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August 23, 2010
China - not hot on 'global warming'
From the Telegraph's James Delingpole (so it must be fascinating):
One of the great lies told us by our political leaders in order to persuade us to accept their swingeing and pointless green taxes and their economically suicidal, environmentally vandalistic wind-farm building programmes is that if we don't do it China will. Apparently, just waiting to be grabbed out there are these glittering, golden prizes marked "Green jobs" and "Green technologies" - and if only we can get there before those scary, mysterious Chinese do, well, maybe the West will enjoy just a few more years of economic hegemony before the BRICs nations thwack us into the long grass.
Yes, yes, it's an Orwellian trick. Besides, actions speak louder than words:
The argument [that China leads the world in renewable energy technology investment] rings a little hollow when you consider Beijing plans to build coal-fired power stations at the equivalent rate of one Australia, per year, for the next twenty-five years. The reputed Chinese fascination with renewable energy looks at best, a very long-term fallback position; at worst, a façade.
But there's more. Apparently, China's government-controlled bookstores are now stocking manmade climate skeptic books, like the Low Carbon Plot by Gou Hongyang, which makes them more democratic than The New York Times. What is perfectly clear, though, is that the Chinese helped to euthanize Copenhagen, for a reason. They're not going to sacrifice their economy for Gaia-worshipping prophets.
If history-denying Europeans, wish to bury the Younger Dryas, the Holocene Warming a, the Egyptian Cooling, the Holocene Warming b, the Akkadian Cooling, the Minoan Warming, the Bronze Age Cooling, the Roman Warming, the Dark Ages, the Medieval Warming, the Little Ice Age, and numerous other preindustrial climate changes, then that's their prerogative. But: why should China? Or: working-class Americans?
At present, China is the world's No.1 polluter, but so was the United Kingdom before it became a developed nation. And while there are sound reasons to adopt some cleaner technologies (amongst a high number of fakes), supporting "global warming" myths (through censorship), will only make that task more political and therefore more expensive/unproductive, in history's view.
James Delingpole sees the Republicans gaining power in 2012 and more "exceptionally cold winters to concentrate our minds"- by which time British and European "environmental policy" will "look increasingly foolish and irrelevant."
(Hat tip: Peter Wales of Qohel.)