Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Wasting Billions Going Green Was Inevitable!

Benny Peiser's Global Warming Policy Foundation Reports That Australian Government Bans Renewable Energy Subsidies and the UK Government Scraps ‘Zero Carbon’ Homes Plan

Editor's Note: The world's governments have wasted untold billions on these idiotic green initiatives, and not just energy.  The end result was they impacted their economies and the health of their citizens negatively. It isn't as if no one told them this was going to occur. All this was based on a river of lies that supported two failed positions of the left/green movement. One, that we were running out of traditional energy sources, and two, those sources were causing catastrophic climate change.
We need to get this. Green is neo-pagan mysticism supported by scientific jargon that unendingly proves fallacious.  Worshipping nature isn’t science, and it isn’t beneficial to humanity.  It’s religion, and it borders on the insane since their views are irrational, misanthropic and morally defective!  The modern green Druids of the environmental movement may not be making human sacrifices at some alter, but does it matter how you sacrifice human beings to the “goddess” of nature? If people are sacrificed on some altar or sacrificed by legislation does it really matter?  They’re dead – and it’s because of this neo-pagan philosophy called environmentalism.  We really do need to get that.
Australian Government Bans Renewable Energy Subsidies - Australia has slammed the door shut on any new government-funded investment in renewable energy schemes as Prime Minister Tony Abbott extends his “war on wind power”. The new directive banning investing in existing wind technology will also apply to small-scale solar projects. In doing so Mr Abbott has sent a clear message to the mendicant green renewable energy sector that there will be no more cheap state-supplied financing for its projects. The funding ban is just the latest salvo in the government’s attacks on the renewable energy sector which also includes small-scale solar projects. --Simon Kent, Breitbart News, 12 July 2015

Emergency Summit On Wind Energy After UK Government Ends Subsidy - Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing is to chair an emergency summit with the green energy sector amid concerns about the impact of the UK Government’s decision to end a subsidy scheme for onshore wind farms. Representatives from 130 businesses and communities, who are all affected by the scrapping of the Renewables Obligation, will take parts in the talks. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and others in the Scottish Government have already spoken out against plans to end the subsidy payments a year ahead of schedule, while industry leaders Scottish Renewables has warned the move could put up to £3bn of investment in Scotland at risk. --STV News, 9 July 2015

UK Government Scraps ‘Zero Carbon’ Homes Plan - A plan to make all new homes “zero carbon” from next year has been abandoned by the government in a move which house builders say will save the average buyer £2,500. Builders will no longer be forced to install solar panels, heat pumps and other measures to reduce the need for new homes to use fossil fuels. George Osborne, the chancellor, also cancelled plans to require builders to offset carbon dioxide emissions from new homes by paying for reductions elsewhere, such as insulation for existing homes or LED street lighting. --Ben Webster, The Times, 11 July 2015

Climate levy change hits clean energy funds - The chancellor’s decision to make renewable energy generators pay the climate change levy has cast a cloud over wind and solar power investment funds at a time when many income investors were assessing their prospects. Although none of the high yielding investment companies has suffered as badly as Drax Group, the green power plant operator whose shares plunged 25% last week, the abolition of levy exemption certificates (LECs) has dented valuations in the sector and again highlighted the political risks in clean energy investment. Analysts said the surprise move was a blow to the sector. --Gavin Lumsden, Citywire, 13 July 2015

Reality Check: Nearly 2,200 New Coal Power Plants In Planning Worldwide - Since 2000, developing countries like China, India, Vietnam, and Indonesia have been building coal-fired power plants at a rapid pace. The bottom line? There’s a large amount of coal capacity being planned worldwide, some 2,177 plants in all. Not all of these coal plants will actually get finished — many are getting sunk by local opposition or economic headwinds. But if even one-third of these planned plants get built, we run a high risk of busting through the 2°C global warming threshold. And right now, we’re on track to do just that. --Brad Plumer, Vox, 9 July 2015

David Whitehouse: The Temperature Hiatus … Back Again - If there is one topic that illustrates the state of climate science it is that of the so-called “pause” or hiatus – the observational fact that global surface annual average temperatures, as well as satellite data on the lower troposphere, hasn’t changed for a decade or more. Last month a paper in Science by Karl et al 2015 received a lot of publicity because many journalists and commentators, as well as some scientists who consider themselves to be a little of both, suggested that a revision in ocean temperature measurements removed the “pause” altogether. Now from the same journal comes another paper by Nieves et al, accepted for publication a month after Karl et al, that describes the “pause” and seeks an explanation for it in the way heat moves through the layers of the ocean. It will be very interesting to see how the media react to this paper given that so many proclaimed Karl et al as the “answer” to the pause in the sense that it did not exist. --David Whitehouse, Global Warming Policy Forum, 9 July 2015

- Press Release From GWPF -
Church of England Bishop & Prominent Catholic Layman Regret The Latest Papal Encyclical

Date: 14/07/15

Global Warming Policy Foundation

London 14 July: A senior figure in the Church of England has described the recent papal encyclical as unlikely to produce the desired reduction in global poverty.

In a commentary on Pope Francis’s recent encyclical on the environment, Peter Forster, the Bishop of Chester, and the Labour peer Bernard Donoughue, say while they share the Pope’s deep desire to reduce poverty, they are concerned the very policies advocated by the papal encyclical are more likely to hinder than advance this great cause.

In a paper published today by the London-based Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), the authors argue that “the encyclical is coloured too much by a hankering for a past world, prior to the Industrial Revolution, which is assumed to have been generally simpler, cleaner and happier. There is little historical evidence for such a vision, and for most people then life was brief, painful, poor, and even brutal.”

Bishop Peter Forster said:

“Pope Francis should certainly be commended for his desire to deal with poverty in the developing world, but it is hard to see how he hopes to do so without economic growth and fossil fuels, both of which he thinks are unnecessary evils.”

The authors are also critical of the failure of Pope Francis to address some of the most pressing moral dilemmas in the environment debate.

Lord Donoughue said:

“Wood and dung fires may be renewable energy sources but their disastrous impact on human health is undeniable. We would have liked to have seen the encyclical address moral dilemmas like this head on. We would also have liked to have known Pope Francis’s view on the bans on development aid for fossil fuel plants that so many western governments have put in place.”

Full paper (pdf)

About the authors

Peter Forster is Bishop of Chester and Bernard Donoughue is a former special adviser to two Labour Prime Ministers. Both are Trustees of the Global Warming Policy Foundation and Members of the House of Lords.

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