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on 12 May 2012
This book is not for the faint-hearted: it argues that business must change to save the world. Of course we have to accept their assumption that the climate really is warming, and that human beings are the root cause. That is the central tenet of the various IPCC reports, despite growing empirical evidence that the world has been cooling in the last decade. The last report abounded with errors, such as absurd claims of premature melting of Himalayan glaciers, even giving specific dates of when that process would be complete! Yet the authors (who are not scientists) repeat the hysterical predictions of floods, famine, fire and whatever else the alarmists can mention so as to grab out attention. They have been predicting armageddon for many years now but the world seems to be surviving fine, apart from tsunamis (which are quite unrelated to CO2 levels in the atmosphere). On the contrary, developing countries such as China have been growing faster than ever, thanks to their exploitation of coal, oil and gas to power their economies. Indeed, they have been keeping the global economy afloat, while so-called advanced economies like the EU have been wallowing in a self-inflicted recession. Yet the EU has been in the forefront of trying to impose carbon taxes not just on the hapless members of the club, but also recently on the rest of the world. China, India and the USA are vehemently opposed to the airline carbon taxes proposed by the EU, and one can only hope that they succeed in sinking the proposal. It may be that the EU itself will collapse from within as a result of failing countries such as Greece and now Spain, their economic problems exacerbated by carbon taxes as well as a single currency which throttles any attempts to devalue themselves back to reality. But these authors propose even stricter taxes for everyone in the world without telling us how that will be achieved, and the dire consequences for the world economy. Treaty after treaty has failed to produce agreement on this issue, and I can see no way in which the West can impose such onerous taxes on unwilling nations such as China. Or are they hinting at military means? Are we going to return to a cold or even a hot war to enforce their absurd regime? It is clear that renewable energy cannot possibly supply enough cheap energy to any industrialised country, let alone developing countries. Many are barely developed (such as tidal energy) and others so expensive (wind energy) that they need vast subsidies to survive at all. I think the authors should start revising their ideas about the problem by referring to the growing number of works which challenge the warmist theory and the entire basis of the current hysteria. Books by Plimer and Carter provide enough evidence to undermine the outrageous warmist ideology espoused by the IPCC and others.
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