It’s Too Late to Brace for Impact

14 12 2018

Here, in the 18th year of the New Millennium, the 28th Year of Our Internet (delivering unlimited information to all), and the 30th year of the Great Harangue over Climate Change (dating it from James Hansen’s testimony to the Senate), this is where we are:

  • The world’s emissions of greenhouse gases — the kinds of pollution that trap solar radiation like greenhouse windows and heat the climate — not only increased in 2018, but increased faster, setting a new all time record — despite the wildly hyped growth of “renewable” energy sources — according to two new studies published last week. Scientists said the emissions’ growth and the resulting acceleration of climate change, resembles a “speeding freight train.”  
  • The world’s people bought more cars, and drove them farther, in 2018 than in any year in history, driving oil consumption up for the fifth consecutive year despite the advent of hybrid and electric vehicles.
  • In November the Trump White House published findings by 13 Federal agencies and hundreds of scientists concluding that climate change is well under way and will cost the economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century. Never mind the millions of deaths, the migrations, the homelessness, the dislocations — we have to put a dollar value on it to pay any attention to it. Asked what he thought of the report, President Trump said “I don’t believe it.”
  • In October the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued an alarming report warning that greenhouse gas emissions are rising so fast that they will cause widespread food shortages, wildfires, coastal flooding and population displacement, not by the end of the century, but by 2040. One of the latest studies — the “speeding freight train” one — says all those effects may be seen by 2030. That would be just over 11 years from now
  • Last week, the Climate Change Conference meeting in Poland — this is among other things the conference of 200 nations that agreed to and is trying to implement the Paris Agreement on how to combat climate change — refused to adopt the October IPCC report on objections by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait. Thus what one major international UN organization had concluded about the facts of climate change were deliberately ignored by another major international UN organization working on climate change.
  • Last week, France cancelled a planned increase in taxation of fossil fuels, part of a four year effort to reduce carbon emissions and slow global warming. Carbon taxes have long been advocated as one of the few effective things government could to to reduce emissions. The prospect of this tax ignited violent protests by thousands of so-called “yellow vest” demonstrators who threatened to destabilize the country, and continue to do so after the cancellation of the fuel tax.  

The secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, told the climate change conference in Poland now in session, “We are in trouble. We are in deep trouble with climate change.” He went on to say, as hundreds of scientists and bureaucrats before him have said, that we are not doing enough. But he’s dead wrong about that. We are not doing anything. We are making it worse, faster. In part by jetting hundreds and thousands of people hither and yon around the world to conduct endless air-conditioned meetings on what we might think about doing, if we were ever going to do anything.  

Here’s how I would put it: forget Brace for Impact, it’s way too late for that. What we need to do now, collectively, is bend over, take a firm grip on our knees, and …. well, you know the rest.

From Tom Lewis’ Brace for Impact website….



9 responses

14 12 2018

Allow me to quote an extract from a recent [11 Dec] newsletter by Simon Black of Sovereign Man fame:

“The thick black smoke… the smell of burning rubber… overturned smoldering cars.

Looters smashed out shop windows and took whatever they could carry away. Ancient landmarks were desecrated.

Soldiers patrolled the wreckage, walking past tanks parked on the street corners.

Have aliens attacked? Was a third world dictator deposed? Did the government demand the sacrifice of the first born of each household?

Nope. France increased taxes on gas by a few cents per gallon. That is what sparked the “yellow vest” riots that have burned through Paris.

Here’s the strange part… same thing had them popping champagne a couple years ago.

People celebrated in the streets when the Paris Climate Accord was ratified, excited that governments were finally doing something to curb climate change.

Two years ago, the Arc de Triomphe was lit up with the message, “Accord DeParis c’es fait!” meaning “Paris agreement is done!”

Now the Arc de Triomphe is graffitied with the message, “We’ve chopped off heads for less than this.”

What changed? ”

14 12 2018

I’ll tell you what changed……. they suddenly had to pay for it!

14 12 2018


Black says further:
” You get watered-down, ineffective actions from politicians. Or you get pissed-off, rioting crowds that stop anything from changing.

The politicians don’t want to rock the boat. And the people don’t want to hear the truth.

So if you want change, you’ve got to form your own solution.
Hopefully it won’t include flipping cars and smashing windows. ”

He then goes on to recommend some financial investments (being an investor), which I doubt is the solution either, but he has it right on the above parts.

15 12 2018
Chris Harries

Every time I hear the result of opinion polls that say people want their government to do more on climate change, I recall how Julia Gillard’s price on carbon was so easily used to bring her government down. A clear majority of Australians opposed the carbon price – because the hip pocket never is more powerful than our instinct to protect our progeny. The French people have now proved this theorem again.

George Monbiot pointed this out 18 years ago, saying that voters have a schizophrenic attitude too climate. They verbalise that they want their government to act, but at the same time they don’t want it to act, for they are privately worried about their comfort zone being affected. Any government that takes climate really seriously appears doomed.

Amongst the environmental fraternity, there’s a stupid articulated belief that governments can act by throwing money at renewable energy in such ways that consumers won’t feel any pain, and the economy will be bolstered. Utter rubbish. There’s no painless way to deal with this disaster. Voters and politicians and corporates have to face the music.

15 12 2018
Hugh Spencer

I think George famously said ..”No one will riot for austerity”

15 12 2018
I.M. Noman

“They verbalise that they want their government to act, but at the same time they don’t want it to act” English isn’t my first language, but the dictionary says that the second meaning of the verb “to act” is to perform a part in a film, play, etc. In that sense the governments are acting very well (the Paris conference etc.)

“Without climate change we are in terrible terrible trouble. If you add in climate change our situation becomes absolutely desperate… If you want my honest opinion, I think we’ve absolutely had it but I don’t think that’s a reason for not acting.” –Professor Hugh Montgomery

16 12 2018
Chris Harries

Thanks. It seems that large numbers of citizens are now concluding that we have an emergency on our hands and have to do something radically different. This poses the next question that most have not thought about. What direction to take?

I suspect that the clear majority will lobby for jamming the foot on the accelerator, upscaling the production of renewable energy systems and batteries and all sorts of ‘sustainable’ merchandise. A brand new industrial revolution of humungous scale.

The idea of jamming our foot on the brakes is almost foreign to industrial civilisation and also threatening, for to do so would surely bring about the end of capitalism and consumer lifestyles that we have gotten used to.

Who was it who said: “Human kind will always to the right thing, but only after exhausting all other possibilities.”?

16 12 2018

The last nails in civilisation’s coffin will be green ones…….

16 12 2018
david higham

Winston Churchill,but he was referring to Americans,not humans in general

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