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‘We’re being led by a bunch of idiots’

June 16, 2022

By Paul Homewood

Middle Stump!!

20 Comments
  1. June 16, 2022 6:56 pm

    Winner of the understatement of the decade award!!

  2. Devoncamel permalink
    June 16, 2022 7:23 pm

    Watermelons.

  3. Andrew Harding permalink
    June 16, 2022 7:35 pm

    The one thing I did not like about this interview was that neither of them said that an increase of atmospheric CO2 from 0.03% to 0.042% is not going to affect the climate or atmospheric temperature one jot! Thermodynamics does not work like that.

    Using the argument that because China & India were burning billions of tons of coal and we use more renewable energy than they do so we should burn coal too, does not address the problem. Two wrongs, don’t make a right, can be the only conclusion that viewers of the interview quite rightly, reach.

    The issue that needs debating is that atmospheric CO2 has very little influence on the climate and the vast bulk of it is natural. The fact is that no-one has pointed out that during Covid lockdown, atmospheric CO2 increased at exactly the same rate as it did before and after lockdown. Why aren’t these easy to verify, facts not being publicised?

    • The Informed Consumer permalink
      June 16, 2022 9:59 pm

      Assuming increasing atmospheric CO2 is causing the planet to warm, and using only IPCC acknowledged numbers:

      Atmospheric CO2 levels in 1850 (beginning of the Industrial Revolution): ~280ppm (parts per million atmospheric content) (Vostok Ice Core).

      Atmospheric CO2 level in 2021: ~410ppm. (Mauna Loa)

      410ppm minus 280ppm = 130ppm ÷ 171 years (2021 minus 1850) = 0.76ppm of which man is responsible for ~3% = ~0.02ppm.

      That’s every human on the planet and every industrial process adding ~0.02ppm CO2 to the atmosphere per year on average.

      At that rate mankind’s CO2 contribution would take ~25,000 years to double which, the IPCC states, would cause around 2°C of temperature rise. That’s ~0.0001°C increase per year for ~25,000 years.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      June 17, 2022 2:17 pm

      The simple answer to your last question, Andrew, is that CO2 per se, is an irrelevance and always was as far as the climate activists were concerned.
      Turn it on its head. What drives western civilisation? Answer: basically modern industry, driven competitively by energy derived from fossil fuels (though there is debate about whether oil is genuinely a fossil fuel). What is the single character common to all fossil fuels? Answer: when utilised to generate electricity or power internal combustion engines or create plastics and other ‘man-made’ material they emit CO2.
      So if you want to “unpick the industrial revolution” what is your obvious, easy for the masses to understand, target?? Answer: CO2.
      There is not and has never been any evidence (outwith computer models) that links increased CO2 causatively to temperature changes and ample evidence of the beneficial effect of increased atmospheric CO2 to levels well beyond the current ~420ppm.
      Unfortunately the pseudo-Malthusians and other professional pessimists, along with our hypocritical eco-activists (hypocrisy is endemic among environmentalists — I knew a couple who, rather than walk to their nearest Tesco, used to take two buses across the city to Waitrose. I kid you not!), have been remarkably successful in persuading journalists, politicians and the public at large that the planet is doomed to fry unless we change our ways and revert to pre-industrial poverty. Except of course for the élite who will continue, no doubt, to find some way of ensuring that their lifestyle is absolutely essential to the continuation of a civilisation which will cease to exist once the ability to sustain it has gone.
      Paul’s “realities of going green” makes the case. Where are these privileged few going to get the raw materials to sustain their lifestyle? Or the know-how?

  4. bluecat57 permalink
    June 16, 2022 7:37 pm

    While I hold to the concept of never underestimating the stupidity if humans
    I suggest that these “idiots” know exactly what they are doing and why.
    We need to work from that premise and figure out how to defeat their evil.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      June 16, 2022 8:51 pm

      I think that these “idiots” don’t know what they are doing but are merely being manipulated by others in the background. Look no further than the bureaucrats who want more and more power and control over the populace. The EU for example where countries are told what to do. This suits the politicians who can claim that the unpopular policies are “not their fault”.
      And there is nothing like a great big scare to get the media on board, so the ‘message’ gets reinforced.
      Then there are the ‘entrepreneurs’ all claiming to solve the (non)problem with solutions that need certainty and subsidies. Politicians love announcing big expenditures esp. when “it will save the World”.
      And in Australia we have numerous politicians all chorusing that the electricity crisis can be solved by more renewables. If you have 1,000 wind turbines not delivering electricity, how much extra electricity would you get from 2,000 idle turbines?

      • bluecat57 permalink
        June 16, 2022 11:10 pm

        Twice as much.

      • Adam Gallon permalink
        June 17, 2022 9:10 am

        So, who’s telling EU countries what to do?
        Hungary isn’t agreeing to sanction Russia, as an example.

      • Gerry, England permalink
        June 17, 2022 11:50 am

        Quite correct Graeme. The UK, now free of the EU, is not doing anything different and missing the huge opportunity to remove stupid EU legislation and regulatory systems that are either unnecessary or flawed. We have an epidemic of fly tipping and councils are spending money to combat it – unless you are an unlucky landowner where it is your responsibility to pay for government failure. The reason is the EU Landfill Directive – brought in because the Dutch can’t dig holes without them filling with water – that placed a tax on councils disposing of waste to land reclamation sites. Now councils make it expensive to dump stuff and organised crime is cashing in by charging less to fly tip. The UK has no shortage of disposal sites and indeed this week I was looking at row upon row of sweet chestnut seedlings growing on a former quarry.

  5. jimlemaistre permalink
    June 16, 2022 10:15 pm

    During the last 10,000 years planet Earth has warmed and cooled 9 times. All of those warming and cooling periods are named and have gone into the history books as such. Throughout those 10,000 years CO2 remained stable at 280 ppm. Warming period or cooling period . . . No Change up or down . . . Nature changed all on its own WITHOUT being influenced by CO2 one way or another . . . until suddenly now in the ‘Modern Warming Period’ Environmentalists are telling us that ‘This’ warming period is Caused by CO2 even though since 1750, the second coldest year in the last 10,000, it SHOULD be warming as it always has . . . No, No, No . . . this time it is because James Watt started selling steam engines and Humans are producing excessive CO2 . . . We have had 5 warming periods that were warmer than today . . . NOT caused by CO2 . . . but this time, even though warming should be expected . . . This time ‘Magically’ it is caused by CO2 . . . Give your head a shake! This time it STILL is Natural . . . Should we clean up the pollution going up the smoke stacks with scrubbers and electrostatic precipitators ? YES !! Is CO2 causing Climate Change ? Absolutely NOT !!!

    https://www.academia.edu/49421861/CO2_Cradle_of_Life_on_Planet_Earth

    The more things change . . . The more they stay the same . . .

    • Duker permalink
      June 17, 2022 6:27 am

      Thanks for the useful information , it puts it together nicely especially the part about ‘10,000 years the earth has warmed and cooled 9 times’

  6. Amanda permalink
    June 17, 2022 3:53 am

    It came down from on high that countries were not to be allowed to develop any more. The bankers/elites, whoever, don’t want more people becoming richer and using more resources. So they infiltrated the green movement and put in these Marxist policies of energy carnage. 👍

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      June 17, 2022 8:00 am

      Green; gullible, easily fooled, naive, inexperienced, etc.

  7. cookers52 permalink
    June 17, 2022 3:22 pm

    But we always have been.

    • jimlemaistre permalink
      June 17, 2022 3:31 pm

      They are smart enough to ‘Follow Trends’ created for the masses by the media. They are also smart enough to know that if they do not follow the ‘Prescribed’ trends set BY the Media they will NOT get elected . . . The World we live in . . . Who Really Rules ??

  8. June 18, 2022 5:42 am

    is this a confession?

  9. Brian Smith permalink
    June 19, 2022 10:26 pm

    Hi Paul

    Green peace have published this recently. Any truth in it?

    🥵 Temperatures peaked at 32.7° in parts of England this week, with a possible further heatwave on the way.
    🌡 2021 was one of the warmest years EVER recorded
    🔥 The last 10 years have been the warmest on record

    We’re in a #ClimateCrisis. When will world leaders take action??

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