Prince Charles Calls for a Climate Action Marshall Plan

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to Prince Charles, the imminent impact of Climate Change will dwarf the impact of Coronavirus. After years of denial, the world has no choice but to impact a climate action Marshall Plan.

The following is Prince Charles delivering a the opening keynote speech to Climate Week NYC.

My prediction is Prince Charles will be the last king of Britain.

An almost powerless constitutional monarch can be a source of stability, when the monarch behaves.

In 1975 the reserve powers of the British monarchy in Australia were controversially exercised to remove the far left Whitlam government, which many people believed was operating well outside its manifesto mandate. There was widespread fear Whitlam was trying to engineer a Cuban style Communist revolution.

The December 1975 election which immediately followed the removal led to a resounding defeat for Whitlam and his party, so the overwhelming majority of Australians supported Whitlam’s removal.

But the deal is the monarch is not supposed to be political. This game of holding a final resort over the heads of elected politicians only works if the monarch is widely trusted, if the monarch is prepared to stay in the background, and if people are confident the monarch will only exercise their reserve powers as a last resort, when the democracy itself appears to be in peril.

When you have an activist royal like Prince Charles, who refuses to stay in his box, who repeatedly attempts to usurp government authority and influence policy, and who takes polarising political positions which do not necessarily reflect the will of the people, monarchy ceases to be a source of stability.

The following is a transcript taken from the video closed caption text. I supplied the punctuation, sorry in advance for any mistakes.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m delighted to have been invited to open this year’s critical climate week.

The borderless climate biodiversity and health crises are all symptoms of a planet that has been pushed beyond its planetary boundaries. Without swift and immediate action at an unprecedented pace and scale we will miss the window of opportunity to reset for a green blue recovery and a more sustainable and inclusive future.

In other words the global pandemic is a wake-up call we simply cannot ignore.

Having been at this now for well over 40 years, I have long observed that people tend not to act until there is a real crisis. Ladies and gentlemen that crisis has been with us for far too many years. Decried denigrated and denied, it is now rapidly becoming a comprehensive catastrophe that will dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

At this late stage I can see no other way forward but to call for a martial-like plan for nature people and planet, with the planetary emergency so critical, with the permafrost melting in Siberia for instance producing dire effects on global warming, and with the Pantanal in Brazil being consumed by unprecedented numbers of fires, we could no longer go on like this as if there was no tomorrow, and no ultimate reckoning for our abuse of nature.

So what do we do? Without doubt we must now put ourselves on a war-like footing, approaching our action from the perspective of a military-style campaign.

That way, working together we can combat this most grave and urgent challenge.

If we have the resolve to shift our trajectory we must start now, by bringing forward our net zero target.

I’m afraid 2050 simply suggests we have room to delay. Using the frameworks of my sustainable markets initiative, and the imperative of the great reset, and knowing that we are all familiar with the problem we face, I would just like to outline if I may five overall action areas of this Marshall-like plan, for which coherence strategies should be assembled.

First of all by COP 26, and using a future of industry approach, it would make a very great difference if each of the main sectors of the economy whether energy transport financial services and so on where to outline publicly accessible roadmaps that identify the steps to net zero from 2020 to 2030, along with plans for the protection and restoration of natural capital and biodiversity.

We have an incredible opportunity to create entirely new sustainable industries, products services, and supply chains. Moving together with clear road maps, we can create efficiency and economies of scale that will allow us to leapfrog our collective progress and accelerate our transition in these efforts.

We can also make sustainable options the trusted and attainable options for consumers, after all market leading companies have demonstrated that it is entirely possible to be profitable and sustainable at the same time.

In fact businesses and investments that are ESG aligned are increasingly outperforming those that are not, even in the current economic crisis.

To put these roadmaps into practice in operational terms, we need our financial experts along with our chief financial officers to help design the business and investment case to match growing demand for sustainable goods and services.

Secondly having listened to the wise and experienced business leaders who are involved in my sustainable markets initiative, I would also encourage countries themselves to work towards COP 26 by outlining publicly available road maps to net zero, which set out priority industries for transition, along with the actions required to restore or enhance biodiversity and natural capital.

It is absolutely vital, given the enormity of the problem we face, that we make truly transformative progress along the road to net zero by 2030, taking the tough decisions now rather than deferring them to the next generation.

With the roughly two-thirds of the emissions taking place in cities, and with a near doubling of the world’s urban population projected in the next 50 years, it is clear that the spatial planning of cities to allow for sustainable growth is imperative.

My foundation has been working with commonwealth partners to develop a mayor’s rapid planning toolkit, focused on secondary cities where more than half of the urban growth is projected, and where far fewer planning professionals exist.

As we seek to rebalance the urban rural divide and the need to address rural to urban migration, the physical implementation of secondary city plans is one of the areas that can have the most positive impact in the coming decades.

Cities and local government leaders can and must lead the way, and I would encourage if I may city leaders to showcase their city plans and sustainable building solutions at COP26 in order to accelerate further progress.

Thirdly by COP26 we need a global investment strategy for restoring harmony with nature. This includes major investment in nature-based solutions in sectors like agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

Indeed for all the resources that we take from the earth nature’s contribution to the global economy is estimated to be worth more than 125 trillion dollars annually. That’s greater than the entire world’s annual GDP.

If we build conservation and nature-based solutions into our asset base and supply chains, we will be able therefore to drive significant economic growth for countries and businesses alike, including in areas such as the circular bio-economy ecotourism and green public infrastructure.

In order to accelerate the restoration of biodiversity and nature’s ecosystems in the short time left to us, it will be essential to target coordinated and globally trusted carbon offsetting funds, from the entire private sector to the recovery of natural capital and the reduction of carbon emissions, simultaneously.

To buy us crucial time as we transition, carbon capture use and storage will be utterly vital if we are to draw down on the excess of carbon that needs to be removed from the atmosphere. To have the impact required we must also think at scale global mega projects such as 30 by 2030, the great green wall, Africa 100, the 2020 initiative and many others have the potential not only to improve natural capital but also to increase opportunities in the green economy, while improving sustainable livelihoods and local economic growth.

If ladies and gentlemen we valued our natural capital properly our national and individual balance sheets might look very different indeed.

So let us start to articulate fully and clearly nature’s value, and begin building our business and economic solutions around the wealth that nature affords us, particularly if I may say so through the establishment of a long overdue and effective market for ecosystem services. Only this way can we rebuild nature’s unique capacity to sustain us.

Fourthly ladies and gentlemen by COP26 my great hope is that we might also see global financial institutions and institutional investors outline publicly accessible road maps, that define the steps to take their portfolios to net zero between 2020 to 2030. After all, we know that it is not a lack of capital that is impeding our progress, but how we deploy it.

We we must also explore how to reverse perverse subsidies and improve incentives for sustainable alternatives. Reorientating economic subsidies, financial incentives and regulations can have a dramatic and transformative effect on our market systems. For instance for many years i’ve tried to encourage the adoption of the polluter pays principle in order to provide the necessary incentives.

Public policy therefore has a critical role to play, particularly if I may say so in the possibility of the development of an effective equitable form of carbon pricing, perhaps one based on a citizen dividend model which could unlock a huge flow of investment into zero carbon technologies currently seen as uneconomic.

The good news is that on every pressing issue we face, there are solutions that are not just available but increasingly cost effective. At the same time there are trillions of dollars in sovereign wealth funds, in pension funds insurance and asset portfolios looking for investable and sustainable projects with good long-term value and rates of return.

It is time to align sustainable solutions with funding in a way that can transform the marketplace. This requires not only showcasing high potential investments, but that we reimagine financial analysis structuring and models of return.

I must say that I’m greatly encouraged that members of my sustainable markets initiative are starting to lead the way perfectly. We are on the verge of catalytic breakthroughs that will alter our view of what is possible and profitable within the framework of a sustainable future.

By COP26 we need a comprehensive strategy for science, technology and innovation, with clear entry points for investment in support of industry, country and city road maps.

With the enormity of these opportunities our science-based and economic systems are vital to finding and scaling the solutions we so desperately need. We’ve seen in the last decade how quickly sustainable technologies can move if there is a strong market signal and a clear sense of direction. This is absolutely crucial if we are to accelerate the pace.

As we consider these five areas, the exponential win-win benefit only comes when we find points of common interest and seek to leapfrog our collective progress. When industries innovators and investors understand the longer term direction and priorities of countries, they are better able to mobilize in order to partner with each other to invest and grow the market.

Similarly a market signal in one industry can rapidly mobilize others to act. Knowing the direction of travel is half the battle which is why these road maps are so critical.

The more we know about our shared ambitions for the future, the more we can help each other to get to the destination.

Ladies and gentlemen, achieving a sustainable future is the growth story of our time, and can in fact fuel our post-pandemic recovery in a way that pays dividends for decades to come, but the window for action is rapidly closing.

A new marshall-like plan for nature, people and planet is urgently needed if we are to align our collective efforts for the highest possible impact, and to save our planet from continued destruction.

I trust you will all agree that our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less.

With the aim of capturing the will and imagination of humanity ,while seeking to accelerate the identification of solutions, I’m launching a visual platform for short films called re-tv. I hope this can be one way to demonstrate what is now possible in the pursuit of a sustainable future, through my sustainable markets initiative. In the great reset I remain committed to working with coalitions of the willing, to push these efforts forward.

Billions of people around the world are waiting and longing for concerted action to right the balance of this planet that we have so rashly disrupted. Millions of younger employees of countless companies and corporations are desperate for action, not more words. It is their lives we are gambling with, as well as the ultimate survival of everything that tries to share this ailing Earth with us, so let’s get on with the urgent task of forming a global alliance to overcome the perverse obstacles facing us.

184 thoughts on “Prince Charles Calls for a Climate Action Marshall Plan

  1. He also said once we had only 100 months left, and that expired in mid-2017. If anyone listens to this clown really need s checkup from the neck up!

      • He’s actually not supposed to keep quiet while in his current position. As monarch, he should, just as the queen does (mostly) except in her annual speech.

        A lot of people, even in the UK, don’t understand this.

        He will most likely do the same, assuming Elizabeth II is not actually immortal. If he does not, then the monarchy may well be in trouble.

        Long live the Queen, I say.

        • God, Save the Queen! And save us from King Charles the Third.

          “Will Prince Charles become King Charles III? Not necessarily. … Prince Charles’s Christian names are Charles Philip Arthur George. Instead of becoming King Charles he might choose to become King George VII, or King Philip, or King Arthur.”

          • In fact, he can choose any name he likes, not just one of his own. However, monarchs do generally choose one of their existing ones.

          • I can just see Charlie naming himself King Arthur, and showing up in a cape and a sword, ready to rescue humanity as if the climate is some damsel in distress. He’s deluded and a general life long embarrassment to the Royal family.

          • King Arthur?

            Yes, that would work.

            What people forget about Arthur is that he was King of the Britons. Who are the Britons? They were the cultural/racial group displaced by the Anglo-Saxons who were in turn worked over by the Danes and the Normans and the EU.

            British does not equal Briton in this context.

            If the King of the Britons comes back any time soon he is not going to be happy or friendly.

        • What if he attempts to exercise his reserve powers to remove climate skeptic governments, because climate change is an existential crisis?

          I don’t care if he tries to stay quiet in the future, he has created some big trust issues.

      • Can the Queen move to remove Charles from the line of succession in favor of Prince William? If she can I recommend she do it as soon as possible.

      • A prince “full of prunes” and a “cork in it” are a recipe for dis-ass-ter, and good reason to stay close to the loo.

    • Not just his sister, his Mother knows he is a nut job, too. She obviously understands that she is better for the job, even though she is knocking on 100 years and could probably do with a break.
      You won’t get too many Irish men say this but, long live the Queen. 😉

    • Allan, I like to think of HRH in the same way a native American tribe did of Obama (as I heard it). When asked why they called the Pres, ‘Walking Eagle’ they are supposed to have told their inquisitor that Obama was like a bird who eats too much: he’s so full of crap he can’t fly. He and Charles make a brace of walking eagles.

  2. Did he call for a Marshall plan as described in the title, or a martial plan as described in the article? There is, after all, a world of difference between the two.

    • Toward the end of his screed he does suggest a Marshall-like plan. Toward the beginning he used the word martial resources. So yes, he did say Marshall plan.

    • Well, later he goes on to say, “Without doubt we must now put ourselves on a war-like footing, approaching our action from the perspective of a military-style campaign.” So maybe ‘martial’ is what he meant.

      • Yes, I thought he was alluding to declaring martial law in order to fix the Earth’s climate.

        Martial law is about the only way the alarmists could implement a “Net Zero” policy.

        Prince Charles is obviously completely delusional. But he’s not lonely, he has a lot of delusional company when it comes to CO2 and the Earth’s climate.

        It’s looking more and more like “Idiocracy” all the time with regard to Western “leadership”. The November election in the U.S. will tell the tale here.

    • Because the ruler is there to serve their people.

      I suggest that you learn how a monarchy works from sources other than Disney.

    • No monarch has ruled over the people of England since one cold, grey January morning in 1649.
      In their place we have commoners with true absolute power such as Boris Johnson who has just announced a drastic lockdown, with military control of the population, for 6 months. Time enough tocontinue the destruction of what is left of the UK economy and to put into unemployment, probably permanently, 1/6th of the working population.

    • It is clear from the response to covid restrictions here that a vast proportion of the population wants someone to hold their hand and tell them they are safe at home and safe on the streets if they wear a mask. I presume the same people also want someone to rule over them.

  3. Off you trot Charley, go speech to your plants (or was that his dad?)

    They might actual pretend to listen.

    The “republic” movement in Australia becomes an almost certainly of success if Charley becomes king.

    • Until Charles got out of his box I would never have supported a republic. I was around during the reign of the queen’s father and watched her coronation movie. She has been a wonderful, patriotic monarch. Charles has not inherited that trait. Unlike his predecessors Charles is a dill and when the time comes I will be supporting a Republic.

      • His Mother learned ‘at the knee’ of a wartime King and patriot, plus is herself a WWII military veteran (something many people here in the States don’t realize.)

        Charles seems to be missing something from between his ears that the Queen has in abundance, good sense.

  4. Yes. The only way I see monarchy surviving in the UK is if Charles is convinced to step aside and pass the crown on to William. I can’t see any other candidate who isn’t fatally flawed at this point, and King Charles would turn the most avid monarchist into a republican almost overnight.

  5. A very good point;
    “An almost powerless constitutional monarch can be a source of stability, when the monarch behaves.”.

  6. For instance for many years i’ve tried to encourage the adoption of the polluter pays principle

    ABSOLUTELY LETS DO THAT!

    Let’s add up all the pollution from making and disposing of solar panels, wind mills, natural gas generation, coal gen, nuclear gen, hydro gen… let’s see how they stack up.

    • Not to mention his own enormous “carbon footprint” and that of his inbred family. I’m pretty sure the prince of wails is his own cousin.

    • [We we must also explore how to reverse perverse subsidies and improve incentives for sustainable alternatives.]

      funny how its perverse subsidy if its affordable known tech
      and they become incentives when its green scammers at work?

      the debates on becoming a republic in Aus get sideswiped BY the extras they always throw in
      so you tend to refuse the offer due to “fineprint” thats very smelly devious n twisted

  7. Yikes, that is a ton of Greenie bafflegab and lies to wade through. I gave up about halfway through and had to take a shower.

  8. The one saving grace is that he’s NOT the king and I strongly suspect he’ll be told to shut his gob when is becomes king. He knows this of course (he’s had over seventy years of apprenticeship understudying the exemplar) but may feel he’ll get such things out of his system before he has to knuckle down.

    I don’t see him suggesting wind turbines on the Buckingham Palace roof or such like, so there’s that.

  9. I can think of no more worthy endeavor for him to pledge the entirety of his family’s present and future wealth.

    • Yes! He should be able to pledge all of his wealth. He shouldn’t be able to pledge mine. As for my family, I pledge to never have a carbon footprint larger than the Royal family. That should be sufficient.

  10. nature’s contribution to the global economy is estimated to be worth more than 125 trillion dollars annually. That’s greater than the entire world’s annual GDP.

    Well that is truly amazing! Nature’s contribution to the economy is bigger than the economy! How’s that work? Is this the “new math” I’ve been hearing so much about?

  11. Pie in the sky platitudes. I am reminded of the fabled mice wanting to bell the cat except that in this case there is no cat.

  12. Leftists better work fast on their CAGW Marshal Plan, because all evidence seems show the PDO and AMO are in the process of entering their respective 30-year cool cycles, so global temps will be falling for the next 30-years without the need to waste $100’s of trillions on insane Leftist CO2 sequestration dictates..

    https://www.ospo.noaa.gov/Products/ocean/sst/anomaly/

    BTW, all the gray areas in the above NOAA SST anomaly map should actually be blue, but NOAA is just tying desperately to hide the fact oceans are rapidly cooling and their stupid CAGW cult is already dead…

      • 🤣. That you, Prince Charles?
        Griff, I asked for you not to be banned, but I’m starting to think you cannot learn.

      • griff
        September 21, 2020 at 11:28 pm
        No, they won’t be falling.
        And this has nothing to do with ‘the left’
        this is science, not politics.

        Since so-called ‘climate science’ does not use the scientific method, it should not be considered ‘science’.

      • Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.
        — ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
        Let griff speak and remove all doubt.

      • Griff-san:

        Please take a look at the NOAA SST Anomaly map I posted…

        Global oceans, especially in the Southern Hemisphere are rapidly falling…

        Science is based on entirely on empirical evidence to acquire an understanding of reality, not a scam to achieve a political ideology…

        I believe in science.

        Leftists believe in “#SCIENCE!!!!!!(TM)” which is simply the manipulation of data to get the necessary outcome to support an unfounded, and ultimately harmful, political agenda, of which CAGW is a perfect example….

        Cheers, Griff-san..

        • Griffffff iteeee,
          Please ,I ask you , a NORMAL human has. 6 holes in their scull but you have 7 does the one on the top of your head give you any pain when you thimnk????

          • The inside is one big empty hole as well.

            And accusing griff of “thinking”….

            That would never stand up in court. !

      • AGW and the greenie meme are VERY MUCH a far-leftist ideology, griff..

        that is why you gullibly worship it….

        And no, AGW is NOT based on science.. you have proven that, many time.

        You can’t produce any science to back-up warming by atmospheric CO2

        And you can’t tell us in what way the climate has changed in the last 50 years that can be scientifically link to human CO2.

        YOU HAVE NO SCIENCE !

      • It really is amazing how progressives define anything that benefits them as being not politics.
        Here in the US, it’s always politics when Republicans don’t cooperate with Democrats. However when Democrats oppose Republicans, that’s just Democracy in action.

        CNN’s Don Lemon this morning declared that in order for Washington to start paying attention to the majority, the majority is going to have to tear the system down.
        Of course, like most progressives, Lemon actually believes that he and his far left fellow travelers are not just the majority, but a vast majority.

    • Hi Samurai,

      Thanks for providing a link to illustrate your point about the rapidly cooling oceans.

      However, I am slightly confused. On the NOAA chart, the tropical Pacific is shown as being a degree or two below average, as you would expect during a la Nina episode, but this will typically have been reversed in a few months. The only other noticeable area of below average SSTs is in the southern Indian Ocean. Most of the remaining oceans are warmer than average.

      Are you perhaps trying to make the point that they are less warm than a few months ago?

  13. ” with the planetary emergency so critical, with the permafrost melting in Siberia for instance producing dire effects on global warming”. Why did it not occur 1000 years ago, when it was warmer than today (the Medieval Warm Period)?
    Decrease the “carbon” emission to zero? Does that fool not know that the emission of humanity is only 4% of the total emission? The other 96% are entirely natural. Hence, even if we stop human emission entirely, still 96% will remain. So what?

  14. He bangs on a bit doesn’t he?

    I’m sure if there was an Olympic event for boring he could win the gold medal for Britain.

  15. his includes major investment in nature-based solutions in sectors like agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

    News flash Charles. Agriculture, forestry and fisheries is how we keep nature from reducing our population to a few million world wide.

    (Gawd he’s got so much to mock in one speech!)

  16. Well, before we have another Marshall Plan, let’s have ourselves a jolly good little war. That’s what the Marshall Plan was all about, coming to the rescue of much of Europe and Japan/Asia to get the world sorted out after they couldn’t make it work. Carbon is not the enemy, nor is CO2 pollution. It might be real pollution that is a problem though, and that is something we should be cleaning up without a Marshall type plan. That is just plain common sense not to crap in our own back yard. And for the most part, the West has finally arrived at a level of prosperity that the world has seldom seen. But yet there are evil forces ready to burn it all down. Let’s have a war against the horrors of socialistic Marxism, which is the existential threat of our time.

  17. Says the hypocritical prick with umteen palaces and country estates.

    I wish we had bought your revolution (the second English Civil War 😉 )across the pond in 1780 and sacked these useless wankers.

  18. In fact businesses and investments that are ESG aligned are increasingly outperforming those that are not

    Well then, all we need do is let capitalism take its course! Problem solved, relax.

  19. A Marshall-like plan? I get it. Like the original Marshall Plan, a $12 billion give away from the US taxpayers to the UK and Europe, now a plan to transfer a cool trillion from the US taxpayers to the greedy hands of bureaucrats around the world.

    Prince Charles – a true waste of good oxygen.

  20. Having been at this now for well over 40 years, I have long observed that people tend not to act until there is a real crisis.

    Exactly, Charlie. Climate change is not a real crises, which is why 40 years later, people are still not in a panic.

    I had a check a few days ago, the temperature of my town of birth (Manchester UK) recorded it’s hottest temperature in 1976.

    I’m curious about other places

  21. And this is why we need it:

    “Rising temperatures in the Arctic shrank the ice covering the polar ocean this year to its second-lowest extent in four decades, scientists have announced, in yet another sign of how the climate crisis is rapidly transforming the region.

    Satellites recorded this year’s sea ice minimum at 3.74m sq km on 15 September, only the second time the ice has been measured below 4m sq km in 40 years of record keeping, said researchers at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

    “It’s fairly devastating that we’ve had such consistently low sea ice. But unfortunately, it’s not surprising,” said Twila Moon, a glaciologist at the research center in Boulder, Colorado.

    The record low of 3.41m sq km, reached in 2012 after a late-season cyclonic storm broke up the remaining ice, is not much below what researchers see today.

    This year’s decline was especially fast between 31 August and 5 September, thanks to pulses of warm air coming off a heatwave in Siberia, according to the NSIDC. The rate of ice loss during those six days was faster than during any other year on record. Another team of scientists found in July that the Siberian heatwave would have been all but impossible without human-caused climate change.”

    • Hi griff, – A Siberian heatwave is kind of convenient to put forward as a primary agent. Data from a Siberian bog for 1999 & 2000 show a non-linear pattern.

      In 1999 the bog’s avg. air temp. in June = 12.3*C, July = 19.3*C , Aug. = 13.2*C & Sept. = 5.9*C.

      In 2000 the bog’s avg air temp, in June was higher at 16.4*C, yet in July was lower at 17.1*C, but again higher at 15.3*C in Aug. & also higher in Sept. at 7.8*C.

      These examples of Siberian non-linear monthly temp. relationships are from Table 1 & can be viewed charted in Fig 2 of : ” Seasonal & interannual variation in water vapor and heat fluxes in a west Siberian continental Bog”; free full text available on-line.

      • According to the far left, any change that is caused by capitalists is pure evil. Demonstrating that it is a problem is not required.

        This is why CO2 being released by communist China isn’t a problem.

    • ROFLAMO

      So funny that you are still DENYING CLIMATE SCIENCE, griff.

      You KNOW that the current level of Arctic sea ice is in the top 5-10% of the last 10,000 years.

      You have to stick to that 50 year period down from the extreme high anomaly of 1979, because its as far as your IQ can cope with.

      It is quite bizarre to see someone so WILLFULLY IGNORANT as you are.

      Totally incapable of taking in any fact that destroys your far-left socialist/totalitarian agenda and ideology

    • Ice has shrunk since it’s record extents back in the 1970’s and 80”s. So freaking what?

      What exactly is being devastated by slightly lower sea ice levels?
      Polar Bears don’t seem to mind. The people who live up their don’t seem to mind?

      The only thing low sea ice does is enable the planet to lose heat more efficiently.

    • Griff-san:

      Arctic sea ice fluctuates in accordance to PDO and AMO 30-year warm/cool cycles.

      When polar sea ice satellite data started in 1979, it was at its peak size following the end of the 1945~1978 30-year PDO cool cycle.

      Global temps fell so sharply during this PDO 30-year cool cycle, scientists were predicting a new manmade ice age caused by an increase in fossil fuel particulate pollution….

      Of course when the PDO 30-year warm cycle started in 1980, global temps rapidly rose again, and by 1988, the same scientists blaming man for a coming ice age, switched to man causing catastrophic warming from increasing fossil fuel CO2 emissions…. oh, my…

      I guess the same scientists will have to switch the narrative again and claim we’re heading into a new manmade ice age when the PDO soon enters its next 30-year cool cycle and global temps start falling…

      Isn’t “#SCIENCE!!!!!(TM)” fun, Griff-san…

  22. Unfortunately Prince Charles is an idiot and if he ever becomes the King of England, there will be a strong chance that he will be the last Monarch of the U.K. His best move would be to abdicate in favour of his son Prince William who is suffiently intelligent and in touch with reality to reign. Queen Elizabeth II’s great reign will be a very hard act to follow.

    • Well, apologies for the nit-pick Nicholas, but he won’t be King of England, or indeed King of Scots. England disappeared as a sovereign nation in 1707, as did Scotland, when they joined together to become a new country called Great Britain which he will, or might, be King of.
      You are right about his mum, though.

      • He won’t be King of Great Britain – that doesn’t even include the Isle of Wight. He will be King of the United Kingdom

        • Er, no Richard. The name of the country is Great Britain, the type of country is a United Kingdom.

          I am curious as to why the Isle of Wight is not part of Great Britain. Great Britain is the name given to the new country which came into existance when England and Scotland united in 1707; was the Isle of Wight not part of England prior to that date?

          • Great Britain is the name of the Island which comprises England, Wales and Scotland. IOW is not attached to this island so I guess is not part of it geographically, same goes for Skye etc. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the name of the area which has its central government in Westminster and the head of state is Queen Elizabeth.
            The IOW is part of the United Kingdom.

          • Well, as I understand it, Great Britain is the name of the largest single island in the British Isles – in other words just the mainland of England, Scotland and Wales. The British Isles includes all the other little islands, IOW, Hebrides, Anglesey, etc.

            The United Kingdom is the name of the country which includes the British Isles and Northern Ireland.

            However, just to add to the confusion, if you have what is commonly referred to as a British passport, it says on the cover that it is a passport of “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”

            Even more confusing, for the small islands scattered round the coast is that they are part of England (or, Scotland, etc. ) but not part of Great Britain. The small islands close to the coast are even assigned to counties – for example the Isle of Wight is part of Hampshire, and Anglesey is connected to Wales (and therefore to Great Britain) by a bridge.

            So, if you live on the Isle of Wight, you are part of the British Isles, Hampshire, England and the United Kingdom, but not part of Great Britain. You probably refer to yourself as British, or perhaps as English, but there is no handy term to say “United-Kingdom-ish”.

            It sounds like a system of nomenclature designed by a committee who weren’t talking to each other over several decades, which is probably not far from the truth.

          • Check out a book called “The Isles” by Norman Davies.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Isles:_A_History

            I mean, its published by Oxford University Press and Davies is an accomplished historian, but the first forty pages of the introduction shows how he struggled what to even call the book:

            “In the introduction, Davies describes the difficulties of even defining what is being described by the words people use for the history of the area, and even their definition today. This includes the term ‘British’; the idea that ‘Britain is an island’; the position of Ireland in the picture; the problem of the United Kingdom not appearing to have a history where everything is treated as ‘Great Britain’. In the title of the book he wanted to avoid the term British Isles but also the various clumsy alternatives that had arisen in recent years (see also British Isles naming dispute).”

            Highly recommended.

          • “Richard Barraclough September 22, 2020 at 2:40 pm

            Well, as I understand it, Great Britain is the name of the largest single island in the British Isles…”

            It was the largest island in the French province of Brittany. And the Angles came form what is now North Germany. And then the Saxons.

  23. When you have an activist royal like Prince Charles, who refuses to stay in his box, who repeatedly attempts to usurp government authority and influence policy, and who takes polarising political positions which do not necessarily reflect the will of the people, monarchy ceases to be a source of stability.

    He won’t when (if) he becomes King. Until then, it is well within his remit to blather on as much as he likes, influential or not. Many, even in the UK, don’t understand this.

  24. The Prince of mediocrity whose world view was shaped in the 70’s by Schumacher’s book “Small is Beautiful” and has never looked back.
    Once called an “intellectual weakling” by Hitchens, the man has proven over the years to be an enemy of the enlightenment and a proud collector of the most stupid ideas available.

    A proper charlie as the brits say.

  25. Yawn, do we only have 90 days, 90 months or some other hysterical deadline this time? Hasnt he got something useful to do? a ribbon to cut or something? Spare us from Royals and pseudo Royals trying to save the world, they clearly have to much money and time on their hands.

  26. HRH is a fool. The Commonwealth, and the British Empire beforehand, has survived many incompetent and even dangerous Prime Ministers. The Commonwealth, having been so well served by Her Majesty and her illustrious predecessors, can survive a Monarch who is compulsively and frenetically stupid, and who moreover is demonstrably acting contrary to the interests of the Realm.

  27. Nice bloke. Far too sure of his good intentions. Slightly loony in an English-excentric way. Not very bright. Heart’s in the right place.

    Best tucked away in the Royal attic where his good intentions cannot do any harm.

  28. Prince Charles back in 1989 wasn’t concerned about elevated CO2 conditions, telling his mistress: “I’ll just live inside your trousers ….” True, he did have concern for the hydrological cycle if reincarnated as “…god forbid a Tampax …. My luck to be chucked down a lavatory and go on and on forever swirling around on the top, never going down….”

  29. I have a better suggestion:
    He should not use any more diesel in the tractors on his Duchy land. That would help to save the planet, but it would reduce his income to zero at the same time.

    Total hypocrite.

  30. The Monarch hasn’t been much use doing anything about the current tyranny and population replacement so I’d be happy enough adopting the American system when this one shuffles off.

  31. Being an unpleasant fellow, I have a sneer at illiterates who say ‘enormity’ when they mean ‘enormousness’ or even ‘size’. And anyone who persistently says ‘carbon’ when they mean ‘carbon dioxide’ is probably lying.
    Re Griff above – another way of looking at this year’s minimum is to say that on two occasions in thirteen years, Arctic ice has bottomed out below four million square kilometres- the Arctic is not melting. About 1935 areas. Griff- you should have taken my bet, you’d have made £100. I’m laying it again for 2021 if I’m spared. Taking?

  32. Deadline after deadline after deadline……Ehrlich,IPCC,Hansen,BBC,Guardian,Attenborough,now”Bonnie” Prince Charlie-again!…….
    Just give over.

  33. Prince Charles is not arrogant or dimwitted and drones are not useless (if you know anything about bees). However I agree he has misunderstood real climate science as have so many others. Hypocritical he is not, wrong, yes . I also address my plants, but I don’t just talk to them, I harangue them and tell them to “get a move on, I haven’t go t all day!”

    • Sorry Anthea he is arrogant and hypocritical.He is arrogant because he”knows” he’s right-“without doubt”….. “it is absolutely vital “…. These are statements of certainty.Like I say,he knows he’s right and little people had better do what he says.Similarly, his carbon footprint is one of the biggest in the world-he’s had more short helicopter flights than I’ve had not dinners!Ah but WE need to use less energy.Thousands of Brits die of cold each year.Millions in the third world are in poverty because they are denied energy provided by reliable fossil fuels.I don’t laugh at this clown.He needs to shut up.

  34. Poor old Charles. A man who has lived his entire life at the expense of the public purse, with little to no chance of ever gaining the throne from his mother, who is still likely to outlive him.
    He has had a pointless existence, so is looking for something people might remember him by. His period living with Diana gave him some public profile, but he even managed to destroy that with his recorded telephone calls to his life long lover Camilla. His ambition to become her tampon as recorded during those illicit calls may have been realised it would appear, the lack of oxygen has clearly affected his mental capacity.
    His other lifelong passion is talking to plants. Again that may have influenced his thinking. The term “thick as a plank” could have derived from such conversations.
    His over long five point plan/chat to the COGS, is as short on facts and is as empty as his moral cupboard.
    What he has outlined is the scale of the insanity residing at the heart of the establishment.
    I can only imagine he has taken all his facts from an uneducated Swedish school girl who can actually see CO2…apparently.

  35. The day the Queen passes away is the day I become a firm republican. This nincompoop is entirely unfit for any position in any Western democratic country.
    On the other hand he can play a puppet Prince Sihanouk to the Chinese when out present crop of politicians succeed in their avowed goal of reducing us to poverty and insignificance.
    Our nascent Khmerr Rouge will love him.
    Maybe gongs for AOC and Saint Greta too.

    Long Live the Queen!

  36. This speech was given at the beginning of London’s second Climate Action Week.
    The London Mayor Sadiq Khan had declared a ‘climate emergency’ and as part of London’s response to the emergency the first Climate Action Week was held on 1-8 July,2019.
    It is regrettable that the Climate Action Week survived to a second event.
    Last year in Australia the Queensland Government held a Climate Week in June 2019.
    Mr. Al Gore attended the event and had his attendance and expenses met in part by the Queensland taxpayer.
    I wrote to the editor of the Brisbane Newspaper expressing outrage at such a blatant waste of public monies.Similar letters were sent by other readers.
    These letters were clearly well supported from other comments in the paper, but to no avail.
    Happily the local event has not reappeared in 2020.
    It appears that this product of a faux emergency is the victim of a real emergency in the form of the pandemic.

  37. When hereditary monarchs get too insistent about the comforts the little people have to give up, tragedy usually ensues for the monarch and the little people alike. However, it’s not the “equality” anyone hopes for.

  38. Whitlam was one of the most progressive Labor Party politicians in the country’s post-war history, Whitlam earned the hatred of the British Empire for his policy to buy out Her Majesty’s mining companies such as Rio Tinto, which controlled the country’s huge deposits of natural resources, including uranium.
    Whitlam was going to buy back the farm!

    Her Majesty was directly involved invoking Commonwealth reserve powers to dismiss an elected government.
    There’s more :
    Serious investigators have known of the coup plot for years. As reported by renowned journalist John Pilger in 2014, “In interviews in the 1980s with the American investigative journalist Joseph Trento, executive officers of the CIA disclosed that the ‘Whitlam problem’ had been discussed ‘with urgency’ by the CIA’s director, William Colby, and the head of MI6, Sir Maurice Oldfield, and that ‘arrangements’ were made.” It’s noteworthy that Sir John Kerr had been an intelligence agent in WWII and played a founding role in the CIA-backed Australian Association for Cultural Freedom.
    See https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/us-dominance-and-australias-secret-coup,6300

    Notice the overlap – any wonder why today the CIA, MI6 are trying to overthrow an elected American President? Even the Pentagon is in full coup mode, as Senator Richard Black clearly exposed. The British House of Lords made very clear it would not survive a second Trump Administration, in now public documents.

    And what is the narrative – Russiagate! Unbelievable that that very same drivel is trotted out in the lead at WUWT today about Whitlam.

    • Whitlam was a typical left wing narcissist. I went to uni without fees so I should be grateful. However I would have obtained a scholarship otherwise, which he had abolished. He wasn’t a communist though. He seemed to want to borrow a heap of oil money off the arabs and nationalise things, hence the efforts by the conservatives to throw him out. The monarchy had nothing to do with it. Why would they care? It is clear that Kerr, the governor-general, theoretically the monarchs representative but in fact appointed by the elected prime minister, acted independently to dismiss Whitlam.

  39. The Royals simply have no concept of reality or physical economy :
    Even in 2016 former National Intelligence Council Middle East and Africa specialist Graham Fuller has called for the United States to launch a gigantic Marshall Plan for the South, to solve the burgeoning refugee crisis, that will see billions of desperate people flooding into the North unless genuine development is achieved.

    “Fences, patrol boats, walls, checkpoints, buying off countries to serve as refugee halfway-houses, more draconian immigration laws, feel-good invective against the immigrants lurking just outside our gates—all this is fantasy, just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic,”
    he wrote. Instead, Fuller calls for a full 50% of the bloated Pentagon and intelligence community budget to be put into a Marshall Plan fund. “The problem,” he concluded,
    “is self-evident and multi-faceted, and no, money won’t do it all. But a couple of hundred billion ‘wasted’ in Africa and Latin America on infrastructure projects, schools, clinics, roads might actually improve things a lot more than our non-stop wars.”

    That was just before Trump was elected. He pursued a massive infrastructure program, is hampered in attempts to line up with the greatest Marshall Plan in history, the Belt and Road Initiative, by good colonial subjects such as” Armageddon Mike” Pompeo, totally en-raptured .

    Just as the mad SQUAD of AOC, Bernie, et al. chant Green New Deal, the jolly Prince is now displaying utter contempt for a Marshall Plan, physical economics and people. Of course the jolly Prince knows his Canadian subject, Mark Carney of the Bank of England is now in the UN , a position to impose a global green (digital) financial dictatorship, so again Royal hands are not to be stained.
    This time Carney declared an end to democratically elected governments at Jackson Hole, an encore of the dismissal of Whitlam, on a global scale.

    Looks like the sun never sets in the British empire, what?

  40. Unknown to most people, the British monarch is elected, quite literally – although to hide the obvious issue of parliament attempting to over-ride the right of the people to decide the next monarch, the election has been hidden, but it is still there. The electors are the choir of Westminster School and they go through the motions of “a public” election of the monarch (even though most probably have no idea what they are doing).

    For obvious reasons, the British establishment have no wish that any of us plebs find out that there is an election, because we might start using that power to elect someone not to their liking.

    Unfortunately, (as I understand the Anglo-Saxon procedure which is when there was last a free election) the only candidates would be members of the Royal family. However, even so, we still have a right to elect the monarch and therefore the public could just elect William to bypass the idiot Charles.

  41. Her Majesty was not involved in the dismissal of the Whitlam government. The situation was discussed at length by Governor General Sir John Kerr and the Queen’s private secretary, Sir Martin Charteris. The final decision was made by Kerr. The Queen was notified after the event.

  42. This climate thing is all about political power, the power to make people do things they otherwise would not do. For Prince Charles, it’s about more power to the Royals

  43. I always feel so sorry for Harry and William. At the end of the day they have to come home and realize that that idiot is still their father.

  44. Okay, Chuck. Anything you say. How’s your brother Andy these days? Haven’t heard from him in a while, and we’re always interested in his views on everything.

  45. And after admonishing the serfs for their profligate lifestyles, he climbed back into his limo and returned to one of his many castles.

    • If they seize power, the Climate Bolsheviks will deal with the House of Windsor as they did the Romanovs 102 years ago.

      • It’s my expectation that should they get their way, the majority of Climate Bolsheviks will suffer fates not much better.

  46. Back to nature from the Palace. The point is the Prince will not have to live under the consequences of leapfrog our collective progress and accelerate our transition in these efforts.

    If he has the need to accomplish and make his mark he is way off base, too bad.

    • Charles lives in a world of deference. Nothing he says is allowed to be gainsaid: he needs to taken to one side and given a damn good argument.

  47. Said the guy who was born into one of the World’s wealthiest families about spending OPM.

    Maybe someone should would him seriously if he becomes Monarch and then sells off most of his family’s estates and possessions and send the money to the UN.

    • errata: …would take him seriously if…

      The Prince should remember what happened to the his family’s Royal allies, the Romanovs.
      The Climate Bolsheviks will treat the House of Windsor no differently if they seize power in the UK.

  48. I find pictures of Prince Charles quite weird – he is, after all, most unprepossessing – but when his picture is reversed, as in the first pic in the headline, he is positively alien.

    • a popular anti covid restrictions campaigner, one David Icke, has long since claimed the British royal family are lizard people. so perhaps you are right…

  49. Prince Charles, in a speech in London to foreign ministers from the Commonwealth made on February 22, 2019, stated: “I am firmly of the view that the next 18 months will decide our ability to keep climate change to survivable levels and to restore nature to the equilibrium we need for our survival.” (ref: https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2020/02/23/here-we-go-again-ten-years-to-save-planet-says-prince-charles/ )

    Well, Charlie, unless you’ve changed you mind, we only have 11 months left to go on your prediction. Better get to work, eh?

    We, over here in the former Colonies, use a phrase about an argued position “gaining traction”. I would say, old boy, that you are losing traction.

  50. Anyone who could leave a babe like Diana for Camilla is obviously lacking in judgement; his prognostications about the Climate Apocalypse merely prove the theory!
    It is so sad since, as an American, I had always felt a little jealous of the British for having what looked like a strong constitutional monarchy. I thought the royal wedding in 1981 would push the monarchy to even greater heights of respect; which, after the presidencies of Nixon, Ford and Carter, seemed better than what was going in America. Oops! Charles stumbled and bumbled, and Ronald Reagan brought back my pride and respect for American exceptionalism more than any president until the current holder of the office. Now I can’t remember why I ever felt that Prince Charles might make a good, strong King of England!
    I’m beginning to think that the Griffster only comes here to get beaten and pummeled by the other commenters; I suspect a strong masochistic streak; although, when dealing with Progressives, stupidity and insanity are always strong possibilities! Maybe he’s picked up some Biden’s dementia!

    • “Anyone who could leave a babe like Diana for Camilla is obviously lacking in judgement . . .”

      Well, I will just observe that physical beauty does not have a strong, positive correlation to how good someone is the . . .

  51. As soon as I saw this piece on Charlie I couldn’t wait to get to the comments, I wasn’t disappointed cheered me up no end.

  52. Ha, I somehow still like him…considerably.
    The way he speaks is still fascinating and mesmerizing to me, like a spell.

    Even when considering him like saying the all wrong things possible, still it appears real as put in some actual correct order of meaning and purpose… as per the circumstance of origin… very much so.

    Oh, this may really sound to the many here, as less comprehensible, than the statements of the Prince…
    no offense intended though.

    cheers

  53. While he is good for comic relief- I wish he was a tampon. I could flush him away…I don’t like Ad homs, but since it’s a quote it’s OK.

  54. Okay, this is another throwback to the 1918 Spanish Flu that I had not thought about before. Back then there was a focus on fueling and funding the war against the Kaiser onslaught. That focus and war bond funding drive meant news of a pandemic was blacked out in the countries involved in the fight and only neutral Spain had real news being reported. So the pandemic flu became the Spanish Flu because of where it was being reported on. Now we have a shadowboxing war on global warming and the extreme attention to money issues there. Those attempts to keep the focus on the Climate Crusades while competing with pandemic and economic issues is not a blackout but a shouting match and ad placement volume war of attention. The burials will continue while the screamers scream like Charles.

  55. The movie, The Last Emperor comes to mind with Charles. Except in this case the main character is deeply flawed in addition to being irrelevant, not a victim of others or circumstances. He’s just trying to look and sound relevant on the sidelines of a modern world with similar flaws, while drawing a fat royalty check. Throw a few green coins in the hat and he will dance for you.

    • Yes, every Remembrance Day when we sing God Save the Queen here in Toronto I do belt out this particular line…

      At this point Andrew would almost make a better King.

  56. Before attempting to do anything about climate change, it would be wise to at least identify what causes it. The shallow science applied by the consensus, which assumed CO2 as the cause, has failed. Humanity has caused about half of the warming since 1900 as a result of water vapor increase, mostly (about 96%) due to increasing irrigation. (Average global WV is measured and has increased faster than possible from feedback.)

    The rest of warming has been natural from SST cycles and a solar grand maximum which has ended. CO2, in spite of being a ghg, has no net effect on climate. https://watervaporandwarming.blogspot.com The slight warming from increased WV should mitigate, if not outright prevent, the looming disaster of global cooling.

  57. You’re missing the point. He’s just defending the faith of his pagan GreenChurch. If he makes it to a coronation, he will be Fidei Defensor after all.

  58. Just think, we could speed up the rise and fall of the Climate Crusades if Charles would just start wearing a fancy (green) priest outfit with robes and maybe a cloud generator in the over-sized headpiece. I think he is the one to pull this off.

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