ONCE again a Green Party spokesman claims that landscape-destroying, wildlife-mincing wind turbines are necessary to "combat catastrophic climate change".
They need to get with the programme.
Catastrophic climate change has been cancelled by no less an authority than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Hidden behind the smokescreen of impending doom peddled in the IPCC Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) is an illuminating series of "confidence statements".
Chapter 12 of the forthcoming Fifth Assessment Report says collapse of Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets is "exceptionally unlikely" (therefore no catastrophic rise in sea levels); collapse of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation is "very unlikely" (therefore no Co2-related intense cold in Europe).
There is "low confidence in projections" for long-term droughts, changes in monsoons and dieback of tropical or boreal forest (that's yet more Co2 scare stories knocked on the head); there is "low confidence' in observed trends or projections for increased frequencies of hurricanes, cyclones and floods – Co2 hasn't created extreme global weather after all.
Additionally, it is clear that the recent "pause" in global temperature was not predicted in model projections and that the planet's climate is not as responsive to increases in Co2 as had previously been thought, so we can downgrade catastrophic global temperatures as well.
This is in complete contradiction to the over-excited statements in the SPM whose wording, incidentally, was fought over by hundreds of politicians and committed climate activists.
So, if there isn't going to be a catastrophic climate collapse, what's left? Simply that Co2 causes a mild rise in global temperature, and any other likely effects are counteracted by balancing atmospheric processes. That's it. And that's exactly what sceptics have been saying for years.
There's no need for panic building of renewables. As for that old canard that "vested interests" are behind a climate "smear campaign" – prove it.
All the big energy firms have invested billions in renewables and renewables research as well as donations to green organisations, and they are getting hugely generous handouts from the taxpayer for doing so. Why would they rock the boat?
The only thing costing the earth (and the energy consumer) is the green's blinkered ideology on renewable energy.