Will Climate Change Soon Dominate Politics?

I’m intrigued about the way that global warming seems to be becoming a huge political issue. It just seems to get bigger and bigger. For example:

AOC’s Chief-Of-Staff Admits Green New Deal About Implementing Socialism – ‘It wasn’t originally a climate thing at all’ – It’s a ‘change-the-entire-economy thing’

It’s become a climate thing? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the latest Democrat superstar. Is it goodbye socialism, hello climate? Does climate change now matter more than economics? It’s beginning to look like it does. Another example:

‘Climate Change Becoming a Deadly Part of White Nationalism’ – Identity politics invades climate change debate

Isn’t it more that climate change is invading identity politics? It’s beginning to look like people’s identity will be defined not by their sex or colour or religion, but whether they’re global warming alarmists or sceptics (or “denialists”).

How about this:

Eat insects? ‘Meat patch’ to stop cravings? New UN report takes aim at meat eating – UN seeks expansion of climate agenda to regulate what you eat…

Christiana Figueres, the former United Nations official responsible for the 2015 Paris climate agreement, has a startling vision for restaurants of the future: Anyone who wants a steak should be banished.

“How about restaurants in 10-15 years start treating carnivores the same way that smokers are treated?” Figueres suggested during a recent conference. “If they want to eat meat, they can do it outside the restaurant.”

The idea is that cattle and sheep add methane to the atmosphere, and methane is a greenhouse gas.

For the past 18 months I’ve been thinking a lot about the Earth’s climate, as I’ve been slowly developing my Theory of Ice Ages. And at the same time I’ve had the feeling that it was all a bit of an obscure and unimportant topic. But perhaps it isn’t? Perhaps climate change is going to become more and more pressing and urgent a concern?

I had the feeling, 10 years back, with Climategate, that the global warming alarmists had suffered a catastrophic defeat, and they’d all be forgotten soon. But I’m now beginning to think that maybe they’ve got over that catastrophe, and are getting stronger again.

And there are good reasons why climate change should become a primary – and even the primary – topic of political debate. After all, what does it matter how societies and economies are organised if we’re all going to be toast in a century or so? Building Socialism or Communism can wait, but climate change won’t wait. If you really, really believe that the whole world is going to get a lot hotter, and the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are going to melt, raising sea levels by 70 metres, that’s something that is far more important than Socialism or Communism or Democracy or the US Constitution. And maybe that’s why global warming alarmism seems to be growing rather than receding.

But my own views on climate change have been changing pretty radically. For I’ve become more concerned whether our current warm interglacial period may be coming to an end, just like all the interglacials that preceded it, and will usher in a new ice age which will be far worse than a 70 metre rise in sea levels.

In fact, I’ve now come to believe that global warming is a Good Thing, if it’ll help stave off an impending ice age, by raising global air temperatures by a degree or two. In fact, I worry whether we’ve had enough global warming to prevent it. Maybe we need more?Maybe we should burn more coal and oil and wood? I certainly think that, but for the Industrial Revolution that began a few centuries ago, we would now be in imminent danger of a renewed ice age. And I also think that, if the world becomes “carbon-free” anytime soon, it could trigger a new ice age, as the Earth’s atmosphere cools down. And if climate change alarmism really is gathering new strength, and becoming politically mainstream, we could well see strenuous attempts to become “carbon-free”.

Anyway, my feeling today is that global warming alarmism isn’t going to go away: it’s going to get stronger and stronger. It’s going to completely dominate politics, driving all the old political controversies of yesteryear into oblivion.

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26 Responses to Will Climate Change Soon Dominate Politics?

  1. Dave Ward says:

    It was ALWAYS a political construct. Christiana Figueres also said:
    “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history.”

    And Professor Ottmar Edenhofer:
    “One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy…We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy.”

    Of course you could always believe these quotes are the work of Climate Science “Deniers”:
    https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/11/07/how-climate-science-deniers-manufacture-quotes-convince-you-united-nations-one-big-socialist-plot

    But as Edenhofer works at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research I don’t think I’ll pay any attention to DeSmogBlog….

  2. Algernon Struthers says:

    ‘Russiagate,’ a conspiracy theory, without merit or fact, whilst amusingly, perhaps, the FBI seeks to suppress ‘consipiracy theories.’ ‘Amusingly’ if it wasn’t so stupefyingly moronic because the Russiagate thing was time-wasting mainstream media bs that lasted years. Climate Change is no different. It has no merit or fact. Only assertions. Actually, btw, the icecap is increasing. NASA’s not sure how to explain that fact. The Great Barrier Reef is healthier than ever and low-lying islands have not disappeared below the sea, as previously predicted.
    Facts, evidence, nope, none, nada! But Climate Change is now spoken of by mainstream media as a certainty; an actuality; a reality! Climate Deniers, as Frank notes above, have now evolved into white supremacists!
    OMFG.
    Now, I will tell you about my invisible friend. He’s a 10′ 6″ black lesbian and if you disagree with me you’re a racist believe-ophobic, homophobe. You fine people here know I’m illustrating a point, but we know there’s nutters on this fine planet who’d ask me what he’s wearing.

  3. slugbop007 says:

    I just saw a new phrase to describe the cure for climate change several days ago: Decarbonisation of the economy. Good luck with that.

    slugbop007

  4. slugbop007 says:

    Hey Clicky, I have been a devoted fan of Yello since 1985 when my girlfriend’s youngest sister brought a cassette of Solid Pleasure over one day. Vive Yello!

    slugbop007

  5. waltc says:

    It won’t die because, as AOC’s puppeteer blurted, it’s the gateway to the totalitarian socialism they want and the belief in–and terror about–it has already been indelibly etched in the minds of children worldwide, symbolized by an autistic 14 year old who looks like something out of Village of the Damned. All good liberal progressives believe it too and in any case it’s so trendy and virtue-signally to espouse it–especially from the passenger seat of your private jet. It’s also simultaneously an embodiment of a kind of fin de siecle angst (okay, fin plus 19) and a secular version of a looming apocalypse.(Repent for the end of the world is at hand!) It’s also here to stay because it’s a such a good weapon against political opponents who refuse to buy it can then be accused of –not just penny-ante mass murders at Walmart–but the murder of all Life On This Earth. (And besides, they’re racist and homophobic.)

    Not btw, the above inadvertently honest AOC author of the Green New Deal has just resigned from her staff in a prelude to being investigated for bigtime money laundering within her campaign.

    • Frank Davis says:

      My current understanding is that AOC herself is also under investigation, because she was on the board of several of the elaborate set of PACs that had been set up to move campaign donations around.

      In fact, it’s beginning to look like AOC might be such an effective self-publicist because that was the way she made money. Wasn’t she a bartender not so long ago? It’s a rags to riches story.

      But AOC may by now have become an Untouchable like Hillary Clinton. From a lot that I’ve read, the Clinton Foundation was a way of funneling donations to, well,… the Clintons. But is it likely that the Clintons will ever be prosecuted? My guess is probably not, although former presidents of countries like Brazil don’t seem to be quite as untouchable.as US political figures.

      And who else is on the make? Joe Biden? Nancy Pelosi? These days people just seem to go into politics in order to get rich. They all seem to end up as millionaires. And it’s true in the UK as well. Tony Blair is a millionaire. How did he get so rich? Prime Ministers don’t get paid much.

      • Rose says:

        British Prime Ministers get paid even less since Gordon Brown cut his own pay when he knew he was going to loose the 2010 election.

        How Gordon Brown’s ‘secret’ 25% pay cut just before the 2010 election cost David Cameron hundreds of thousands of pounds
        2016

        “In the run-up to the 2010 general election, the rivalry between the two men was at its most intense.
        Polls showed the Labour leader, buffeted by the fallout from the credit crunch and the MPs’ expenses scandal, was on course for defeat.
        Keen to distance himself from the perceived culture of excess at Westminster, Mr Cameron had promised in September 2009 to end the ‘cushy life’ of politicians and slash ministerial salaries by 5 per cent.
        It appears that shortly afterwards Mr Brown decided to take a near £50,000 pay cut.
        The then-PM reduced his salary from the £198,000 entitlement he had inherited from Tony Blair to £150,000.”
        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3788832/He-make-Gordon-Brown-s-secret-25-pay-cut-just-2010-election-cost-David-Cameron-hundreds-thousands-pounds.html

  6. Lepercolonist says:

    Smokers and meat eaters must stay outside. Where will it end ?

  7. petesquiz says:

    Here’s the shortest (and best I’ve seen so far!) explanation of why Carbon Dioxide cannot possibly be the ‘Control Knob’ for our climate.

    (I hope the link works!)

    • Algernon Struthers says:

      All I get is a black square. Also below ‘Clicky’s’ Homer gif meme, I get a black square.

      • petesquiz says:

        It works on my computer, but here’s the long link so you can go to the YouTube site (Hopefully!)

      • RdM says:

        All I get is a black square. Also below ‘Clicky’s’ Homer gif meme, I get a black square.

        What computing platform are you on, what operating system, Linux Mac Windows?
        (alphabetical order! ;-))
        What version of that OS?

        Have you updated Adobe Flash recently, or checked for updates?
        https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

        Initial ideas in response. ;=})

        ~ RdM.

        • Algernon Struthers says:

          Problem solved.
          A browser extensions was blocking the vids: ‘No-Script,’ which is a good ad-blocker but it needs to be manually configured per webpage. I installed it and forgot.
          I use Windows 7 (I don’t want to over-think) – Yes, my adobe Flash is outdated :)
          Sorry for the trouble I caused. Thanks for taking the time to reply, much appreciated!

        • RdM says:

          Glad to read solved!

          You caused no trouble, just interesting ripples in the conversational fabric ;-

          Yes I used No-Script on an earlier XP PC, almost had forgotten, but since (on another XP PC but also in browsers, on Ubuntu Mate & MX Linux on more recent hardware), as an add-on, have used uBlock Origin, which seems to work well enough for me so far.

          Wrinkles in time …

    • RdM says:

      Well Pete it obviously came from here:
      https://climateconference.heartland.org/

      Expanded detail here:
      https://climateconference.heartland.org/schedule/

      I’ve only watched, so far, Lord Christopher Monckton in the Lunch Keynote.
      (So keen to hear I scrolled past the introductory speaker, even … tsk!)

      A lot there yet yet to view!

  8. Smoking Lamp says:

    The globally orchestrated and co-ordinated attack on tobacco is reinforced by the evolving political apparatus being used to address the ‘climate emergency’. In Barcelona, where the Catalan government is enacting draconian outdoor smoking bans, the public is pushing back against the hyper-regulation as Restaurateurs say ban on top of new regulations on outdoor space threatens their survival – while residents claim the city’s real issues are being ignored”.

    This article at The Guardian discusses the negative impact of smoking bans in Barcelona (which are marred worldwide: “Outdoor smoking ban escalates war over Barcelona’s restaurant terraces” https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/aug/09/outdoor-smoking-ban-escalates-war-over-barcelonas-restaurant-terraces

  9. mandy vincent says:

    It’s the Squirrels, it has to be lol, 2014 badgers and squirrels. https://www.gunandgame.com/threads/squirrels-are-causing-global-warming.175442/

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