"The lockdowns served as a 'test run' for necessary measures to realise their preferred climate-change policies.'
Joel Kotkin is the author of The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning to the Global Middle Class: "For the middle and working classes, however, the Great Reset may prove somewhat less promising — if not disastrous. For most people, notes Eric Heymann, a senior economist at Deutsche Bank Research, the rapid 'green' transition will mean 'a noticeable loss of welfare and jobs.' The conscious policy of degrowth as a means of forcibly reducing greenhouse gas emissions will require getting most people out of their cars, and forcing them to travel far less and to live in tiny apartments. Enforcement will be necessarily intrusive as well. Planners in the UK and elsewhere are pushing for family 'carbon budgets.' Add surveillance technology and we end up with something akin to China’s 'social credit' system, in which your right to free movement is subject to government approval. ...
"The [COVID] emergency allowed governments to grant them unprecedented executive and administrative powers not just in centralised France but even in usually semi-sensible Great Britain and Australia. For some, the lockdowns served as a 'test run' for necessary measures to realise their preferred climate-change policies. In the new schema, the real class enemy is not the excesses of the ultra-rich, or even wasteful spending by government: it’s the consumption patterns of the masses. ... The early-twentieth-century Italian sociologist Robert Michels noted that complex issues — climate, for instance — reinforce what he called the 'iron law of oligarchy': the more dependent on expertise a society becomes, the greater the need for elite-driven solutions that bypass popular input — and the greater the force the elite will apply to attain its goals."
Foreign Policy mag's deputy editor Cameron Abadi: "Democracy works by compromise, but climate change is precisely the type of problem that seems not to allow for it...That the world’s democracies are witnessing a growing spectrum of climate radicalism, both from the bottom up and the top-down, is not to suggest that authoritarian systems would do any better in solving the relevant political and economic issues involved in moving beyond the carbon economy. But it is a sign that democracy, in its current form, is not necessarily the path to a solution. It might, instead, be part of the problem."
Terence Corcoran: None of this is especially novel or shocking. As U.S. climate skeptic Marc Morano writes in response to Mittiga, the COVID-carbon link has been well-established. Celebrated socialist economist Mariana Mazzucato long ago suggested that unless we do capitalism differently, climate “lockdowns” may be needed to “limit private-vehicle use, ban consumption of red meat, and impose extreme energy-saving measures, while fossil-fuel companies would have to stop drilling.”
Political Legitimacy, Authoritarianism, and Climate Change - Published online by Cambridge University Press - American Political Science Review - December 6, 2021
ROSS MITTIGA - Professor Department of Politics at University of Virginia (Former Assistant Professor, Instituto de Ciencia Política, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile, [email protected] )
Abstract Excerpt: Is authoritarian power ever legitimate? ... While, under normal conditions, maintaining democracy and rights is typically compatible with guaranteeing safety, in emergency situations, conflicts between these two aspects of legitimacy can and often do arise. A salient example of this is the COVID-19 pandemic, during which severe limitations on free movement and association have become legitimate techniques of government. Climate change poses an even graver threat to public safety. Consequently, I argue, legitimacy may require a similarly authoritarian approach."
The paper's author Ross Mittaga, calls for "authoritarian environmentalism" to address the alleged climate "emergency." : "It is ultimately an empirical question whether authoritarian governance is better able to realize desired environmental outcomes and, if so why and to what extent? Yet, it is undeniable that nearly all wealthy democratic states have failed to respond adequately to the climate crisis. By contrast, various less affluent authoritarian regimes have been successful in implementing stringent climate policies..."
Owning a car is outdated '20th-century thinking', transport minister says - Trudy Harrison, 45, is also Boris Johnson's parliamentary private secretary - She said the UK should move to 'shared mobility' to cut carbon emissions
Marc Morano: "You were warned! Don't be surprised when the climate agenda is successful in taking away private car ownership and use. They have literally been talking about this since the 1970s and now with the power of COVID lockdowns, they see a real possibility of success."
USA Today features warmist John Cook, Facebook advisor who claims: "One element of climate misinformation that seems to be particularly prominent on social media is culture war type posts that attempt to paint people concerned about climate change as belonging to some separate social group intent on impinging on people’s freedoms," Cook said. "This is a particularly damaging form of misinformation as it exacerbates public polarization on climate change, making progress more difficult."
Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore responds to USA Today: "We skeptics are responsible for the 'public polarization' about the climate? Who is using the word 'denier' as if we skeptics want to send the true believers to the gas chambers? They are the ones foaming at the mouth with doomsday language. We are basing our opinions and facts on historical data and sound science." ... "Since we began using fossil fuels and making cement, the long decline of CO2 over the millennia has miraculously been halted. There is no reason to believe that if we had not unintentionally reversed the downward trend in CO2 that all life on Earth would have been threatened with eventual extinction when CO2 fell below 150 ppm. We have returned a balance to the global carbon cycle. There is no reason to prevent this from continuing up to 800 ppm and beyond."
Larry Hamlin: NOAA published its global climate report for year end 2021 highlighting that its global temperature anomaly measurements showed 2021 being the sixth highest of its recorded measurements. NOAA’s global annual measurement for 2021 was 0.84 degrees C. ... NOAA has exaggerated the importance of both monthly and annual temperature anomaly changes with as small a difference as +0.01 degrees C as a basis for climbing “hottest temperature ever” hype as was done for the July 2021 temperature anomaly data even though the confidence level for this measurement is +/-0.19 degrees C as discussed in WUWT articles here and here. ...
In addition to NOAA’s global temperature anomaly decline since year end 2016, all other global temperature anomaly measurement systems used by climate scientists worldwide all show declining global temperature anomaly measurements during the period from 2016 through 2021 as shown in the graphs below for surface global temperature anomaly measurement systems from NASA GISS and UK Met Office and for satellite global temperature anomaly measurement systems from UAH and RSS respectively.
Jo Nova: Surprisingly, the World War I era temperatures are still changing. Mornings that seemed nippy at the time are now susceptible to frosts. Someone should warn the farmers — except they’re all dead. ... “The bureau has now remodeled the national temperature dataset three times in just nine years." ... Correcting thermometer records from 1913. ... Who knew all those old thermometers were so wrong?
The bureau said changes were made to 20 sites on the basis of statistical analysis. According to the bureau, statistical analysis is used to identify an abrupt warming or cooling at a particular site, relative to other sites in the region. ... The BOM refuses to tell us exactly how they do this — admitting that they can’t train anyone outside their sacred guild. Which reminds us of the old axiom, “if it can’t be replicated, it isn’t science”.
Yahoo News: The snowstorm that battered the South this weekend, leaving thousands without power, was likely exacerbated by climate change, according to leading climate scientists. ... "The storm that crippled the South has now made its way north, dumping up to a foot of snow in parts of the Northeast."
Jennifer Francis, senior scientist at Woodwell Climate Research Center in Massachusetts: “Climate change is causing the jet stream to take more of these southward dips and northward swings,” Francis said. Each southward dip causes a rebound with an adjacent northward swing. So extreme weather events like cold snaps and storms in one location can be accompanied by dry spells and heat waves somewhere else...Climate change also can lead to stronger snowstorms because of increased precipitation and ocean warming.