by Rex Murphy
December 15, 2015
The Global Warming creed
smacks of high religion, where the shamans hide behind a
curtain even though they are the very ones who are
creating doctrines that everyone else is expected to
believe without questioning.
Christianity has been banned
over separation of church and state issues, but the High
Church of Global Warming has become the new state
religion that the Feds will enforce without remorse or
As this edition of the Post hits the
stands, the great Conclave of Catastrophists in Paris will
The last goose will gladly have
surrendered its swollen liver - foie gras does not come without
exertion - to the last epicure environmentalist. We have been told
that the French did not stint on lending all the arts of its fabled
cuisine to assist the Great Deliberators.
State dinners took on something of the
largesse and abundance last recorded by Gibbon in his descriptions
of the Emperor Heliogabalus, who is reputed to have served up
the tongues of hummingbirds, peacock brains and mice sautéed in
honey, to the jaded appetites of his decadent court.
The reference here to far earlier times is not accidental or flip.
Just as in the
early centuries of Christianity,
when the patristic Fathers struggled with various heresies and
sought to stabilize the dogmas of the then-nascent Faith, held their
great Councils to parse the finer points of esoteric doctrine, the
Parisian analogue gave itself over to even more subtle ruminations:
whether, for example, it was best to
"commit" to ensuring the planet's temperature doesn't rise more
than 1.5 degrees by the year 2100
or whether it was best merely
to hold the thermometer to a more expansive two degrees
How much mental energy must have been
expanded over that winsome 0.5 degrees, 80 years down the road?
The subtleties involved, the logical
intricacies deployed, would have outpaced Aquinas and sent poor
Augustine to bed early with a migraine.
However, the modern monks of
the High Church of Global Warming have resources that the early
philosophers and theologians could not even dream of - they have
computer models that dance in the direction wished of them.
And when what they deliciously refer to as the "settled science"
does not serve their needs, they have always about them the ancient
texts of Earth in the Balance by Reverend
Al Gore, or the early press
releases of the Dun Scotus of Global Warming, Cardinal Emeritus
And where the scholiasts of old, wrestling with imperfect
transcriptions and dubious translations of Holy Scripture had only
prayer to guide them on the knotty questions of global warming -
such as how many polar bears can dance on the edge of an ice floe -
the priests of Climatology can always consult the Oracles of
Greenpeace and the Sierra Club.
U.S. Secretary of State John
walks with advisors at the Paris
Mandel Ngan Pool via AP
Or when in deeper need - say on the
relationship between the decline of the coral reefs and bovine
flatulence - refer to the obiter dicta of Bishops Tutu or Suzuki, on
which matters such authorities speak with a Truth beside which that
of Scripture is a mere contrail.
Not having been in Paris myself, I cannot speak of how they marked
the end of their tormented consultations, whether they wafted a few
puffs of invisible carbon dioxide over the steeple of the Eiffel
Tower, or burnt a few outdated physics texts to mark the beginning
of the new era their meeting signified.
But they surely could not have ended
without pointing to the example - the evidence-based example I
should stress - of what happens when governments take the Dogma
of New Green seriously.
The experience of Ontario, as underscored by the very timely report
of its auditor general - released as the great Throng was chewing
over these very questions - had to have been an inspiration and a
For Ontario provides, as it were, a
case-study of what happens to reason and policy when a government
truly gives itself over to the new Meditations.
Ontario as all the world knows went
Green with fervor, with former premier Dalton McGuinty and
his successor, Premier Kathleen Wynne, fancying themselves
something of the Copernicus and Tycho Brahe of the New Green
And was it not learned from the auditor
general that their great dive into a solar and wind powered future
has cost the innocent citizens of Ontario a mere $37 billion more
than it should have, which could give rise to another, extra $133
billion by 2032?
If one wishes to learn the true value of what a commitment to the
New Learning actually involved, then Ontario is both laboratory and
experiment. By what fraction of a degree did the world's temperature
actually lower itself - was it 0.01 per cent, 0.001 per cent or any
fractional mite in between? - for that $37 billion?
Could it even be - Heresy of Heresies - that maybe the global
temperature moved not at all, or - Good Gore, save us - went
We cannot know, for it is the nature of
this subject that substantive answers are never possible nor
When dealing with the "airy subtleties" of the new Faith,
we must settle for ignorance, but as long as it is for the Great
Cause, as long as 50,000 can jet to Paris, Rio or Beijing annually,
who cares that we have no certainty?
As long as the faith holds, there is no
call for certainties...
Save the one more important than all the rest:
the idea that the
vastly imperfect governments of this world, who between them cannot
guarantee anything six months out, can speak with serene confidence
on the Whole Atmosphere of our Great Dynamic Planet nearly 100 years
I do not wish to end on a cynical turn here...
There has been on undeniable improvement
wrought from this great Conclave. St. Leonardo di Caprio,
patron spirit of The Yachts of the Monaco Basin, learned for the
first time this week that there is such a thing as a chinook.
So we now know that there is a least one
fact in that well-photographed head of his, and that probably makes
it superior to many of those other heads that met so urgently in
Climate Obstacles Emerge Soon After...
Paris Summit 2015 Concludes
by Pilita Clark
in Paris and Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington
December 14, 2015
For all the hype and hoopla put out
by the United Nations itself, just about everyone else
has something bad to say about the "agreement."
environmentalists say it doesn't go far enough in saving
the planet. Oil and gas executives are shrugging it off
as a farce that will have little to do with the real
The obstacles facing this weekend's historic global climate change
accord were thrown into relief on Sunday night when businesses and
government officials downplayed the impact of the deal and US
Republicans underlined their opposition.
The Paris agreement, which requires all countries to regularly
publish plans to deal with global warming, has been hailed by
international leaders as a turning point after more than 20 years of
effort to make this century the last to be powered by fossil fuels.
German chancellor Angela Merkel said the deal was,
"the first time that the entire
world community has obligated itself to act - to act in the
battle against global climate change",
"concerted effort and generous
dedication" of those involved.
It was adopted by nearly 200 nations.
But coal and oil industry executives shrugged off any suggestion the
new agreement sealed in Paris on Saturday night would have any
immediate impact on their businesses.
The agreement's goals include driving down carbon-dioxide emissions
from burning fossil fuels as soon as possible in order to limit
global warming to "well below" 2°C from pre-industrial times and
perhaps as little as 1.5°C, a target requiring much deeper emissions
cuts than most countries are currently planning.
Amber Rudd, the UK energy and climate change secretary,
described the 1.5C goal as merely "aspirational" while defending the
UK government's decision last month to scrap £1bn in funding for
carbon capture systems that could hold emissions down.
"I don't think it was a mistake,"
she said. "They are still expensive."
Benjamin Sporton, head of the
World Coal Association, said he did not see the new agreement
spurring a "massive change at the moment" for companies that produce
coal, one of the dirtiest fossil fuels, because so many developing
countries still plan to keep burning it.
He said the pact was likely to force governments to focus a lot more
on the carbon capture and storage systems the UK had just de-funded
because they would be vital for meeting its goals.
The American Petroleum Institute said it was still reviewing the
Paris accord, but Amjad Bseisu, chief executive of EnQest, an
oil explorer in the UK North Sea, said the oil industry had more
immediate concerns beyond the Paris Agreement.