Climate Change – Never Mind The Facts, Feel The Panic

Posted on Wed 10/17/2012 by

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By Andrew Bolt ~

Reuters and Fairfax newspapers reported the scare without the slightest scepticism – and without searching for any dissenting opinion:

More than 100 million people will die and the global economy will miss out on as much as 3.2 per cent of its potential output annually by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change, a report commissioned by 20 governments said on Wednesday.

As global average temperatures rise due to greenhouse gas emissions, the effects on the planet, such as melting ice caps, extreme weather, drought and rising sea levels, will threaten populations and livelihoods, said the report conducted by humanitarian organisation DARA.

The Guardian also reported the scare without managing to find a single sceptical voice:

The 331-page study… was carried out by the DARA group, a non-governmental organisation based in Europe, and the Climate Vulnerable Forum… Sheikh Hasina, prime minister of Bangladesh, said… Connie Hedegaard, the European Union’s climate chief, warned… Michael Zammit Cutajar, former executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said…

Professor Bjorn Lomborg now fact-checks:

The vast majority of deaths discussed in the report did not actually result from global warming. Outdoor air pollution caused by fossil-fuel combustion, not by global warming, contributed to 30 per cent of all deaths cited in the study. And 60 per cent of the total deaths reflect the burning of biomass (such as animal dung and crop residues) for cooking and heating, which has no relation to fossil fuels or global warming.

In total, the study exaggerated more than twelvefold the number of deaths that could possibly be attributed to climate change, and it more than quadrupled the potential economic costs, simply to grab attention.

… indoor air pollution will be overcome only when people can use kerosene, propane and grid-based electricity.

If the Climate Vulnerability Monitor’s recommendation to cut back on fossil fuels were taken seriously, the result would be slower economic growth and continued reliance on dung, cardboard and other low-grade fuels, thereby prolonging the suffering that results from indoor air pollution.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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