Cultural Marxism and the Alt-Right

The Meaning of Corporatism

356 Enviro-critical Websites and additional info about the organized enviro-critical movement

Pierre Trudeau: Eco-fascist

A Primer for the Paris Climate Talks

Jorge Bergoglio's Green Encyclical

Environmentalism and Aboriginal Supremacism (Part 2): The Mobilization of Aboriginal Opposition to the Northern Gateway Pipeline

Environmentalism and Aboriginal Supremacism in Canada - Part 1 - Idle No More

Of Buffalo and Biofuel - More Tales of Environmentalism in Alberta

War on Coal

In Praise of the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act (Bill C-38)

Environmentalism and Edmonton Land Use Politics

The "Tar Sands" Campaign and the Suppression of North America's Energy Potential

Desertec and Environmentalism's North African Campaign

The Environmental Movement in Alberta

Environmentalism 400 BC

Spirit of NAWAPA

Waldheim's Monster:
United Nations' Ecofascist Programme

Early 19th Century British "Environmentalism"

Environmentalism's Appropriation of Christianity

Environmentalism's Environment

The Continental Counter-Enlightenment

The American Eco-Oligarchy update

If Only This Were About Oil

BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A HECTARE

Who is Affraid of The Big Green Wolf

The Gore Presidential Bid

The Groundbreaking Career of Doctor Science

The English Environmental Elite, Global Warming, and The Anglican Church

The Great Global Warming Hoax

The American Oligarchy's Economic Warfare Campaign on British Columbians





Review of Bradley's Climate Alarmism Reconsidered


The following is a review of: Climate Alarmism Reconsidered by Robert L. Bradley Jr., published by the Institute of Economic Affairs, 2 Lord North Street, Westminster, London, 2003.

Alas, poor Professor Bradley, and his cronies at the IEA, are fighting a two front war yet seem barely conscious of it. On one front they are up against socialist economics. These are the battles they were trained to fight during the Cold War. They want to see the energy industry owned and operated by private enterprises adhering to the market rather than be under the control of the state as energy is in most parts of the world. The other front is a quagmire they have suddenly found themselves ensconced in. Here the opposition are the "environmentalists" who are anti-market and statist for sure, but socialists, hardly. This unarticulated dichotomy infects the whole structure of Professor Bradley's book.

Don't get me wrong, Climate Alarmism, is a valuable and timely work. Yet if it were simply a matter of debunking the great global warming hoax, and related eco-crap, a much condensed version would have sufficed. Here goes:

First, Bradley points out what should be the obvious - that the "Climate Change" scare is a thinly veiled attack on the fossil fuel industry. This is not the first time the industry has come under attack from the environmentalists. In the early 1970s the mass media, along with certain politicians and academics, had successfully convinced most people in the West that we were physically running out of fossil fuels. This alleged exhaustion of fossil fuels was the basis for a major campaign promoting alternative, low-efficiency energy sources and, of course, to conserve, conserve, conserve.

Bradley points out that as fossil fuel extractive technologies advance, and as our collective understanding of the location of the resource expands, the identifiable, exploitable reserve grows ever larger. Offshore oil and gas, heavy oil, oil sands, and coal bed methane technologies were in their infancy in the early 1970s. Now these technologies, and the reserves they open up, point to the most promising long term sources of energy. As Bradley notes:


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"The world's proved reserves of crude oil are over twenty times greater than they were when such record keeping began over half a century ago. World natural gas reserves are five times greater than they were in the mid 1960s. Coal reserves are four times greater than originally estimated half a century ago and twice as great as all the known oil and gas reserves combined on an energy-equivalent basis."


Thus those who wished to place limits on growth by chaining down the fossil fuel Prometheus with the depletion argument have been sorely stymied. The same people are back with a new tack. The new party line is that the burning of fossil fuels is causing a catastrophic heating of the planets' atmosphere. The remedy recommended by the perpetrators of the global warming hoax is not coincidentally the same as was recommended by the depletionists - the deployment of ridiculously impractical alternative energy sources and draconian, state-imposed, conservation policies.

Bradley's most useful service is to mine the documents of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to point out the contradictions and fallacies within mainstream global warming propaganda. (The IPCC, a joint venture between the World Meteorological Organization and the UN Environment Programme, is the main source of climate change propaganda. Their most recent comprehensive document: is Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2001.) In particular, Bradley shows how the mass media synopsis of the IPCC's work is highly misleading.

For one thing, when the media speaks of temperature rises of up to 5.8 Celsius by the end of the 21st century they are cherry picking precisely the most extreme scenario out of 245 scenarios laid out by the scientists at the IPCC.

For another, when the media quotes the IPCC as identifying temperature increases of around 1 Celsius over the last half century they neglect to mention that this alleged increase is largely a result of an increase in minimum temperatures not maximum temperatures. In other words, it is not the summer days getting hotter so much as it is the winter nights are getting not quite as cold. The ramifications of these winter night changes are negligible and, by the IPCC's own admission, benign. The IPCC predicts most of the warming will continue to occur primarily in high northern latitudes in winter thus extending the precious frost-free season. Basically, they are saying the principal result of "global warming", human-caused or not, is winters in Siberia and Alaska will not be quite as harsh in 2100 as they are now. Preventing this is hardly worth throwing the Western world into a second Great Depression which compliance to the Kyoto Protocol would surely do.

Moreover, the confidence and certainty about the "global warming" hypothesis projected by the media and the green politicians does not square with the IPCC's recent statements. The IPCC concedes they are increasingly aware "natural variability" of the Earth's atmosphere plays a fundamental role in climate change. They also acknowledge land-based estimates of past temperature increases do not jive, in a statistically significant way, with more recent (post 1979) weather balloon and satellite data, which record much less warming of the atmosphere. Nor can they explain this difference. The IPCC admits to even greater uncertainty regarding the crucial role of water vapour feedback and cloud formation etc. They also confess great uncertainty on the role aerosols might have on the atmosphere.

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Contrary to the relentless media hype, the IPCC no longer endorses the thesis that sea levels are rising or the notion that extreme weather events are becoming more common.

Basically, the IPCC has had to bow to the heroic and persistent criticism from a large number of uncorrupted and sincere scientists and admit computer models are far too simplistic to predict the future of the climate. The IPCC continues to point to these computer models as some form of proof of potential serious human-caused global warming but to growing numbers within and without the scientific community it increasingly looks like a case of "bias-in-bias-out".

There is also the matter of the single ledger accounting done by the "global warmers". They speak only of the potential harms, regardless of how far fetched, and nothing of the benefits a warmer, wetter world, fertilized with additional CO2, will bring. Any green house operator will tell you CO2 is plant food. According to Bradley, optimal plant growth is achieved at CO2 concentrations of 800 to 1,200 parts per million. Currently, atmospheric concentrations are 375 ppm. The Great Fear is that CO2 concentrations may rise to 522 ppm by the end of the 21st century given the observed rise of 1.5 ppm per annum. Aside from whatever debatable impact this increase may have on temperature and precipitation it will have a noticeably positive affect on plant growth. The bad news is humanity is going have to wait until well into the twenty-third century to reach optimal conditions. (CO2 concentrations do not become harmful to human health until the hit around 15,000 ppm and humanity probably will be mining uranium on Pluto before this happens.)

(As an aside, many scientists believe the enhanced plant growth will suck up increasing amounts of CO2 hence mitigating whatever potential harm emissions could possibly do. Also, many scientists believe the increasing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is the RESULT of global warming NOT the cause, as warmer temperatures, arising from natural factors, compel oceans to give up more of their CO2 store. This is the so-called "coca-cola fizz" effect. In any event, as Bradley is fully aware, the direct relationship of CO2 increases to significant temperature rises is far from established science.)

Bradley does not dig into why the mass media is telling lies about the atmosphere, which is just as well because his school of thought is prohibited from speaking about issues of "class" or related internal social struggles. To his credit, Bradley does point out that certain big businesses such as General Electric, Royal Dutch Shell, and British Petroleum are major promoters of global warming lies and beneficiaries of Kyoto-type policies; a fact usually coming as a complete surprise to even the most "educated" street-corner Green-shirt. But this unfortunately is but the epiphenomenal tip of a dangerously thickening political ice-berg. For more intelligence on this point contact www.ecofascism.com

By William Kay
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Review of Snyder's Black Earth

How Green Were the Nazis

The American Environmental Movement - The American Counter-Movement Perspective

Aboriginal Supremicism Part Three - Gallagher's "Resource Rulers" condensed and critiqued

Gasman's The Scientific Origins of National Socialism

Darwall's The Age of Global Warming

Musser's Nazi Oaks

Biehl and Staudenmaier's Ecofascism Revisited

Nickson's Eco-fascists

Gasman's Haeckel's Monism and the Birth of Fascist Ideology

Delingpole's Watermelons

Dowie's Conservation Refugees

Macdonald's Green Inc.

Laframboise and McKitrick on the IPCC

Markham's "Environmental Organizations in Modern Germany"

Petropoulos' Royals and the Reich

Plimer's Heaven and Earth: Global Warming the Missing Science

Dominick's German Environmental Movement 1871 to 1971

Jacoby's Hidden History of American Conservation

Cahill's Who Owns The World

The Persistent Profundity of Professor Mayer

Fascism 101 (Oxford Handbook)

The Nazi-Enviro Connection: Uekoetter's "Green and Brown"

US "Environmentalism" in the 1930s (Review of Phillips' "This Land, This Nation")

Gibson's Environmentalism

"The Deniers" Condensed
(Global Warming Hoax Part II)


Review of Moore's Social Origins of Dictatorship

Review of Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

Review of The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements

Bramwell's trilogy on The Hidden History of Environmentalism

Review of Degregori's Agriculture and Modern Technology

Review of Nichols Fox's Against the Machine

Review of Brian Masters' The Dukes

Review of Joel Bakan's The Corporation

Review of Michael Crichton's State of Fear

Review of Paul Driessen's Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death

Review of Janet Beihl's Finding Our Way

Review of Bradley's Climate Alarmism Reconsidered

Review of Pennington's Liberating the Land

Precedents for the "Global Warming" campaign: A review of Richard Grove's Green Imperialism
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