Climate Change “War time footing”

15 11 2009

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) is an organisation few will have heard about.  And according to their official website;  “With a 160-year heritage supporting us, today’s Institution is a forward-looking, campaigning organisation. By working with leading companies, universities and think tanks, we create and share knowledge to provide government, businesses and the public with fresh thinking and authoritative guidance on all aspects of mechanical engineering.”  So another self-serving Lobbying group I suppose.

Threat of climate change should be treated like war say engineers

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) said it would be almost impossible for the UK to meet ambitious climate change targets to cut greenhouse gases by 80 per cent by 2050 without drastic action.

The only way to reach the target would be to “go to war” against carbon emissions, its report said.

This would mean setting up a Department of Climate Security to act like the War Cabinet and co-ordinate action across every other Government department.

Unemployed people would be trained in making homes more energy efficient, factories would make solar panels and schools would encourage pupils to asopt more sustainable lifestyles. Money would be pumped into wind turbines, nuclear power stations and solar panels as a matter of urgency.

Individuals would also be expected to “do their bit” by reducing the amount of energy used in the home, flying less and switching to public transport rather than driving cars, the report said. Personal carbon allowances that limit the amount of energy used on transport, heating and flying could also have to be introduced.

Even then, the report said that the UK would have to adapt to a certain amount of global warming by building flood defences, making buildings cooler and changing the way cities are designed. ‘Geo-engineering’, such as artificial trees, that suck up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, would also have to be used in order to meet targets.

Tim Fox, lead author of the report, said the population must adopt a “war mentality”.

“What we are illustrating is the scale of the task before us and putting that into perspective. If you were fighting a war it would certainly need a certain level of rationing beyond what we see today to enable us to deliver the [cuts in carbon] that will still be lower than those the scientists tell us to deliver.”

If the UK is to meet its legal requirements to cut emissions by 80 per cent on 1990 levels by 2050 – even if energy demand is reduced by half – it would still need to build 16 nuclear power stations and 27,000 wind turbines by 2030, and use biomass, solar, waste, tidal and wave energy and smart grids.

Dr Fox said it was unlikely engineers will be able to build the infrastructure needed on time.

“From all the evidence to date it is clear we’re losing the battle with climate change. We’re facing a requirement to decarbonise the economy at an unprecedented rate, which hasn’t been seen in industrialised nations before.”

The best rate of cutting emissions the UK has ever achieved occurred during the “dash to gas” in the 1990s. But even if the same rate was achieved now, the UK would still be 330 million tonnes of carbon dioxide over the 2050 target.

Dr Fox suggested the UK make up the difference by installing around 100,000 artificial trees.

“The Institution believes it’s time to go to war on climate change. It’s about to attack and it’s time to defend ourselves and fight back,” he said.

Professor Kevin Anderson, director of leading climate institute the Tyndall Centre, supported the idea of a war footing to tackle climate change, including rationing.

He said people in countries like Britain may have to accept a level of “discomfort” by reducing energy and even a “loss of liberty” by travelling less but these changes in lifestyle will prevent worse suffering in the developing world due to climate change as well as the costs to our own society in the future.

“Whatever the cost is of avoiding climate change – and we might think it’s high – it’s much lower than the costs of not avoiding dangerous climate change,” he said.

Louise Gray, The Telegraph

Some background on the players mentioned.

First up for the min-biography-treatmeant courtesy of the web is Dr Fox, a chartered mechanical engineer who joined IMechE only a couple of years ago to spearhead the Institution’s Environment theme.  And I quote, “The outcome of this initial work has resulted in an environment theme that is focused on climate change” from his Report on IMechE Environment Theme.  IMechE members stand to make a lot of money out of this and whose only real goal is to make us wee humans submit to the belief that we’re the prime cause, making it easier to fleece us.

Second min-biography-treatmeant goes to Professor Anderson, who funnily enough has made a YouTube video (below) outlining the Tyndall Centre, a climate change think-tank that will stand to make a fortune in consultancy fees if it becomes “war”.  So just another profiteer who has seen an opportunity to make enrich themselves at the Taxpayer’s expense.

So all these organisations (Institutions are ten a penny nowadays so the term has lost its prestige) are only promoting the Climate Change agenda as it suits their respective professions.  As I always have said;

Man-made Climate Change is BU££$HIT

All it will do is take us back to the dark ages, and I mean that literally.  Copenhagen is less than a month away where the Global Rulers will insist on our Political Leaders to sign an intergovernmental treaty to rally the world’s Governments against Climate Clime (and the causes of Climate Change).  And if the Powers that Be decide to take the advice of Dr Fox and Prof. Anderson, then it will most probably be a Declaration of War against the biggest contributors to climate change, and according to them, it is us people.

Enjoy Christmas this year, for I’ve a feeling it is going to get a lot worse in the new year if even half of the plans envisaged comes to be.

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