Sensible Boris talks about human conceit

Boris Johnson makes a good point about the conceit of humans to think we can control the planet:

As a species, we human beings have become so blind with conceit and self-love that we genuinely believe that the fate of the planet is in our hands — when the reality is that everything, or almost everything, depends on the behaviour and caprice of the gigantic thermonuclear fireball around which we revolve.

I say all this because I am sitting here staring through the window at the flowerpot and the bashed-up barbecue, and I am starting to think this series of winters is not a coincidence. The snow on the flowerpot, since I have been staring, has got about an inch thicker. The barbecue is all but invisible. By my calculations, this is now the fifth year in a row that we have had an unusual amount of snow; and by unusual I mean snow of a kind that I don’t remember from my childhood: snow that comes one day, and then sticks around for a couple of days, followed by more.

My mate remarked the very same thing today about a road in his northern town that had a snow closure gate that he never saw used in his youth, and today was used for the first time to his knowledge. 

I remember snow that used to come and settle for just long enough for a single decent snowball fight before turning to slush; I don’t remember winters like this. Two days ago I was cycling through Trafalgar Square and saw icicles on the traffic lights; and though I am sure plenty of readers will say I am just unobservant, I don’t think I have seen that before. I am all for theories about climate change, and would not for a moment dispute the wisdom or good intentions of the vast majority of scientists.

But I am also an empiricist; and I observe that something appears to be up with our winter weather, and to call it “warming” is obviously to strain the language. I see from the BBC website that there are scientists who say that “global warming” is indeed the cause of the cold and snowy winters we seem to be having. A team of Americans and Chinese experts have postulated that the melting of the Arctic ice means that the whole North Atlantic is being chilled as the floes start to break off — like a Martini refrigerated by ice cubes.

Enough of the warmists, they have been caught out.

Now Piers has a very good record of forecasting the weather. He has been bang on about these cold winters. Like JMW Turner and the Aztecs he thinks we should be paying more attention to the Sun. According to Piers, global temperature depends not on concentrations of CO2 but on the mood of our celestial orb. Sometime too bright the eye of heaven shines, said Shakespeare, and often is his gold complexion dimmed. That is more or less right. There are times in astronomical history when the Sun has been churning out more stuff — protons and electrons and what have you — than at other times. When the Sun has plenty of sunspots, he bathes the Earth in abundant rays.

When the solar acne diminishes, it seems that the Earth gets colder. No one contests that when the planet palpably cooled from 1645 to 1715 — the Maunder minimum, which saw the freezing of the Thames — there was a diminution of solar activity. The same point is made about the so-called Dalton minimum, from 1790 to 1830. And it is the view of Piers Corbyn that we are now seeing exactly the same phenomenon today.

Lower solar activity means – broadly speaking – that there is less agitation of the warm currents of air from the tropical to the temperate zones, so that a place like Britain can expect to be colder and damper in summer, and colder and snowier in winter. “There is every indication that we are at the beginning of a mini ice age,” he says. “The general decline in solar activity is lower than Nasa’s lowest prediction of five years ago. That could be very bad news for our climate. We are in for a prolonged cold period. Indeed, we could have 30 years of general cooling.”

The warmists can’t ahve it both ways…they have spent years saying we face catastrophic warming and yet the evidence is before us, even James Hansen agrees now…the warming is over…and they are trying to to now call it all climate change…well we are on to them.


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  • maninblack

    As far as i see it- climate change is just the change for Govt’s (particulary leftist) across the world to impose another tax on the masses.

  • Pissedoffyouth

    I understand trying to not fuck our planet over with pollution but at least use a sensible argument that isn’t a camel fart tax

  • Pete George

    You’d better tell Obama then, action on climate change was a significant feature of his inauguration speech. But what would his advisers know?

    • cows4me

      I doubt Pete if Barry and his commie advisers give a hairy horse’s arse about climate change. There’s an end game in play here. Climate change= tax, wealth redistribution, greater and harsher rules and regulations on society, a communist state with King Barry and assorted evil bastards in the driving seat. You probably think I’m as mad as a cut snake but there is a film on the net somewhere, saw it a few weeks ago: Agenda: Grinding America down. No disputing facts, you would probably enjoy it. Climate Change, be fucked, it’s just a means to an evil end.

  • Ronnie Chow

    2 Days ago , 3 earthquakes across NZ . The volcanoes are showing increased activity . We would be far better off worrying about what’s happening underground . A major eruption could be brewing .
    Ignore and forget carbon trading . It is a wasteful green agenda , already being widely abused and exploited .

  • ConwayCaptain

    Boris is a very intelligent man and well read and versed in all manner of things. What he says is true. When I did Meteorology for my Master FG Cert we were taught that the state of the sun has a great effect on the worlds weather particularly sun spots.
    The worlds weather goes in cycles and cycles within cycles. The amount of debris spewed into the air in one day when the likes of Piantubo, St Helens etc erupt is massive compared to what the humans discharge per annum. China has to clean up its act quickly owing to the health problems in its population. London cleaned up v quickly after the SMOGS of the early 50’s where 1,000’s died and now London is a v clean city.

  • Hazards001

    As I understood it the basic premise of the ETS was to take money from developed countries…ummm..taxpayers and give it to less developed ones to incentivise them to stop or at least slow down cutting down all the rain forests to make furniture for the developed counties.
    Of course the same countries getting the ETS handouts are the ones with corrupt politicians pocketing the ETS money and at the same time turning a blind eye via bribes to the illegal clear felling going on.

    As always with the Green loonies wealth redistribution policies the money is stolen from those that earned it and given to those that should never have been given a crack at oxygen in the first place.

    The ETS is a complete rort and is just one more example of the green gravy trainers hopping on the bullshit bandwagon of climate change. Key should be taking his opportunity to show some real leadership and shove this whole thing back down the throats of the thieving bastards that developed it. It’s past time the ETS was scrapped and our over taxation via it returned.

    I wonder which green scumbag came up with the camel slaughter bollocks we read about here recently. It’s just one con after another!

    • Lopsy

      It’s as startlingly simple as this. There is not a single shred of compelling scientific evidence to support the hypothesis of Man Made Global Warming. Not a ball hair of it. Also, there is no “scientific consensus” and even if there was it would mean nothing since science is not a popularity contest. There is however mounting evidence for the most comprehensive and devastating scientific fraud ever seen. I saw the suitably Maori green party talking head on TV last night about how cautiously optimistic she was about Obama’s Global Warming policy plans and I despaired at the stupidity of it all. Dumb and dumber. Or maybe just plain fucking evil.

  • Is it colder, or is there just more snow?

    More snow, greater precipitation, because of more moisture in the air, more evaporation from the oceans, is certainly consistent with AGW.

    Altered weather patterns, particularly slowed down jet-stream current stalling cold conditions (cold winds from the artic) is also consistent with AGW.

    The Sun is THE most important climate factor. If the sun goes out no amount of C02, Methane, Nitrous Oxide, Ozone or (Most important) Water Vapour will keep all the heat from escaping to space. To show the sun is responsible for Britain’s winter you’d have to show a precise decrease in solar radiation has occurred. A decrease in solar radiation would be have a global effect. Record temperatures in Australia suggest no such global effect is happening