Axel Bojanowski has written a piece at the online Spiegel titled “Madness of the Do-Gooders” where he reviews Hans von Storch’s and Werner Krauss’s new book: “Die Klimafalle” (The Climate Trap - see here), which has harsh words for climate alarmism.
Many of the harsh words are aimed, not surprisingly, at Germany’s notoriously alarmist and catastrophe-obsessed Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), which is directed by Prof. Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber.
Bojanowski brings up many of the points that I brought up in an earlier post here, e.g. that the “climate debate has reached a dead-end“, that “the science is suffering from a credibility crisis“, and that some scientists like Schellnhuber have “taken on the role of prophets“.
Bojanowski adds other points, first reminding us that there is no consensus on the science and that opinions run across the board. He emphasizes that von Storch and Krauss do not want in any way to play down the seriousness of climate change: ”Climate change is a serious problem“. Yes, that’s especially true if the world is preparing for the completely wrong scenario.
Very Importantly, Pierre quotes Bojanowski:
Climate science has been kidnapped by politicians who claim their decisions are already prescribed by science and therefore are without alternatives.
Although there is increasing doubt about the "science" and more more reports showing man-made carbon dioxide emissions are not to blame for global warming, (what global warming?)
Australia's government justifies it's economy-crushing tax on carbon dioxide by saying that the "science is settled."
Greg Combet: "Of course, the foundation for a genuine climate change policy is respect for the science, and mainstream scientists are telling all governments internationally that carbon pollution is contributing to warming, and that is related to climate change. The fact of the matter is that the science is overwhelming, and the Australian government respects the science." (link)
Will Steffen declared Mainstream Climate Science as settled.
Unless the Australian Government really believed in the "settled science," why would they be committing billions?
has already committed $599 million in "fast-start" financing from the foreign aid budget to help vulnerable nations adapt to climate change, including work in the Pacific Islands to deal with rising sea levels.
In Doha, Minister Combet backed a global climate change deal that offers poor countries financial aid for the "loss and damage" they suffer from extreme weather events, in a new step that could one day leave taxpayers with a $3 billion annual bill. (link)
Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt also backed the report, by climate commissioner Will Steffen, saying there was bipartisan support on the science.
“The Coalition recognises that the world is warming, and that humans are having an impact on that warming,” Mr Hunt said.
The Liberals have a plan to mitigate vital-to-life carbon dioxide emissions that will cost $3.2 billion: (link)
Direct action on soil carbons will be the major plank of our strategy, supported by other direct action measures that will reduce CO2 emissions by 5 per cent by 2020 based on 1990 levels and deliver significant environmental outcomes ʹ without the need for a great big new tax.
Our policy will cost $3.2 billion over 4 years.....