Peiser’s Presentation on EU “Green Basketcase” Climate Change and Global Warming Policies Shocks Audience say Friends of Science

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Citing Europe’s ‘green obsession’ and inflexible, failed climate policies as key reasons why so many EU economies are faltering on the brink of bankruptcy, Dr. Benny Peiser shocked his audience with images of EU forests ravaged by energy-poor citizens in search of fuel. Friends of Science say climate change and global warming policies should be based on scientific evidence, not apocalyptic computer modeled forecasts.

Visualization of solar wind.

Visualization of solar wind.

The EU has some 27 million unemployed men and women; 69% of Greek youth ages 15-24 are unemployed and EU manufacturers are abandoning the continent in search of cheaper energy prices, exacerbating the unemployment crisis

“The audience sat silent, in shock as Dr. Peiser explained that pensioners spent Christmas Day in bed to keep warm this winter, and that other pensioners had bought thrift shop books to burn to keep warm because it was cheaper than national energy,” says Len Maier, President of Friends of Science.

Maier was commenting on the recent presentation in Calgary, Alberta by Dr. Benny Peiser of the UK Global Warming Policy Foundation.

"It is all due to a 'heat or eat' crisis caused by failed climate change policies," says Maier.

Friends of Science say carbon reduction policies are futile and a waste of taxpayer’s money.

“The sun is the main driver of climate change along with oceanic oscillations,” says Maier, “not carbon dioxide or human activity.”

He points to the unemployment figures presented by Peiser.

“The EU has some 27 million unemployed men and women; 69% of Greek youth ages 15-24 are unemployed and EU manufacturers are abandoning the continent in search of cheaper energy prices, exacerbating the unemployment crisis,” says Maier.

Dr. Peiser outlined the optimistic goals of Europe’s 2000 Lisbon Conference intended to make “the EU the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the 2010.” Subsequently, in 2008 the EU implemented a 20-20-20 Climate and Energy package.

This package set Europe’s climate policies in stone. It was based on reducing Green House Gases by 20% from 1990 levels by 2020, reducing energy consumption by 20% and adding 20% renewable energy sources into the mix but with less primary energy use versus “Business as Usual” to be achieved by 2020.

“It’s a tragic irony,” says Maier, “when the EU set out in Lisbon to build a better world, they planned for sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion by 2010. The exact opposite has happened, mostly due to radical climate change policies.”

Peiser related how in Bulgaria, Europe’s poorest country, people took to the streets this spring. The cost of green policies toppled the Bulgarian government.

The Bulgarian protests led to the suspension of some 40% of wind and solar power supply which had been destabilizing the country’s grid.

In the UK, home heating costs tripled in 8 years. Homes in the UK are about 2/3rd the size of those in North America. For manufacturers, energy costs in the US are about ¼ of what they are in Europe.

Peiser outlined how the unintended consequences of these rigid EU Climate change policies have developed. Green naysayers have rejected coal, oil, natural gas, shale gas and nuclear – pushing for huge subsidies to support wind and solar. Wind and solar energy are not cost-effective or reliable. Consequently, Germany is returning to the use of coal.

Coal has become very cheap – but according to Peiser this is due to the recent collapse of the EU carbon markets. In 2008 carbon emissions units traded at 34.90 euro in the EU; by May they were trading at 3 euro or below. This carbon market collapse alleviated the expensive carbon emissions penalties on coal. Now Germany has some 30 coal plants planned.

Likewise, wind and solar projects were originally uneconomical for private investors without massive government subsidies and incentives drawn from public funds. This diversion of tax dollars has contributed significantly to Europe’s economic crisis. Now many countries are simply cutting off green energy subsidies because ‘there’s no money left’ and some are even taxing green energy.

Despite this evidence, many climate change policies are relentlessly being enacted as written in law. According to a Reuters report cited by Dr. Peiser, the transition to green energy slated for Germany may cost the public some $1 trillion Euros or $1.34 trillion USD.

Friends of Science point to the evidence. There has been no global warming in 16 years despite a rise in CO2. Most of these extreme EU policies were intended to reduce carbon dioxide and stop global warming.

“In reality the EU emissions were simply outsourced – as were jobs, and now manufacturers are following,” says Maier. "In light of the evidence, these policies were unnecessary from the outset."

About Friends of Science
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 and active earth and atmospheric scientists. Membership is open to the public and available on-line.
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