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Prince William Visits A Glacier

October 18, 2019

By Paul Homewood



From Climate Change Dispatch:





They’re meeting with an expert, no less:



So, did the expert ask the royal couple about the ginormous carbon footprint and how that might be contributing to climate change?

And it’s weird this photo of the helicopter didn’t make it onto their official Twitter account:



You see, they get a pass and can use all the fossil fuels they want. It’s you at home that needs to change your behaviour:


OK, I’m not having a pop at William. There was presumably no other practical way to get there, and the helicopter was laid on by the Pakistani military. At least he did not use it to fly for a party at Elton John’s villa!

But on a serious note, I wonder whether William asked the Pakistani authorities why they have been busy increasing their emissions, while ours have been coming down?


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Or why Pakistan is building a dozen new coal fired power stations, with the help of the Chinese?

Still, I know what their response would be! “Keep your nose out. Our people have a right to a better standard of life, and that needs cheap, plentiful energy”

  1. Philip Wood permalink
    October 18, 2019 7:10 pm

    Why are the probing questions never asked ? Probably because the interviewer is paid/expected to deliver the standard ” climate change is settled” type question. Aaaaagh !

  2. Ian Magness permalink
    October 18, 2019 7:12 pm

    Here’s an odd thing – William in particular seems to be perfectly comfortable dressed as if he’s walking down a tropical beach. Yet, he’s supposed to be high up in a mountain range in mid-October. Now, I’ve been up close and personal with quite a number of glaciers in my life and none of them at high altitudes but they were all very cold places to be, even in the local summer. Does anyone else find this curious?
    I suppose he could be at the lower end of a long glacier as it comes out onto some lowland plain but, if so and if the temperature is in the 20s C, is it any wonder that such a glacier is melting at that point in time?

  3. Curious George permalink
    October 18, 2019 7:20 pm

    As an American I am surprised by the tone of this article. We can expect democratic elites to obey the rules set for a man on the street, but doesn’t monarchy come with built-in privileges for royalty?

    • mikewaite permalink
      October 18, 2019 7:53 pm

      Some privileges compared to the man or woman in the street, yes. But in return, and under the terms of the constitutional monarchy set up by the Glorius Revolution of 1688, members of the Royal Family close to the Monarch commit to avoiding political comment or any social comments that might be the subject of party political dispute. I think William, as future Monarch is getting dangerously close to that red line and would be well advised to avoid controversial stunts relating to the unsettled science of climate change.
      I am normally of the Royalist persuasion, given that the alternative is a Republic run by Tony Blair or Diane Abbott (and the republic under the Olver Cromwell was hardly a success), but Charles and William are really testing my loyalty.

      • Curious George permalink
        October 19, 2019 12:47 am

        Poor royals. Even talk about weather is now a political comment.

      • dave permalink
        October 19, 2019 11:31 am

        ‘Poor Royals. Even talk about weather is now a political comment.”

        Not at all. However, talk about climate is.

  4. Gamecock permalink
    October 18, 2019 7:41 pm

    Is that a Gorn on the hill behind them?

  5. Don B permalink
    October 18, 2019 8:09 pm

    We are living during an inter-glacial period, and glaciers melt.

    Captain George Vancouver was sailing and mapping the North American Pacific Coast when he came to the mouth of what is now the famous Glacier Bay in Alaska, but there was no bay in 1794, as the massive glacier extended to the coast. John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, explored the area in 1879, and found the glacier had retreated 48 miles since Vancouver’s visit. No coal power plants had been built anywhere in the world by 1879.

    “The remarkably accurate chart the survey produced shows a mere indentation in the shoreline, “terminated by solid compact mountains of ice,” where Glacier Bay is today. The great glacier that filled the Bay was by then in rapid retreat, and was the source of the floating icepack that so hindered Whidbey. Any visitor who came by at the glacial maximum, a few decades earlier, would have found the glacier’s tongue extending out into Icy Strait almost to Lemesurier Island.”

    • stephensparrownz permalink
      October 18, 2019 11:13 pm

      Good info there Don B.

      So I wonder what the effect on the local folk in Pakistan if that glacier was to cease melting – do they ever think at all?

  6. Victor Hanby permalink
    October 18, 2019 8:11 pm

    Sorry, Everest and K2 are not in the Hindu Kush.

  7. Joe Public permalink
    October 18, 2019 8:32 pm

    Bang goes your chance of a knighthood!

    • Stonyground permalink
      October 18, 2019 9:22 pm

      I don’t believe that climate change alarmists are actually aware of the link between the stuff that they use and take totally for granted every day and fossil fuel use. I live in a village that is a couple of miles away from a site where drilling has been taking place to explore for gas and possibly oil. Lots of people in the village are displaying signs that say “Green fields not gas fields”. Most of these houses use gas for heating, hot water and cooking. These people really are so phenomenally stupid that they don’t see the connection between drilling for gas and it being piped reliably into their houses.

      • Paul H permalink
        October 19, 2019 12:47 am

        I too live in the locale and had a discussion in the Wesham Aldi with a proud wearer of a yellow, over large ‘Frack Free Lancashire’ badge. The expression ‘No matter how hard you try, it’s impossible to educate a Liberal’ was the conclusion of the meeting. They have their religion and are unswerving adherents. Nothing else matters. It seems they have won, Cuadrilla are packing up, Thanks for the support Gove, another CINO.

      • Broadlands permalink
        October 19, 2019 2:04 am

        “I don’t believe that climate change alarmists are actually aware of the link between the stuff that they use and take totally for granted every day and fossil fuel use.”

        Agree. And it is worse than that.They don’t seem to understand that their rapid lowering of carbon emissions to Net-Zero means lowering the availability of gasoline and diesel fuel. Long lines at gas pumps for autos, busses, trains and airlines. Almost as if a major hurricane had hit? Higher government imposed fuel taxes to create this? How else can anyone expect to lower those emissions now at close to 40 billion tons annually without these “catastrophic” effects to social and global economies? Ask your local alarmist protesting his or her lifestyle while driving home? Good luck.

  8. Coeur de Lion permalink
    October 18, 2019 8:38 pm

    They’ve caught it from the Clown Prince

  9. charles wardrop permalink
    October 18, 2019 9:14 pm

    Who really knows how important/uniimportant CO2 is in influencing the climate.
    Suggest the wily Ruth Lea’s Wikipedia item to get a broader, more realistic, uncertai n view, making scenceto me.

    • Stonyground permalink
      October 18, 2019 9:25 pm

      We have enough reliable data already to refute the notion that CO2 has any significant effect on global temperatures. There isn’t any correlation between the two at all.

      • Broadlands permalink
        October 19, 2019 2:21 am

        Stony…It doesn’t matter.. the science is settled? We are advised that everyone must consider that we are all in this together. Why? Because of those climate models predicting a “catastrophic” future? So we must make all those fossil fuels disappear that have made all of our lives so much better…with nothing to replace them in TRANSPORTATION…solar and wind? “Stupid is as stupid does” and the Royals are no exceptions.

  10. Sheri permalink
    October 18, 2019 11:18 pm

    None of this matters. Since NO ONE knows why the glaciers are melting at the rate they are and have done in the past, it means NOTHING. We need to point that out over and over.

    It’s all insane faith in a new religion, not science. Now, if they want to be honest, call it a religion, and proclaim their religious faith can take the world BY FORCE if necessary to keep their beliefs alive, they are entitled to their beliefs. THEY ARE NOT ENTITLED TO FORCE THEM ON EVERYONE ELSE, even if that’s how they interpret their faith. Of course, the Muslims did that, and so have others, and atheists try all the time. Still, that’s being communist dictators. Fess up.

  11. M E permalink
    October 19, 2019 3:35 am

    My long ago education in geomorphology at Edinburgh University as far as I can recall
    tells me that glaciers are composed of snow compressed into glacial ice ( crystalline) and they move downhill or out on a plain because of the build up of snow at the source. That is usually in a small valley or depression higher in altitude. If not enough snow falls the glacier continues to breakup at the cliff- like end as the crevasses in the crystalline snow ice come to the terminus. This gives the appearance of retreating… but it isn’t going backwards, merely the face crumbles off and it is that ice which melts at the lower altitude.
    Stones and rocks in the ice are deposited in moraines at the terminus. This has happened over and over again, as can be seen by moraines now distant from any glacier.

    The glacier does not seem to melt on it’s surface but the crevasses melt as they are open to weather including rain, and water runs under the glacier to emerge as a river or stream. It is this which causes people to think the glacier is melting because of warmer weather. The lack of snow deposit is to blame. and this can be from local wind change.

    • Gray permalink
      October 19, 2019 5:43 pm

      Sorry but glaciers do melt on the surface.
      About fifty years ago a group of us from Newbury camped for three days on the Tre-la-tete glacier near Mont Blanc. When we removed the tents there were four inch‘table top’ platforms where the tents had been located.
      They were still visible two years later as the glacier had subsequently melted at the same rate.

  12. Paul Reynolds permalink
    October 19, 2019 8:15 am

    He could hardly have asked important questions because he will be ignorant of the facts. Much like the rest of his family.

    • Sheri permalink
      October 19, 2019 12:38 pm

      Royals don’t have to be smart. They inherut their privilege and can be completely morons. It’s a flaw in the system.

      • Sheri permalink
        October 19, 2019 1:04 pm

        “inherit”—dang, wish I could type….

  13. October 19, 2019 10:18 am

    A lo of deforestation in Northern Pakistan which has probably effected precipitation which has effected the glaciers.

  14. October 19, 2019 11:38 am

    “There was presumably no other practical way to get there”

    And no practical need for him to be there either.

  15. Sheri permalink
    October 19, 2019 1:06 pm

    I want to see a glacier near where I live. It’s in the wilderness and you have to hike in. I bet the prince will NEVER see a glacier like that one. He’d have to use those sacred royal feet to WALK in.

  16. MrGrimNasty permalink
    October 19, 2019 7:49 pm

    It seems every would-be climate messiah has to make a mandatory pilgrimage and wail at the terminus of a glacier. It’s not a religion, honest.

  17. Dibnah permalink
    October 20, 2019 5:59 pm

    When the Queen dies, that needs to be the end of the monarchy in the UK. Big Ears is clearly unhinged

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