The War on Climate

This weekend past, Judith Sloan wrote eloquently in the Australian about this so called Climate Emergency.  So said Judith:.

I don’t really know what declaring a climate emergency even means. Should I rush out the back door and panic? Should I start constructing a concrete shelter so the family can bunker down until the emergency lifts? When will I know the emergency is over?

My hunch is that the declaration of a climate emergency, which has become a popular tactic of various countries and cities and, of course, green-left media outlets, is just a stunt. It doesn’t mean anything but it could appeal to various constituencies.

Close Dr Judith.  Close.

The fact that a climate emergency declaration has no meaning is part of its power.  If it can be properly described and defined, it can be debated and challenged.  And no, sadly it is not a stunt.  The climate emergency is a rhetorical escalation on the path to a declaration of war on climate change.

Moral equivalent of war arguments are not new but they always lead to the expansion of government and the erosion of liberty.

  • Step 1 – declare something an existential threat.
  • Step 2 – government takes power and suspends civil rights and democratic accountabilities to address the threat.
  • Step 3 – government fails to address the threat, but never full reduces size or return powers.

Political progressives love wars.  Not because of the loss of life but because there is less resistance to government expansion and power enhancement.  After all, in their minds, only government can fix all ills.

But it is one thing to call Nazism and Communism an existential threat.  It is another to call poverty, drugs, cancer, waste, obesity, smoking … existential threats.

Look at recent American history:

Wilson’s war socialism, FDR’s New Deal, Harry Truman’s Fair Deal, John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier, Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society, Jimmy Carter’s declaration that the energy crisis was a “moral equivalent of war,” and Barack Obama’s “new foundation for growth”: It’s all the same idea gussied up as something new.

Government expanded, and the wars continued.

And how did US Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez argue in support of her new green deal:

So, when we talk about existential threats — the last time we had a really major existential threat to this country was around World War II.

According to the thinking, climate change is an existential threat and the only way to deal with an existential threat is to surrender to the government and the technocrats to deal with it.

But Australian’s should not be overly concerned, for the next 3 years at least.  No doubt the Morrison Government has a plan.  It will fit neatly within its central plan.

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38 Responses to The War on Climate

  1. Roger

    The climate emergency is a rhetorical escalation on the path to a declaration of war on climate change.

    It’s more than rhetorical.

    According to Mark Butler it empowers a government -or in the case of the Morrison gov’t compels them – to “change course” on climate change policy.

    An emergency demands emergency powers.

    No wonder the little Hitlers on local councils are so in favour of it – more control over people’s lives!

  2. stackja

    Lots of OPM will handle the emergency.

  3. Val Majkus

    what to do in a climate emergency … https://youtu.be/QGgJPmOUmDU

  4. ACTOldFart

    The City of Sydney has declared such an emergency. I just wonder what effect that will have on its world-renowned New Year’s Eve fireworks, when tons of explosives go up in smoke, CO2, etc. Not to mention the tens of thousands of litres of petrol, aviation fuel, etc used as Sydneysiders flock to the harbourside, and international celebrities (usually climate-concerned poseurs) fly in for the show. Surely there is no alternative, in the face of this existential threat, to cancelling it altogether?

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    The climate data says nothing much has been happening for the last couple of decades. Global temperature measured by satellite has been pretty flat except for recent el Ninos in 2015, 2017 and a weak one this year. This is despite a massive increase in pCO2, roughly one third of all the CO2 increase since the invention of fire. Yet nothing much.

    Other climate indicators are similar. There’s been no increase in tropical cyclone energy or number, except for el Nino years, and tornadoes aren’t increasing – indeed there have been record lows in the last few years.

    Sea ice is low, but that is in tune with the AMO cycle, which is due to turn down after being flat for the same couple of decades.

    On the model front global temperatures have far overshot reality. The only model which is close is the Russian model which includes natural influences from the Sun and ocean cycles, and has a low sensitivity to CO2. In other words CO2 isn’t doing much, it’s the natural cycles which peaked around the end of last century which did almost all of the warming.

    I can’t see any climate emergency in the data. Just the usual toing and froing.

  6. struth

    My hunch is that the declaration of a climate emergency, which has become a popular tactic of various countries and cities and, of course, green-left media outlets, is just a stunt. It doesn’t mean anything but it could appeal to various constituencies.

    We have UN agenda 2030, XR, every lefty pushing this crap, from Soros to sniffy, children being scared and brainwashed by our marxist/socialist filth, global socialism, the get out of climate free card for China,
    The entire Marxist / socialist attack that has long been exposed, and should be well known by political commentators surely, yet again I find myself shaking my head at Judith’s naivety.
    Is it because she is a woman, too insulated from the hard end of the street, or what?

  7. Dr Fred Lenin

    We need a climate change emergency to cleanse sociaety of these doomsayers and climate carpetbaggers.
    The first step is to take every cent of taxpayers money from the untidy nayshins and any climate scam group, remival of subsidies will destry the wind and solar scammers ,no money no climate change .

  8. stevem

    Declaring a climate emergency is, at face value, a meaningless, feel-good gesture. The true motivation for lobbying of such a declaration is, however, trying to achieve a very real goal. The ex-stink-shun rebels and assorted green slime would love a government declared emergency as it would open the gate for even more disruptive and destructive protests. They wikll all use the “extraordinary emergency defence” which has been used for centuries.

    http://joannenova.com.au/2019/09/the-unseen-danger-of-declaring-fake-climate-emergencies/
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-03/climate-change-breaking-the-law-extinction-rebellion/11475060

  9. Some History

    No wonder the little Hitlers on local councils are so in favour of it – more control over people’s lives!

    A particular pattern of late is a declaration of a climate “emergency” by councils that then ban smoking in large outdoor areas such as the CBD. The latest examples are North Sydney Council, Melbourne City Council, and Hobart City Council. This has all occurred over the last few months. The pro-poofery/anti-smoking Sydney City Council were way ahead of the [deranged] pack. They declared a climate “emergency” some time ago and banned smoking in Martin Place. The smoking ban was celebrated with loads of expensive banners declaring “Proud to be Smokefree”.

    https://imgur.com/cLTNO39

    Common to all these councils are women mayors. The CEO of the Heart Foundation that has “advised” these councils on smoking bans with inflammatory propaganda is also a woman. These morons have turned local government into a snooty, sanctimonious women’s tea and scones party. They are passing baseless laws that are major incursions into loss of liberty. “Sistahs rule”. The power, highly tempered as it should be, has gone to their otherwise vacuous heads. Their rule as dime-a-dozen local councillors must showcase that they are rulers… that they are oh so important, the nastiness of tyrannical tendencies masqueraded as Saving™ the planet. These hysterical, narcissistic, belligerent, finger-wagging plonkers don’t have the first idea of what constitutes a relatively free society. It’s all become about them and a power craze.

    Just check out the nastiness in Silly Gibson’s antismoking rhetoric on introducing an outrageous CBD-wide smoking ban in North Sydney:

    Smokers are set to take their last puff in Sydney’s second largest business district, with the North Sydney Council voting last night to bring in a smoking ban taking in the entire CBD.
    North Sydney Mayor Jilly Gibson confirmed to 9News that the vote was passed unanimously.
    “I am absolutely thrilled that it went through, I’ve been working on this for a long time,” Cr Gibson said.
    “There was actually a mood amongst the councillors, which I agree with, that we might try to extend it the whole municipality.”
    Speaking before the vote, Mayor Gibson said it was: “time for non-smokers to claim back the streets”.
    “We used to accept all sorts of things from smokers, smokers had all the rights,” she said.
    “Now I believe it’s the time of the non-smoker
    .

    https://www.9news.com.au/national/smoking-ban-north-sydney-council-vote-fines/78911275-55e0-4655-9204-4df83e8c85e5

    It’s “time for non-smokers [anti-smokers] to claim back the streets”… “it’s the time of the non-smoker [anti-smoker]”. These people are DERANGED.

  10. I_am_not_a_robot

    When will I know the emergency is over?

    ‘Jumping the shark’ — if the expression means what I think it means the climate hysterics may have ‘jumped the shark’, where do they go from here, after ‘climate emergency’?

  11. mem

    It’s intimidation and a desperate attempt for a power grab by the Green Blob. By declaring “an emergency” the self proclaimed “planet savers” are intimidating “planet trashers” i.e. normal people. Under “an emergency”, even if in name only, then guess who gets an excuse for priority treatment in all Fed, State and Local government decision-making processes across all sectors. People might regard this as a token gesture, but it is the beginning of something far more sinister.

  12. Some History

    The City of Sydney has declared such an emergency. I just wonder what effect that will have on its world-renowned New Year’s Eve fireworks, when tons of explosives go up in smoke, CO2, etc.

    What happened to “Proud to be Smokefree”?

    According to Sydney Council, wisps of tobacco smoke in Martin Place must be eradicated while smoke from NYE fireworks, thick and widespread enough to set off alarms, is just dandy:

    https://imgur.com/ComaEEH

    SYDNEY’S stunning New Year’s fireworks display has been blamed for shutting down the city’s rail network, as smoke set of alarms at Central Station and trains ground to a halt early yesterday.
    Hundreds of thousands of revellers were left stranded after the fire alarm went off at the Sydney Signalling Complex about 12.45am.
    It forced the evacuation of signalling staff — meaning nobody could control the network, so all trains came to a stop for up to 20 minutes.
    In embarrassing scenes for Sydney’s transport network, police had to be brought in to control crowds as tired revellers were forced to wait at stations
    across the city and lower north shore.

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/smoke-from-sydneys-new-years-eve-fireworks-set-off-alarms-at-central-station-as-trains-halt/story-fni0cx12-1227172085659

  13. Rafe Champion

    From the Central Plan (power section)

    Independent modelling shows that Labor’s 45% Emissions Reduction Target and 50% Renewable Target will cost the economy $472 billion, slash more than 336,000 jobs, cut the average wage by over $9,000 and increase wholesale electricity prices by more than 58%.

    Someone remind us of the impact of the Coalition plan according to the same analysis. Less stupid, yes, but still stupid!

  14. mem

    OK. So let’s start fighting back. There is a Petition currently on the Australian Government website that can be signed by you requesting that Australia pull out of the Paris Agreement. I read today that Mark Butler, ALP was touting a petition from some 30,000 plus people requesting that the Government declare a Climate Emergency. So get off your butts Cats and let’s start showing the government that there are far more people out here who want to defeat this Green plague. Have you signed the petition? It’s easy just go to this website and follow the prompts.
    And also tell as many people as possible. It needs publicity and if we each get another 10 people to sign up we will start to get the Government to listen . https://www.aph.gov.au/petition_list

  15. Some History

    The fear and hate-monger North Sydney Dictator Mayor, Silly Gibson, heading a council of stupid people:

    https://imgur.com/dtOMTH3

  16. Dr Fred Lenin

    Put the fear of Centrelink into politicians ,forbid anyone with a law degree from any governing body ,federal. State or local government , you only have to look at the bloody mess they have made of democracy . Turnbulls shower here , the anti Brexit fascists ,Trump impeachment try on ,and the other things they have stuffed up in the Western world . Let the lawtradespersons stick to the courts where they can lie and bullshit to their hearts content and listen to their own rubbish .

  17. I spoke to a lot of locals in our small township today and not one was concerned in the slightest over climate change, other than that it was freezing cold again and wondered when were we going to see a bit of warm weather.

  18. Ellen

    The last time the US, in fact all of us, faced an existential threat was not WW2, but the Cold War, and MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction. And how did we avoid that? Well, as I remember, a lot of people marched in the streets; one million in New York in 12 June 1982. The protests were effective then, we got Nuclear Disarmament Treaties.

  19. Ellen

    Bemused, on the other hand, in my small town the locals just take it for granted that climate change is happening, the Darling’s dry and it hasn’t rained for yonks. This has not been a sudden epiphany, I’ve been going to farmers’ climate change workshops in the region since about 2003. I think we’d love it to be proven wrong! Nobody’s very happy with Nationals, we’ve voted them out in favour of independents who at least are aware of the problem.

  20. Ellen

    Mem, thank you for the info. I’ve just signed the other petition, asking the government to act on climate change. Ta for the heads-up!

  21. BoyfromTottenham

    Stevem says that ‘Declaring a ‘climate emergency’ is a ‘meaningless, feel-good gesture’.
    It is definitely NOT!
    Look at this:
    “Necessity as a Defense in a Criminal Case | Justia
    https://www.justia.com › criminal › defenses › necessity
    The defense of necessity may apply when an individual commits a criminal act during an emergency situation in order to prevent a greater harm from happening. In such circumstances, our legal system typically excuses the individual’s criminal act because it was justified, or finds that no criminal act has occurred.”
    These pr!cks are setting themselves up to escape punishment for criminal acts that they carry out under the guise of their mad cause. Anyone who supports their ‘climate emergency’ claptrap is simply being a ‘Useful Idiot’ that does not understand the legal implications of any official declaration of a ‘climate emergency’, even if by the Mayor of Lower Bumcrack Shire Council. We, and our democratic representatives, are being taken for fools by this well-funded and legally devious organisation.

  22. Ben

    The climate emergency is straight out of the Saul Alinsky playbook.

    – a cause with no identifiable leader
    – undefinable goals
    – blame for everybody
    – no direct accountability for individuals

    His ‘Rules for Radicals’ states:
    Taking a new step is what people fear most. Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people.

    What better analogy than climate change? Start with a little change (pollution bad), make a little change (CO2 is pollution), ramp up the rhetoric (Gore, Flannery, Greta, CSIRO, NASA, WMO, BOM, ABC et al).

    The only way to push back is to use the playbook.

    1. assign a name, an identity, to the person who is promoting the ideas you disagree with. This would be the hidden people allowing the carnage to happen. Use names eg when railing against the ABC always refer to the individual who can most impact the ABC’s perspective – the chairman or editor in chief – criticise the individual, not the organisation, because when everybody refers to the individual who is responsible for the failings of the ABC to be impartial, that person will feel the pressure, then change will happen.

    Likewise the UN, Greens, AMA, Guardian and the Conversation – criticise the editor not the organisation – assign accountability. Blame them personally. The City of Melbourne did not issue a statement of climate emergency, the Mayor did – Sally Capp. She allowed it, it’s her fault.

    Likewise the initialisms above – people make these decisions, people should be held accountable.

    2. When these people are exposed, made household names, and are on the hook for their decisions to allow bias and non-factual outcomes, then they have to made to express definite outcomes, definite numerical thresholds and measurable facts. So they can be held accountable.

    Currently there is no accountability for “the science” or “the advice” or anything that can be measured.

    Fix these things and watch the system fix itself.

  23. Squirrel

    The “climate emergency” crap is another reminder that the separation of church and state was, and still very much is, a good idea.

  24. mem

    The BOM temperature records have become a joke. They fiddle with past data to make it seem hotter today. They do this by lowering past temperatures and cherry picking data from some regions that have had warmth then load this into overall average figures so they can declare “hottest year evva”. Keep at them Malcolm Roberts because BOM has let all Australians down and anyone working there needs to hang their heads in shame!

    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/bom-defends-data-to-one-nation-senator/news-story/433774f25b0b12e817bb888cafea8db3

  25. Bela Bartok

    That b*tch of a mayor in north sydney needs to be flogged, horse-whipped and ran out of Dodge.
    I wrote to her – politely – suggesting that north Sydney Council has no right to plaster its residents with ‘gay-love’ signs, stickers, banners, leaflets and total Homo-endorsement, as it was certainly outside of their scope to influence a federal initiative, and as representatives of ratepayers they should stick to their knitting.
    Her reply was that I was clearly a homophobic loon who had no right to an opinion and that I was perfectly welcome to leave the sanctified purity of North Sydney.
    B*tch.
    Fire them all. Burn councils to the ground.

  26. Ben

    BOM CEO
    Andrew Johnson

    Asserts that BOM merely reports data.
    No mention of ACORN SAT which specifically adjusts raw data based on in-house IPCC contributor’s non-repeatable adjustments.

    More questions needed.

  27. Cardimona

    Ben
    #3190073, posted on October 21, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Love it.
    Strategy adopted.
    My truth-bombing runs will now include names.

  28. mem

    Ellen
    #3190055, posted on October 21, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I’ve just signed the other petition, asking the government to act on climate change.

    So Ellen, just a couple of questions. What temperature would you like it to be? The same as today, maybe the same as this time five years ago? And should the temperature in the center of the city be the same as out in the bush? And how do you think the government can change the climate to your ideal? You do realize that warming for the past 100 years has been less than C 1.00 degree. Barely an angels breath! Nothing even to worry about as statistically it is impossible to measure world temperature at this minute scale, which is why the IPCC excluded statisticians from participating in the original set up meetings.

  29. Ben

    cardimona – it has worked for the minority radical left, it will work doubly for the majority centre.

  30. egg_

    We, and our democratic representatives, are being taken for fools by this well-funded and legally devious organisation.

    The scam starts at the UN and filters down to our democratic representatives.

  31. Fat Tony

    Ellen
    #3190039, posted on October 21, 2019 at 6:14 pm
    The last time the US, in fact all of us, faced an existential threat was not WW2, but the Cold War, and MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction. And how did we avoid that? Well, as I remember, a lot of people marched in the streets; one million in New York in 12 June 1982. The protests were effective then, we got Nuclear Disarmament Treaties.

    I think the only nukes that got dismantled were old ones past their use-by date.
    And there was a process of modernising and the development of multi-warhead ICBMs.
    I didn’t feel any safer – the MAD principle kept things in line.

  32. Nob

    UK Climate Emergency!

    Ladbrokes have cut the odds of the “coldest October ever” from 10/11 to just 1/2 as weather experts predict temperatures to plummet.

    The “Emergency” crap is just so they can suspend normal law and pass coercive and oppressive laws. Fascists all.

    A bunch of Facebook friends, soon to be unfriended, are flooding my inbox demanding everyone sign a petition on declaring a Climate Emergency. Immediately!

    Why now? None of them ever mentioned such a thing befroe. Did it change overnmight?

  33. Nob

    What actually happened to spur all the panic was that the loonies lost the 2019 Australian election and lost the 2016 USA presidential election and will probably lose the 2020 one too, and the Canadian one , and the Brexit vote, so they’re trying to circumvent democracy.

  34. BorisG

    FDR’s new deal.

    To be fair, the Great Depression was an emergency. Whether the measures were right is a matter of dispute but it was an emergency,

    Climate change is not an emergency and neither is chronic poverty.

  35. The Beer Whisperer

    I can’t see any climate emergency in the data. Just the usual toing and froing.

    Bruce, the current narrative is that the last 5 years are the hottest evah, but I only have suspicions, not facts. Can you enlighten me, please?

  36. old bloke

    Ben
    #3190073, posted on October 21, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    The climate emergency is straight out of the Saul Alinsky playbook.

    Thanks Ben, we need the names.

  37. candy

    I am sure emergency means life or death this instant and I don’t see the climate patterns in that category.

  38. Tel

    Exactly right, they declare an emergency (from nothing) then bestow upon themselves emergency powers.

    Sometimes they say it might be temporary … we will tell you when you get your lives back … m’kay?

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