Martin Wolf, of the FT, has this to say.
He says a good number of right and proper things in that column, not the least of which is this:
In short, if they are to tolerate radical change in energy use, people must first be frightened and then they must be offered a good way out.
This is the key to understanding the whole Global Warming Business, of GWB. Now, isn't that an ironic acronym?
I'd just change that thought a tad:
In short, if they are to tolerate radical change in the way they live, people must first be frightened and then they must be offered our way out.
Not that it's necessarily Wolf's way: by "our" I mean those in the Global Warming Business or GWB.
It's one thing to understand that there is climate change and that human activity may contribute to it: duh.
It's a completely different thing to understand that this has been hijacked by vested interests that have no compunctions about lying about the basic science and lying about the basic data.
Don't think they do?
Lying about basic science: Mann's hockey stick, based on statistical methods that leads to the results regardless of what numbers are input.
Lying about basic data: that none of the long-term models are based on actual data, but rather on proxies, and that the proxies used for temperature changes are inappropriate because they reflect not temperature change, but rather changes in rain patterns (tree-rings).
My real, real problem with the entire GWB is that it is designed to take the maximum amount of money out of your pockets and put in the pockets of those selling snake oil.
And don't think for a moment that there is anything we can do to stop climate change: people are talking of spending billions, if not trillions, of dollars to achive changes that lie within the statistical variance.
That, my readers, coming from someone with 20 years of forecasting experience, is a waste in effort.
But first, let's frighten everyone so that they start obeying us.
That alone is the core of the entire driving force behind the GWB.
Oh, and as a postscript: Germany reaches its goal because of an accident of history: by choosing the base year of 1990, Germany get the benefit of including the output of inefficient, polluting East German industries in its base. By simply closing those down, it cannot but help be the once country with the greatest reductions. And they were closed down not for ecological reasons, but for strictly commercial reasons.