The real climate change catastrophe

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 02 Nov 2009 10:13:54 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Christopher Booker at The Telegraph - Mr. Booker introduces his book, The Real Global Warming Disaster (Amazon), in which he tracks the history of the hoax of human-induced global warming. Not yet released in the US (that Amazon link), but you can order it from the UK via the "2 new from $19.77" link on the Amazon page, or directly form the publisher, Telegraph Books.

Next Thursday marks the first anniversary of one of the most remarkable events ever to take place in the House of Commons. For six hours MPs debated what was far and away the most expensive piece of legislation ever put before Parliament.

The Climate Change Bill laid down that, by 2050, the British people must cut their emissions of carbon dioxide by well over 80 per cent. Short of some unimaginable technological revolution, such a target could not possibly be achieved without shutting down almost the whole of our industrialised economy, changing our way of life out of recognition.

Even the Government had to concede that the expense of doing this -- which it now admits will cost us £18 billion a year for the next 40 years -- would be twice the value of its supposed benefits. Yet, astonishingly, although dozens of MPs queued up to speak in favour of the Bill, only two dared to question the need for it. It passed by 463 votes to just three.

One who voted against it was Peter Lilley who, just before the vote was taken, drew the Speaker's attention to the fact that, outside the Palace of Westminster, snow was falling, the first October snow recorded in London for 74 years. As I observed at the time: "Who says that God hasn't got a sense of humour?"


Thanks to misreading the significance of a brief period of rising temperatures at the end of the 20th century, the Western world (but not India or China) is now contemplating measures that add up to the most expensive economic suicide note ever written.

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