Review: Watermelons, by James Delingpole
An absolute joy for sceptics and a must read for fence-sitters, James Delingpole's 'Watermelons' is a new and vital weapon in the fight against the green agenda
Some quotes seem to echo across the years, so prescient are they. Others echo across the years for precisely the opposite reason. Last Sunday as I was eating my toast and browsing the internet to the sounds of the local children in the field behind us yelping in delight as they built snowmen and dragged their toboggans around, a quote in an old Independent article that had been linked to jumped off the screen at me and seemed to almost echo around the room, like the sorts of famous last words that victims in horror movies utter.
You know the kind of thing: “I’ll be right back”, moments before they stray into the path of a serial killer. Dated 20thMarch 2000, this particular quote was by one Dr David Viner, “a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia” who said that in the near future “Children just aren't going to know what snow is”. Ha.
It really should be so simple. The theory, drummed into every school-child in the land, is that more CO2 = a warmer planet. You don’t have to be a climate scientist to figure out that over a decade of global cooling such as that that we have experienced, in a time of rising emissions scotches that hypothesis. So why are we still spending billions on all sorts of schemes and subsidies designed to reduce our CO2 output in an attempt to mitigate ‘global warming’?
This is exactly the sort of question that would have James Delingpole exclaiming “Exactly! Exactly! Why are we?! It’s madness!” But what is an irksome observation for most of us was turned into a career-defining leitmotif for Delingpole when he was instrumental breaking the Climategate scandal last year; his blogpost on the subject going viral within a couple of days.
Climategate is where his new book Watermelons: How Environmentalists are Killing the Planet, Destroying the Economy and Stealing Your Children’s Future begins, with Delingpole explaining the significance of the content of the leaked emails at the centre of the controversy.
Although not officially split into two parts, the book does divide neatly into two halves with the remainder of the first half devoted to busting some myths about deniers. Indeed, not so much ‘busting’ as mounting a full on cavalry charge of an offensive as Delingpole illustrates how the accusations and affirmations of the warmists, such as ‘deniers are in the pay of Big Oil’ and ‘the science is settled’ are, not to put too fine a point on it, lies.
It’s compelling stuff, not least thanks to Delingpole’s conversational style which makes even the driest of facts eminently readable. At times laugh-out-loud funny, the book rolls along at pace, presenting revelations that even those familiar with the sceptics arguments are likely to find astonishing (a conservative estimate for the environmentalists funding pot puts it at 3,500 times that of the sceptics’).
The second half however takes ‘astonishing’ to jaw-dropping levels, as Delingpole reveals the motive behind the environmentalists’ subterfuge: their wish to impose a New World Order in which capitalism and democracy are swept aside, sacrificed on the alter of big N-Nature, led by the Club of Rome. It’s a proposition which even Delingpole admits sounds far-fetched when presented without the supporting evidence. Luckily, Delingpole has the evidence in abundance.
Time and again the warmists declare their intention in their writing and rhetoric without making any attempt to hide what they are saying. Take, for example, this statement by the Club of Rome:
“The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself."
This, then, is the essence of modern environmentalism: the cynical use of nature as an excuse to impose a profoundly anti-capitalist agenda - and so far, they’re getting away with it, thanks to the Gramscian tactic of infiltrating society to spread their ideas at the cultural level.
At times during this book, Delingpole’s frustration with the current state of affairs as regards the green agenda is almost palpable. The book (almost) ends on a positive note by appealing to us all to embrace positivity, to believe in mankind’s ability to create ever more ingenious ways to live happier, healthier lives whilst preserving our natural environment in all its glory. For, as Delingpole notes in an earlier chapter, this debate isn’t about the science at all, but the politics. Perhaps more importantly, it’s about the cultural battle that has been waged – and largely won so far by the enemies of democracy and free thought.
If the book falls down anywhere, it’s in Delingpole’s assumption that his arguments in favour of the sort of democratic, free-market driven industrial world that brings humans prosperity and longevity are self-evident – as indeed they should be. But if they were to the majority of people we wouldn’t be in this mess.
This book then is an absolute joy for sceptics as it will supply you with all the arguments you will ever need to debate climate change convincingly with those who are still fence-sitting. And for those who are fence-sitting, it should provide compelling evidence to persuade you to become a sceptic.
But for the key demographic – those who assume that climate change is happening because the politicians say it is – to be persuaded, those of us who cherish living in a free society may have to employ some Gramscian tactics of our own.
‘Watermelons’ by James Delingpole is published by Biteback publishing at £14.99, or is available on the Kindle.
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