Well, I said that posting would be intermittent. Obviously, what I should have said was that posting would be next to non-existent. It is very difficult to become sufficiently animated about the UK’s descent into collective, paranoid hysteria when living on the front line of the Libyan adventure (OK, I’m in the south of France).
However, a new scientific paper has breached the defences of my rural idyll and jolly exciting it is too! Titled “Impact of Polar Ozone Depletion on Subtropical Precipitation” it purports to show that our old friend, the Antarctic ozone hole, has been responsible for a great deal of climate change (no, don’t switch off just yet). Do you remember the ozone hole? That was the last climatic event for which we were allegedly responsible and we all had to buy new fridges to appease Gaia – although some deluded souls suggest that we were appeasing Dupont Chemicals who just happened to hold the patents on the new refrigerants – but not us eh, reader?
Anyway, we fixed the ozone hole by banning those nasty CFCs. OK, the hole’s not actually gone yet and, yes, it might actually have got a little larger since the 1987 Montreal Protocol but don’t be cynical: those
vested interests, Dupont moneymen, fridge salesmen, clever scientists assure us that it will go just a little while after we all die somewhere towards the end of the century – take their word for it! (I’m seriously considering investing in cryogenics just to be able to return in 2100 and say “Told you so”…).
But back to the paper and one of the horse’s mouths: according to Professor Lorenzo Polvani, one of the paper’s authors, “While the ozone hole has been considered a solved problem we’re now finding it has caused a great deal of the climate change that’s been observed..” And according to the lead author, Dr Sarah Kang, “It’s amazing the ozone hole, located so high up in the atmosphere over Antarctica can have an impact all the way to the tropics and affect rainfall there”.
As seekers after truth and light, I’m sure you are as excited by these revelations I am but there’s a large group of people in our midst who are incapable of understanding logic and complex problems. Hell, it’s why we invented politics so that they could pretend to have something useful to do. So, for the politicians amongst us, here’s the real meaning of this new paper in simple, easy to understand and completely free of difficult-to-understand-science bullet points:
- the authors categorically admit that the ozone ‘hole’ has been a major cause of observed climate change (and, let’s face it, observed climate change has been minimal and non-cataclysmic during the industrial period);
- the authors admit that the IPCC (the body that gives authority to the CO2
scam,consensus) has taken no account of the climatic effects of the ozone ‘hole’;
- the authors, climate scientists, admit amazement at the ways in which climate works.
The logical outcomes of these admissions are:
- industrial CO2 has a minimal effect on climate change;
- the science cannot be ‘settled’ as claimed;
- the climate is, as yet, something that nobody can claim to fully understand;
- the inevitable and irrefutable rendering of any view based on the current CO2 orthodoxy as suspect.
As the ozone ‘hole’ has already been cured by the ban on CFCs, there is no need for any further political action. Alternatively, if you’re a slightly brighter politician and you’ve already worked out that the ozone ‘hole’ is a natural phenomenon, you’ll know that (a) you’ve already been had once and (b) as it’s a natural phenomenon, you still don’t need to do anything.
Except give us our £18.2 billion a year back and stop building those useless windmills on our beautiful landscape…