December 19, 2010
POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Letters to the Editor and other People Speak
Whatever the weather, climate alarmists blame mankind
The alarmists use any weather – extreme or moderate – to denounce what they see as the wickedness of capitalism
SIR – With so many politicians promoting hype about the risks of catastrophic climate change, it was cheering to read that the end of November and start of December were the coldest in central England since records began in 1772 (Christopher Booker, December 12). So much for global warming.
What is clear is that the climate behaves in unexpected ways all the time – regardless of what humans do.
In Roman times, wine was made from grapes at Hadrian's Wall, while in the 18th and 19th centuries, Britain was a much colder place than in the 20th century, with frost fairs taking place over the Thames.
Despite millennia of climate change, the alarmists use any weather – extreme or moderate – to denounce what they see as the wickedness of capitalism, seemingly failing to grasp that the public view their inconsistent pronouncements as more ridiculous by the day.
SIR – Parts of the world are buried under record levels of snow and people are dying from the cold. Moreover, the science supporting the theory of man-made global warming has been discredited.
Surely the time has come for our politicians to wake up to reality and stop wasting billions of taxpayers' money on ugly and useless wind farms.
The country would be better served by putting that money to good use, for example investing in snow ploughs, transport infrastructure and much needed new power stations.
Do we all have to die of hypothermia before our politicians wake up to the fact that they have got it wrong?
SIR – Without the agreement of China and India to reduce dramatically their use of fossil fuels, the plans made at Cancun for a low-carbon economy are futile. China is already responsible for 50 per cent of the global carbon dioxide that comes from the combustion of coal.
The UN estimates that the worldwide consumption of coal will increase by 25 per cent in the next quarter-century, mainly in the developing world.
By 2020, China will have installed over 400GW of new coal-fired generating capacity, which is about 40 times greater than the planned British reduction in coal-fired capacity by that date. So the impact of British measures to combat climate change will be infinitesimal.
One day the electorate will have to assess whether that warm feeling of doing your noble but futile bit to save the planet was worth it.
SIR – For years we have been subjected to dire warnings of the effect of raised carbon dioxide levels on our climate and told that the world was heating up to the level where tropical plants would thrive in Britain.
With the coldest winter in years upon us, as well as in many other countries, and many indifferent summers behind us, I feel that we are heading in the wrong direction.
Should we perhaps encourage the use of fossil fuels to help warm the climate?
SIR – How interesting that during our increasingly numerous periods of intense cold, the nomenclature used by fearmongers has changed from global warming to climate change.