Greenpeace : "We Know Where You Live"

Do you find this implicit threat from Greenpeace a little disturbing?

The proper channels have failed. It’s time for mass civil disobedience to cut off the financial oxygen from denial and skepticism … Let’s talk about what that mass civil disobedience is going to look like.

If you’re one of those who have spent their lives undermining progressive climate legislation, bankrolling junk science, fueling spurious debates around false solutions, and cattle-prodding democratically-elected governments into submission, then hear this:

We know who you are. We know where you live. We know where you work. And we be many, but you be few.

Guido is one of those who spends his life undermining “progressive climate legislation” and other alarmist nonsense from Greens who have long ago left behind reason and rationalism for a mystical Gaia.  Scratch a Green and you will find, underneath the romanticism for a past mythical pastoral existence, a yearning for an anti-human totalitarianism.

The implicit threat from Greenpeace of “we know know where you live” signals that having failed to yoke the world’s democracies to their demands, some on the fringes of the Green movement will, like their allies in the Animal Liberation Front, move on to eco-terrorism directed at individuals.  We have been warned…

Hat-tip : Devil’s Kitchen

Quote of the Day

Tariq Ali says…

“Copenhagen may be the last chance to get communist ideals back onto the global stage.”

New Aussie Opposition Leader Defeats Climate Tax

Tony Abbott ousted Malcolm Turnball as leader of the opposition Liberals after he tried to foist an emissions trading scheme on the party which would have cost billions in new taxes. Straight away Abbott has defeated Rudd’s Labour government on a crucial pre-Copenhagen vote. Abbott rightly claims he has “delivered a big win for the people of Australia who have been saved from a massive new tax that would have been foisted upon them without proper scrutiny”.

The Cameroons are very out of touch with the Tory grassroots on this issue. There is widespread contempt for Zac Goldsmith and there is an abiding suspicion that the whole Vote Blue, Go Green agenda is a cover for tax hikes. Whereas most Conservatives support measures for a cleaner environment, recycling, even organic farming and such like, the whole Copenhagen carbon taxing and subsidising policy agenda is seen as absolute hogwash.

The Tories have dropped back at the polls following the Lisbon Treaty shambles which dismayed eurosceptic supporters.  The majority of activists and supporters do not want to see their cars being used as cash cows for taxation and they don’t want their annual summer holidays to be ever-more regressively taxed. New green taxes are extremely unpopular with the grassroots and supporters.   Dave needs to remember that not all Tories are as rich as Zac Goldsmith…

CRU Boss Stands Aside, Queens University Blocking Data FOI

CRU boss Phil Jones is standing down while the university investigation reviews the Climategate emails.  He should be a scientific pariah for this one email alone “I can’t see either … being in the next [IPCC] report. Kevin [Trenberth] and I will keep them out somehow – even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!” Science is all about conjectures and refutations, if climate scientists try to close down debate* it undermines public confidence.  The public might not understand the calculus of thermodynamics, but it understands snake oil salesmanship when it sees it…

Phil Jones CRU Climate Cooling Denier

The CRU is a taxpayer funded body which is now exposed as not fit for purpose, compromised by global warming advocates rather than staffed by truth pursuing scientists. It has funding largely from the British taxpayer and the EU. Until there is a clear out of the compromised personnel, not just CRU boss Phil Jones, funding should be halted. Taxpayers should be confident that their money is being used for scientific research, not to fund a cabal of global cooling deniers intent on creating a scientifically unfounded basis for a political project.

There is similar issue developing at Queens University Belfast (QUB), where once again global warming alarmist scientists are blocking Freedom of Information requests.  QUB is one of the world’s leading centers for tree-ring work, the tree-ring data that QUB has gathered is valuable for studying the global climate during the past 7000 years. For 2 years mathematician Douglas J. Keenan has been battling to get them to release the data unsuccessfully.  QUB is throwing up chaff to prevent him having access to the data.  Why do they feel so threatened by external review of their data?

*Guido is looking forward to tomorrow’s George Monbiot v James Delingpole debate* being organised by Index on Censorship : “Saying the unsayable: is climate scepticism the new Holocaust denial?” Thursday, 3 December, 6.30 – 8pm, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road.  RSVP to: bookings@freewordonline.com, more details here.

Zac Ducks Tax and Claims CAP Subsidies

Tax ducking, bed hopping Zac Goldsmith is in hot water. Guido  promotes and pursues the minimisation of taxes, but it is a bit risky for a PPC seeking public office.   Zac says he hasn’t profited from non-domicile, that he volunteers more tax than he needs to and he gives oodles of cash to charidee.  Nevertheless the reason Goldsmith shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this is his rank and blatant hypocrisy.

If he had been a long term advocate for lower taxes, then his stance would be understandable.  Zac has done quite the opposite, he wants more taxes, ridiculous and unpopular green taxes that would cripple car drivers and frequent flyers.  How can someone who keeps his fortune sewn up in offshore trusts credibly in all conscience author a report calling for taxes to increase?  How green is the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from which his farm receives thousands of pounds in subsidies from the taxpayer?  Without a hint of irony he will tonight give a speech in Piccadilly on the subject of how to share our collective wealth.  Will that include sticking it in the Caymans?   Clearly taxes are for non-environmentally-conscious people.

Time to Defund CRU's Global Cooling Deniers

Phil Jones CRU Climate Cooling Denier

The perversion of science that has been exposed by the release of the CRU emails has shocked even that high priest of the Greens, George Monbiot:

… there are some messages that require no spin to make them look bad. There appears to be evidence here of attempts to prevent scientific data from being released, and even to destroy material that was subject to a freedom of information request.

Worse still, some of the emails suggest efforts to prevent the publication of work by climate sceptics, or to keep it out of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I believe that the head of the unit, Phil Jones, should now resign. Some of the data discussed in the emails should be re-analysed.

What is clear is that the proponents of the man-made global warming hypothesis have not sought to test their theories in the normal scientific way, they have sought to first of all marginalise and defund researchers who put forward a different view.  They have hidden information, faked up data, used in their own words trickery, in an effort to hide the decline in global temperatures which is one of the inconvenient facts contradicting the predictions derived from their theories.  These are not new developments.

The so-called Medieval Warm Period (AD 800–1300), when polar ice melted to such a degree that the Vikings settled in Northern Greenland in areas now covered by ice, has been a huge problem for global cooling deniers – after all the Vikings didn’t drive north in 4×4 SUVs.  A massive disinformation effort has been put in to rubbishing what is a well evidenced historic fact.

The CRU is a taxpayer funded body which is now exposed as not fit for purpose, compromised by global warming advocates rather than staffed by truth pursuing scientists. It has funding largely from the British taxpayer and the EU. Until there is a clear out of the compromised personnel, not just CRU boss Phil Jones, funding should be halted. Taxpayers should be confident that their money is being used for scientific research, not to fund a cabal of global cooling deniers intent on creating a scientifically unfounded basis for a political project.

The left likes to think their prejudices are based on science rather than mere opinions derived from political goals.  The power of Marxist ideas from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries within the intelligensia was because of the internal logic that claimed it was “scientific socialism” based on immutable laws of society.  Twenty-first century anti-capitalism is trying the same trick, claiming an anti-capitalist mandate from climate science that just does not exist.  It is no coincidence that the collapse of the worldwide communist project and ideals in the early 1990s coincided with the rise of the global green movement.  Many of the enemies of capitalism have merely changed their flag from red to green.

Grand Theft Auto U-Turn – Hand-Brake Skid Likely

“We’re moving forward” is one of those phrases Gordon likes to monotone to reporters questioning the government’s lack of direction and drive. The policy on taxing old-bangers retrospectively is looking like a car-crash that is going to be the subject of a niftily executed U-turn by Alastair Darling. Hundreds of truckers lay siege to London’s arteries, 30 Labour MPs have signed a rebellious EDM. The government would be crazy not to execute a reversal of policy…

 

UPDATE : A co-conspirator writes, “Retrospective taxes? OK by me if we get retrospective voting.”

More Bonkers Policy Highlights

Guido knows no person who has read the entire report but more bonkers policies cited by Benedict Brogan include;

Bonkers idea #4 : removing white lines from the nation’s roads. The idea is that we would all drive more cautiously as a result, and so save fuel. It also says street lights should be turned off at night.

Bonkers idea # 5 : Cotton buds should be banned because they aren’t bio-degradable.

Guido doesn’t understand this, cotton is clearly bio-degradable, isn’t it?

Doh! A Green Tax that Businesses Won’t Have to Pay

Guido intended to read the 547 page Quality of Life Report to extract and highlight some of the expected more bonkers policy suggestions. Fortunately others are doing it for him.
Bonkers idea #3 : Over at the Coffee House Fraser Nelson has spotted this corker, applying VAT to short-haul flights. “Has it occurred to either of them that VAT is reclaimed by anyone on business trips, so this would only hit the small people on their holidays?”

So business travellers won’t have to pay the tax…

Digesting the Greens

Just skimming the Gummer-Goldsmith Quality of Life Report. It is hard to swallow. Some of it is plain bonkers. Prima facie the 547 page document means that Michael Foot’s 1983 Labour party manifesto is no longer the “longest suicide note in history”
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Bonkers idea #1 : The report recommends using something called the “Happy Planet Index” rather than GDP as measure of wellbeing. This has been devised by the New Economics Foundation – the home of some of wonk-land’s maddest ideas.

The HPI is a composite index. To give you a flavour of the objective nature of the index you should understand that Iran scores 53 on the HPI and the United States of America only 28. Must be all those public executions that make them so happy in Iran. Maybe the women are smiling under their burqas…

Bonkers idea #2 : Dizzy is worked up about the Zero-Carbon dildo idea in Zac’s magazine, one bonkers idea that didn’t make the report.

Competition : Vote for Best Green Tax Cut

Guido has selected for voting some of your Green tax cut proposals that seemed workable:

  1. Big Jock Knew: Weight based transport tax – skinny people pay less for train and aircraft fares as they burn less CO2 transporting them.
  2. AntiCitizenOne said… The ultimate green tax-cut would be a No-children tax credit. No people, no anthropomorphic. Go on, it’s for the children!
  3. Anonymous said… Give tax cuts to people who fart into emissions capture devices.
  4. Barry said… Human Excrement tax credits for those who donate their human waste to facilities that turn it into energy. See here and here.

Winning proposal gets a copy of the Little Red Book of New Labour Sleaze.

Cars are Greener than Planes & Trains

Back in 2004, Lancaster University’s Professor Roger Kemp, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Engineering, produced a report for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, on the environmental impact of high-speed rail versus air and car travel. He used the example of the London to Edinburgh route to illustrate his findings. The conclusions were startling and rather annoying for the car hating Green fundamentalists.

With electricity generated from fossil fuels:

  • Travel by conventional rail contributes as much to global warming as travel by car
  • Over a 600 km sector, travel by high speed rail is as environmentally unfriendly as air travel
  • Cars are more fuel efficient than planes or trains. Cars are greener.

Source : www.engineering.lancs.ac.uk/research/download/Environmental impact.pdf

Trains are heavy, get their energy inefficently down wires where much of the energy is lost and are fundamentally a nineteenth century point-to-point technology belonging to a slower era. Cars are light, fuel efficient, and a liberating, flexible form of transport suited to modern life. Greens hate them so much because they are ideologically opposed to capitalist modes of consumption. So why are the Tories giving headspace to this anti-Car, anti-Air travel nonsense with their penalty tax proposals?

Huhne : “Ban Petrol Cars”

It must be Green Loon Day today – the LibDems have just released (on recycled paper) a 46 page plan for a “Zero Carbon Britain”. Which is a bit scary since we are carbon-based life forms.

Huhne also wants to ban petrol cars within a generation (by 2040). How he has changed from his days as a City slicker when he drove about the Square Mile in a big black petrol guzzling BMW 7 Series, with the self-effacing number plate “H11HNE”. He now drives a greenish poseur politician’s electo-petro Toyota Prius hybrid. The only green vehicle is a bike, like Boris has…

Competition : Suggest a Green Tax Cut

Lets have some suggestions for Green tax cuts in the comments. Guido might even dig out a prize, say a copy of the Little Red Book of New Labour Sleaze for the best.*

Exempt bicycles and insulation from VAT was one suggestion. Maybe windmills should be VAT exempt, along with watermills and solar panels too. Sailing yachts are very environmentally sound, exempt them while we are at it…

Suggestions in the comments please…

*“Best” defined as whatever Guido likes.

Gummer-Goldsmith Green Taxes

If like Guido you remain resolutely unconvinced that the world is about to suffer climate catastrophe because of man-made carbon emissions, the idea of slapping “green” taxes on everything that moves just looks like an excuse for more taxes. The truth of this is evident in that they don’t propose to cut taxes on less carbon intensive modes, which would incentivise their uptake.

If, as with Guido’s family, there are three countries you call home, it is particularly penal. Short of slowly sailing around Western Europe with a horse and cart in the hold, Guido is going to have to pay a lot of “green taxes”. Will it change his behaviour? No, it will just cost more. Will it make a blind bit of difference to the condition of the planet? No.

Gummer and Goldsmith (in particular) are obssessed with reversing the modern way of life for the many and returning us back to some romanticised peasant life. If they didn’t have the carbon emissions bogeyman the environmentalists would make something else up to further this aim. This is just another racket giving eager politicians an excuse to raise taxes.

Miliband’s Bio-Fueled Foolishness

The news that Miliband either wants to take a massive amount of food-producing farmland in Britain out of the food supply chain and turn the land into bio-fuel producing zones or alternatively he wants developing world nations to plant bio-fuel producing crops bemuses Guido .

The obvious problems with his new obssession do not appear to have entered the mind of the wonk. Ignore the small possibility that food security worries could replace energy security worries. “Biodiesel is a complete scam because in the tropics the growing demand is causing forests to be burnt to make way for palm oil and similar crops” says Professor Roland Clift, the professor of environmental technology at Surrey University, who sits on the scientific advisory council of Defra, David Miliband’s environment department. He calculates “that the land will need to grow biodiesel crops for 70-300 years to compensate for the CO2 emitted in forest destruction.”

Clift also condemns Miliband’s plan to produce British biodiesel from rapeseed, because the crop generates copious amounts of nitrous oxide – an apparently even more powerful global warming gas than CO2. So to summarise Miliband’s plan, burn down developing world forests or plant noxious crops on formerly food-producing British land and bugger the food miles just so we hit his target of 3% of garage sales being renewable energy.

Too mad for further comment. Guido is off to eat a steak to save the environment, since cows are the biggest source of greenhouse gases on the planet, the more steaks Guido eats, the better. Soaks up the wine too…

GuyNews : Irish Elections

It is election day in Ireland today. The Green Party are expected to do well, in small part due to this rather good advert. The small Progressive Democrat party, according to some, is going to get wiped out. Guido thinks they will survive.

See it on GuyNews.TV.

Is it Sunny or Windy in Kirkcaldy?

Imagine the scene: Gordon is brainstorming* at a secret meeting in Victoria, London. With him are his trusted acolytes, Wilf, Damien and Ed, Konrad is bringing in a tray of tea and biscuits. How are they going to turn Brown green in the face of Cameron’s successful “Vote Blue, Go Green” strategy?

Having matched him on the kids front they can’t allow Gordon to be out-flanked on the green agenda. “Get a bigger windmill, that produces more energy and shows you are more green” suggests Ed. No says McSnide, it’ll look like you are just copying Dave. Wilf, ever the practical wonk, suggests solar panels instead. “Genius!” they all cheer.

Solar panels in Kirkcaldy? Now Guido has not travelled to Scotland to test this, but suspects it probable that it is fact more sunny in Notting Hill and more windy in Kirkcaldy. Just a thought…
*Nothing to do with chronically debilitating cluster-headaches which are said to affect victims of eye-injuries in certain circumstances.

Climate Change : Solar Sourced or Carbon Based?

Climate change denial is bonkers, the evidence shows that in recent history temperatures have risen, but the argument that carbon causes climate change seems to be based on suspect science. Nevertheless the Greens have chosen to blame carbon emissions for causing climate change because of their supernatural hatred of industrialisation, the automobile and urbanisation, derived partly from their misty-eyed romanticisation of peasant life. It suits their political objectives to blame carbon emissions for climate change.

With the collapse of socialism and communism as plausible belief systems many of the former adherents have shifted into the Green movement. Green issues like clean air, pure water and high quality food command wide support across the political spectrum and even amongst the unpoliticised. Anti-capitalist extremists have hijacked these populist issues and now control the Green movement’s wider agenda – that is the claim made by Patrick Moore and he should know, he co-founded Greenpeace. He believes that “one of the most pernicious aspects of the modern environmental movement is the romanticisation of peasant life. And the idea that industrial societies are the destroyers of the world. The environmental movement has evolved into the strongest force there is for preventing development in the developing countries. I think it’s legitimate for me to call them anti-human.”

 

There is strong evidence that carbon levels lag the rise in temperature. Two-thirds of our planet is water covered, as temperatures rise the seas release more carbon dioxide. The amount released by that process dwarfs the amount released by humanity. Plato argued that in order to keep a stable social structure, societies need a Noble Lie. In Plato’s mind, the Noble Lie is a religious lie that’s fed to the masses to keep them under control and happy with their situation in life. It seems to Guido that the Green movement is propagating a Platonic-style Noble Lie – we are doomed unless we give up our cars and planes. In reality rising temperatures are far more likely to be a result of solar activity cycles.

Huhne Wastes Paper

Four press releases from the LibDem’s eco-warrior Chris Huhne on environmental issues today. Do you think he is a bit miffed that Al Gore saw Cameron, praised Gordon and ignored him?

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Logging company Resolute’s CEO Richard Garneau suing Greenpeace

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