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.