Don’t like the views of global warming alarmists? Wait five minutes, they’ll have new ones!

”When, alas, 2007/2008 produced a relatively cold and snowy winter, Kyoto shape shifters proclaimed more snow was a sign of global warming (now renamed ”climate change,” thus ignoring the fact the climate always changes) and that in any event, no one year could be used to prove or disprove man-made global warming.

Which is true, except why didn’t they say so the year before?

”Alas, when it became apparent there hasn’t been any global warming since 1998 — even in the arbitrary way the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change defines it — Kyoto shape shifters argued one decade’s worth of data was insufficient to make predictions about climate change.

Which, again, is true, but was also true when the shape shifters were ignoring this caution.”

Todays Toronto Sun:

http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/lorrie_goldstein/2008/11/30/7580716-sun.html

Kyoto’s shape shifters

Don’t like the views of global warming alarmists? Wait five minutes, they’ll have new ones

By LORRIE GOLDSTEIN, TORONTO SUN

Last Updated: 30th November 2008, 3:32am

What are these? It’s time to come up with a new name for the relative few still advocating for the Kyoto accord in a time of global economic meltdown.

I suggest we go with shape shifters, because they shift their shapes to suit the times.

When 2006/2007 produced a relatively mild winter in North America, Kyoto shape shifters warned us, with the gullible media in tow, that this was a dire foretaste of horrors to come under man-made global warming.

When, alas, 2007/2008 produced a relatively cold and snowy winter, Kyoto shape shifters proclaimed more snow was a sign of global warming (now renamed ”climate change,” thus ignoring the fact the climate always changes) and that in any event, no one year could be used to prove or disprove man-made global warming.

Which is true, except why didn’t they say so the year before?

When the Earth’s average annual global temperature (even though in the real world, there’s no such thing) appeared to be going up in lockstep with increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, Kyoto shape shifters pronounced that even if the noted scientist Al Gore had gotten a few facts wrong in An Inconvenient Truth, this proved that on the big issue, he was right.

Alas, when it became apparent there hasn’t been any global warming since 1998 — even in the arbitrary way the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change defines it — Kyoto shape shifters argued one decade’s worth of data was insufficient to make predictions about climate change.

Which, again, is true, but was also true when the shape shifters were ignoring this caution.

And on and on the Kyoto shape shifters go. To wit:

– U.S. President George Bush and VP Dick Cheney were evil personified for never trying to ratify the Kyoto accord because it made no demands on the developing world, as opposed to the enlightened Bill Clinton and Al Gore, who never tried to ratify Kyoto because it made no demands on the developing world.

– U.S. president-elect Barack Obama is a visionary for, despite having attacked Kyoto when he was an Illinois state senator, now pledging to lower U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Yet re-elected Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a climate denier, for having attacked the Kyoto accord when he was opposition leader, though he’s now pledging to lower Canada’s GHG emissions to 3% below 1990 levels by 2020.

Kyoto shape shifters, who once railed against economic growth and now having gotten exactly what they wanted — a global recession which will lower carbon emissions — today argue non-existent ”green jobs” in non-existent ”green industries” that are in fact decades away from practicality and affordability, will save not only our economy almost overnight, but the planet.

Last week, Kyoto shape shifters made a surprise appearance in Toronto. These same folks who insist the public is way ahead of the politicians on climate change, were in fact so desperate for a ”win,” they bused in supporters to what was supposed to be a local community meeting providing information on a possible 60-turbine wind farm in Lake Ontario off the Scarborough Bluffs, in order to hijack the event for the TV cameras. Some ”win.”

The bad news for Kyoto shape shifters, and thus the good news for us, is Kyoto is now (fittingly) brain-dead, kept artificially alive mainly by high-flying UN diplomats, environmental rent-seekers, a dwindling number of European politicians and mayors like Toronto’s globe-trotting David Miller, who’s racking up the air miles between climate change conferences while arguing his resultant giant carbon footprint doesn’t count because he personally pays for — insert laughter here — ”carbon offsets,” a farce to anyone who understands the theory of man-made global warming. (Hint: If you love this planet, mayor, try video-conferencing.)

BAD NEWS FOR US

Sadly, the good news for Kyoto shape shifters, and thus the bad news for us, is that even without Kyoto, our politicians are still going to screw us, for example in Toronto, where every climate change initiative Miller has taken — be it his new garbage bins, his war on plastic bags or the TTC’s purchase of unreliable hybrid buses — ends up costing the average citizen more money, while doing nothing of note to save the planet.

Given that, it’s a good thing our economy is in such great shape, or we couldn’t afford all this crap … right?

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