UN climate change fund calls coronavirus an ‘opportunity’ to re-shape the world

From Skynews Australia

Never let a crisis go to waste~cr

Digital Editor Jack Houghton|20/04/2020

The UN-funded financial arm of the Paris Agreement has labelled the killer coronavirus an “opportunity” to raise funds for climate change action and “relaunch economies on low-emission, climate-resilient trajectories”.

The extraordinary statements have been published in a document by the Green Climate Fund – an international organisation with a $10.3 billion budget (US).

Australia gifted it $200 million (AUD) in 2015 but Prime Minister Scott Morrison axed further contributions after questions were raised about funds being sent to China, the single largest CO2 emitter in the world.

“While COVID-19 is causing untold suffering, the international response to this unprecedented health crisis in modern times offers an opportunity to direct finances towards bolstering climate action. GCF will continue to make critical investments in climate-resilient water resource management, health care facilities, agriculture and livelihoods – all of which are essential to subduing and overcoming the pandemic,”

the organisation wrote in an official public update.

“Similarly, we will step up our efforts to catalyse green investment to relaunch economies on low-emission, climate-resilient trajectories.

“The Green Climate Fund is confident that only a united approach – bringing together determined efforts and innovation – will provide lasting solutions to both the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.”

The Green Climate Fund went on to suggest that climate change was a threat comparable to COVID-19 which has killed 165,000 people, infected millions more and ravaged global economies.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and the global response required to stem it shows the importance of acting together to solve unparalleled threats to people and our planet,”

the GCF said.

“The far-reaching impacts of COVID-19 are a stark reminder of the catastrophic implications the world faces if we don’t.”

A Sky News special investigation last year revealed the GCF squandered $3.7 million flying staff around the world for climate change conferences.

The bureaucrats which run the GFC were paid $65 million in wages – a figure that has been steadily ballooning each year.

It can also now be revealed that the fund sent $157.5 million (AUD) to China in December despite the country planning on increasing emissions by several thousand mega tonnes of CO2 by 2030.

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Flight Level
April 20, 2020 10:12 pm

Sure! Disband those green-infected parasites, eradicate their nest, sanitize around. Return all the stolen taxpayers money where it belongs and use it to mitigate the consequences of shutting down to curb the coronavirus.
Sounds like a plan ?

Reply to  Flight Level
April 21, 2020 2:41 am

The Green Slush Fund is just the treasury dept. of the UN’s attempted world government. Dictating world energy policy is the key to supra-governmental world control.

USA and Aus were wise to stop contributing . Unelect EU is selling us down the river.

Reply to  Greg
April 21, 2020 2:51 am

You can throw as much money at China as you like , and they will still tell you to ‘get stuffed ‘

Patrick MJD
Reply to  knr
April 21, 2020 4:21 am

Is that money you borrowed from China?

Bill Powers
Reply to  Patrick MJD
April 21, 2020 9:14 am

To the tune of Trillions 000,000,000,000.00

Reply to  Greg
April 21, 2020 10:29 am

I think Americans have all had a bellyfull of the UN about now. If the WHO hadn’t been in China’s back pocket, winking while the ChiComs knowingly allowed international flights from Wuhan to spread the virus around the world, the Wuhan outbreak might have remained a small column on Page 35 of the WSJ instead of killing off an entire generation of grandparents and putting our entire economy totally in the can. ‘Bout time they left Turtle Bay and slunk off to one of their garden spots like Mogadishu or Caracas; they’ll get no further traction here.

Reply to  Goldrider
April 21, 2020 11:50 am

Sorry but the UN did not put the entire economy in the can, we did that all by ourselves.

Cvd-19 has been little more than a bad cold, yet everyone couldn’t wait to believe politicians and the MSM that there would be 2 million dead.

It’s time to put this lunacy behind us and open the economy, before China takes over the entire South China Sea.

Reply to  Flight Level
April 21, 2020 5:42 am


By Allan M.R. MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., July 19, 2019

Radical greens have used wildly exaggerated scary stories of runaway global warming and climate change to stampede the gullible, in order to achieve their political objectives.
The absolute lunacy of the Green New Deal and its delusional acolytes is now clear – global warming alarmism and green energy nonsense was never about the climate – it was always a false narrative, a smokescreen for the totalitarian objectives of the extreme left. Once the left controls our energy supply, they control everything in our society – it will be “One Man, One Vote, Once!” – the end of freedom.


Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” is more about drastically overhauling the American economy than it is about combatting climate change, her top aide admitted.

Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, made the revealing admission in a meeting with Democratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate director in May. A Washington Post reporter accompanied Chakrabarti to the meeting for a magazine profile published Wednesday.

“The interesting thing about the Green New Deal, is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all,” Chakrabarti said to Inslee’s climate director, Sam Ricketts.

“Do you guys think of it as a climate thing?” Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing,” Chakrabarti added.

Ocasio-Cortez’s press office didn’t immediately return an inquiry regarding whether Chakrabarti’s admission would undermine the congresswoman’s Green New Deal advocacy.

The Green New Deal calls for a number of hard left proposals, including getting the U.S. entirely off of fossil fuels within 10 years, providing universal health care, basic income programs and job guarantees.

The proposal also calls for “social, economic, racial, regional and gender-based justice and equality and cooperative and public ownership.”

April 21, 2020 10:34 am

Well, she’s got her sickly-green tinted wish right now, and the data is coming in. If after (x) weeks of no planes in the sky, no cars on the road, no one working in office buildings, stores, or factories there is NO DIFFERENCE in the ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere, this fraud is FLUSHED.

In the meantime, we’re living her dream; enjoying this, boys and girls? Old World Order sports were baseball, basketball and hockey. NEW World Order is ratting out your neighbor for walking the dog, public shaming for going maskless, and cutting in the food bank line.

When do we decide we’ve had ENOUGH?!

This is what happens when you elect the sideshow clowns to public office.

Reply to  Goldrider
April 21, 2020 10:10 pm

If Ed Berry is correct in this paper, human CO2 emissions play a minor part in the total increase in atmospheric CO2 and any human-caused downturn will be difficult to detect.
Regards, Allan

From the Abstract:
“Human emissions through 2019 have added only 31 ppm to atmospheric CO2 while nature has added 100 ppm.”

by Edwin X Berry, Ph.D., Physics

The scientific basis for the effect of human carbon dioxide on atmospheric carbon dioxide rests upon correctly calculating the human carbon cycle. This paper uses the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) carbon-cycle data and allows IPCC’s assumption that the CO2 level in 1750 was 280 ppm. It derives a framework to calculate carbon cycles. It makes minor corrections to IPCC’s time constants for the natural carbon cycle to make IPCC’s flows consistent with its levels. It shows IPCC’s human carbon cycle contains significant, obvious errors. It uses IPCC’s time constants for natural carbon to recalculate the human carbon cycle. The human and natural time constants must be the same because nature must treat human and natural carbon the same. The results show human emissions have added a negligible one percent to the carbon in the carbon cycle while nature has added 3 percent, likely due to natural warming since the Little Ice Age. Human emissions through 2019 have added only 31 ppm to atmospheric CO2 while nature has added 100 ppm. If human emissions were stopped in 2020, then by 2100 only 8 ppm of human CO2 would remain in the atmosphere.

April 24, 2020 11:41 am


There have been many inquiries whether we can see in our CO2 measurements at Mauna Loa and elsewhere the slowdown in CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. That drop in emissions needs to be large enough to stand out from natural CO2 variability caused by how plants and soils respond to seasonal and annual variations of temperature, humidity, soil moisture, etc. These natural variations are large, and so far the “missing” emissions do not stand out, but we may see them as the year progresses. Here is an example: If emissions are lower by 25%, then we would expect the monthly mean CO2 for March at Mauna Loa to be lower by about 0.2 ppm. When we look at many years of the difference between February and March we expect March to be higher by 0.74 ppm, but the year-to-year variability (one standard deviation) of the difference is 0.40 ppm. This year the difference is 0.40 ppm, or 0.33 below average, but last year it was 0.52 ppm below average.

But there is more (sounds like a K-tel ad):


6. The sequence is Nino34 Area SST warms, seawater evaporates, Tropical atmospheric humidity increases, Tropical atmospheric temperature warms, Global atmospheric temperature warms, atmospheric CO2 increases (Figs.6a and 6b).

by Allan M.R. MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., June 15, 2019
Other factors such as fossil fuel combustion, deforestation, etc. may also cause significant increases in atmospheric CO2. However, global temperature drives CO2 much more than CO2 drives temperature.

James F. Evans
April 20, 2020 10:19 pm

These stinking communists.

Richard (the cynical one)
April 20, 2020 10:31 pm

I don’t see a problem with the GCF’s $135+million gift to the People’s Paradise of China, since that is the model for centralized control the greenies would love to be in charge of. But then, perhaps the money should have gone to the Utopia of North Korea, since the saintly Kim Jung could show how to exercise even more rigidly benevolent control, where no one would even dream of complaining.

April 20, 2020 10:36 pm

“UN climate change fund calls coronavirus an ‘opportunity’ to re-shape the world”

Yes sir. It is an opportunity for a lot of things that weren’t going anywhere and were therefore out looking for opportunities.


Reply to  chaamjamal
April 21, 2020 4:58 am

Pre-coffee calculations are always suspect, but:

I say that in Iceland THE DEATH RATE [Total Deaths/Estimated Total Infections] IS LESS THAN 0.1%, SIMILAR TO OTHER SEASONAL FLUS.


Covid-19 appears relatively mild, often showing no symptoms among younger people, but is dangerous to the elderly and the infirm.

As I wrote in March:
[excerpt- posted 21Mar2020]
“This full-lockdown scenario is especially hurting service sector businesses and their minimum-wage employees – young people are telling me they are “financially under the bus”. The young are being destroyed to protect us over-65’s. A far better solution is to get them back to work and let us oldies keep our distance, and get “herd immunity” established ASAP – in months not years. Then we will all be safe again.”

Have we wasted many trillions, harmed billions of young people and trashed our economies for nothing? Seems so. We should end this unnecessary lockdown now!

Next time, listen to your Uncle Allan, who tries his best to take good care of all of you. 🙂

– Allan MacRae

WHAT’S THE STATUS OF COVID-19 IN ICELAND? Last updated April 21, 2020

Iceland has the best Covid-19 data, having ~randomly tested >43,000 cases, ~13% of their country’s population.

Active cases peaked on 5April2020. On 4May2020 the Icelandic government will begin relaxing COVID-19 restrictions in Iceland in general. Icelandic preschools and elementary schools will return to regular operation; salons, massage parlours, and museums will reopen; and gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed. Swimming pools, gyms, bars, and slot machines will remain closed for the time being.

Iceland Total Tests to 21Apr2020 ~43,143
Confirmed infections 1773
Population of Iceland 341,250
Total Tests/Population 12.6%
Infections/Tests = 4.1%

Extrapolating to Iceland’s population = (341,250/43,143) * 1773 = 14,023 estimated total infections in Iceland

Ten deaths have been recorded to date.
10 deaths/1773 confirmed infections = 0.56%
10 deaths/14023 estimated total infections in Iceland = 0.07% = LESS THAN 0.1% MORTALITY RATE IN THE GENERAL POPULATION
10 deaths/341,250 population = 2.9*10^5 = 0.003%

April 21, 2020 6:00 am

icelanda a very interrelated gentic wise nation, with exceptionally good familial heritage tracking
would be really useful to see their known genetic data to see why theyve done so well /so few died

Reply to  ozspeaksup
April 21, 2020 10:40 am

Right off the top Iceland has a Nordic population (no “diversity,”) which is not densely packed, significantly stressed in normal life, has extremely low immigration and a diet I’d guess has a lot more seafood, dairy and meat than processed starchy junk food and sugar. It also has universal access to good health care and probably the world low in general social pathology and self-destructive behavior. Contrast with USA . . .

William Astley
Reply to  Goldrider
April 21, 2020 11:36 am

There is a better explanation.

The explanation for the low Covid-19 death rate in Iceland…

Is that Icelanders take ‘Vitamin’ D supplements.

50% of the US population is ‘Vitamin’ D deficient.


Dark skin people in developed countries are almost all Vitamin D deficient which explains why dark skin people are two to three times more likely to die of Covid-19 and also HIV.


High serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) levels have been observed in infants in Nordic countries, likely due to vitamin D supplement use\….

…. At six years, the mean 25(OH)D level was 56.5 nmol/L (SD 17.9) and 64% of children were vitamin D sufficient (25(OH)D ≥ 50 nmol/L).

The Vitamin D deficiency also increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and causes on increase in weight of about 40 to 60 pounds.

Vitamin D deficiency is also the cause of roughly 60% to 80% of all common cancers.



Blacks/African Americansa account for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnosesb and people with HIV, compared to other races/ethnicities. In 2018, blacks/African Americans accounted for 13% of the US populationc but 42% of the 37,832 new HIV diagnoses in the United States and dependent areas.d

Reply to  Goldrider
April 22, 2020 4:30 am

Good comment thank you William Astley re Vitamin D3.

April 21, 2020 6:07 am

Just received this. More confirmation of “Covid-19 is ~just another seasonal flu.”

Iceland data is better than California data:
Covid Mortality Rate (Total Deaths/Total Infections) is ~0.1% of general population.


In a press conference, Barbara Ferrer, director of the LA County Department of Public Health, said that based on the survey’s prevalence estimate, the county’s [Covid-19} mortality rate is between 0.1 and 0.2%, rather than above 4% as reflected by the official caseload. The Santa Clara survey also estimated a mortality rate between 0.1 and 0.2%.

Farmer Ch E retired
April 21, 2020 7:32 am


In Iceland, it may be nothing more than the seasonal flu but time will tell. Not all countries (or Latitudes) are behaving equally regarding CV19 mortality. Northern-Tier countries + Alaska (with the exception of Sweden) are having significantly lower mortality rates than countries in more temperate climates. Here’s northern-tier data through 4/20 (deaths/M pop)

Greenland: 0
Russia: 3
Alaska: 12
Finland: 18
Iceland: 29
Norway: 33
Canada: 45
Sweden: 156

Compare this data with:
EU: 192
USA: 128

Then compare with hot-spots like northern Italy or NYC. From my vantage point, it doesn’t look much like the normal flu in those locations.

Reply to  Farmer Ch E retired
April 21, 2020 9:24 am

Thank you Farmer.

Your numbers suggest we should seek to understand more about the high mortality in Sweden, the EU and the USA.

1. Is the data correct, or are most deaths being coded as Covid-19, including those from other causes?
2. Are most of the deaths people over 80?
3. Is air quality in these areas very poor?

Farmer Ch E retired
Reply to  Farmer Ch E retired
April 21, 2020 11:20 am


In response to your Qs:

Q1. “Is the data correct, or are most deaths being coded as Covid-19, including those from other causes?”
A1. The data we have is incomplete, imperfect, and has not been normalized between countries. But it is the data we have while we are in the fog of the war. Same data as you used in the argument.

Q2. “Are most of the deaths people over 80?”
A2. Maybe – but does the normal flu spread its mortality across a season while CV19 does it in a month or two? Does this imply that it is okay to empty nursing homes to save the economy? This is a moral question in my opinion.

Q3. “Is air quality in these areas very poor?”
A3. This is a Red Herring Fallacy in my opinion. As a retired researcher and environmental engineer/consultant, air quality in the developed world likely would not have that magnitude of effect on preexisting conditions – lifestyle choices such as smoking more likely. I’ve managed projects that had significant air pollution components (multiple PM-10 high-vol sampling, indoor air sampling for particulate and VOCs, etc.), and I’ve prepared air permits for chemical plants converting from the old refrigerants to the new ones so I do have some experience with air quality.

Reply to  Farmer Ch E retired
April 21, 2020 7:34 pm

Hi again Farmer – have a better look at Italy and New York.

The data will tell the tale.

In Northern Italy, the average age of death attributed to Covid-19 was ~900 – like Yoda.

I have no data for NYC – but there is a reason – my guess is every death is coded as Covid-19, including shootings, stabbings, vehicular accidents, spousal homicides, justifiable and otherwise, etc. etc.

Reply to  Farmer Ch E retired
April 25, 2020 1:22 am

There is a persistent rumor that NYC hospitals get paid large sums for Covid-19 patients, so every hangnail is coded Covid19. Any truth to this rumor?

April 25, 2020 9:25 am

Based on random tests only, Iceland Covid-19 Total deaths/Total Infections is ~0.5% to date, not 0.1%.

NUHI tests are targeted, deCode are random.

Infected/Tested NUHI*= 9.57%
Infected/Tested deCODE Genetics= 0.61%
Iceland Population= 341,250

Total Infected Est.= 2084 (using deCode 0.61% only)
Deaths/Infected= ~0.5%
7/10 deaths over 70 years of age, 9/10 over age 60, 1/10 age 30-39.

April 21, 2020 1:27 pm


I’m certain you will appreciate this gentleman’s opinion. He also happens to be yet another Ex Pat Jock.


Reply to  HotScot
April 21, 2020 3:57 pm

Thank you HotScot my friend. I wrote the ~same words in mid-march.

Dr. Malcolm McKendrick (an obviously brilliant physician) wrote:

“Unfortunately, it seems that COVID-19 has infected everyone involved in healthcare management and turned their brains into useless mush.

[In my view, if we had any sense, we would lockdown/protect the elderly, and let everyone else get on with their lives].

However, the hospitals themselves have another policy. Which is to discharge the elderly unwell patients with COVID directly back into the community, and care homes. Where they can spread the virus widely amongst the most vulnerable.

This, believe it or not, is NHS policy. Still.”

Here in Alberta, many/most of our Covid-19 deaths are among the elderly in nursing homes – if we had a deliberate strategy to kill them off, we could not do much better. We import a lot of civil servants from the UK – probably the really dumb ones who could not make it there.

April 25, 2020 9:23 am

Based on random tests only, Iceland Covid-19 Total deaths/Total Infections is ~0.5% to date, not 0.1%.

NUHI tests are targeted, deCode are random.

Infected/Tested NUHI*= 9.57%
Infected/Tested deCODE Genetics= 0.61%
Iceland Population= 341,250

Total Infected Est.= 2084 (using deCode 0.61% only)
Deaths/Infected= ~0.5%
7/10 deaths over 70 years of age, 9/10 over age 60, 1/10 age 30-39.

Reply to  chaamjamal
April 21, 2020 9:11 am

A really good organization will create more opportunities. Some may be already in the pipeline.

Chris Hanley
April 20, 2020 11:01 pm

“The COVID-19 pandemic and the global response required to stem it shows the importance of acting together to solve unparalleled threats to people and our planet … The far-reaching impacts of COVID-19 are a stark reminder of the catastrophic implications the world faces if we don’t”.

Apart from the fact that the planet is unaffected by the virus, it didn’t come from outer-space, it is government overreaction to the virus that has potential to be catastrophic just as government imposed restrictions and interference in the market to ‘fight climate change’ would be.

Reply to  Chris Hanley
April 20, 2020 11:33 pm

Chris Hanley April 20, 2020

“Apart from the fact that the planet is unaffected by the virus”

More on the planetary ambition of climate science …


Sceptical lefty
Reply to  Chris Hanley
April 21, 2020 2:20 am

A fair observation.
I wonder where we’d be if, instead of shutting down the global economy, governments had dialled down the hysteria, directed resources at those people known to be most vulnerable and let let everyone else develop herd immunity … a bit like what we do every ‘flu’ season, only more so.
If we don’t develop herd immunity, then, in the absence of an effective vaccine, we’ll be facing a resurgence of the disease when restrictions are relaxed and so be prompted to reimpose those restrictions. This begs the question: “If we have voluntarily entered a long-term depressed economic state, how well are we likely to cope with any emergency requiring effective allocation of (seriously diminished) resources?” I suppose a ‘command’ economy, as in wartime, would do the trick. For how long? If there is a ‘perpetual’ crisis, does that justify a perpetual truncation of basic rights? Is there a practical limit on the time a government can keep an economy on life support by printing money? If there is, what happens if the crisis still exists when the money runs out?
The final word on the advisability and effectiveness of current policy will come, not from any number of ‘independent’ inquiries guaranteed to make governments and their supporters look good, but in the actions taken when Covid-23 (or whatever it is) hits. Will trashing the world economy a second time be worth it?

Zig Zag Wanderer
April 20, 2020 11:06 pm

The bureaucrats which run the GFC

Freudian slip, much?

April 20, 2020 11:28 pm

“opportunity” to raise funds for climate change action and “relaunch economies on low-emission, climate-resilient trajectories”.

I think he must have meant to’ re-launch economies all guns blazing, using any means possible to prevent a word wide depression that could last decades’

It would be interesting to know the individual salaries and pensions of the bureaucrats who seem so far removed from realty that they can believe this is the ideal time to sidestep historically cheap fossil fuel and go for expensive un-reliables. Much of which will come from Chia either as the finished product or on the form of the rare earth, minerals and batteries needed


Reply to  tonyb
April 21, 2020 1:05 am

Very good, Tonyb . If we want to decouple from China, battery electric cars are a bad idea.

Farmer Ch E retired
Reply to  pochas94
April 21, 2020 7:50 am


If we decouple from China (aka CCP), we will give up coal-powered factories and workers on sustenance wages. Be prepared for the post-civil-war economic of the South. Not a bad thing, just a reality. In my opinion, low-cost energy will be essential in the “post CCP” economy.

Reply to  tonyb
April 21, 2020 6:55 am

tony says, “It would be interesting to know the individual salaries and pensions of the bureaucrats who seem so far removed from reality that they can believe this is the ideal time to sidestep historically cheap fossil fuel and go for expensive un-reliables.”

Here’s a list of key players with such vested interests. It would take awhile to track down the information you’re suggesting. Who would do such an investigation and expose them and their political connections?


The Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET) invites the key players to the first event to focus on Trans-Pacific Offshore wind opportunities.

Reply to  Sommer
April 21, 2020 8:58 am

Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans | Full Documentary | Directed by Jeff Gibbs

April 20, 2020 11:30 pm

So, they let it be known what this is really about. I’ll tell you this: 2008, the bailouts, and TARP had the exact opposite effect of what the left thought it would. Instead of driving Americans into the arms of socialism, it drove Americans to organize the Tea Party which ultimately culminated in the nomination and election of Donald Trump. I’m saying it right now, this is that on steroids.

April 20, 2020 11:49 pm

The entire COVID thing smacks of climate denialism: we have climate skeptics, and now we have COVID skeptics: people who don’t believe the mainstream take on this, people who don’t believe the science.

COVID is bad, yes. People are getting sick and dying, yes. But we also know that a huge number of cases are asymptomatic or mild, and I’m sorry but that simply isn’t the mark of a terrible disease akin to the plague, which is how it’s being portrayed in the mainstream media.

NYC now has about 15,000 deaths from this. How is this possible when the whole of Japan, with a population many times that of NYC, has less than 300 deaths? South Korea has less than 300. Sweden, where restaurants and nightclubs are open and there’s no quasi-police state, has a larger population than NYC yet 1/10 the deaths.

The CDC has given guidance to basically code anything as COVID; in effect, you can call anything COVID and no one will question this, no test is required. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvss/coronavirus/Alert-2-New-ICD-code-introduced-for-COVID-19-deaths.pdf I’m told that under the CARES Act, section 4409, monies are given to hospitals for COVID deaths; all I could find on that so far is here: https://www.facebook.com/PhilOlivaJr/posts/2500037886768282

Most disturbing to me is that experts who disagree with the consensus– now, doesn’t THAT sound familiar?– are being sidelined, while the man (Fauci) who in February, in the NEJM, stated that the case fatality rate for COVID was similar to that of a bad flu is now given the trumpet and is inflating the danger. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe2002387

Dr. Ioannidis, Dr. Katz, Dr. Lee, Dr. Bhakdi, and many, many others have been questioning the need for lockdown. Yes, this is bad, but the cure is worse than the disease. This sets a horrible precedent (will the next unfamiliar flu cause a lockdown?), we’re turning countries into police states, we’re destroying small businesses and we’re making millions dependent on the government for groceries.

Ioannidis and friends have determined that the infection rate is 50-80 times greater than we believed in the Santa Clara area. https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/global-covid-19-case-fatality-rates/ The Center for Evidence-Based Medicine says much the same thing. The BMJ has said much the same thing. https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m1375 Data from Denmark says the same thing. https://www.thelocal.dk/20200408/danish-health-agency-says-400000-could-have-been-infected

One of the most reasonable perspectives on this whole thing has been given by Dr. David Katz, who argued from the start that we should be applying a targeted approach to COVID that allows the vast majority of people to stay working. This does the least amount of harm, and his interview is highly recommended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK0Wtjh3HVA

Instead of reason and perspective, we’re being pushed into a state of fear. State of Fear– now, where have I heard that before, and what the heck was that novel about?

Is the media creating a huge fear campaign, and is science selectively sold to us to convince us that COVID requires lockdown? I believe it is. This is exactly the playbook of climate alarmism.

Reply to  Don132
April 21, 2020 10:53 am

New York City hospitalizations through April 19th: 87 per 100,000.

Whatever this lockdown is about, it’s no longer about health.

Alexander Vissers
April 21, 2020 12:22 am

COVID-19 is not causing “untold” suffering, the First and Second World War were. Of course a pandemic requires a united approach and what threats are unparalleled? “Bolstering” “catalyse” “determined efforts and innovation”. This is just copy-writer propaganda, not a single objective argument is brought forward not a meaningful statement made, only swollen language. It is a ridiculous attempt to sell climate change as the same urgent world wide problem a the virus.
NGO’s and super-governmental bodies need to be monitored by the press more than governments even as they have a tendency to escape from parlement scrutiny and get away with most everything. The publication is most likely resulting from the fear that in the aftermath of the economic battering by the virus the whole climate issue will be held futile and they lose all relevance.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Alexander Vissers
April 21, 2020 2:49 pm

COVID-19 isn’t that is true. What is causing stress is the over-reaction to it by Govn’ts.

April 21, 2020 12:50 am

Tsk, tks. Some time ago I thought that John Hewson, though evidently lacking in sufficient street smarts to be a politician, actually had a little grey matter between the ears.

April 21, 2020 1:05 am

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” – Sun Tzu

Just depends on who is taking the opportunity…Xi Jinping ?
He seems to be pushing the envelope in the Spratleys

And for him the Greens would be merely useful idiots

April 21, 2020 1:14 am

They are correct about the pandemic being a game-changer for the Climate Scam. Just not in the way they want or hope.
The citizens of the Western democracies are going to be in no mood for heavy government intervention in their lives after this. Donald Trump will easily take the re-election in November, even more so if the Democrats keep senile Joe at the top of their ticket. Combine that with a flat global temperature trend for the next 20-30 years, and its turn out the lights on the Climate Scam.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
April 21, 2020 2:48 am

Its a ‘money thing ‘ when you have lots you can afford to ‘play around ‘ when you are feeling short you will focus on the important things. After this lots of people will feel short of cash and have little interest , if they had any, in ‘playing around ‘ with climate doom at a real cost.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
April 21, 2020 5:55 am

Joel, is it me, or is senile Joe looking more and more like he’s in his 90s and not 70s? He doesn’t look healthy at all.

Speaking of healthy…

Stay safe and healthy, all.

John Endicott
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
April 21, 2020 8:43 am

Not just you. He’s seem to have ages a couple decades over the last year. And his apparent dementia hasn’t help his appear any younger (He doesn’t remember what office he’s running for “I’m a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate”, what day of the week it is “Look, tomorrow is Super Thursday”, and those are just some of the funnier brain farts he’s had. every time he speaks anymore he rambles on and apparently can’t string together coherent sentences)

John Endicott
Reply to  John Endicott
April 21, 2020 8:48 am

“…have aged a…”
“…helped him…”

darn typos haven’t helped me appear to have any typing skills. where’s that edit button when I want it?

Reply to  Bob Tisdale
April 21, 2020 9:10 am

Not just you. It is a sad statement about the Democratic Party when, after all the Democrats’ TALK of tearing down white privilege and old white men running things, and that after a field of 24 candidates last summer including 2 or 3 reasonable candidates, they end up with a obviously senile 78-yr old white man who spent his entire adult life in DC power circles and privilege.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
April 21, 2020 1:26 pm

The closest alternative was an 80+ year old white man who has never worked a day outside of government in his life.
Another socialist who managed to get fabulously wealthy working for the government.

Reply to  MarkW
April 21, 2020 5:30 pm

managed to get fabulously wealthy … by getting paid by the government.

Stephen Skinner
April 21, 2020 1:31 am

“…an “opportunity” to raise funds for climate change action and “relaunch economies on low-emission, climate-resilient trajectories”.
????? – Raise funds from where exactly? This betrays the mindset of someone who has never had to earn a living while having zero real historical knowledge.

Garland Lowe
April 21, 2020 1:37 am

Our current living conditions are very similar to what life would be like under the Green New Deal / socialism. We can’t do anything without the possibility of ending up on the wrong side of a government edict or proclamation, punishable by a year in prison or $5,000.00 fine or more.

April 21, 2020 2:03 am

They are oblivious to that fact that millions of people just witnessed a broken computer model destroy their economy.

I predict that Cornoa will hurt Climatology the most. The man in the street will ask: “You want to destroy the economy based on a computer model? AGAIN?”

John Endicott
Reply to  Fen
April 21, 2020 9:07 am

That assumes that those millions of people are aware that it was a broken computer model that destroyed the economy. If they’ve been listening to the MSM, they don’t have that level of awareness. But what they do have is a sense that the virus could pose a real threat to them and their loved ones (especially their elderly loved ones). They’ve never had that sense of threat from CAGW despite the alarmists shrill screeds being cranked up past 11 over the past few years. And won’t put up with for a perceived non-threat what they’ll put up with for a perceived real threat.

April 21, 2020 2:45 am

UN bodies first and most important task is to ‘GROW’ , everything comes after that . And these bodies as zombies they simply never , ever die even long after the reason they were created has disappeared . Although to be fair they work hard to make sure this does not happen. Those contacted with ‘climate doom’ will follow the same model, including issues with corruption , that other UN bodies follow.

Reply to  knr
April 21, 2020 2:51 pm

Not to mention the 330 odd pedophiles that there own study’s have found working within this corrupt organization, (found) not removed.

Ian Coleman.
April 21, 2020 3:16 am

Recession, or maybe even global depression, is now on the way, and there isn’t going to be any money or patience for green energy Rube Goldberg devices that don’t work reliably and cost twice as much as fossil fuels per kilowatt-hour. The climate change movement was only possible because of the great wealth that modern economies have produced for so many people, and that wealth is about contract.

It has always seemed to me that climate change activism was a concern for upper middle class people. People who don’t have to worry about being short of money for things like raising their children are the ones who have the time and inclination to worry about a problem that most people are not even aware of on a daily basis.

Well, now millions of people have got a real problem to worry about, because they’re about to fall out of the middle class. This is going to make concerns about declining sea ice in the Arctic a silly hobby problem for the rich.

Reply to  Ian Coleman.
April 21, 2020 10:58 am

Yes, it would be the most delicious irony for all those purse-lipped, NPR-tote-bagger upper middles to join us Deplorables down here in the economic barnyard–that’s what they fear MOST! And they brung it on ’emselves . . .

April 21, 2020 3:32 am

This pandemic seems to have lots of ‘benefits’ for the leftist elitists:
1) It’s probably making science skeptics have more respect for scientists.
2) It seems to be killing off older men who tend to be the most skeptical of climate science.
3) It could permanently damage the fossil fuel industry.
4) The damaged economy won’t help Trump which means if he loses, the Paris accord won’t die.
5) Reports of government bans of dangerous information related to CV-19 will most certainly be used against climate skeptics.
6) We could end up with a permanently lowered GDP which means less petroleum use and plant food emissions.

Reply to  Kramer
April 21, 2020 3:48 am

The leftards always forget the backlash.

George Daddis
Reply to  Kramer
April 21, 2020 6:22 am

What the Hell is a “science skeptic”?
Have you not read any of the posts on this blog that suggest many of the climate alarmist claims are over wrought, and those posts use data and (wait for it)…..science to back up their points?

The virus does not care about your politics; it is just as likely to knock off some older alarmists (Al Gore beware!)

Your #5 doesn’t make any sense at all!

John Endicott
Reply to  George Daddis
April 21, 2020 8:52 am

his #5 is misdirected. Unless he’s talking about China, it’s not the government (at least in the Democratic/Republic nations of the western world) that is banning “dangerous information” about COVID-19, it’s private companies like Google, Twitter, & Facebook. You know the usual suspects that *ALREADY* try to censor anti-CAGW and conservative speech in general (Shadow banning ring any bells?) long before the current crisis.

Reply to  George Daddis
April 21, 2020 5:15 pm

Science skeptic is just another way to say people who don’t trust scientists or science.

“the public increasingly is turning to experts in academia and government — the educated, experienced “elites” that many Americans had tuned out.”

. . .

“Ridiculed by some as Chicken Littles, enemies of capitalism or tools of Big Pharma, scientists are — for now — the new rock stars. ”


Number 5 should have said misinformation:

“The federal government is considering introducing legislation to make it an offence to knowingly spread misinformation that could harm people, says Privy Council President Dominic LeBlanc.”



“…an increasing number of governments are also using the current health emergency to suppress criticism and undesirable information through the proliferation of laws against disinformation. ”


Was posting early in the morning and rushing to go to work. Could have worded what I said better.

John Endicott
Reply to  Kramer
April 21, 2020 8:57 am

4) The damaged economy won’t help Trump which means if he loses, the Paris accord won’t die.

Win or Lose, the US is out of the accord (effectively already, officially the day after election day, when Trump will still be in office for several more weeks). Now that doesn’t mean a Democrat president can’t re-sign up for it, but that was always the case. Same as the “Mexico City policy” aka “the global gag rule”, which whenever a Democrat gets into office the policy gets scrapped and whenever a Republican gets into office the policy gets re-instated.

Reply to  John Endicott
April 21, 2020 5:16 pm

John, I hope your right. Most of what I’ve read said that if he loses and Biden gets in, the accord won’t die.

John Endicott
Reply to  kramer
April 22, 2020 3:12 am

We’re officially out the day after election day. Who wins on election day won’t change that. So from Nov onward we are 100% out. period.

Come the end of Jan, however, once the new president is sworn in, there’s technically nothing stopping a President Biden (or a President Michelle Obama, or whomever his VP pick ends up being, if dementia Joe steps down) from signing back up to it should he choose to do so. Not sure what the process is for getting back in, but whatever it is, it’ll only last until the next Republican president get in, when, like the Mexico City policy, it’ll likely be reversed each time the office changes parties.

April 21, 2020 5:43 am

Trump needs to call out these orgs each week.

April 21, 2020 5:53 am

Where do these fools think this money will come from? Most economies are taking a beating, and governments debt is spiking. It’s like asking for a blood donation from a soldier bleeding from a gunshot wound.

Sceptical lefty
Reply to  Jeff in Calgary
April 21, 2020 6:27 am

Quite so. But when one is a vampire, one tends not to be too picky when a feed is required.

John Endicott
Reply to  Jeff in Calgary
April 21, 2020 8:45 am

They see all the money being printed for ChiCom-19 and want in on the action.

April 21, 2020 6:06 am

subsidies and handouts to the greenscammers areabout to come to a screeching halt;-0))
so theyre trying the relate covid/climate shellgame for the ever gullibles
however rather a lot of the gullibles are now unemployed and facing reality
things might very well improve postcovid in some aspects after all

April 21, 2020 6:53 am

This seems to be the pitch: “If you liked CoViD, you’re gonna love The Green Deal”.

John Endicott
April 21, 2020 8:37 am

Australia gifted it $200 million (AUD) in 2015

only $200 mil (AUD)? Obama essentially embezzled $1 Billion (USD) from the Treasury to give them (half of which he did just 3 days prior to leaving office). Fortunately, Trump stopped all that once he came into office, so they haven’t gotten a dime from US since.

April 21, 2020 9:10 am

As of yet, nobody has died from global warming.
On the other hand, the stuff they have been doing to fight “global warming” has caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands.

April 21, 2020 10:52 am

“Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant.” – James Madison

John Robertson
April 21, 2020 11:17 am

Gang Green setting the bar lower daily.
When you ask yourself;”How low will they go”? To promote their ideology.
After these decades the answer appears to be;”Lower than you can imagine”.

And they insist that they are the normal people,as they project their personal malfunction upon the world.
Our progressive comrades argue endlessly that people cannot be trusted to act in their own interests..
Their “proof” , their own endless history of failure,defeat and betrayal of their friends..

There is a level of stupid that runs through our history..banishment on pain of death..has worked .
Protecting the useless and clueless has not.

John Endicott
Reply to  John Robertson
April 22, 2020 3:14 am

When you ask yourself;”How low will they go”? To promote their ideology.
After these decades the answer appears to be;”Lower than you can imagine”.

Han Solo : I don’t know, I can imagine quite a bit!

April 21, 2020 11:39 am

Here’s a depressing echofest with Gavin Schmidt and Katherine Hayhoe:


At 33 minutes in,note the forced concern and jokes about totalitarians taking over. A little later, their myopia about the poor, is on display.

April 21, 2020 11:51 am

“A report in the medical magazine Lancet comes to the conclusion that school closures to contain corona viruses have no or only a minimal effect”

“The oldest woman in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen died last week at the age of 109. She survived the „Spanish flu“ of 1918, was not corona-infected and „for her age she was doing very well“. The „corona isolation“, however, had „very much affected her“: „She faded without the daily visits of her family members.“

“In the city of Chelsea near Boston, about one third of 200 blood donors had antibodies against the Covid19 pathogen. Half of them reported having experienced a cold symptom in the last month. In a homeless shelter near Boston, just over a third of the people tested positive, but nobody showed any symptoms”

“Scotland reports that half of the (stocked up) intensive care beds have remained empty. According to officials, the admission of new patients is „levelling off“.”

“The emergency room in Bergamo’s municipal hospital was completely empty at the beginning of this week for the first time in 45 days. In the meantime, more people with other diseases than „Covid19 patients“ are being treated again”

“A nine-year-old French child with corona infection had contact with 172 people, but none of them were infected. This confirms earlier results that corona infection (unlike influenza) is not or hardly ever transmitted by children”

“In his latest contribution, the Swiss chief physician of infectiology, Pietro Vernazza, uses the results of the German Robert Koch Institute and ETH Zurich to show that the Covid19 epidemic was already under control before the „lockdown“ was even introduced:”


April 21, 2020 2:01 pm

Here’s an example of the mewling Malthusian swash the NYT is peddling for the Earth Day “festivities:”
It would seem from the comments (not to be missed!) that Ehrlich as Nostradamus is alive and well.

Geez, they all want “population control” but they never seem to want to cull themselves first . . . in spite of sounding like the most pessimistic buggers on Earth!

William Astley
April 21, 2020 2:10 pm

We need to send a message to China.

And we need some real options to stop this virus.


The novel coronavirus has mutated into at least 30 different genetic variations, according to a new study in China.

April 21, 2020 3:07 pm

Michael Mann, Paul Ehrlich, Zeke Hausfeather and a less than stellar cast:

21 Apr: Document Cloud: More than 50 Scientists endorse Joe Biden for President on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

Reply to  pat
April 21, 2020 6:12 pm

Well, since Paul Ehrlich has been right about everything he has every predicted or said, it is reasonable to expect he is correct in his choice for president in 2020.

And, if Michael Mann says it is so it must be; never has a more honest Nobel Laureate come forward, in the Name of the Earth Day, to provide the masses with his personal recommendation for our future leadership.

I don’t know any of the other PhD’s on the list, but I gotta accept hat they have the same level of integrity, intelligence, & compassion for their fellow man as do Ehrlich & Mann … they were of course on the same e-mailing list.

I feel a little weird saying it, but I will now definitely vote for Joe Biden (if he will let me feel his hairy legs).

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  DonM
April 22, 2020 8:18 am

It’s pretty clear at this point, that Joe’s “choice” for VP will be the real person the Democrats want in the White House. I’d guess maybe Hillary? Michelle Obama?

Al Miller
April 22, 2020 9:11 am

Let’s be brief here -NO! I like the relatively few (and fading) freedoms and privacy we have. No to the green nightmare!

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