And overall our view has long been, put in simple terms, that the costs of inaction on climate change are much greater than the costs of action" (Rudd, February 21).

    "We on this side of the House recognise the costs of climate change and that the costs of inaction are far greater than the costs of action" (Swan, February 14).

    But a comparison of tables taken from Professor Garnaut's July report and the paper he released on Friday shows that this is not so. In his July 4 draft, he stated that the cost of no mitigation - that is, if no action were taken on so-called greenhouse gases - would be minus 0.7 per cent of GDP in 2020.

    In his new paper he presents three scenarios for carbon-emission reductions by 2020.At an "as-soon-as-possible" level of 450 ppm (parts per million) he says the cost would be minus 1.6 per cent of GDP.

    At the "first best" conditional offer of 550 ppm the cost would be minus 1.1 per cent of GDP. If a second-best "Copenhagen compromise" was followed, the cost would be minus 1.3 per cent of GDP.

    It is highly revealing that in presenting his first specific trajectories and estimated costs of emissions reduction, Professor Garnaut has found that the cost of reducing emissions is greater than the cost of doing nothing - although that is not how he sold his paper.

    It is Rudd who is the denialist on the economics of climate change, if Professor Garnaut is to be believed. The costs of action outweigh the costs of inaction. Rudd and Swan have already warned Australians they face increasing unemployment.

    To that must be added the costs of Labor's as-yet unspecific plans to deal with its over-hyped catastrophic view of climate change. Professor Garnaut's report indicates Labor's mantra on climate change to be false.

    Why does the ALP want to sacrifice the economy for a lie?
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    In his new paper he presents three scenarios for carbon-emission reductions by 2020.At an "as-soon-as-possible" level of 450 ppm (parts per million) he says the cost would be minus 1.6 per cent of GDP.

    At the "first best" conditional offer of 550 ppm the cost would be minus 1.1 per cent of GDP. If a second-best "Copenhagen compromise" was followed, the cost would be minus 1.3 per cent of GDP.

    It is highly revealing that in presenting his first specific trajectories and estimated costs of emissions reduction, Professor Garnaut has found that the cost of reducing emissions is greater than the cost of doing nothing - although that is not how he sold his paper.
    I think this sums it up. In the face of these findings, why would he pursue this line of BS? For special interests?
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    I think this sums it up. In the face of these findings, why would he pursue this line of BS? For special interests?
    Tax, tax, and more tax. Theres gold in that thar global warming.
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    A commenter (John M) on the Watts Up With That blog has made a very interesting table of the annual temperatures predictions made by the UK Met Office over the last ten years. In nine of the last ten years, they have overpredicted global temperatures and the amount of warming.

    year….mean forecast …actual
    1999 …….0.38 …………0.33
    2000……..0.41………0.32-0.33
    2001……..0.47………0.42-0.44
    2002……..0.47………….0.49
    2003……..0.55………….0.45
    2004……..0.50………….0.44
    2005……..0.51………….0.48
    2006…0.45(0.37?)…….0.42
    2007……..0.54………….0.40
    2008……..0.37………….0.28
    IN 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2007 the Met Office predicted that the next year would be either the hottest or the second hottest on record.


    Note that the Met Office routinely claims that their predictions are vindicated, because the error ranges around each prediction covers the actual temp. However, there is obviously a systematic bias.

    The accumulated error over 10 years is around +0.6 degrees. Curiously, this figure is similar to (slightly greater than) the catastrophe scenarios from the computer models (up to 4.5 degrees per century). The Met Office, of course, through their Hadley Centre, are one of the major purveyors of catastrophic global warming computer models.

    The models routinely exaggerate warming on 12-month scales. How much faith should we put in them to be accurate over 50-100 years?


    And here

    Wilson row over green 'alarmists'

    The Environment Minister Sammy Wilson has angered green campaigners by describing their view on climate change as a "hysterical psuedo-religion". In an article in the News Letter, Mr Wilson said he believed it occurred naturally and was not man-made.

    "Resources should be used to adapt to the consequences of climate change, rather than King Canute-style vainly trying to stop it," said the minister. Peter Doran of the Green Party said it was a "deeply irresponsible message."

    Mr Wilson said he refused to "blindly accept" the need to make significant changes to the economy to stop climate change.

    "The tactic used by the "green gang" is to label anyone who dares disagree with their view of climate change as some kind of nutcase who denies scientific fact," he said. The minister said he accepted climate change can occur, but does not believe the cause has been identified.

    Precisely


    "Reasoned debate must replace the scaremongering of the green climate alarmists."

    John Woods of Friends of the Earth said Mr Wilson was "like a cigarette salesman denying that smoking causes cancer". "Ironically, if we listen to him Northern Ireland will suffer economically as we are left behind by smarter regions who are embracing the low carbon economy of the future."

    (...uh, this is the same Ireland that told the EU to go fuck itself?)

    It is the latest clash between Mr Wilson and green groups since his appointment as environment minister in June.
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