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  1. Sorry, but I cried wolf on climate change On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I’d like to formally apologise for the climate scare we created. By MICHAEL SHELLENBERGER On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologise for the climate scare we created over the past 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem. I may seem like a strange person to be saying all of this. I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30. But as an energy expert asked by the US congress to provide ­objective testimony, and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to serve as a reviewer of its next assessment report, I feel an obligation to apologise for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public. READ NEXT ARMED ROBBERY Boys allegedly held at knifepoint for scooter STEVE HOWARD Here are some facts few people know: ● Humans are not causing a “sixth mass extinction” ● The Amazon is not “the lungs of the world” ● Climate change is not making natural disasters worse ● Fires have declined 25 per cent around the world since 2003 ● The amount of land we use for meat — humankind’s biggest use of land — has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska ● The build-up of wood fuel and more houses near forests, not climate change, explain why there are more, and more dangerous, fires in Australia and California ● Carbon emissions are declining in most rich nations and have been declining in Britain, Germany and France since the mid-1970s ● The Netherlands became rich, not poor, while adapting to life below sea level ●We produce 25 per cent more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter ● Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are bigger threats to species than climate change ● Wood fuel is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels, and ● Preventing future pandemics requires more, not less, “industrial” agriculture. READ MORE:Coal case: renewables will destroy economy|AGL to link pay to carbon cuts|Albanese’s emissions olive branch comes with prickles|World leaders reboot personal diplomacy The author’s new book. I know the above facts will sound like “climate denialism” to many people. But that just shows the power of climate alarmism. In reality, the above facts come from the best-available scientific studies, including those ­conducted by or accepted by the IPCC, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the Inter­national Union for the Conservation of Nature and other leading scientific bodies. Some people will, when they read this, imagine that I’m some right-wing anti-environmentalist. I’m not. At 17, I lived in Nicaragua to show solidarity with the Sandinista socialist revolution. At 23 I raised money for Guatemalan women’s co-operatives. In my early 20s I lived in the semi-Amazon doing research with small farmers fighting land invasions. At 26 I helped expose poor conditions at Nike factories in Asia. Green beginnings I became an environmentalist at 16 when I threw a fundraiser for Rainforest Action Network. At 27 I helped save the last unprotected ancient redwoods in California. In my 30s I advocated renewables and successfully helped persuade the Obama administration to ­invest $US90bn into them. Over the past few years I helped save enough nuclear plants from being replaced by fossil fuels to prevent a sharp increase in emissions. But until last year, I mostly avoided speaking out against the climate scare. Partly that’s because I was embarrassed. After all, I am as guilty of alarmism as any other environmentalist. For years, I ­referred to climate change as an “existential” threat to human civilisation, and called it a “crisis”. The author second from right in Brazil in 1985. Picture: Michael Shellenberger But mostly I was scared. I remained quiet about the climate disinformation campaign because I was afraid of losing friends and funding. The few times I summoned the courage to defend climate science from those who misrepresent it I suffered harsh consequences. And so I mostly stood by and did next to nothing as my fellow environmentalists terrified the public. I even stood by as people in the White House and many in the media tried to destroy the reputation and career of an outstanding scientist, good man, and friend of mine, Roger Pielke Jr, a lifelong progressive Democrat and environmentalist who testified in favour of carbon regulations. Why did they do that? Because his ­research proves natural disasters aren’t getting worse. But then, last year, things spiralled out of control. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said: “The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.” Britain’s most high-profile environmental group claimed “climate change kills children”. Turning point The world’s most influential green journalist, Bill McKibben, called climate change the “greatest challenge humans have ever faced” and said it would “wipe out civilisations”. Mainstream journalists ­reported, repeatedly, that the Amazon was “the lungs of the world”, and that deforestation was like a ­nuclear bomb going off. As a result, half of the people surveyed around the world last year said they thought climate change would make humanity ­extinct. And in January, one out of five British children told pollsters they were having nightmares about climate change. Whether or not you have children you must see how wrong this is. I admit I may be sensitive because I have a teenage daughter. After we talked about the science she was reassured. But her friends are deeply misinformed and thus, understandably, frightened. I thus decided I had to speak out. I knew that writing a few articles wouldn’t be enough. I needed a book to properly lay out all of the evidence. And so my formal ­apology for our fearmongering comes in the form of my new book, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All. Carbon emissions are declining in most rich nations and have been declining in Britain, Germany and France since the mid-1970s. It is based on two decades of research and three decades of environmental activism. At 400 pages, with 100 of them endnotes, Apocalypse Never covers climate change, deforestation, plastic waste, species extinction, industrialisation, meat, nuclear energy, and renewables. Some highlights from the book: ● Factories and modern farming are the keys to human liberation and environmental progress ● The most important thing for saving the environment is producing more food, particularly meat, on less land ● The most important thing for reducing pollution and emissions is moving from wood to coal to petrol to natural gas to uranium ● 100 per cent renewables would require increasing the land used for energy from today’s 0.5 per cent to 50 per cent ● We should want cities, farms, and power plants to have higher, not lower, power densities ● Vegetarianism reduces one’s emissions by less than 4 per cent ● Greenpeace didn’t save the whales — switching from whale oil to petroleum and palm oil did ● “Free-range” beef would require 20 times more land and produce 300 per cent more emissions ● Greenpeace dogmatism worsened forest fragmentation of the Amazon, and ● The colonialist approach to gorilla conservation in the Congo produced a backlash that may have resulted in the killing of 250 elephants. Why were we all so misled? In the final three chapters of Apocalypse Never I expose the ­financial, political and ideological motivations. Environmental groups have accepted hundreds of millions of dollars from fossil fuel interests. Groups motivated by anti-humanist beliefs forced the World Bank to stop trying to end poverty and instead make poverty “sustainable”. And status anxiety, depression and hostility to modern civilisation are behind much of the alarmism. The most important thing for reducing pollution and emissions is moving from wood to coal to petrol to natural gas to uranium. Reality bites Once you realise just how badly misinformed we have been, often by people with plainly unsavoury motivations, it is hard not to feel duped. Will Apocalypse Never make any difference? There are certainly reasons to doubt it. The news media have been making apocalyptic pronouncements about climate change since the late 1980s, and do not seem disposed to stop. The ideology behind environmental alarmism — Malthusianism — has been repeatedly debunked for 200 years and yet is more powerful than ever. But there are also reasons to ­believe that environmental alarmism will, if not come to an end, have diminishing cultural power. A real crisis The coronavirus pandemic is an actual crisis that puts the climate “crisis” into perspective. Even if you think we have overreacted, COVID-19 has killed nearly 500,000 people and shattered economies around the globe. Scientific institutions including WHO and IPCC have undermined their credibility through the repeated politicisation of science. Their future existence and relevance depends on new leadership and serious reform. Facts still matter, and social media is allowing for a wider range of new and independent voices to outcompete alarmist environmental journalists at legacy publications. Nations are reverting openly to self-interest and away from Malthusianism and neoliberalism, which is good for nuclear and bad for renewables. The evidence is overwhelming that our high-energy civilisation is better for people and nature than the low-energy civilisation that climate alarmists would return us to. Greenpeace didn’t save the whales — switching from whale oil to petroleum and palm oil did. The invitations from IPCC and congress are signs of a growing openness to new thinking about climate change and the environment. Another one has been to the response to my book from climate scientists, conservationists and ­environmental scholars. “Apocalypse Never is an extremely ­important book,” writes Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer-winning ­author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb. “This may be the most important book on the environment ever written,” says one of the fathers of modern climate science, Tom Wigley. “We environmentalists condemn those with antithetical views of being ignorant of science and susceptible to confirmation bias,” wrote the former head of The Nature Conservancy, Steve McCormick. “But too often we are guilty of the same. Shellenberger offers ‘tough love’: a challenge to entrenched orthodoxies and rigid, self-defeating mindsets. Apocalypse Never serves up occasionally stinging, but always well-crafted, evidence-based points of view that will help develop the ‘mental muscle’ we need to envision and design not only a hopeful, but an attainable, future.” That is all I hoped for in writing it. If you’ve made it this far, I hope you’ll agree it’s perhaps not as strange as it seems that a lifelong environmentalist and progressive felt the need to speak out against the alarmism. I further hope that you’ll accept my apology. - Michael Shellenberger is president of Environmental Progress, an independent research and policy organisation. He is the author of Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All, published by Harper Collins Michael Shellenberger will appear on Sky News with Chris Kenny today at 5pm
  2. Well I'll be....... https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/sorry-for-misleading-you-but-i-cried-wolf-on-the-global-dangers-of-climate-change/news-story/0079baab2757686b0bffc014de064676?fbclid=IwAR03MPvFlCL5ykJc_y60cAOlVavLQOxuFJ5-4ZjGrc1Oqn_t9zuy8SrsuV8
  3. Mrs CN & I are going to have a few dry weeks in July. It will be hard! 5 days of drinking every evening on hols in Coffs with friends has taken its toll. Felt ruined on our run this morning....and for the rest of the day.
  4. 5 days of flogging the water @ Coffs for this epic result.
  5. Have lost a little weight because not boredom/stress eating in the office. At home I'm preoccupied doing other hobbies in between bursts of work, so eating less. Fitness also improving, sessions less rushed, more relaxed & doing more training with my wife. Made her do the dreaded 1km run repeats down at Coffs today. We punched out 4 at sub-5min pace. Haven't managed that for about 7yrs. I love them as they are mentally tough, she hates them, will only do them if I make her. I was born for this Covid sh*t. Love it. If this is what retirement/semi-retirement is like, bring it on 🤩
  6. It appears there is a God.
  7. Just go to NZ mate. Cheaper & heaps better.
  8. Nobody is gonna like this, but this is my experience. I agree with the sentiments/ideas above, but having watched aboriginal people attempt 'self-determination', it often ends badly - though this might more be the case with the urban/'modern' indigenous communities. I've had no experience with remote communities. If you thought white 'politics' was a nasty factional mess, you should see indigenous politics. There are so many different tribes that have historical axes to grind with each other. And time & time again I've seen the 'big men' of a local indigenous community hijack the agenda, and the cash. Those are the blokes driving around in the brand new Commodore & using Govt funding to pay for their daughters wedding photographer while the rest of the mob go nowhere. And I don't think there is any magical 'future' that all indigenous people could agree on. The insightful ones want opportunities for their people in a modern world and are moving forward. The twisted and bitter ones want all the invading white @#$%s to fark off, but keep sending us the money, houses and cars please. The only urban indigenous people I've seen who lift themselves out of the mire are the ones who have largely accepted the modern white world which dominates Australia, made some degree of peace with the past and with us and found a way to move on and carve out a niche for themselves. Typically they do not appear to be tightly tied to an indigenous group/community and can rise above being called out as traitors for working with the white fellas. Like the bloke who lives around the corner and is the aboriginal liaison officer with the police. Always smiling, has made his peace with we nasty whiteys, has constructive employment, does his own thing, integrates well with everyone.
  9. 75min brick session with trouble & strife. She cracked the shits cos my bike would not shift to the big ring, so I did it manually with fingers then wiped the grease off on her sweat towel - not close enough to the corner of the towel apparently 😆 I think her heart issue continues to improve as we smacked out 5:02 pace for first km of the 2km run. Still getting tacky in WT sessions, but only up to about 165 bpm & she is always at least 10 beats higher than me on the WT.
  10. I think this might really be part of the problem - part of the reason many can't move ahead.
  11. Is there an Elton John or Danny La Rue statue somewhere I can tear down? Ducked into the office & the only gay in the village decided he had to show me an article about the most prolific male porn star - head like a bucket of smashed crabs, but well endowed he informs me. I'm traumatised, my sensibilities shattered. Who should I sue? Can I march in protest somewhere? Will I ever get over it?
  12. Mid-aged white blokes fault of course. We have a heavy cross to bear.
  13. Used to slam these in every week in the 70's. Never did me no harm.
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