|By Marketwired .||
|January 2, 2014 06:00 AM EST||
CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/02/14 -- With Bloomberg News reporting Dec. 23, 2013 persistent high unemployment in the Eurozone and beyond, and the World Bank reporting on Nov. 26, 2013 near record high food prices around the world, it is no surprise that industry and consumers are 'going cold' on climate change initiatives like carbon taxes.
Maurice Newman, Chairman of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council of Australia, has written a provocative op-ed published in the Australian December 31, 2013 entitled "Crowds go cold on climate cost." In it, he presents his view that "Australia, too, has become hostage to climate change madness." He summarizes what he sees as various exaggerations, deceptions or distortions of the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming theorists, in the face of evidence of no global warming for 17 years.
Indeed, Newman's references to the situation in Europe and the UK are shocking.
As reported in the Telegraph on Dec. 19, 2013, Britain is planning emergency energy curfews from 4-8pm nightly for businesses and industry to ensure sufficient capacity in the grid. Firms would be paid for this inconvenience; however such measures would further hinder economic recovery and become the taxpayers' burden.
"Britain is paying business to shut down industrial production to prevent blackouts despite their staggering $US 9.4 billion/year investment in renewable energy," says Ken Gregory, research director for Friends of Science. "These investments have destabilized the grid and carbon penalties have caused conventional power providers to shut down. Renewables do nothing to prevent blackouts and can not be relied upon to provide dispatchable power when it is needed."
In Germany, which has the highest electricity prices in Europe, an estimated 800,000 people had their power cut due to non-payment of bills. "Green" Germany is now building numerous coal plants.
"Friends of Science have reviewed climate science literature for over a decade," says Ken Gregory. "The science shows the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide. Therefore, these climate change measures are unnecessary and damaging."
Gregory goes on to say: "These extreme climate change targets have done nothing of benefit to the environment. Renewables require conventional back-up 24/7."
Award-winning Canadian economist Ross McKitrick authored a report for the Fraser Institute issued April 11, 2013 on the environmental and economic consequences of Ontario's Green Energy Act. He found renewable energy costs 10 times as much as alternative conventional power, with no reliability, a much larger footprint, and disastrous impact on taxpayers, industry and job creation.
Australia recently elected a new government on the promise of repealing the carbon tax.
"Friends of Science wish you all a Happy No Carbon Tax New Year," says Gregory. "Join us! Help make it happen."
Friends of Science have spent a decade reviewing a broad spectrum of literature on climate change and have concluded the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide (CO2). The core group of the Friends of Science is made up of retired earth and atmospheric scientists.