'The environmentalism of my daughter’s preschool is a force-fed potpourri of myth, superstition, and ritual that has much in common with the least reputable varieties of religious Fundamentalism.'

Steven Landsberg, quoted in https://www.aei.org/publication/why-naive-environmentalism-is-like-religious-fundamentalism/

Saturday, 9 February 2019

A New(ish) Climate Comic Book: more self-indulgent, shallow exhibitionism

Behold another person enjoying the frisson of climate doom, and the gratification of being seen to be doing something about it:

'French cartoonist Philippe Squarzoni has taken up the huge task of trying to convey the complex science of climate science and the global emergency that it implies in the form of his autobiographical/documentary graphic novel titled ‘Climate Changed’. '

'Hopefully, this will enable the general public, which does not always seem inclined to wade through dense texts on scientific topics, to get a better appreciation of the challenges of global warming.' [published 2014]

Source:  https://www.dhakatribune.com/feature/2019/02/09/climate-changed-a-comic-book-warning-about-global-warming

But the evidence for a 'global emergency' is lacking.

Merely pointing to adverse weather events is not good enough.  Even pointing to the modest warming that has taken place over the last 150 years or so is not good enough.  Both can be explained by 'business as usual' in the weather system.  The bar really ought to be set a lot higher when it comes to promising doom and destruction to us all unless we wreck our current way of life.

There have been plenty of publications from scientific experts to warn us about being too hasty and getting into a panic about our CO2 emissions - some can be found in this listing for example. 

But here's an extract from a very recent critique of climate scaremongering from Belgium:

'The current climate model (‘IPCC model’) systematically yields highly overstated predictions compared to measurements and can therefore not be used to form climate policy – especially if that policy results in extremely high costs and destabilises vital parts of the energy infrastructure.

We are not just saying that. Already some of the most renowned scientists have preceded us (e.g. Freeman Dyson, Frederic Seitz, Robert Jastrow, William Nierenberg), including Nobel Prize winners (e.g. Ivar Giaever and Robert Laughlin). They also argue that the earth’s climate is far too complicated to be explained by a simple one-dimensional CO2 relationship.'

And later on, they comment on the strategy of using children to promote climate alarm:

'Child being misused by alarmists
b). In Belgium, the climate movement has now also started using children for their ideological cause. A rather peculiar strategy. What children need to learn is to take a critical look at the facts. So what is happening now goes against everything that education should stand for. We are increasingly seeing children being abused to achieve goals.
Who remembers that washed ashore refugee boy on the beach, an image that was frequently used by refugee organisations, or the asylum boy who had a microphone pushed under his nose with TV crew chairman Dijkhoff, or the crying Lili and Howick in the NOS news, etc.? Anyone who wants to be proved right by putting children at the front of their causes is morally reprehensible. Teachers who work in this manner should be deeply ashamed.'
Source: Climate Intelligence Foundation, as reported by WUWT:  https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/02/08/refutation-of-the-the-belgian-climate-manifesto-by-the-climate-inteligence-foundation/