Twenty Questions for Charles, David and Greta

Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA

Three people appear to have become the poster-children of climate change mythology. Prince Charles (a prime candidate for Hypocrite of the Century), David Attenborough (a television presenter) and a schoolgirl called Greta Thunberg who is famous for playing truant from school, and seems to be regarded by millions as a new Joan of Arc.

The pronouncements from this trio are greeted as though they were holy relics. The surprise is that they are not handed down from mountaintops, carved on tablets of stone.

But interviewers never ask them the questions which really need to be answered.

Here, therefore, are twenty questions which Charles, David and Greta might like to answer.

Other celebrities, who are also convinced that climate change threatens the existence of mankind, might also like to prepare their answers.

While they ponder they should note that between 5% and 9% of all electricity used around the planet is used by information and communications technology. Aviation only produces as much carbon dioxide as the world’s computer data storage centres. All those banks of servers, upon which social media campaigners share their global warming nightmares, burn up vast amounts of electricity and hysterical climate change protestors probably use up as much energy as the world’s aeroplanes. Oh, and bicycles are a major cause of pollution. As they pedal along, the traffic queuing up behind them emits far more pollution than would otherwise be the case.

1. Do you worry that you have very large carbon footprints? Although Greta famously travelled to America by boat, it was widely reported that the boat’s crew had to make at least one journey across the Atlantic by plane. Would it not have been better for the planet if she had simply flown across the Atlantic? All three of you travel a great deal to conferences and meetings – but all travel requires energy and trains and electric cars rely on electricity which is largely produced by burning fossil fuels. Does this worry you? Do you not think that you might serve the planet better by staying at home?

2. Climate change mythmakers have made many claims about the future of the planet. For example, in 1989 a United Nations environmental expert stated that whole nations would vanish if global warming was not reversed by the year 2000. In 2009, Gordon Brown told us that we had 50 days to save the planet. Eleven years ago Prince Charles stated that we had eight years to save the planet. In 2017 the United Nations said that we had three years left. Does it worry you that your own predictions may also be unnecessarily alarmist?

3. A group of British psychologists have reported that children are suffering from anxiety caused by the frightening predictions made by those predicting that climate change will affect our future – and may result in the death of mankind. Do you feel guilty about causing so much distress?

4. The global warming campaign is led by people who grew up in rich countries and who travel easily and comfortably. They have enough to eat. They have wonderful phones and computers and television. All those things require a good deal of electricity – most of which is produced with the aid of oil, gas and coal. The biggest source of renewable energy is biomass – the `green’ word for wood. Now those campaigners, whose lives were enriched by fossil fuels, want to stop poor people in Africa and Asia from improving their lives. Oil and coal will give them their only chance to catch up. The campaigners who want to stop the world using fossil fuels are suppressing the world’s poor. The result will be starvation, malnutrition and early death. Don’t you agree that is selfish – and a hell of a price to pay? Climate change campaigners want to deny poor countries the right to use cheap energy sources from fossil fuels – but their countries became rich by using such fuels. Do you not agree that only by using coal and oil and gas will poor countries be able to improve the quality of life for their citizens?

5. American politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has stated that `the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change’. Do you agree with that statement? If so, do you know how the world will end?

6. Who first taught you about climate change and where do you find the information upon which your opinions are based?

7. Greta recently wrote that: `around 2030 we will be in a position to set off an irreversible chain reaction beyond human control that will lead to the end of our civilisation as we know it’. You have also stated that we have eight years left to save the planet. What scientific evidence do any of you have to support these predictions?

8. Climate change campaigners have forecast that `life on earth is dying, billions will die and the collapse of civilisation has already begun’. They have also compared global warming to the Holocaust but `on a far greater scale’. Do you think that is an appropriate analogy? Half of all children under the age of 10 are driven to school every day. Do you think you could do more good for the planet (and childhood obesity) by encouraging them to walk to school instead?

9. The IPPC’s estimate is that sea level could rise by two feet by the year 2100. How much of a crisis do you think this is, given that one third of the Netherlands has always been below sea level –some of it over 60 feet below sea level?

10. Did you know that between 1931 (the peak) and 2020 there has been a 99.7% decline in the death toll from national disasters around the globe?

11. Can you name one credible scientist who has ever claimed that climate change threatens the extinction of the human species or the collapse of civilisation?

12. It is claimed by climate change enthusiasts that migration is caused by climate change. Do you disagree with the independent authorities who argue that migration is a result of armed conflicts and totalitarian brutality?

13. Your colleagues in the climate change movement have claimed that climate change will result in koala bears (among other animals) becoming extinct. There are currently 300,000 koala bears living in the wild. Do you not agree that the main threat to their existence is the destruction of their habitat – often as a result of farmers requiring more land upon which to grow biofuels?

14. Climate change campaigners claim that forest fires are a result of climate change. But experts in both Australia and America have concluded that climate change has had little or no impact on the development of forest fires – which are, in any case, less frequent than they used to be. The average annual acreage of American forest burned is now around 6.6 million. Back in 1928, the average annual acreage of American forest lost to fires was 41.7 million. I am pretty confident that 41.7 is a bigger figure than 6.6. Do you disagree with the experts?

15. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that a global warming of 2.5 degrees centigrade to 4.0 degrees centigrade would reduce global GDP by 2% to 5% by the year 2100 but that the global economy will, by 2100, be between 300% and 500% larger than it is at the moment. Do you not agree that this destroys the argument that climate change will have a noticeable impact on the global economy?

16. Climate change campaigners claim that many people will starve if the global temperature rises. Do you have any evidence to prove this assertion?

17. Do you have any scientific proof that, if the planet is getting warmer, the warming is man-made? If so, do you not think that you should make that evidence available so that it can be assessed independently?

18. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation say that crop yields will rise by 30% by the year 2050. The planet’s poorest countries will see their yields rise by 80-90%. But the increase in yields will depend on the use of tractors and heavy machinery which will, of course, require oil. (Rural areas of poor countries will not be able to afford electricity and charging points until they are richer.) Do you approve of the fact that climate change campaigners will force poor countries to stay poor – and will be responsible for millions of early deaths?

19. It is widely believed that the oil is running out. Climate change campaigners want to stop funding so that oil companies will not find more oil. The result will be that the oil will run out sooner. Do you really think that's a good thing?

20. The International Energy Agency has stated that by the year 2040 our planet will still obtain only around 5% of its energy needs from renewable sources (including burning trees or `biomass’). What impact do you think this will have on the planet in general and, particularly, on poor countries?

Copyright Vernon Coleman March 2020

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