Non-partisanship the key to broad support for climate realism
A fundamental objective of the International Climate Science Coalition (see Annex A for an overview of ICSC) is to carry out non-partisan programs designed to promote rational climate change and energy policies. These policies must be based on rigorous science, economics and engineering, coupled with common sense and compassion for our fellow man, not political ideology or vested commercial interests.
Such non-partisanship was well exemplified by Benjamin Franklin, who, according to Walter Isaacson (Benjamin Franklin: An American Life), was “non-ideological, indeed allergic to anything smacking of dogma. Instead, he was ... interested in finding out what worked.”
It was clear to Franklin that the rigid left vs right approach of the old kingdoms of Europe led to ineffective decision-making and continual conflict, something he hoped to avoid in America. He saw that a strategy was needed that welcomed good ideas from across the political spectrum in order to make decisions that were best for the new nation.
Sadly, this never translated into a full-blown movement and today the United States is arguably even more politically polarized than the Europe Union. The governments of Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and most developed countries are equally mired in political partisanship.
Benjamin Franklin “often brought feuding Constitutional Convention delegates to his back yard, where he had them sit under a big mulberry tree and hash out their differences.” ref: Radical Middle Newsletter.
Contemporary approach to climate debate has failed
Nowhere is this more evident than in the global warming debate where the left vs. right approach to policy formulation has utterly failed. As a consequence, futile but exorbitantly expensive plans are being enabled across the world to severely restrict greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary target) and construct vast complexes of unreliable alternative energy sources while not properly supporting vitally-needed conventional power supplies. From California to the U.K., New Zealand to Ireland, British Columbia to Australia, Japan to Germany, the situation is deteriorating. The cause is nearly always the same:
... to garner positive media coverage and temporarily placate climate campaigners, political leaders took advantage of widespread public ignorance about the realities of climate science, economics and energy engineering to create vast global warming bureaucracies.
Now, these institutions are doing exactly what government bureaucracies always do: create regulations, enforce monitoring and compliance, transfer public funds to supportive lobby groups, produce propaganda to justify their existence and spawn new bureaucracies to do the same. This has resulted in great uncertainty about future climate policies and our energy supplies, negatively impacting investment and so slowing economic recovery.
Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand.
(photo by Professor Bob Carter)
|At first glance, the momentum behind the world-wide global warming movement appears unstoppable (see Annex B, “What we are up against”), continuing to divert attention away from real environmental and social problems and threatening to severely damage economies, destroy millions of jobs and waste hundreds of billions of dollars worldwide (e.g., when U.S. Government Agencies lodged their 2011 budget requests, more than $4 billion was alocated to study, combat and educate on Climate Change—$10.6 million every day. Here is the list.)
As explained in Annex C, observers who conclude that recent advances by those who promote a realistic perspective of climate and energy issues herald the end of the global warming scare are unjustifiably optimistic. Even in a country as economically troubled as Ireland, “stopping dangerous man-made global warming” appears to trump virtually everything else. The Irish even delayed their national election earlier this year to allow the possibility of passing a potentially economically devastating CO2 emissions reduction bill.
The solution is at hand
There is a way out. “Climate realists”, those who understand that global climate change is a natural phenomenon on which humans appear to have little impact, can quickly attract much greater support if we employ strategies that welcome, instead of alienate, those from across the political spectrum. Using the non-partisan approach laid out in this strategic plan, ICSC will focus on the following activities in 2011 and beyond:
Working to stop the hemorrhaging
a. The massive funding and effort being misdirected into futile programs to reduce GHG emissions to “stop climate change” will be vigorously opposed. Among the items addressed will be the funding of climate alarmism, allowing us to better answer:
- How much is really being spent by governments on climate change?
- Who else is responsible for the massive resources propping up alarm? A sample of our recent work in this area may be seen here and here.
- How much longer will the climate scare last?
b. The findings of “realist” scientists concerning the causes of global warming and cooling and other changes to the climate will be more broadly publicized.
c. A new element to ICSC’s program: Using the best in science, engineering and economics, we will effectively contest impractical attempts to replace conventional power sources with so-called “green energy”, such as wind and solar power. Although continued research into these technologies may someday deliver significant benefits to society, the current wide-spread deployment of such immature, intermittent and diffuse power sources (driven mainly by the climate scare) is a dangerous diversion away from investing in reliable, critically-needed conventional power sources and infrastructure.
Promoting assistance for those in need
We need compassionate, but practical approaches to helping the world’s most vulnerable peoples adapt to inevitable climate variations—warming and cooling, sea level changes, floods and drought and other extreme weather. These phenomena will continue as they always have, wrecking havoc on those in the poorest and least prepared nations where much of the population already live at the edge of survival.
Continuing the research
ICSC supports well-funded scientific research into understanding the Earth’s complex environment so that someday we may be able to make meaningful predictions of future climate change. Such forecasts will help societies prepare for and so successfully adapt to climate change, no matter the cause.