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Warministas love to counter the citation of extreme winter conditions (as proof that the world is not warming) with the suggestion that it is only “weather” and that “weather is not Climate“. Personally i have always thought that such a distinction is rather spurious. Spurious in the same way that saying that the millimetre marks on a tape measure are not a measurement in the same way that the metre marks are. It is all a matter of scale. Despite the Warministas denouncing any citation of any weather event that contradicts their argument they are still rather fond of citing weather events that fit with their own prognostications
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change based the claims on an unpublished report that had not been subjected to routine scientific scrutiny – and ignored warnings from scientific advisers. The report’s author later withdrew the claim because the evidence was too weak.
The link was central to demands at last month’s Copenhagen climate summit by African nations for compensation of $US100 billion from the rich nations.
However, the IPCC knew in 2008 that the link could not be proved but did not alert world leaders, who have used weather extremes to bolster the case for action on climate change.
Kevin Rudd last November linked weather extremes to the debate over the government’s emissions trading scheme.
“We will feel the effects of climate change fastest and hardest, and therefore we must act this week, and the government will be doing everything possible to make sure that can occur,” the Prime Minister said at the time.
British Climate Change Minister Ed Miliband has suggested floods – such as those in Bangladesh in 2007 – could be linked to global warming.
US President Barack Obama said last year: “More powerful storms and floods threaten every continent.”
Last month British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told parliament that the financial agreement at Copenhagen “must address the great injustice that . . . those hit first and hardest by climate change are those that have done least harm”.
The IPCC has now been forced to reassess its report linking extreme weather to climate change.
There is a clear dissonance here between the “weather is not climate” mantra and the “weather events prove Global Warming is happening” rhetoric that we are getting from The likes Of Obama and Brother Number One and it is obvious to me that the rhetoric is intended to activate the guilt chips in the heads of the worlds progressives this enables the aforementioned leaders to bring about fundamental changes to our society by stealth. Changes to the energy economy and changes to the world’s political institutions. But then hasn’t that been the desire of religion since men began to draw pictures on the stone walls of their caves? Like the measuring tape I mentioned earlier it is all a matter of scale and finding the marks on the tape that fit the liturgy.
Oh yeah its also another reason to think that the UN in general and the IPCC in particular is as useless as titties on a bull.
One thing that I have noticed within business and bureaucratic environments is the general aversion to making decisions even about the most innocuous things which must surely be the foundation for the constant reference to focus groups by the government of Brother Number One.
With the average cost of conducting a focus group estimated at $4,000, the opposition calculates that 3,750 have been conducted by market researchers at taxpayers’ expense this financial year, Fairfax newspapers say.
Deputy leader of the opposition in the Senate, Eric Abetz, told Fairfax it was ludicrous that Labor was splashing such large amounts of taxpayer money on political focus groups and consultancies.
“What possible justification is there for spending $20,000 to see what people think of (the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts’) new logos, or $50,000 to get their views on a booklet that’s already been printed?”
It may not be much in the bigger scheme, but when the government insists on such things for the trivialities why should we expect that they will be any better at decision making on a bigger scale?
Its a worry Comrades
“The official forecast of a 7 per cent unemployment rate by mid next year is certain to be revised up in the budget.”
Well Folks this is one of those rare days when I am going to say that the Government of Brother Number One has actually done the right thing. In a time when we have a sky-rocketing rate of unemployment the last thing we need to do is to import people who would be competing with Aussies for positions in a shrinking job market.
AUSTRALIA’S intake of skilled migrants will be slashed by 18,500 over the next three months 14 per cent of the annual intake in a dramatic move to protect local jobs.
Less than a year after increasing the skilled migrant intake to record levels, the Rudd Government has responded to the deepening economic crisis by removing building and manufacturing trades from the list of workers Australia is seeking from overseas.
Bricklayers, plumbers, welders, carpenters and metal fitters will no longer get entry. The list of critical skills is now confined mainly to the health and medical, engineering and IT professions.
The cut reduces the skilled migrant intake for the 2008-09 financial year from 133,500 to 115,000.
The Government had already foreshadowed a reduction in skilled migrants who form the bulk of the immigration intake next financial year, with details to be announced in the May budget.
The decision to cut the number of skilled migrants now shows the Government’s growing concern about ballooning unemployment, which in February rose from 4.8 per cent to 5.2 per cent.
Now would in fact be a good time to have a good hard think about moving to a sustainable economy that is not predicated upon unending exponential growth because blind Freddy can tell you that a nothing can keep growing forever.
I found this essay at Online Opinion an interesting take on the topic, even though I did not agree with all of the authors argument.
KEVIN Rudd has put Australia’s trading relationship with China ahead of concerns about human rights abuses in Tibet, reigniting free trade talks and launching a new climate change partnership after meeting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
The Prime Minister said differences could not be allowed to stand in the way of the broad-based relationship with China on trade, security and climate change because Australia’s relationship with China was “not a zero sum game”.
“We have disagreements, on human rights generally and on Tibet most recently, but I have always had the view that the best way to prosecute our relationship with China is to be broad-based about it and not pretend problems do not exist when they do,” he said in Beijing after a 2 1/2-hour meeting with Mr Wen at the People’s Palace.
At the meeting, which included considerable discussion of Tibet, the two leaders effectively agreed to differ on the issue.
Yesterday, after some prompting from Ray Dixon, I offered some praise to Brother Number One for raising the issue of Tibet and China’s woeful record on human rights. But having read the piece I quote above I can’t help but feel that Brother Number One was just going through the motions for the benefit of his own party and the true believers from the left who voted him into office.