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The scary stories get scarier

By Don Aitkin - posted Monday, 24 July 2017

JC wants some serious scientific work done on all the options, not just on #3, and says, at the end of her essay:

The bottom line is that the simple story pushed by the consensus enforcers of a simple climate problem and a simple energy solution is a goldilocks fairy tale. Given that their careers have been invested in this fairy tale, its little wonder that they regard anything other than their enforced consensus as 'pernicious.'

I have little doubt that we will see more of this new controversy - the pushback from climate 'alarmists' as they lose control of the levers of power in Washington. I do not think it will be long before other nations begin to stop doing some of the things they have done in the past, and end subsidies for alternative energy and electric cars (now happening in a few places). There will be an alarmist pushback again.


The news that some local government councils are banding together in New South Wales to carry the alternative energy fight forward is reminiscent of the similar decision by some US governors and mayors. It may be good PR stuff, for some electors anyway, but it has no real consequence other than to drive energy prices upwards. The consistently cold June and July in my city means that the September energy bills will be perhaps a third higher than last year. I will pay them, and anticipate some protests even from the believing greenies here. 'We didn't mean THAT expensive!'

And now I wait to see if EPA Administrator Pruitt is going to do anything at all about the red team/blue team possibility that he has been talking about. If he does, that will mean another burst of alarmism from the tradition providers. Climate change is not going away, at least politically.

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Don Aitkin has been an academic and vice-chancellor. His latest book, Moving On, was published in 2016.

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