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By Pete Moore On April 24th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Hear that beeping? That’s Dr Gaia, James Lovelock, reversing himself back out of climate alarmism.

The climate guru who not so long ago predicted that “before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable,” has had a change of mind.

Speaking with MSNBC, he admits to being “alarmist” about climate change, other environmental commentators, such as Al Gore were too, and that he had been “extrapolating too far”. No, really?

Not only that, he says that global warming has not occurred as he had expected and that “The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago … There’s nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now.” he said. Sweet, so is his friend Gaia warmening or not warmening right now?

“The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time… it (the temperature) has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising — carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that,” he added.



By Pete Moore On February 9th, 2012 at 1:09 pm

As European bones crack in the ongoing, intense cold I’m sure I speak for all in thanking the god of wind farms that these marvellous contraptions are whirring away to keep the heat on. However, there are a few things bear noting, some “anomolies” if you like. Strange to say, none of this can be found this today on the BBC environment page:

Scientists are stunned to discover Himalayan glaciers have lost no ice in the last decade.

Scientists are stunned to discover that the polar caps are losing much less ice than thought (or hope?)

Body blow to global warmening believers as German media turns heretical: “THE CO2 LIE – Renowned team of scientists claim the climate catastrophe is fear-mongering by politics“

Body Blow 2: German climate alarmist Fritz Vahrenholt “feels duped on climate change”. Reports Der Spiegel: Vahrenholt’s skepticism started when he was asked to review an IPCC report on renewable energy. He found hundreds of errors. When he pointed them out, IPCC officials simply brushed them aside. Stunned, he asked himself, “Is this the way they approached the climate assessment reports?”

There’s not even a debate to be had any more on this. Warming is over, as the sun dims the new normal is setting in.


By Pete Moore On December 11th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

The wind energy industry has admitted that 1,500 accidents and other incidents have taken place on wind farms over the past five years.

The figures – released by RenewableUK, the industry’s trade body – include four deaths and a further 300 injuries to workers.

So, that makes wind vastly more dangerous than nuclear power. As Timmy says, when you measure deaths per unit of power produced, it’s even worse.


By David Vance On October 11th, 2011 at 8:16 am

…Well, even finding a one eyed man to be King is a challenge.

Calls have been made for the Assembly to show “vision and focus” and introduce innovative changes to environmental policies to benefit future generations. The demands for the province to become “a leader in sustainability” come from leading environmentalists and academics. In an open letter printed in today’s Belfast Telegraph, the group urges politicians developing the Programme for Government to work towards becoming a “low carbon economy”. They say changes are needed in a range of areas, including:

  • A modernised and integrated transport system.
  • New laws and annual targets ensuring carbon emissions are reduced by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050.
  • An independent environmental protection agency.
  • A range of protected areas at sea.
  • A modern planning system created by 2016 to deliver a thriving economy and protecting cultural heritage

More laws, more “targets”. More banning, more State spending. This does not lead to a thriving economy but these eco-cultists have no understanding of such matters. However, you can be sure that this eco-wish list will be studied and elements of it will be implemented so the political class can claim green kudos. We would need to even greener to swallow any of this dross.


By Pete Moore On June 12th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

The despicable parasite Chris Huhne must think everyone else is as bloody stupid as he is. Taking leave from wondering if the CPS will prosecute for getting his wife to cop for his speeding points, he’s telling consumers to fight back against energy chisellers:

Yes, we should back alright – against a government which is to blame for many of the price rises:

ScottishPower retail director Raymond Jack, announcing swingeing consumer price rises which are likely to be matched by the other major energy companies, had this to say:

“The change in prices announced today is as a result of sustained increases in the wholesale energy market [but] the rising burden of non-energy costs faced by Britain’s energy suppliers, including the cost of meeting Government environmental and social programmes and the cost of distributing electricity on the national grid, has also placed further upward pressure on energy bills.”

There is only a limited amount that the government can do about the gas market, which also seriously affects the electricity one as much of UK’s electricity is generated by burning gas. But even if gas prices stabilised permanently tomorrow, the British people could look forward to another four years of climbing electricity prices – and then those prices staying high for at least a couple of decades past that point.

Why? Because of government regulations imposed on the energy companies, whose effect is to drive up prices and pass the resulting extra cash to the owners of renewable power generators: from massive windfarms to rooftop solar panels on houses.

Yes, we ought to fight back in any way we can and which is why I applaud everyone who takes any action they can to keep what is their’s beyond the reach of the state. Chris Huhne is walking, deceiving proof of Hayek’s contention in The Road to Serfdom that in government the worst people always end up at the top.

Can We Say Nuclear?

By Daphne On March 15th, 2011 at 3:11 am

Following in Pete Moore’s footsteps, I came across a post this evening that caused ugly frown lines to crease my pretty forehead. Why would any sensible human being choose limited access to electricity? I can barely imagine my fellow UK writers or longtime friends choosing to be unplugged from the internet for hours at a time, staring at a cold dinner on a regular basis or pouring over a beloved book by candlelight because of absurd green energy mandates.

The third world is clamoring for constant access to the time saving wonders of electricity, coal plants are being erected at breath taking speed to meet their reasonable demands while the preeminent cradle of modern western innovation, the nation who gave wings to our civilized mode of a well-engineered life, is compliantly giving their consent to a return to third world standards of living in order to satisfy the demented demands of a few insane individuals.

Have you people lost your minds?

From Watts up With That, the head of the UK’s power grid tells a reporter that Brits will have to get used to having no electricity some of the time. By that, I think he means “when the wind isn’t blowing.”

This is the environmental neo-Luddite’s dream. Rachet us back to a pre-industrial standard of living (except, of course, for the folks in charge). Enjoy the benefits of living off the grid, because the grid ain’t gonna be there….

Andrew Bolt had the right idea. Anyone who votes for the Greens, or who proposes such crap, should be subject to the “you first” rule. No power from the grid for their home, and no subsidies for anything else.

I’d like to think that something like this would finally cause the Brits to revolt against the state. But I don’t think they will. They’ve shown, especially in Scotland, a remarkable ability to just shrug and be fatalistic. That, and to have their representatives vote themselves more handouts, to be financed by the wealth of the south.

No wonder a majority of those in England would be willing to let Scotland go independent. Imagine how much their tax burden would fall. It will be interesting to see if that devolution Really, it’s gone far enough now, it’s gone far enough. The Quebecois demanded it for decades, but when it came down to making it happen, they figured out that they’d be giving up the huge subsidies passed their way from the rest of Canada.

A little mea culpa is in order. Gordon is a former commenter on ATW and a dear friend of mine. I skimmed his entire post for your pleasure, but I suggest a visit to his site if you’d like to get a clear measure of the man.

How could any reasonable man condone nascent, inefficient, unreliable and expensive technologies to fund the massive energy needs of a vibrant nation when cheap, reliable sources are readily available?


By Pete Moore On March 14th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

From various places, including samizdata (my emphasis):

I have worked in government for 28 years as an economist, and for the last 20 years I have worked on environmental programs. In that time I have not seen a shred of evidence to justify global warming, let alone man made global warming and I have not seen a shred of evidence that there is going to be a green economic boom. The only evidence I have seen is that there is a green economic bust, that money invested in green technologies is usually wasted and simply consumes investment that could be better used elsewhere. I think that anybody in government or industry who can not understand this is either dishonest, stupid, or both. That applies to Cameron – I think he is both.

I think so too. As plain as it is that all government spending (including “green” subsidies) is not productive spending but consumption, that it diminishes economic growth  and cannot possibly stimulate production is clear, still a belief in the opposite pervades. This is no dry, academic debate. Economic voodoo has consequences which hit us all:

A study of renewable energy in Scotland shows that for every job created in the alternative energy sector, almost four jobs are lost in the rest of the economy.

That’s in addition to Spanish and German studies which show similar results. Each and every time someone calls for “green” subsidies into renewables they are calling for the government to destroy productive jobs by sucking wealth from the economy. It’s time to point and laugh at these idiots whenever they do so.


By ATWadmin On April 22nd, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Yes, really, today is Earth Day, a time when recycled communists command humanity to celebrate the planet, or something.

Let these collectivists and those three lying Lib/Lab/Con prats on the TV spout their nonsense, I’d rather watch to the late, great George Carlin. 

(Naughty word alert)


By ATWadmin On March 30th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

 – The state is not your friend.

Morality policing here is starting to rival Saudi. At protests and festivals, we need to reassert the right to gather in public spaces […]

The police believe that they should exercise unchallenged control over public space: any gathering is a threat to their hegemony.


So we’ll have fewer calls for the state to close industry, proscribe private exchange and impose environmental fascism on us by its monopoly on violence, yes?

Green Police

By ATWadmin On February 9th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

The ad below was broadcast during the Superbowl Game on Sunday;  106 million Americans watched it.   Ostensibly, it’s pushing the new Audi “Green Car,” but it mocks the Green Movement while doing so, leaving me to wonder: is the environmental movement dead? Is Audi facing a rapidly shrinking green market, with a whole new fleet of “green cars” on its books?

Is there similar mocking of the overzealous environmental movement in Europe?