UN creating more problems than it solves in attack on fossil fuels

Pakistan flooding caused by under-investment in infrastructure and corruption and attempts to meet ‘green’ goals, not ‘climate change’

By Terence Corcoran, National Post, Sept. 23, 2022

No United Nations campaign has done more to exacerbate global economic and energy problems than the UN’S Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Since its first report in 1990, the IPCC has led the global drive to eliminate carbon-emitting fossil fuels from the global economy — even though numerous critics have attacked the IPCC’S alarmist claims.

In a paper this month from the Fraser Institute, Jason S. Johnston, professor of environmental law at the University of Virginia, summarizes the IPCC’S long record of exaggerating claims that the world is on the brink of disaster.

As an example, Johnston recalls a statement by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres following the release of the IPCC’S 2021 report. Guterres called the report a “code red for humanity,” with “greenhouse-gas emissions from fossil-fuel burning and deforestation … putting billions of people at immediate risk.” Johnston points out that “nowhere” does the IPCC report make such assertions.

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IPCC a political, not scientific, organization

The IPCC ‘science’ is biased: it supports costly regulations to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions but suppresses or ignores scientific evidence that the costs of such action are far higher and the benefits far lower than advertised

JA­SON S. JOHN­STON, National Post, Sept. 23, 2022

Since 1990, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has produced regular assessments of the state of climate science and also provided reports on particular aspects of climate science when requested by the United Nations, its primary sponsoring entity.

The IPCC has long advertised itself as an unbiased and objective reporter on the state of climate science, and even otherwise independent-minded people often base arguments about the consequences of climate change on IPCC numbers.

But if you examine the origins, structure, process, and output of the IPCC, as I do in my recent essay for the Fraser Institute, it becomes clear that reliance on the IPCC is badly misplaced.

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Childish ‘magical thinking’ on climate change threatens Canadians’ food supply

In humanity’s experience, the best way to solve major problems is to maximize growth and use part of the wealth created to discover new technologies to solve the problem

By Brian Lee Crowley, national post, Sept. 21, 2022

In recent years, childishness has been the dominant fashion in Canada. We obsess about marginal issues that make us feel good, while nasty regimes around the world laugh at our moral pretentiousness and undermine the institutions we have so painstakingly created.

Children, as child psychologist Mary O’kane reminds us, have an innate tendency to engage in magical thinking. They often believe that if they wish hard enough for something to happen, it will. They find it difficult to tell the difference between fantasy and reality and will accept totally improbable explanations for events.

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‘Climate emergency’ based on beliefs, not sound, self-critical science

CLINTEL Declaration has more than 1,000 signatories opposing politicized views on climate change

By Conrad Black, National Post, Sept. 17, 2022

More than 1,000 signatories, including climate scientists and other experts, have endorsed a “World Climate Declaration,” asserting that there is no present climate emergency. The foundation Climate Intelligence (CLINTEL) produced a one-page statement arguing that climate science should be less political and more open about the many uncertainties in predictions of global temperature changes and more comprehensive in judging the costs and benefits of proposed policy measures, especially radical reductions in the use of fossil fuels.

CLINTEL was founded in 2019 by geophysics professor Guus Berkhout and science journalist Marcel Crok. Both men are Dutch and Prof. Berkhout is an 82-year-old former petroleum engineer; Crok is a journalist who has frequently criticized what he regards as the incompleteness and deliberate inaccuracy of alarmist reports about the climate.

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Planetary crisis? You haven’t heard the good news

Climate-change fear is causing life-changing anxiety at a time when the world’s major problems are actually being solved

By Bjorn Lomborg, National Post, Sept. 15, 2022

It’s easy to believe life on Earth is getting ever worse. The media constantly highlight one catastrophe after another and make terrifying predictions. With the never-ending torrent of doom and gloom about climate change and the environment, it’s understandable why many people — especially the young — genuinely believe the world is about to end. But the fact is that though problems remain the world is getting better. We just rarely hear about it.

We are incessantly told about disasters, whether it is the latest heat wave, flood, wildfire or storm. Yet the data overwhelmingly show that over the past century people have become much, much safer from all these weather events. In the 1920s, around half a million people were killed by weather disasters, whereas in the last decade the death toll averaged around 18,000. This year, like both 2020 and 2021, is tracking below that. Why? Because when people get richer, they get more resilient.

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Europe pays (and pays) for Net Zero

Governments embraced climate policy with enthusiasm—now they reel back in horror as costs and subsidies soar

Wall Street Journal, Sept. 9, 2022

New British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Sept. 7 rolled out an energy-price subsidy plan that could cost £150 billion. Throw that on the pile with the tens upon tens of billions of dollars’ worth of subsidies other European governments are offering to take the sting out of energy prices this winter. It adds up to a stunning cost for Europe’s climate-change ambitions.

The contours of Europe’s crisis are well-known by now. Governments across the Continent for decades concocted increasingly aggressive plans to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions in the name of arresting climate change. The effort is to meet a pledge to achieve “net-zero” emissions in the 2040s or 2050s.

As a result, Europe has become ever more dependent on wind and solar—which are too unreliable to power advanced industrial economies—while perversely eschewing nuclear power. They burned natural gas, until Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine war sent prices haywire and deprived Europe of Russian gas.

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Liberal climate warriors leave Europe in the lurch

Continent’s natural-gas crisis is morphing into a genuine power emergency. Canada could help, but won’t

By Henry Geraedts, National Post, Sept. 8, 2022

As the collapse of Europe’s energy structure begins to unfold it’s important to understand that its impact across the socio-economic landscape isn’t yet anywhere near full force. The bankruptcy of utilities and energy providers continues. France recently re-nationalized core utility EDF, operator of its nuclear plants, while Germany opted for a €9 billion bailout to save linchpin utility Uniper.

The true and overarching danger to Europe, however, is the accelerating threat to its industrial base and small businesses. Europe’s natural gas crisis is morphing into a genuine power emergency — a vicious circle in which the skyrocketing cost of natural gas steadily drives up industrial power costs, which in turn spurs a renewed surge in overall energy prices. The large-scale return to coal notwithstanding, this dynamic is amplified by the unexpected and debilitating shortfall of base load generation from French nuclear and Norwegian hydro power. Listening in on European electricity traders is scary, indeed.

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Trudeau out of step on fossil fuels

For political and ideological reasons his government cannot admit to the terribly damaging consequences of its green policies and the urgent need to fundamentally change course

BY JOE OLIVER, National Post, Sept. 1, 2o22

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should be feeling isolated in his campaign against fossil fuels, especially liquefied natural gas (LNG), as leaders around the world reduce their countries’ reliance on inadequate renewable energy and tone down their own rhetoric about lowering GHG emissions. But for political and ideological reasons his government cannot admit to the terribly damaging consequences of its green policies and the urgent need to fundamentally change course. To the contrary, it keeps doubling down on its climate obsession.

Witness the latest pronouncement from Steven Guilbeault, minister of environment and climate change, that the government will block new pipelines from Alberta that could deliver LNG to the Maritimes for export to Europe and India. Lest there be any lingering doubt, Trudeau declared there was no business case for them — having previously trammelled potential projects with regulations designed precisely to make them uneconomic.

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Gorbachev saw dangers of command economy; climate crusaders do not

In the west, Gorbachev’s main legacy, apart from the liberation of eastern Europe, should be his rejection of the command-bureaucratic system as ‘suffocating.’ And yet we’re in an age in the west where command-bureaucratic is all the rage

By William Watson, National Post, Sept. 1, 2022

If believing in communist reform was his great strategic error, Mikhail Gorbachev’s great strategic insight was that the “command-bureaucratic system” did not work. It could win a world war. It could put a sputnik into space. If you devoted a big enough share of society’s resources to a given task, command-and-control could get it done.

But it couldn’t run a dynamic economy — by destroying incentives it may not even be able to run a static economy — and a dynamic economy is what Russians and the other Soviet peoples wanted once, thanks in part to glasnost, they glimpsed what was going on in western economies. Not just wanted but deserved, too, since many were well educated and willing to work hard, once they got over the Soviet system of “They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work.”

In the west, Gorbachev’s main legacy, apart from the liberation of eastern Europe, should be his rejection of the command-bureaucratic system as “suffocating.” And yet we’re in an age in the west where command-bureaucratic is all the rage.

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