Worstall, Carbon Tax and Floating Polar Bear Syndrome

Tim Worstall is seemingly convinced that "the Man from Whitehall" could "solve" the climate "problem", if only he could exchange one centrally-planned, environmentally-ineffectual social nightmare for another

"Antarctica you say? Hmm."
Peter C. Glover
On 7 August 2012 09:58

But that’s not the real irony. Having bought lock, stock and Worstallo smoking barrels into the climate scare, he fails to grasp that the infant science of climate study is so riddled with complexity with “too many variables” of its own, that the climate models of “extremely powerful computers” have constantly proven so wildly inaccurate in their use of data and their predictions, that even former hard-boiled co-alarmists like James Lovelock have been reduced to admitting: “We just don’t know what the climate is doing.”  

Ah, if only science researchers raking in vast government largesse would be more honest and more often admit “we just don’t know”.

In a nutshell, Worstall’s case is that a simple bureaucratic change of tack to manipulate the free marketplace is the way to go to achieve the goal: state manipulation of the climate.

Not exactly the kind of argument I ever expected a committed free marketeer to make. No wonder University of Houston Professor, Larry Bell, commenting on the new bipartisan mood for compromise among some conservatives in the U.S., tags Carbon Taxomania: “stupidity-on-steroids”.

The fact is that we need to rid ourselves entirely of a plague of green taxes which are having zero impact in the pointless war on a harmless trace and minor greenhouse gas.

Arguing for a state intervening substitution of one failed bureaucratic tax system for another merely avoids facing the real scientific conundrum Warmists are avoiding: How is it that CO2 emissions have continued to rise exponentially while the global average temperature has not risen for 15 years?

Ah, the floating polar bear

But I must mention one other thing in connection with Worstall’s Telegraph missive. Next time such a piece is in the offing, it might be an idea to ensure that it isn’t totally undermined by a dim-witted sub-editor including the iconic green propagandist tool: the image of a polar bear ‘cast adrift’ on an Arctic ice floe.

Yes, his piece is captioned with riotous pomposity: “The man from Whitehall cannot protect this polar bear”.  Ah yes, FPBS – floating polar bear syndrome! The fact is that polar bears can swim. There’s nothing the cuddly imps love more than jumping onto and riding around on ice floes. It’s what polar bears do for fun.

I would expect this kind of bunkum from the BBC, the Guardian or the New York Times, but not from the TelegraphWorstall’s sub-editor might also like to know that far from being on the point of extinction, as this article in ... er ... theTelegraph makes clear, polar bears are actually thriving.

It seems that if a small area does warm (or cool) polar bears do what they have always done, adapt and move on. I thought this point particularly worth mentioning in the event said sub-editor should unwittingly commit the same error that lately distinguished an activist “green” editor at Disinfo.com.  Warning of the threat to polar bears in the Antarctic, said editor overlooked one minor issue: there are no polar bears in Antarctica.

But hey, let’s not lot facts get in the way of well-worn, propagandist iconic imagery – the same imagery invoked to embellish Worstall’s recent column.  

Having nailed his colors and reputation to the Warmist mast in a book and in regular articles, we must thus expect Worstall to float similar arguments.

But they all essentially boil down to one: “the Man from Whitehall’ could “solve” the climate “problem”, if only he would substitute an alternative bureaucratic tax system; or, more prosaically, exchange one centrally-planned, environmentally-ineffectual social nightmare for another.

But enough with the floating polar bears, eh Tim? 

Peter C Glover is International Associate Editor for Energy Tribune. For more go to www.petercglover.com

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