Saturday, July 25, 2015

Eventually Reality Will Trump Idology. That's Why Force is Always Required by Leftist Ideologues

Benny Peiser's Global Warming Policy Foundation Reports the UK Government Axes Green Deal Because The Climate Agenda Has Clearly Been ‘Dictated By Left-Wing Anti-Capitalists’, Says UK Climate Secretary


The only definition of green that will stand the test of time is it's a mixture of blue and yellow. Any other definition is the corruption of a perfectly nice color - Rich Kozlovich
UK Government Axes Green Deal - The government has signed the death warrant for another environmental scheme, this time the Green Deal energy-saving programme that ministers once called the biggest home improvement measure since the second world war. A day after moving to axe solar farm and woodchip power subsidies, Amber Rudd, the energy and climate change secretary, said the government was pulling funding for the finance company that delivers the Green Deal scheme, in order to “protect taxpayers”. --Pilita Clark, Financial Times, 24 July 2015
More Green Cuts: Homeowners Face Cuts To Solar Panel Subsidies - Households face cuts in “feed-in tariffs” for new solar panels on roofs under government plans to prevent subsidies for renewable energy spiralling out of control. Amber Rudd, the energy secretary, said the renewable energy industry could not be given a blank cheque and the level of subsidies should be reduced because of a fall in the cost of solar panels. Ms Rudd said: “We can’t have a situation where industry has a blank cheque paid for by people’s bills. I’m going to ensure that bills are kept down.” --Ben Webster, The Times, 23 July 2015
Climate Agenda ‘Dictated By Left-Wing Anti-Capitalists’,Says Amber RuddLeft wing anti-capitalists have dictated the debate on tackling climate change and a Conservative approach is needed to prevent global warming, Amber Rudd, the energy and climate change secretary, will say on Friday. In her first major speech on the topic, Ms Rudd will say she can “understand the suspicion of those who see climate action as some sort of cover for anti-growth, anti-capitalist, proto-socialism”. “It cannot be left to one part of the political spectrum to dictate the solution and some of the loudest voices have approached the issue from a left-wing perspective,” she will say. Ms Rudd will attack green policies that encourage “permanent reliance on subsidy” and call instead for a market-based approach to dealing with climate change. --Emily Gosden, Daily Telegraph, 24 July 2015
Editorial: Abolishing Green Deal Is A Victory For Common Sense - The end of the Green Deal scheme is a victory for common sense, albeit an overdue one. The decision to end the Green Deal – taken by Amber Rudd, the impressively sensible Energy Secretary – has inevitably drawn complaints from so-called green groups, already unhappy about the withdrawal of subsidies from inefficient and unpopular energy sources like wind turbines and solar panels. The critics often talk about an environmentally sustainable energy regime, but overlook the fact the system must be fiscally sustainable too. Efficiency schemes, like renewable generators, will never be sustainable if they depend on public money.--Editorial, The Daily Telegraph, 24 July 2015
Renewable Energy Scaled Back In Britain, Germany And US - Ambitious plans to greatly boost renewable energy to cut carbon dioxide emissions have collided with political and economic reality in Britain, Germany and the US. The newly re-elected Conservative government of David Cameron has started to cut billions of pounds from renewable energy subsidies. For several weeks British newspapers, including The Financial Times, The Independent, The Times and The Daily Telegraph have detailed the Cameron government’s determination to stop runaway electricity prices and check green energy spending. --Graham Lloyd, The Australian, 23 July 2015
Greenpeace India Faces Shutdown - After the central government’s decision to freeze foreign NGO Greenpeace’s accounts, the final nail on the coffin is being put by Tamil Nadu Inspector of Registration’s office. The NGO that has been vocal about environmental issues has been under the govt’s scrutiny for quite sometime. And now the office of registration in Tamil Nadu has issued a show-cause notice for cancellation of its registration as a society. --Business Insider India, 23 July 2015
Arctic Bounces Back, World Returns To Sea Ice Levels Seen In 1980s - Just one cool summer caused the much-worried-about Arctic icepack to swell by no less than a third in 2013 and it has grown even more since - more than making good its losses during the previous few years. Meanwhile of course, the southern sea ice around Antarctica has continued to spread out and cover bigger areas all the time, a circumstance which has frankly stumped climate scientists as their models cannot account for it. Antarctic ice hit a new all-time record last year, in fact. --Lewis Page, The Register, 21 July 2015
Arctic Sea Ice May Be More Resilient Than Thought, Satellite Data Suggest - Arctic sea ice may be more resilient than previously thought, according to new research. Satellite data reported in a new paper shows that sea ice volumes in the spring months have been stable over the four years from 2010 to 2014 and that Autumn sea ice volumes in 2013 and 2014 were significantly up on prior years. --Reporting Climate Science, 20 July 2015
Has Pacific Ocean Cycle Flipped To Warming Phase? - The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) may have moved into a warming phase during the last year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US. The PDO plays an important role in the overall transfer of heat between the world’s ocean and the atmosphere. NOAA suggests that the Pacific may have moved to a phase where the Pacific Ocean surrenders more heat to the atmosphere than it absorbs. Some climate scientists believe that these changes in the Pacific Ocean may presage an end to the so called pause – or hiatus – in global warming that has been apparent in some surface and atmospheric temperature records since the late 1990s. --Reporting Climate Science, 20 July 2015
And Finally: Anti-Capitalist Naomi Klein May Be Conflicted Under Holy Orders - The Papal Encyclical on the environment (see below) may have come as a surprise to non-Catholics, but an even greater surprise came with Pope Francis' appointment this month of radical author and anti-capitalist campaigner Naomi Klein as his ally in the battle against climate change. Apparently, Klein is to lead a high-level conference on the environment set up by the Catholic Church. But you can’t help wondering why one of the world’s greatest communicators (the Pope) needs or even wants the help of Klein. True, she is a great communicator. But she’s also an atheist. It turns out that it’s not really her climate change credentials that he is after. --Alex Benady, PR Week, 21 July 2015
Senior Cardinal Questions The Pope’s Authority To Pronounce On Global Warming - A senior figure in the Vatican has questioned the Pope’s authority to pronounce on climate change. Cardinal George Pell, who was appointed by Pope Francis last year to manage the Vatican finances, said the Roman Catholic church had ‘no mandate’ to lay down doctrine on scientific matters. His remarks indicated concern among some high-ranking Catholics at the direction and tone of Francis’ encyclical on climate change last month. His criticism of the Pope’s encyclical was carefully phrased – the Pope said in his own paper that ‘The church does not presume to settle scientific questions’ –but it reflects signs of dissent among other prominent Catholics. --Steve Doughty, Daily Mail, 20 July 2015


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