Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen
The Copenhagen Climate Summit is yet another absolutely last chance for the salvation of all mankind; another final opportunity to save the planet from an apocalyptic catastrophe and to stop the Maldives from sinking. It is just 'Fourteen days to seal history's judgment on this generation', and so today 56 newspapers in 45 countries take the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial:
Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet, and with it our prosperity and security. The dangers have been becoming apparent for a generation. Now the facts have started to speak: 11 of the past 14 years have been the warmest on record, the Arctic ice-cap is melting and last year's inflamed oil and food prices provide a foretaste of future havoc.
As it was in the days of Noah.
But with 20,000 delegates descending on Denmark – representatives of 192 countries with entourages of dozens, a myriad of 5000 mesmerised journalists and 45,000 Greenies all jetting in for a jolly – the Copenhagen carbon footprint will take years to undo. The UN has confirmed flights, rail and bus travel, food and energy from the conference will generate at least 41,000 tons of carbon dioxide. That's more greenhouse gas than produced by Malawi, Afghanistan or Sierra Leone over the same period.
From the four corners of the earth they come to kiss this shrine of global governance, but they are propagating the biggest money-making scam since the invention of indulgences. In fact, by contracting to limit carbon dioxide emissions through the purchase of ‘carbon credits’, Copenhagen is nothing more than a (post-)modern version of the ‘credits for heaven’ hocus pocus which kept millions in poverty throughout two millennia.
Just as the salvation of the individual was believed to be facilitated through putting pence into the pockets of St Peter, so the national guilt of the developed nations is assuaged through purchasing carbon credits to put pence in the pockets of the developing countries. There may be grand utopian objectives to cap emissions, but in the here and now of economic reality, the rich man in the G20 continues to emit and pollute exactly as he wishes while the poor man in the LDCs rakes in the offsets and adaptation funds so he can drink clean water.
Cranmer wishes to make clear that he is not a ‘climate change denier’. He cannot deny what may indeed be true, and planet earth may indeed be warming. But it appears to him that it has always changed: the earth’s climate is as mutable as time and matter. Yet it is not clear to him that mankind is to blame for this, though it is very clear to him that it is neither moral nor credible to limit the oil and coal usage of the poorest nations on earth while fossil fuels remain the cheapest forms of fuel.
The Copenhagen Summit is the Ecumenical Council for the religion of the age. But instead of being concerned with such weighty issues as finalising the Canon of Scripture or debating how much of a god was the man Jesus, the objective is to determine Gaian orthodoxy: to tax and redistribute trillions of dollars; to change lifestyle hearts and minds, and to teach recalcitrants to venerate Mother Earth.
As His Excellency Herman Van Rompuy said: “2009 is also the first year of global governance, with the establishment of the G20 in the middle of the financial crisis. The climate conference in Copenhagen is another step towards the global management of our planet. Our mission is one of hope, supported by acts and action.”
One people, one Empire, one Leader
We have reached the fulfilment: the financial meltdown yielded worldwide regulations governing financial institutions; global warming is yielding a worldwide treaty which will govern the environment, heap taxes upon industry and substantially diminish freedom.
If we are to learn anything from the theft of emails from the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (or ‘Climategate’ as the saga has been termed), it is that there is something of a conspiracy to suppress or massage data in order to give the impression of scientific consensus on the issue of man-made global warming. And thus have we returned to the Dark Age of corruption, delusion, superstition and unreason. The Global Warming religion is as virulent and insidious as all mind-bending cults of absolute certitude, and yet it has become mainstream orthodoxy and infallible spirituality faster than any faith-based cult in history. It has its clerics and its passionate prophets; it has its machinery and lucrative industry; it has its urgent way and irrefutable truth. It awaits only its messiah.
And the man-made climate-change ‘deniers’ are the sceptical Galileos of the age: they are scorned, ridiculed and persecuted as were the oracles of truth before them.
Cranmer cannot help wondering what we could be doing with the billions and trillions of dollars being poured down the Green sink.
Feed the starving?
Heal the sick?
House the homeless?
Sod that. There’s a climate to fix. That’s much easier, and far more pressing.