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Prince Charles – “Irma and Maria Are Wake Up Calls About Global Warming”

October 5, 2017

By Paul Homewood

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Prince Charles has been making an idiot of himself again

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From ITV News:

Prince Charles tells ITV News why ocean threats have him fearing for his and the world’s grandchildren

Prince Charles has said he’s speaking out about the threat to the world’s oceans because he worries about his own grandchildren – and grandchildren everywhere.

The prince has been speaking to ITV News in Malta where world leaders and scientists are attending the Our Oceans conference.

He has urged the world to turn its attention to the failing health of the oceans or risk our own survival.
Prince Charles said he worried about the world his grandchildren will inherit. Credit: AP

Asked if he worried about the world the generation of Prince George and Princess Charlotte will inherit, he said he was doing it for everyone’s grandchildren.

Over-fishing, plastic pollution and acidification are all combining to threaten our own survival, he said.

And he warned that plastic in the oceans is now in the human food chain.

Every year eight million tonnes of plastic enter the sea and he urged consumers to think about buying drinks and water in single use plastic bottles

Evidence of the threat from the oceans has already been seen in recent storms, he said, such as the hurricane which devastated parts of the Caribbean and Florida.

We risk “ever more damaging and terrifying storms”, he warned, and the ferocity of hurricanes such as Irma and Maria were a “wake up call” about the threat of ocean warming.

http://www.itv.com/news/2017-10-05/ocean-warning-prince-charles-says-future-generations-wont-forgive-us-for-ruining-all-powerful-blue-economy/
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Perhaps someone should tell him that there is nothing unusual at all about Irma and Maria.
So far this year, there have been four major Atlantic hurricanes, yet there were eight in 1950.

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/this-years-atlantic-hurricanes-in-perspective/

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Prince Charles shows a combination of moral superiority and a belief that he knows more than us ordinary folk.
It might help if he actually practised what he preached. Instead he sees nothing wrong in taking freebie holidays on billionaires’ super yachts in the Med.

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/prince-charles-jets-off-for-freebie-holiday-on-superyacht/
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The sad thing is that his comments about global warming detract from very real issues of pollution.
He has been campaigning about eco issues for many years now, but does not seem to acknowledge that, in the Western world at least, the environment is immeasurably better than it used to be.
Our air and cities are much cleaner than they have ever been. This is something we should all be proud of.
Campaigning for less plastic in our seas is fine, but his involvement in global warming is political as it is an attempt to tell us all how we should live.
From a constitutional point of view, this is strictly a no no.
But if he wants to get involved, perhaps he ought to start by getting his facts right.

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44 Comments
  1. RAH permalink
    October 5, 2017 10:42 pm

    “But if he wants to get involved, perhaps he ought to start by getting his facts right.”
    I’m afraid that dog is far too old and dull to learn any new tricks.
    This Yank says: God Save the Queen.

    • October 6, 2017 11:29 am

      To further your sentiment, this one says: “God save Prince William”

  2. October 6, 2017 5:38 am

    Prince Charles was never the sharpest knife in the drawer. In fact his exam results showed him to be the bluntest knife in the royal drawer.

    • October 6, 2017 11:42 am

      I was working in the US National Herbarium, Botany Department of the Smithsonian Institution (equivalent of Kew) in Washington when Charles and Anne made their visit in the 1970’s. As employees of the Smithsonian Institution, we already had security clearance. We made up the crowd on the mall when they visited. I have slides of them. Anne behaved rather badly as she was not allowed to go to a Georgetown disco due to security concerns and Charles just sort of hung around.

      However, while Charles has devolved into rather a nitwit, Anne has improved. I was at Runnymede on June 15, 2015 as a descendant of several of the Barons from June 15, 1215. She gave keynote remarks at the re-dedication of the ABA Memorial on the hillside above the meadow. Her talk was highly appropriate and intelligent. I really appreciated what she had to say.

      • October 6, 2017 2:50 pm

        Princess Anne is very widely regarded as the best and most sensible of the family.

  3. John F. Hultquist permalink
    October 6, 2017 5:49 am

    Floods do wash a lot of stuff, plastic included, into rivers and frequently on to the oceans. Insofar as rain and flooding will continue, the solution is a cleaner environment.

    “single use plastic bottles” are useful and important in a modern society — especially to get clean water to a large number of people, and to provide inexpensive retailing of many food items. Plastic and lined paper have replaced glass bottles, only some of which were returned and reused.
    The solution is to NOT throw or allow plastic to be discarded into the environment for wind and water to carry it away. If 10% pf the money wasted on the AGW scam were directed to education and incentive-to-a-cleaner way, this issue would go away.

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      October 6, 2017 6:59 am

      Couldn’t agree more, when I was a boy and fizzy drinks were supplied in glass reusable bottles from a local supplier 20 miles from where I lived there was little or wastage of containers. The weight of glass wasn’t a problem. Now the drink is bottled at least 50 miles away the weight of the container is a problem, as is returning it for refilling.

      I think there is a segment of the population who won’t dispose of waste in a sensible fashion. The one thing a deposit return system may do is the create another group who will collect the bottles and so on for the cash. The ten a penny mentioned on the News last night probably won’t work, 10 centimes/cents/pence a piece would make collecting discarded containers a worthwhile enterprise for a different group of people for whom the deposit is an income stream.

      I didn’t really see a problem with landfill, but now we have recycling at a central point where I live, then I make a trip once a month with several bins full. Whether it does any good I don’t know but hopefully it doesn’t end up somewhere it shouldn’t.

      • Tim Hammond permalink
        October 6, 2017 9:51 am

        There is no problem with landfill in the UK, particularly as we excavate quite a lot for aggregate and other things. The ban on landfill cam from the EU, driven by countries such as Holland that cannot use it and so demanded that everybody else had to have expensive waste disposal too.

        That’s the great thing about something like the EU, it will always “make fair” based on the highest cost. And people wonder why their wages are stagnant?

      • Gerry, England permalink
        October 9, 2017 12:51 pm

        We create more landfill than we can use every year. I only recently found courtesy of Brexit that we don’t have a shortage of Great Crested Newts. The Germans do hence the EU wide ban. Instead of looking at the US system of state by state regulations, in the EU everything is made the same as part of the destruction of the nation state. Catalonia is an example of the backlash this causes as the people are never asked if you want your nation to disappear.

  4. Peter Stokes permalink
    October 6, 2017 6:39 am

    Paul makes absolutely some of the points which should be the overwhelming concerns of humanity. Environmental damage, plastics pollution, ecosystem damage, extinction of species, overpopulation to name but a few. How much good could we be doing by spending the $trillions on a useless quest to solve AGW, a problem which isn’t there, when we could be dealing with those real issues. If people were really worried about carbon emissions then how about spending a few billions (not trillions) on making the worlds ‘get out of jail’ free technology, fusion actually work at the macro level. A few years ago I read somewhere that £10 billion would do that. But the fact is, as people like Paul and Delingpole keep reminding us, that there is a conspiracy, promoted by the UN, to create global political elitist control of populations, countries and governments through fear aka as the great global warming scam!

    • Tim Hammond permalink
      October 6, 2017 9:55 am

      Even if you believe “something must be done” we have adopted the worst way possible pf doing something.Put in place a carbon tax and let markets come up with solutions.

      I was watching Strictly on Saturday (I am not a regular) and they had the chap dancing with a blade because he had lost his lower leg. Yet for decades we tried to replicate the human foot as if that is perfect. It took some bright spark somewhere to wonder if there was a better shape than a human foot, and now we have fantastic prostheses.

      • dennisambler permalink
        October 8, 2017 1:17 pm

        “Put in place a carbon tax and let markets come up with solutions.”

        A global “carbon” tax is the UN Holy Grail, to be operated by global financiers such as Rothschilds, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, HSBC et al (Sir Evelyn de Rothschild is on the advisory board at the Grantham Institute, founded by hedge fund billionaire, Jeremy Grantham, I wonder why? Maybe because the Grantham Institute has direct membership influence on government policy via the Climate Change Committee). With a guaranteed price, “carbon” credits become big business.

        The monetisation of CO2, wrongly referred to as carbon, should be resisted. The whole idea of a global “carbon” tax is to advance the UN desire for global government.

        Markets come up with solutions for real goods, not virtual commodities.

  5. October 6, 2017 7:52 am

    ‘So far this year, there have been four major Atlantic hurricanes, yet there were eight in 1950.’

    Climate alarmists don’t want to know about that, and they don’t want others to know either.

    • richard permalink
      October 9, 2017 7:02 am

      12 in 1886

      • richard permalink
        October 9, 2017 7:02 am

        not all major hurricanes.

  6. HotScot permalink
    October 6, 2017 8:06 am

    Anyone in the UK regularly drinking water from plastic bottles needs to get a life. We have, probably, the cleanest and safest drinking water in the world straight from the tap. Tragically, we waste it by bathing in it.

    I’m quite certain those drinking from plastic bottles are happy enough to bathe in the cleanest water in the world yet condemn drinking tap water for various pathetic reasons.

    Laughably, there is a water bottling plant in Lennoxtown, a few miles outside Glasgow, at the foot of the Campsie Hills. It takes the pristine water from the hills, presumably treats it with chemicals, then sells it in plastic bottles to mugs in every city in the country.

    As youngsters we used to visit the source of the water in the hills, along with hundreds of others. We swam in the rock pools, slid down the water falls and on occasions din’t bother getting out the water when we needed a leak.

    We frequently went higher up the hills, following the river, and stopped swimming altogether when we discovered dead, rotting sheep carcasses contaminating it. We stuck to walking the hills instead of swimming after that. But the kids and adults didn’t stop swimming and pi**ing in the rock polls, and probably worse.

    About the only time I buy water in a plastic bottle is when I’m on a long drive, even then, we re use the bottles for return trips because buying another is ridiculously expensive when it’s almost free from the tap.

    So there’s the start of the waste. Marketing departments convincing the gullible public that bottled water is better for them than tap water.

    Mugs………..they ought to use them!

    • HotScot permalink
      October 6, 2017 8:09 am

      PS

      Whilst I respect the Queen for the dedication she has for her job, it’s time the Royal family handed back their lands and wealth to the country, and the whole concept of a royal family wound up.

      Charlie boy ought to learn to put a sock in it.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        October 6, 2017 1:01 pm

        The trouble is we then end up with somebody worse as our head of state.

      • HotScot permalink
        October 7, 2017 8:47 am

        Agreed, but they wouldn’t own vast tracts of land across the country and present a model state head for despots to emulate.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      October 6, 2017 1:03 pm

      Funny how when at Prep school in the 70s and University in the 80s it was possible to travel on a train without the essential plastic bottle of water that seems the norm now. That and the cups of coffee. Somehow we survived.

      • HotScot permalink
        October 7, 2017 8:48 am

        A good old flask of tea was all that was necessary.

    • Stonyground permalink
      October 6, 2017 5:41 pm

      I carry bottled water in my car. I am diabetic and it is important that I stay hydrated. At home our tap water is excellent and drinkable but if it is put into bottles and kept in the car it doesn’t keep well and soon tastes unpleasant. The empty bottles always go into the recycling bin. At work the tap water is presumably safe to drink but it tastes horrible, you can’t even make tea or coffee with it because it tastes so bad. We get all of our drinking water from a water cooler which uses large plastic bottles which, as far as I know, are re-used.

      • HotScot permalink
        October 7, 2017 8:53 am

        My son is also diabetic and my daughter has a condition that requires she maintain hydration. I have no problem with people drinking bottled water, borne from necessity. What I object to is all the sheep who are convinced by bottled water advertisers that somehow, our tap water is bad for them, when in fact it contains necessary minerals most bottled water eradicates. And if your tap water at work is horrible, fair enough, but I suspect it’s not coming directly from the mains, rather stored in a tank somewhere before use.

  7. AlecM permalink
    October 6, 2017 8:54 am

    Hurricane frequency increases as sea surface temperature falls. It’s to do with the fall of IR emissivity up to ~32 deg C – Atlantic now 1K lower in temperature than 2 years’ ago..

    To explain this subtlety to simple minded climate scientists, their Royal supporters and the likes of Theresa May is very hard indeed.

  8. CheshireRed permalink
    October 6, 2017 9:12 am

    Charles is feeling impotent as he lacks a clearly defined role while sitting in the royal waiting room, so he sees himself currently as being of little use to man nor beast. He wants to be relevant and is preparing the ground for when he ascends to the throne (her Maj’ can’t go on forever.)
    Shame he didn’t inform himself from someone other than professor Sir David King, who on ‘climate change’ issues has been wrong about just about everything.

    • AlecM permalink
      October 6, 2017 9:25 am

      In my opinion, King is an arrogant to$$er, brought in by equally arrogant Messiah Blair to push racist globalisation, based on multiculturalism to destroy white working class power.

      He killed the Treason Act for a reason.

  9. Athelstan permalink
    October 6, 2017 9:13 am

    A few questions ITV might, SHOULD have posed to the clown prince:

    a.

    Brits always were a careful lot, they were happy to recycle bottles, and have most of their drinks sealed in glass containers [minus until that is, until the corporate giants circa the late 70s decided for reasons of convenience and not least in transportation and logistics to stuff all drinks into plastic containers, back in the day, I can’t find any evidence of you complaining about olastic containers then, Chuck?

    Most plastics contain flexible facilitation agents known as Pthalates, these are deleterious to health. Further, if I can I buy liquids in glass and besides, beer, pop, olive oil, water and wine, hooch, poteen, all taste far better when poured out of vitreous receptacles.

    b.

    why are you always moaning you ever so precious, poncey berk even now Britain is probably the most conscientious European nation insofar as valid recycling is concerned.

    c.

    Name the scientists who tell you all this shit.

    d.

    The green agenda costs the average taxpayer estimates vary but some £12 billion up front and then there are all the hidden costs such as the carbon floor price, excessive fuel duties [way more than the US consumer pays]……… which will raise costs all over the shopping basket of ALL British consumers – even prince geekboy.
    As our ridiculous unilateral and increasingly stringent CO₂ emissions limitations targets become unsustainable and causing serial blackouts, ensuring manufacturing and industrial processes to offshore these islands and with the consequent economic privation this is facilitating.
    He constantly rats on about his grandchildren this that and the other, is he also aware that the National debt is north of £3.5 TRILLION and growing?

    To conclude, can the clown prince of Wales and archdukedick of Cornwall in his considered opinion inform us all, how any, all and future British kids are going to be able to pay that enormous debt off, when as aforementioned our ability to pay debts has been deliberately, diligently obliterated……………. thanks to the implementation of the GREEN AGENDA?

    • dave permalink
      October 6, 2017 9:58 am

      Scientists thought more clearly about everything one hundred years ago. The punchline is in the last sentence.

      “$504 Theory of the Greenhouse.

      Clear glass is transparent to visible radiations but opaque to almost all others. Hence the sun’s radiation, largely of visible frequencies, passes through a greenhouse roof and falls upon and warms plants, soil etc., beneath. Thereupon these emit the low infra-red radiations appropriate to their temperature, and these radiations are trapped by the glass, which either absorbs or reflects them. Rock salt, on the other hand, would transmit them freely. Now Wood has recently exposed to the sun miniature greenhouses made of glass and rock salt, and has found no significant difference of temperature between them. Evidently there is some common action between them greatly outweighing any trapping effect.

      We saw in $175 that at moderate temperatures seven-eighths of the loss of heat was not due to radiation at all, but to convection. If convection currents are hindered from getting away the rate of loss of heat is vastly reduced. It is the imperfect ventilation of a greenhouse then that amply accounts for its contents retaining a higher temperature than that in the free air outside.”

      P. 471 of “A Handbook of Physics” by W.H. White, Examiner in London University, published in 1912 [sic],

      Now since the troposphere is by definition well ventilated up to several miles’ height…and the temperature at the tropopause is minus sixty degrees centigrade…

  10. AndyG55 permalink
    October 6, 2017 9:34 am

    “Prince Charles has been making an idiot of himself again”

    “Prince Charles has been making an idiot of himself STILL

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    If he ever gets to be king, many British monarchy will vote to become republics.

    The DEMISE of the British monarchy.

    • October 6, 2017 10:14 am

      So, apart from another Ladybird book, there is something to really look forward to: good news indeed.

    • dave permalink
      October 6, 2017 10:15 am

      I had a friend who was on the same ‘staircase’ at Cambridge; who informed me that C never said a word to any of his neighbours during a whole year.

      • October 6, 2017 12:07 pm

        I watched when Prince William married Katherine Middleton. I remember William and Harry walking down the aisle of the cathedral greeting and easily chatting with people along the way. I said to the TV (still had it at the time): “Diana, you did a good job.”

        Thanks to the efforts of Princess Diana, her sons are able to relate to and live in the real world. I imagine that George and Charlotte, likewise, are being raised with their feet firmly on the ground. Too bad about Charles.

        And for those whose only vision of President Donald Trump is the one given by mainstream media, let me give “the rest of the story.” He was raised in a family with love and discipline. His father thought him too strong willed and sent him to military school for junior high and high school. There he learned leadership coupled with self-discipline. As a real-estate developer and builder, Donald has always been at home and comfortable dealing with contractors, construction workers, etc. His children said that they were as comfortable driving Caterpillar machinery as their own cars. He has a wicked sense of humor which the media chooses to take seriously. When you see him anywhere notice how often he thanks people. When someone is speaking with him, Donald Trump is obviously listening to them and not just going through the motions. That is one reason he knows so much and Charles knows so little. Of course there is also the mental capacity aspect….. You are not accepted to the Wharton School of Finance of The University of Pennsylvania without real merit.

    • M E Emberson. permalink
      October 6, 2017 7:44 pm

      You can’t vote the monarchy out of existence. U.K and Commonwealth Countries would never get to a point of agreement. The Commonwealth is involved… remember.
      The tone of this blog is getting irrational
      Plastic bottles recycling and opinions on climate are not reasons to change the constitution.
      Why change the constitutional settlements bought by centuries of fighting and discussion by parliament because you don’t like what a present member of the Royal Family gives as his private opinion?
      BTW
      People from the US should not wish other nations to change their constitutions or they may retaliate and make similar accusations about the sacred U S constitution.

      Glass houses and stones… 🙂

      What a fuss about nothing.

  11. October 6, 2017 12:11 pm

    I feel sorry for our Queen, I am sure she wakes each morning hoping to read of her son’s death.

    • dennisambler permalink
      October 8, 2017 1:25 pm

      I hope not, as much as I can’t stand him.

  12. Gerry, England permalink
    October 6, 2017 1:03 pm

    Charles does some good things but then ruins it all with this sort of drivel.

  13. Vince permalink
    October 6, 2017 4:37 pm

    “Prince Charles has been making an idiot of himself again”

    And how is this news, exactly?

  14. John Gill permalink
    October 6, 2017 4:45 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a crime that plastics, or any other waste, are still being disposed of in the sea. But.
    Greens love to bandy numbers about, mainly because neither they nor their following have the slightest concept of relative quantities.
    8 million tonnes of plastic going into the oceans per year sounds like a huge amount and makes a great headline. But, in context, 8,000,000 tonnes compared to 1,450,000,000,000,000,000 tonnes of seawater is but a drop in the ocean.
    For those still in the dark, knock 6 zeros off each and every year there is another 8 in 1,450billion of extra plastic in the sea. If it didn’t float it would be virtually undetectable.
    The same applies to anthropogenic atmospheric carbon dioxide. Even if you accept that measured increases of this trace gas are solely the responsibility of mankind, we have contributed no more than 50 parts per million to the air in the entirety of our exploitation of fossil fuels.

  15. Stonyground permalink
    October 6, 2017 5:54 pm

    Prince Charles is widely known to be a dimwitted and ignorant buffoon. I think that he really is genuinely well meaning and is actually unaware of the hypocrisy of criticising the little people for their levels of consumption. The fact remains that he is not someone that you want on your side, he makes you look bad.

  16. Bitter&twisted permalink
    October 6, 2017 7:01 pm

    Prince Charles is awake?!
    You could have fooled me.

  17. Europeanonion permalink
    October 8, 2017 8:20 am

    The people of Egypt turned against their God Kings when they discovered that their rulers were no more cognizant than they were. It must be an easy trap to fall into, believing that because you are above the ordinary in some respects that you can be above all else in all respects. Charles is someone that is described by the activities of his sons who prefer to discuss their lives with the newspapers rather than him, that goes to his understanding and temper.

    In his forays into architecture his views are regularly lambasted, his interventions refuted. His gravitas, his sombre portrayals have that about them that which is meant to imply sagacity and yet he has an uncanny knack of sounding anachronistic. A man desperately seeking a place which time and tide have denied him.

    It is a fault in the mores of British society that plumb accents and titles bestow understanding, veracity and trust when nothing could be further from the truth. All that we gain access to is the old order and excessive formality. Had he but the honesty with himself he would look to his mother and her conduct. Had he done so he would probably be the king today and not some extraneous grump.

    His mother manages to portray someone of a multiplicity of interests but that can resist the temptation to pontificate. She is someone that self-evidently enjoys the company of interesting people and her refinement has that about it which can obscure Her individualism and Her personal beliefs as something extraneous to her public duties. She manages to be a figure of reverence being non-judgemental and knowing the difference between the private and that role she plays, being regal.

    What do we expect from our royalty? Theirs is not an easy role and for all their material splendour, the cornucopia of all material things they have at their command, they are still the biddable servants of the state and called upon to act-out the role of appearing above government and beyond the day to day. That some of that entourage want to be individuals, whatever that entails, is unfitting to their circumstances and for them to confuse their position as in any way one of profundity or incisiveness based on some sort of hierarchical stature is a sorry misconception.

    They are the servants of events and not the progenitors and their role is to support and dignify the lives of those around them, an onerous task but it is their lot. They should be islands of reserve and restraint in a world that is increasingly mad, hysterical; a thing which some of them seem to be failing to achieve.

  18. John Gill permalink
    October 8, 2017 8:40 am

    The British aristocracy is the cream of society because it is thick and rises to the top.

  19. John Gill permalink
    October 8, 2017 2:19 pm

    “Glass is transparent to visible light…..etc.”
    If physics were that simple we would all build our homes from double glazing with a carbon dioxide atmosphere between the sheets of glass.
    Would it keep your home warm?
    Errrrrrrr, no.
    Bearing in mind the extraordinary property of carbon dioxide to transmit heat energy in only one direction, which is the basis of AGW theory, we might be excused for expecting that, by now, someone would have come up with a way to exploit it. But not so. Instead we have Elon Musk, entrepreneur, inventor and champion blagger.

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