Ion Mihai Pacepa - Public Domain, 1975

The Strategic Threat from Net-zero Emissions

This essay, originally published in American Thinker, was reproduced with kind permission from Lord Monckton. It is a deep dive into Lord Monckton’s perceptions of why the world is so messed up and fixated on ruinous Net Zero fantasies.

March 1, 2022

The Strategic Threat from Net-zero Emissions

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

The retreat of the United States and her allies before the Chinese-backed Taliban in Afghanistan and the failure of the West’s feeble attempts at diplomacy in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine share a sinister aetiology that has attracted remarkably little attention. A relentless, targeted campaign of desinformatsiya – systematic reputational destruction or “unpersoning” by Communist front groups posing as environmental campaign entities but in reality fostered, funded and too often founded by Moscow and Beijing – has all but silenced thousands of skeptical climate researchers who had formerly been able to debate the climate question in the sunlight of the agora, and has deterred tens of thousands more who would have spoken out in their support but dare not do so.

Goebbels had developed unpersoning as an art-form in the decades before the Nazis took power in Germany. Anyone who had proven successful in denouncing Corporal Hitler was compelled to endure repeated reputational assaults, until very nearly all who valued their reputations fell silent, allowing Hitler to assume power in 1933. In 1945, when the Allies hung back from Berlin to allow Marshal Zhukov the honour of taking the capital of the Reich in recognition of his gallant defence of Stalingrad, it was the then MGB that we permitted to march into the Mitte district, the seat of government at the heart of Berlin. In Mauerstrasse, they captured the Reichspropagandaamt, then the largest office building in Europe.

Goebbels, having swallowed his own propaganda about the Tausendjahriges Reich, had ordered his officials not to destroy the Propaganda Ministry’s records. The Royal Air Force had bombed one wing of the giant office block, but nearly all of the records were intact. They fell into the hands of the MGB. Within a month, the MGB – later the KGB – had come to understand the efficacy of unpersoning. At once, they founded the Desinformatsiya directorate. Its chief task was to unperson everyone, anywhere in the world, who had publicly opposed Soviet Communism.

The Kremlin appointed General Ion Mihai Pacepa, then the head of the Securitate, the secret police in Ceausescu’s Romania, as the first head of the directorate. He was to hold that post for a third of a century. His first target was Pope Pius XII. The Directorate commissioned a German Communist playwright to draft a play hostile to the Pope, and infiltrated stories about his alleged Nazi-loving, Jew-hating sympathies into fellow-traveling news media throughout the West.

The facts were that in 1937, the Pope, as secretary of state to his predecessor Pius XI, had published Mit Brennender Sorge (“With profound concern”), the first Papal encyclical in a language other than Latin since the Middle Ages, roundly condemning Nazism while all the chancelleries of Europe, applying their habitual policy of the pre-emptive cringe, were cravenly appeasing the Corporal. So successful was the Vatican’s pipeline to get Jews out of the Gestapo’s clutches in Italy that, as soon as it was safe to do so after the War, the Chief Rabbi of Rome and his deputy were both baptized as Catholics. The Chief Rabbi particularly requested that the Pope should stand sponsor for him.

At the Yad Vashem memorial to the Holocaust in Israel, the largest plaque on the memorial wall for those who had stood by the Jews is devoted to Pope Pius XII. Notwithstanding such mere facts, after some years the KGB had succeeded in tarnishing the reputation of the saintly Pope. It was only recently, when the Holy See opened the archives to scholars, that the truth became widely known.

Unpersoning has become a staple technique among Communist front groups throughout the West. For instance, Saul Alinsky devoted two of his dozen Rules for Radicals to advocacy for it. It was and is of particular efficacy in silencing almost all those who would otherwise have dared to question the official narrative on global warming, whose origin in the Desinformatsiya directorate is nothing like as widely appreciated as it should be.

On 28 July 1979, less than three months after Margaret Thatcher had first taken office as the British Prime Minister, the Communist leader of the National Union of Mineworkers, Arthur Scargill, quietly set sail on a Polish freighter bound for St. Petersburg (then Leningrad). There, like Lenin before him, he took a sealed train to Moscow, where he was met and transferred to the Patrice Lumbumba University, where the world’s terrorist rank and file were trained. After just three weeks there, Scargill’s handlers realized that he was a cut above the rest and transferred him to the Lenin Institute, where terrorist leaders such as Yassir Arafat were trained. He spent five months at the Institute, returning on an Aeroflot flight to Paris, where he transferred to a British Airways flight bound for London.

Scargill’s handlers had trained him to emulate the success of the miners’ strike a decade earlier, which had brought down the Conservative government of Edward Heath and replaced it with a Kremlin-friendly Labour administration. He was given funding of at least $30 million that our quants in the intelligence community could trace – a substantial sum in those days – paid via the then Czechoslovak Embassy in London, which the KGB had vainly hoped we were not monitoring.

However, the year before Scargill set sail for St Petersburg, Pacepa had quietly defected to the West. He was perhaps our most important defector in the Cold War. He had warned us the second miners’ strike was coming. No less importantly, he had told us why. Despite the tight control of information in Soviet Russia, the impoverished, suffering citizenry had come to learn that life in the West was far better and freer. Whenever any of us visited the Communist bloc in those days, flashing our orange British Military Mission cards at Checkpoint Charlie, we would wear four or five pairs of jeans, which, like so much else, were unobtainable behind the Iron Curtain. We would give the much-prized jeans to our contacts there. The KGB had reasoned that the West’s economies must be brought down to the wretched Soviet level, and their citizens’ freedoms taken away, so that Soviet citizens would no longer have reason to clamor for the unimaginably wonderful Western lifestyle, jeans and all. The KGB’s weapon of choice at that time was its control over certain Western union leaders

Since energy is the lifeblood of any modern economy, the KGB decided that it would see whether it could bring down the elected government of Margaret Thatcher, the feared “Iron Lady”, by fomenting a miners’ strike. However, thanks to Ion Mihai we were more fully prepared than the Kamitet had realized. Margaret, though still in opposition in 1978, acted on his warnings transmitted to her via the ever-helpful American cousins in the CIA. The special relationship is a wonderful thing. Margaret had already appointed the late Nicholas Ridley, soon to be a member of her Cabinet, to head a committee to devise stratagems for defeating the Kremlin-funded strike whenever it came.

Ridley, apparently an amiable, tweed-clad, hearty-drinking squire from the shires, had – and carefully concealed – the sharpest mind on Margaret’s team. First, he did a deal with the private, non-union port of Felixstowe in rural East Anglia, which quietly installed coal-bunkering facilities. Next, he approached the Poles via Solidarność, Lech Walesa’s anti-Soviet trades union, for which the British Catholic newspaper The Universe had raised some of the earliest funds. He obtained the Poles’ agreement, under the very nose of the Soviet stooge General Jaruzelski, to supply as much coal as we might need in the event of a miners’ strike, for delivery to Felixstowe.

He also persuaded the then-nationalized Central Electricity Generating Board that it should build a load-equalization station – a substantial forebay lake dug out of a mountain-top with a reversible turbine beneath it in the roots of the mountain and a channel to a natural lake at the foot. The previous miners’ strike had shown that at peak hours it was necessary to bring dozens of ancient, inefficient coal-gobbling power stations online. The daily peak was at 7.45 pm, during the commercial break halfway through the daily episode of Coronation Street, then Britain’s most popular soap opera, when every housewife scuttled out to the kitchen to put the kettle on and electricity demand surged.

At night, when electricity from the grid was plentiful and cheap, Ridley’s proposed turbine would be run in reverse to pump water from the lake at the foot of the mountain to the forebay lake at the top. During Coronation Street, grid managers would be able to flip a switch and the water in the forebay would instantly drop straight through the turbine, providing several minutes’ vital boost to the grid to power Nan’s kettle, so that the ancient, coal-guzzling spinning-reserve power stations were no longer needed.

Three questions arose: where to put the load-equalization station, how to defend it against attack by Communist saboteurs, and how to conceal its existence from Russia’s many spies throughout the governing elite and saboteurs in the unions. Ridley’s solutions were characteristically masterly. First, he decided to put it in Wales, which was somewhat less Communist than Scotland, the only other region with the right terrain. The deciding factor was that the station, to be built at Dinorwig, near Caernarfon, was little more than 100 miles from the SAS lines at Hereford. When the miners’ strike began in 1984, the boys of the special forces were kept on constant exercise in the hills around the new power station. No one messes with the SAS, and no one got near it.

The third question – how to conceal Dinorwig from the Kremlin’s spies – was pure genius. Ridley advertised it. He commissioned a commercial showing the load-equalization station being built at night, so that one could not quite see where it was. The ad, in the name of the grid authority, described how the station would work, and ended with a sickening jingle: “We have the power to help you!” sung (if that is the word for it) to a particularly drippy theme. It worked a treat. It was not until weeks before the strike ended that the KGB found out it had been hoodwinked by Ridley’s skilful maskirovka. By then it was far too late. Dinorwig came onstream early in 1985. The strike collapsed in early March that year.

A few weeks before the strike began, Ridley’s committee had dispatched a tall, lean, good-looking lad ostensibly from Margaret’s six-man policy unit at 10 Downing Street on his loud, red, fast Ducati Mike Hailwood Replica motorcycle to a country house somewhere in England. There the lad recruited the late David Hart, a property magnate and close friend of Margaret’s, to visit every pit throughout Britain and talk to the ordinary mineworkers directly. David drove 29,000 miles in his new Mercedes that year, explaining to every mineworker that Scargill had been trained in Moscow and was being funded by the Kremlin.

The lad had been down the pits both in Wales and in Yorkshire. Indeed, he had been put alongside Scargill some years before, at the motor-mouth Communist’s favorite watering-hole, a 15th-century pub in the center of Leeds, a Yorkshire city two hours north of London. Scargill was clubbable, but his politics stank. The lad knew that although the miners’ leaders were Communist the rank and file were not. They were deeply loyal to their country first and foremost and would fiercely resent Scargill’s Moscow connection. In general elections, many of them secretly voted for Margaret.

To ensure that the démarche that would – and did – break the strike was unseen by the many spying eyes in the Civil Service, the lad arranged for David Hart to report daily direct to the Prime Minister and to no one else. David’s first-class memoranda, now publicly available, were a model of punchy concision, and were a great comfort to Margaret, for it is lonely at the top. To keep the operation secret, David established a war room around the walnut grand piano in a grand suite at Claridges, the last place where the KGB would ever think of looking. The lad would amuse the team from time to time by playing the first movement of Beethoven’s moonlight sonata and suchlike soothing pieces.

Eventually, Peter Walker, the not entirely trustworthy Trade and Industry Minister, nominally but not actually in charge of the Government’s response to the strike, discovered the existence of David’s war room at the swank London hotel and angrily telephoned him to say: “You can’t run this strike from Claridges!”

David, unperturbed, said: “Of course not, Minister. You’ll be wanting to speak to the Chairman of the National Coal Board. Here he is now.” And he handed the phone to Sir Ian MacGregor. Weeks later, the strikers were defeated, with the help of an advertising campaign planned and paid for by David. At a personal cost of millions, he took out daily full-page spreads in the national newspapers, saying to Scargill, “Come on, Arthur, gizzaballot!” on ending the strike. Sure enough, the miners’ delegates voted to return to work. David, like all who work for their country in the shadows, never received any thanks or recognition for his unpaid, unsung and uncommonly effective service to his countrymen, on whose behalf I honor his memory here.

The shock in Moscow was palpable. The strike had been defeated by a method the KGB had simply not foreseen, and by a team of whose existence it had been entirely unaware. We had appealed directly to the loyal mineworkers of Britain, over the disloyal, Communist heads of their union. At the lad’s farewell party at 10 Downing Street after the strike had been brought safely to an end, three leaders of the National Working Miners’ Committee founded by David were present – perhaps the first mineworkers ever to set a friendly foot in Downing Street under a Conservative administration.

Now that the Kamitet knew we knew how to thwart such strikes, which had until then been frequent and damaging, it realized it could no longer depend on the Communist union leaderships it had spent decades and tens of millions corrupting. Smarting from its defeat, it was most anxious to find another way to bring the Western economies down and to undermine our enviable prosperity and our precious freedoms, for which the people of Soviet Russia longed.

The Kamitet had already had some success in infiltrating far-Left political lobby groups. In particular, we learned from the Vatican’s intelligence service – often the best-informed in the world, in those days – that the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament was Soviet-controlled, under the influence of a powerfully-placed but profoundly misguided Catholic monsignor who shall remain deservedly nameless.

Building on that success, the Kamitet decided to infiltrate the environmental movement, beginning with Greenpeace. The problem was that the leaders of the movement, such as Patrick Moore, were and are genuine environmentalists, not Communists. Therefore, Greenpeace was infiltrated by thousands of new Communist members. In short order, Patrick and his fellow true environmentalists were pushed out and replaced with Communists. As a rule of thumb, one would not be far wrong in assuming that these days every environmental pressure-group with an innocent-sounding name is, first and foremost, a Communist-led front group, though few of the members – like the miners – are themselves Communist.

By the time the global warming scare was launched into the public square by elaborately-publicized testimony in 1988 before Congress on the part of a many-times-arrested far-Left agitator at NASA, the KGB had seen the potential. The kamitet realized that, if the climate-change narrative could be captured, it would be possible to induce Western ministers and opinion-formers fearful of being unpersoned to fall as culpably silent as the opponents of Nazism in the years leading to Hitler’s takeover in 1933. What was more, Pacepa told us, the KGB, by now firmly in control of the environmental movement, had seen the potential not merely to impoverish and even bankrupt the Western economies but also to inflict upon their peoples so many pettifogging environmental restrictions in the name of Saving The Planet that the freedoms we have long taken for granted would, in effect, be no more.

The growth of the internet greatly facilitated the unpersoning of climate skeptics. For instance, Wikipedia, founded by a pornography merchant, was swiftly captured, whereupon the biographies of climate skeptics were tampered with A single fellow-traveler rewrote the biographies of more than 2000 skeptics, including mine, to recast us as knaves, rogues, idiots or all three. The intelligence community tracked down the agent via his incautious membership of a rowing club in a tiny Cambridgeshire village. He was banned from interfering with Wikipedia entries. However, as the Communists tightened their grip on Wokipedia, driving out the pornographer’s co-founder in despair at its sullen, far-Left prejudice, the agent was reinstated.

YouTube and FaceTwit began shadow-banning skeptics by preventing their internal search engines from returning entries related to or posted by anyone questioning the Party Line on climate. After the massive nationwide campaign of voter fraud organized by the Democrat National Committee in swing States had unexpectedly failed in the 2016 election (for in 2011 I had learned of it from the chief investigator working for Sheriff Arpaio of Maricopa County, AZ, who had discovered it, and I had at once alerted the Republican National Committee), the tech giants doubled down on their censorship of non-Communists, especially climate skeptics.

Google held a staff meeting at its headquarters, at which its largely far-Left leaders reassured its largely far-Left personnel that no such election result would ever be permitted again. In 2020, it was not permitted at all.

Matters were little better on the other side of the Atlantic. Who would have imagined a third of a century ago, when the Berlin Wall was overthrown, that in Britain today a nominally “Conservative” government, under an undue alien influence that it would once have resisted, would be busy shuttering the last of the coal-fired power stations that produce electricity at half the cost of gas-fired power and a quarter of the cost of wind-farms, and would ban gasoline-fired autos, ban fracking of the largest shale gas reserves in Europe, ban extraction of North Sea oil, ban fireplaces and gas-fired central-heating boilers, ban Edison’s incandescent lamps, and even ban the roast beef of old England? Who would have thought that, as a result of these lunatic encroachments and impositions on our freedoms, electric power in Britain, once among the world’s cheapest, would have become the costliest?

Though the Soviet Union collapsed at about the same time as Margaret Thatcher lost office (on the question of Britain’s membership of the European Union, on which – as in much else – she turned out to have been right all along), in 2000 a silent coup orchestrated by Vladimir Putin unseated Boris Yeltsin. By 2004, Putin had installed some 6000 of his former KGB colleagues in key governmental posts in Moscow and in all the regions of Russia. Communism was back. With good reason, the intelligence community describes Putin’s Russia as a DINO – a democracy in name only, an atavistic throwback to the lumbering, murderous, militaristic totalitarianism of old that we had hoped was extinct.

The Kremlin’s capture of the environmental movement was latterly and actively assisted by China, the chosen home of the late UN climate fanatic Maurice Strong (who called himself a “lifelong Socialist”). So successful has been the Communists’ theft and repurposing of the environmental movement, their capture of the climate-change issue and their unpersoning of all who dare to question the Party Line on that subject that by 2004, four years after his coup, Putin himself had become concerned that perhaps global warming was a real problem after all.

That year Putin asked Dr Andrei Illarionov of the Russian Academy of Sciences to hold a climate-change conference with a difference in Moscow. The difference was that, instead of true-believing climate fanatics only, whose unfailing custom was and is to exclude rather than to debate those who disagree with the Party Line, skeptics were invited to participate as well. Putin was genuinely curious to know whether his kamitet’s own propaganda about global warming might, after all, correct.

Andrei looked around the world and decided that Britain’s governing class was the sappiest, most lackwit, most true-believing classe politique on the planet. He invited the government’s then “climate change ambassador”, the chemist Sir David King, to give the keynote address. However, when King arrived at Sheremetyevo airport, he noticed that several prominent skeptics were arriving as well. He tried to turn back and return to the UK. However, the FSB gently but firmly accompanied him to the Kremlin and he was made to give his talk.

Halfway through, Dr Roy Spencer, the skeptic who had won awards for designing, building and operating the microwave-sounding-unit satellites that provide the least inaccurate measure of global temperature (which currently shows no global warming for well over seven years), interrupted King in full flow to say, “Surely, Sir David, you can’t possibly believe that?

Sir David, unfamiliar with the notion of debate, flounced out. The FSB made to intercept him a second time, but Andrei waved them away, replaced King at the microphone and said: “Sir David King has disgraced the name of science, disgraced the name of Britain and disgraced the name of King. But he has taught us one thing. Global warming caused by us was not, is not and will not be a problem”. That is what Andrei later told me he had reported to Putin.

From then on, the Desinformatsiya directorate, joined by its Chinese equivalent, doubled down on unpersoning anyone, anywhere in the West, who had proven successful in publicly opposing the Party Line on global warming. The unelected Kommissars of the European tyranny-by-clerk, easy prey for Communist infiltrators, saw to it that coal-fired power stations with decades of useful life in them were torn down and replaced with combined-cycle turbines powered by Siberian gas, whose unit carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt-hour generated are half those of coal but whose unit cost is twice that of coal.

As competition from coal inexorably diminished, the price of Siberian gas sold to Europe no less inexorably rose. The law of supply and demand is an iron law. It is not up for repeal. Even before the Chinese-virus pandemic, Europe was paying Putin four times the world price for its gas. Now it pays more like eight times the world price; and, on a day in December 2021 when Europe was under a blocking high and the wind did not blow, it rose to 200 times the world price. Putin, on the pretext of addressing an unspecified technical fault in the pipelines but in reality to serve notice on Europe that it was now utterly dependent upon him and him alone to keep the lights on as he prepared to invade Ukraine, had turned the gas off for a few hours. The price had duly and very profitably surged.

Putin has not only succeeded in crippling the Western economies with the global-warming nonsense: he now profiteers directly from our scientifically-illiterate politicians’ economically and strategically half-witted decision to interfere in the energy market by force and remove coal from the energy mix, reducing competition, hiking power prices and rendering Europe and – to a striking degree – the United States dependent upon a hostile foreign power for the preponderance of its energy supply, the lifeblood of its industries. Aluminum smelting, steelmaking, heavy manufacturing and many other energy-intensive enterprises have been driven out to Russia, India and China, which have all repudiated attempts by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to shutter their economies as the West has so eagerly done under the Paris climate accords.

Putin has made a fortune from Siberian gas overpriced as a direct and ineluctable consequence of the Western classe politique’s abject, poltroonish fear of being unpersoned. He has spent it wisely, steadily rebuilding the motherland’s armed forces. He now has five times as many men under arms per head of population, and ten times as many in all, as the United Kingdom, which – under successive, ever-dimmer “Conservative” administrations that ought to have known better – has cut its own armed forces to almost nothing. Putin has 1.4 million men under arms. Only a fifth of them are deployed at the Ukrainian front. He has 15,000 tanks. Britain, laughably, has only 200.

China, like Russia, now profiteers directly by the West’s craven failure to act upon the ancient Roman saw Si vis pacem, para bellum – if you want peace, be ready for war. As invisibly as the Tsar of Some of the Russias and his KGB cronies have rebuilt the Soviet armed forces on the vast profits from Europe’s overpayments for Siberian gas, Xi Jinping, emperor of the Middle Kingdom, has built up Beijing’s armed forces to make them the largest and best-equipped on the planet. He is doing so out of the rapidly growing profits from the sale of lithium carbonate extracted from the vast mines of occupied Tibet by usefully inexpensive slave labor.

What is more, China has quietly been cornering the market in the extraction and supply of lithium carbonate worldwide. Every electric buggy churned out by Tesla and increasingly by other automakers worldwide must have lithium-ion batteries. All other metals are too heavy for the job. As it is, the extra weight of the batteries adds 30% to the mass of an auto and, therefore, 30% to its energy consumption. No sane government would for an instant interfere in the market to force real autos of the road and replace them with buggies that waste energy on that monstrous scale.

Beijing has supported, trained and equipped the Taliban for decades. Once the Democrat administration in Washington (which has long been far too close to Communism for comfort) had done what was expected of it and pulled out the troops, carefully leaving nearly $100 billion in military materiel behind to ensure that the enemies of the West in the region were equipped with nothing but the best, the Taliban rewarded China for its support by granting it effective control of the lithium mines in Afghanistan, by far the largest and most productive in the world.

China has also gained control of lithium mines in Africa via its Belt and Road debt-trap diplomacy scheme. It has bought a placeholder stake in the substantial deposits recently discovered in south-western Greenland (where, by a delicious irony, Communist “environmental” campaigners had succeeded in persuading their government that the lithium should not be extracted, prompting China to reduce its stake). China has a controlling 73% stake in the Cornish lithium mines in south-western England, whose Prime Minister, despite repeated attempts by the intelligence community, cannot be brought to understand the strategic importance of lithium.

China is currently doing a deal with the recently elected Communist president of Chile to secure control of the mines there too. As a result, almost 100% of global lithium production is already under Beijing’s control, and the market in lithium carbonate is denominated not in dollars but in the Chinese currency. As governments panicked by the fear of unpersoning rush to ban affordable, energy-efficient gasoline-powered autos, the price of lithium carbonate has risen sixfold this year alone. Buy some now and put it in the shed. It will be worth dozens of times the cost in a year or two.

If the British Prime Minister’s crazed plan to ban real autos in just eight years’ time were to come to pass, the UK alone would consume almost all of the world’s current supplies of lithium carbonate, as well as half the global annual output of copper and twice the global output of cobalt. Worse still, as the price of electrical power continues to rise as coal-fired stations are needlessly shut down, not only the capital cost but also the running cost of electric buggies will put personal transport – one of the greatest freedoms the West has given to the world – far beyond the reach of the ordinary motorist.

In the real world no longer inhabited by Western politicians, net-zero carbon dioxide emissions are not in practice achievable. As if the scarcity and soaring prices of rare-earth and other essential minerals as artificially increased demand driven by net-zero foolery rapidly outstrips supply were not bad enough, a net-zero electricity grid is simply unattainable. The reason is that once the installed capacity of unreliables (wind and sun) becomes equal to mean hourly demand, as it very nearly does in the US and in the UK, adding more unreliables cannot reduce total grid emissions.

In any event, the requirement to back up unreliables with spinning reserve power from gas-fired power stations wipes out any theoretically obtainable reduction in emissions. Analysis of published grid data in the US shows that, notwithstanding close to 10% of capacity contributed by unreliables, only 0.3% of total grid emissions is being abated. By the time emissions from construction and cabling are taken into account, that 0.3% becomes a net-zero cut in emissions. Forgive the pun.

In any event, net-zero emissions are unnecessary. Climatologists perpetrated a grave error of physics in 1984 when they borrowed feedback method from control theory in engineering physics without understanding it. They forgot the Sun was shining. They added the large solar feedback response to, and miscounted it as part of, the actually minuscule feedback response to the small direct warming by greenhouse gases. Thus, they overstated CO2-driven warming fourfold. After correction, global warming will continue to be, as it has long been, small, slow, harmless, and net-beneficial. Not a cent need or should be spent on attempts – futile in any event – to abate it.

Had it not been for the West’s capitulation to Communist propagandists paid by Russia and China to peddle the official global warming narrative and profiteering by the ineffable strategic immaturity, scientific illiteracy and economic innumeracy of our current generation of politicians, trembling in fear of being unpersoned, the West would never have given Putin the means to rebuild his forces. But it is we who elect the politicians. Irresponsibly, we chose a close-to-Communist administration led by a fumbling geriatric in the United States and an etiolated, clapped-out, effete, no-longer-Conservative administration led by a notorious and all-too-exploitable sexual incontinent in Britain.

Ion Mihai would be appalled. In his handwritten dedication to me on the dedication page of his book Desinformatsiya, he wrote: “Dear Viscount Monckton, Please receive my warm thanks for your tireless exposure of Communism/Progressivism’s economic stupidity and for your valuable help given to those who engaged in the war against Communism and Progressivism. With gratitude, Ion Mihai Pacepa.” Ion Mihai is now merry in Heaven. In 2021 that friend of freedom died and I attended his virtual memorial along with his formidable widow and also the former CIA director who had long been his handler. How sorely we miss him.

The gallant president of Ukraine and the army of brave citizens now fighting not only for their nation’s right to determine its own destiny but also for their very lives have us, the voters of the West, to thank for their existential predicament. After decades of imprudent self-disarmament aggravated by the global-warming stupidity by which we have long been funding the militaristic expansions both of Putin and of Xi, we are scarcely less at fault for the plight of Ukraine than is Vlad the Invader himself.

Christopher Monckton is the third Viscount Monkton of Brenchley

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March 3, 2022 6:40 am

Putrid Putin…Czar Ras-Putin…used Polonium to poison some political opponents and is friends with China…N. Korea…Syria…Iran…Cuba…Venezuela….is clearly an enemy. No trade with Russia and China and N. Korea…all the commies is the only sensible policy.

March 3, 2022 6:46 am

After decades of imprudent self-disarmament aggravated by the global-warming stupidity by which we have long been funding the militaristic expansions both of Putin and of Xi, we are scarcely less at fault for the plight of Ukraine than is Vlad the Invader himself.

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Reply to  observa
March 3, 2022 6:58 am
Reply to  observa
March 3, 2022 7:28 am

Save yourselves–pack up and immigrate to join either the Sierra Club, SEIU, or the UAW. Everyone else is expendable and subject to falling from evacuation flights.

Rod Evans
March 3, 2022 6:47 am

A fine overview of events leading up to the current sad situation in Ukraine which we have allowed to evolve.
Vlad the Invader, will be the permanent title given to the latest dictator to favour force of arms over reasoned debate. The world never seems to learn the actual lessons of history. Tyrants always adopt force as their preferred method, to achieve what they desire.
I just hope if nothing else this crime now taking place in Ukraine, awakens the West and we are once again allowed the core basic right of a free society, I.e. we must be allowed to debate both sides of an argument.
Maybe the BBC could be advised of the changes needed..

Reply to  Rod Evans
March 3, 2022 7:42 am

I hope you are right. But given the number of people who are eager to blame Ukraine and the West for the sins of not being pure enough, I have my doubts that freedom can be saved. A new dark age is descending upon us.

Rod Evans
Reply to  MarkW
March 3, 2022 11:03 am

Mark, your doubts are widely shared and the slide into a new dark age is a definite possibility. Those who’ve accepted absurdities can be persuaded to commit atrocities. Paraphrasing Voltaire.

Richard Page
Reply to  MarkW
March 3, 2022 11:48 am

Agreed, Ukraine is not to blame for this invasion. However, pointing out how certain parties have eased the way for this to happen, should not be condemned either. Flinging around labels on ‘purity’ is imbecilic – not one state player has clean hands in this, although none are as dirty or bloody as Putin’s.

Carlo, Monte
March 3, 2022 6:47 am

Amazing article, CMoB. The clown car of usual suspects inhabiting WUWT won’t like this even one little bit.

Richard Page
Reply to  Carlo, Monte
March 3, 2022 11:50 am

I noticed that on the replies before this. Some people still have a very childlike, black-and-white worldview, don’t they?

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Richard Page
March 3, 2022 3:27 pm

Quite so, and clad with lead-lined clue shields to prevent any penetration of unwanted ideas.

March 3, 2022 6:50 am

Good Lord!
Gallant Ukrainian defenders?
Has the Good Lord ever heard of the Azov Brigade, Right Sector, Svoboda?
Even EU Commissioner von der Leyen knows that, seems to relish it in fact.

Could it be the Good Lord has not noticed who the COP26 organizer, and keynote speaker, is, and whom he right royally denounced in Glasgow.
Is the Good Lord now telling us the Monarchy is captured by ‘ Communists ‘?

Better check the Sun tabloid of 2015 – the Monarchy let the cat out of the bag :

Their Royal Heilness – credit The Sun – YouTube

And wonder then why BoJo offered that Junta a government-in-exile ?

Reply to  bonbon
March 3, 2022 7:26 am

When Prince Charles stated at last year’s COP26 meeting that, in order to implement his Green Reset policy, “we have to put ourselves on a war-like footing” and “we need a vast military-style campaign,” he surely had in mind what has now been launched against Russia.

It is actually not surprising to see a nominally climate skeptic blog, the most viewed, promoting a war-like footing for exactly the Green Great Reset they claim to oppose.

Curiouser and curiouser!

jeffery p
Reply to  bonbon
March 3, 2022 1:48 pm

If you think Price Charles has any stature or sway here (or just about anywhere), you are more divorced from reality than first impressions implied.

Perhaps the only thing here more delusional than your propaganda regurgitations disguised as posts are your replies to yourself.

Bravo! When does the next clown show start?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  bonbon
March 4, 2022 2:00 am

“he surely had in mind what has now been launched against Russia.”

It looks to me like Putin is the one doing the “launching”.

You must be listening to the official Putin news feed to think Russia is under attack by anyone.

Smart Rock
Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 4, 2022 12:12 pm

Bonbon (both of them) are now revealing themselves as shills for Russia. Their formerly incomprehensible ramblings are now replaced by pure anti-Ukraine propaganda.

Best treated by not replying to their comments.

Reply to  bonbon
March 3, 2022 7:43 am

The Ukrainians aren’t pure. We need saint Putin who has never done a bad thing in his life to take over and correct the evil west and banish the sins of the British.

Richard Page
Reply to  MarkW
March 3, 2022 11:52 am

Stop it MarkW – you’re almost as bad as bonbon is, and I always thought he was mad as a hatter.

Rainer Bensch
Reply to  Richard Page
March 4, 2022 4:39 am

Your sarc detector has been switched off by someone?

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  bonbon
March 3, 2022 8:01 am

No country is free from extremists of all sorts. However one thing sure to bring them to the fore is an outside threat. When a dictatorship is under threat internally a made up outside aggressor or threat is a great way to bring the country behind you again. Failing that an ethnic minority of countrymen in a bordering country under threat will do the trick.

It was a technique well used by Roman emperors.

Reply to  bonbon
March 3, 2022 8:30 am

Has the Good Lord ever heard of the Azov Brigade, Right Sector, Svoboda?”

Have you heard of the Black and Tans?

Reply to  fretslider
March 3, 2022 9:16 am

Have you ever heard of the British Blackshirts of Oswald Mosley?

Harry Passfield
Reply to  bonbon
March 3, 2022 11:22 am

You are somewhat lacking in a sense of proportion. You use the word, ‘British’ in relation to the Blackshirts as if they were actually an organisation supported by the British. Big fail.
Sad, really, because, in the past, I have liked some of your posts on (not) CC.

Richard Page
Reply to  bonbon
March 3, 2022 11:56 am

The British Union of Fascists you illiterate idiot, whose main slogan was so similar to the EU’s current one.

Reply to  bonbon
March 4, 2022 6:59 am

Aren’t we really dealing with a hearing loss issue here?

Richard Page
Reply to  fretslider
March 3, 2022 11:55 am

My grandmother’s uncle was shot by the Black and Tans. Just saying.

John Loop
March 3, 2022 6:51 am

Amazing history. Lord Monckton goes far to convince me that there are successful evildoers in this world. And the “gooddoers” are bumblers. We stumble into the future, “arcing” toward “good.” Still, the evildoers look like bumblers when I look at Putin’s current fiasco. We live in [probably have ALWAYs lived in] dystopian times. It is just more noticeable as we are drowning in information -such as Lord Monckton’s. Even science is becoming magic, inventing unknowable worlds. whew…………….

March 3, 2022 7:00 am

A good essay Christopher. I’ve suspected the Chinese and Russian were acting this way for some time and I’m very pleased to see details of the flesh on that bone.

As for unions … I worked in Timex, which I saw described as the last serious strike in the UK. I did an economics course with a young union official called Charlie, who told me how he had gone to the USSR to get trained. Needless to say, he was the one organising the Union strike (after I left). Needless to say, he didn’t finish the economics course.

I would remind you that Hitler was a socialist and that a far better characterisation is between “group-thinkers” who let others do their thinking and “independent thinkers”. Yes, communists and socialists are overwhelmingly group thinkers, easily led by a few into appalling action. It is that gullibility which so often turns them evil, not a “pro-working-class” viewpoint.

Putin himself had become concerned that perhaps global warming was a real problem after all.

A classic example of what I’ve come to call a “hysteria feedback loop”. This is a type of delusion that occurs when propagandists start believing their own lies, as Putin seems about to do. When that occurs, and propagandists start believing their own lies, we get a feedback system where their constant “over-egging” the facts creates positive feedbacks. Each time around the loop, the hysteria (or lies about Jews in WWII) become greater and greater and that changes the boundary of morality that is acceptable to the propagandists often resulting in mass delusion and atrocities.

Because such lies (based on fear of some group) are part of every Totalitarian regime, that is why Totalitarian regimes so often do end up committing such appalling atrocities … it’s just part of a feedback loop.

And, there are also negative feedbacks (sceptics) unless the negative feedback gets repressed by Google … and then what happens?

On Net-Zero: I see no mention of the feedback of increasing energy prices on the cost of producing energy. To put it simply, if something like wind consumes more in energy during manufacture, the closer you get to 100% the higher the price of energy will rise and in theory there is no limit (although in reality governments would fall and end the insanity – or like the soviet 5 year plan, there would be economic collapse etc.) … again a feedback system!! But the consequence is that “net zero” will cost a lot more than even the GWPF think. Because they base the costs on the costs of doing something in a cheap energy economy … not the enormously higher costs of doing everything in an economy as it moves toward Net Zero.

(Too much to comment on … I’ll leave it there)

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Mike Haseler (aka Scottish Sceptic)
March 3, 2022 8:12 am

My first day working in a factory in Bathgate I was met by the entire shop floor walking out on strike. Within a few years the factory was closed. It was typical of many UK factories in the early 1970s, still using prewar equipment and working practices with owners based in the City of London only interested in profits.

The USSR could have saved a great deal of money by just leaving the owners/management on one side and the workers on the other to concentrate on each other and allow the Japanese to take the markets. Electronics, Ship building, Motorcycle, Motor prime but not the only industries gone thanks to management and workers shooting each in the foot.

Peter Fraser
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
March 3, 2022 11:58 am

It was not just Labour disruption that brought the British economy to its knees. An acquaintance was a director of Smiths Instruments which made speedometers and gauges for a very large section of the world motor industry. On returning from Japan he presented a very early digital watch for inspection by a Board meeting. It was passed from hand to hand as an amusing gimmick and discussion resumed on some clockwork problem facing the company. My acquaintance shortly after resigned sold his shares and emigrated.

Reply to  Ben Vorlich
March 4, 2022 1:00 am

Timex was killed by the Unions. Dundee used to have a lot of jute mills, they closed. Then Timex started producing watches there with a peak of 30,000. But that scaled back and when I went there it was attempting to get into electronics and doing it quite successfully. But every so often there was a strike, and I even nearly caused one … by carrying a coat stand between two offices (only people in brown coats can move coat stands). However, it was quite successful in electronics for a while.

At one point (due to Timex and NCR) Ford were thinking of moving operations from Spain to Dundee, that was great news for the city. And, I assumed everyone would be in favour, because it more or less secured jobs and better pay for anyone with relevant experience.

But the (local) unions would have none of it, because Ford were attracted by the (relatively) low pay rates …. which was caused by the high unemployment in Dundee. But, I could see that would quickly change if Dundee became a focus of electronics and Ford would do that. But no, the Union took its members in Dundee on strike … to stop reducing unemployment in Dundee.

I couldn’t see much point in staying in the company after that … and neither could Timex. I left, and then about a year later, they shut down the works and had the longest strike in Scottish history (Something like that).

But it wasn’t all one-sided … the management were pretty pathetic as well. And, it didn’t help that they employed ex union people for negotations with the Union … which just made it into a conflict. Old style conflictual management with old stype conflictual unions egged on by the USSR.

R Taylor
March 3, 2022 7:14 am

As much as we want to blame Russia and China, there are many in the west who instinctively genuflect. Today’s example of the madness:

Reply to  R Taylor
March 3, 2022 7:30 am

Do you know there was a Chinese National at the key “28gate” meeting where the Biased Broadcasting Cult decided that it would become a climate cult pushing climate alarmism?

Why was there a Chinese national there?

Reply to  Mike Haseler (aka Scottish Sceptic)
March 3, 2022 8:25 am


The BBC can’t stop itself……..

Reply to  R Taylor
March 3, 2022 9:40 am

My favourite line…

She stressed that fossil fuels, and Europe’s reliance on exported oil and gas from Russia, were “funding the war”.

Dr Svitlana Krakovska says more renewable energy is needed.

March 3, 2022 7:39 am

No doubt the usual suspects will soon be posting, condemning Lord Monckton as being a Russia hating bigot.

Reply to  MarkW
March 3, 2022 8:37 am

He is certainly very free and easy with actual facts…

Reply to  griff
March 3, 2022 9:14 am

You even don’t know what facts are.

Reply to  Krishna Gans
March 3, 2022 9:37 am

Reminds me of Simon trying to be snarky the other day and declaring that had Trump still been in office, Putin wouldn’t have invaded the Ukraine.
These trolls are so disconnected from reality, they don’t even know what reality is anymore.

Reply to  MarkW
March 3, 2022 11:13 am

I believe if Trump was still in office, Putin invading the Ukraine would have been less likely.
Putin would not have the income to do so since we would have become energy independent and the price of oil on the international market would be at least half of what it is now.
Trump would have continued the Keystone pipeline and continued obstructing the Russian pipelines. Trump would not have abandoned our bases in Afghanistan like Biden did and let the world know that the U.S. is led by total incompetents.

Putin has had troops by the Ukrainian border for at least 8 years biding their time for conditions favorable for invasion. With Biden’s inauguration, conditions became more favorable.

Reply to  Brad-DXT
March 3, 2022 3:39 pm

I strongly suspect that Trump would have started to send weapons a lot sooner than Biden did.

Richard Page
Reply to  MarkW
March 3, 2022 12:03 pm

He did score an own goal there didn’t he? Funny to see.

Reply to  Krishna Gans
March 3, 2022 1:00 pm

When one refers to facts as ‘actual facts’, it gives a tell as to the way they think and provide information to others.

facts is facts. lies is lies. mebbe someday griff will learn to tell the ‘actual’ truth.

Reply to  griff
March 3, 2022 9:34 am

As well he should be.
Everyone should be free and easy with actual facts.

I’m still waiting for you to do be so.

Reply to  griff
March 3, 2022 9:49 am

By “usual suspects”, I think MarkW meant you, Griff.

Reply to  griff
March 3, 2022 10:20 am

Dear Griff, that’s exciting. I’m dying to know the details. Don’t keep me in suspense. Please tell me which facts. We need to know the truth.

Reply to  griff
March 3, 2022 11:20 am

Perhaps you could point out the errors of fact in Lord Monckton’s article.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Graemethecat
March 3, 2022 12:48 pm

Do you for instance believe this:

“After the massive nationwide campaign of voter fraud organized by the Democrat National Committee in swing States had unexpectedly failed in the 2016 election (for in 2011 I had learned of it from the chief investigator working for Sheriff Arpaio of Maricopa County, AZ, who had discovered it, and I had at once alerted the Republican National Committee)”

Just to be clear, what Mr. Monkton is asserting here is that in 2011, long before Trump was even thinking of running and before Obama’s second term as president the DNC was planning a campaign of voter fraud in 5 years time. Furthermore this fraud was “discovered” by the “chief investigator” of a sheriff’s office in Arizona which wasn’t even a swing state. And then perhaps most surprisingly of all the chief investigator decided not to tell any but only Mr. Monkton who informed the RNC.

I am also completely unaware of any ban by the UK government on roast beef.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Izaak Walton
March 3, 2022 3:20 pm

Just to be clear, what Mr. Monkton is asserting here is that in 2011, long before Trump was even thinking of running and before Obama’s second term as president the DNC was planning a campaign of voter fraud in 5 years time.

¿Comprende mucho?

Try reading again.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Carlo, Monte
March 3, 2022 4:01 pm

Mr. Monkton states: “in 2011 I had learned of it”. Or in other words 5 years before the 2016 election the DNC was so worried that they might lose they had already decided on a campaign of voter fraud without knowing who was going to run or who the opponent would be. The timeline is just nonsense.

Paul Blase
Reply to  Izaak Walton
March 3, 2022 4:11 pm

The Democrats have been using voter fraud for a very long time. Trump won in the first place because they had been focusing on state and local elections and assumed the national election; a mistake that they remedied in 2020. Read Molly Hemingway’s “Rigged”.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Paul Blase
March 3, 2022 4:52 pm

Firstly there is no evidence of significant voter fraud in US elections. You are more likely to get hit by lighting than to vote fraudulently.

Secondly the problem with democrats is that they have neglected state and local elections. The Republicans realised before the 2010 elections that being in charge of redistricting after the census they could alter the outcome of national elections and so they have focussed on state elections. The democrats thus find themselves at significant disadvantage when it comes to congressional elections since they need to get about 55% of the vote to get a majority of the seats.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
March 3, 2022 7:43 pm

When was your divorce from reality finalized? Democrat officeholders in Democrat machine jurisdictions actually enforcing the law to reduce the count of fraudulent Democrat votes? Perish the thought.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
March 3, 2022 7:41 pm

The Democrat Party has used machine politics to engage in massive vote fraud, keeping itself competitive across the country and dominant in some localities (like New York City), since at least the middle of the 19th century when Tamany Hall made a name for itself.

Reply to  Kemaris
March 4, 2022 6:30 am

Machine politics has been quite famous for it’s ability to manufacture enough votes to keep Democrats in power in Chicago and Illinois. It’s were the dead first learned to vote.

Marky T.
Reply to  Graemethecat
March 4, 2022 4:57 am

Since this article has a photo of Ion Mihai Pacepa, let’s check something about him, shall we ?

Claim: Pacepa was the head of some directorate for a “third of a century”.

The Kremlin appointed General Ion Mihai Pacepa, then the head of the Securitate, the secret police in Ceausescu’s Romania, as the first head of the directorate. He was to hold that post for a third of a century.

Fact: Pacepa was head of Securitate only for 6 years after which he defected to the West. Wikipedia:

In 1957, Pacepa was appointed head of the Romanian intelligence station in Frankfurt, West Germany, where he served for two years. In October 1959, Minister of the Interior Alexandru Drăghici appointed him as head of Romania’s new industrial espionage department, the S&T (short for Ştiinţă şi Tehnologie, meaning “science and technology” in Romanian) of Directorate I. He was the head of Romanian industrial espionage, which he managed until he defected in 1978.[3] Pacepa claimed he was involved with the establishment of Romania’s automobile industry,[4] and with the development of its microelectronic, polymer, and antibiotic industries.

From 1972 to 1978, Pacepa was also President Nicolae Ceauşescu‘s adviser for industrial and technological development and the deputy chief of the Romanian foreign intelligence service.

On which planet are 6 years a third of a century ?

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  griff
March 3, 2022 11:32 am

Go on then, what did he get wrong?
If you don’t answer I’ll presume you don’t have anything at all.

Richard Page
Reply to  griff
March 3, 2022 12:02 pm

I thought that he was spot on with most of it. Except for the $30 million – I was under the impression there was a hold up getting the money through after initially trying through East Germany so it was paid just after the strike ended and was kept as a ‘war chest’ for future actions.

Reply to  griff
March 3, 2022 12:18 pm

You’re free and easy with nonsense.

Paul Blase
Reply to  griff
March 3, 2022 4:08 pm

Please justify that remark.

Reply to  griff
March 4, 2022 12:15 am

As they say on Wikipedia, citation needed.

Ben Vorlich
March 3, 2022 7:52 am

I remember driving past Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station near Nottingham regularly, and other Trent Valley power stations less often, in the two years prior to that miners strike. Each time the stockpile of coal was bigger than the last. It was obvious that the strike was doomed to fail even without anything else. But while the Nottinghamshire pits kept working the NUM were fighting a losing battle. Everything else wss minor and at the edge

Two things stand out in my memory of that strike. How the police monitored Motorway exits for “Flying Pickets” heading for Nottingham Pits, stopping suspects. Proving that the populace would accept strick police control for the greater good – CV19 for example. Second the reward the Notts miners got was pit closures and 40 years of neglect, culminating in the Red Wall falling to an untrustworthy liar promising to Level Up. Thanks to Putin (Thatcher and Galtieri again) Johnson despte everything will remain PM, proving once again you don’t have to be a good leader just a lucky politician

March 3, 2022 7:56 am

WUWT is promoting a war-like footing for exactly the Green Great Reset they claim to oppose.

When Prince Charles stated at last year’s COP26 meeting that, in order to implement his Green Reset policy, “we have to put ourselves on a war-like footing” and “we need a vast military-style campaign,” that has now been launched against Russia, planned well before Ukraine, and has nothing whatsoever to do with Ukrainian citizens.

COP26 became FLOP26, and now we see a world war declared on any state that refuses the Green Great Reset, especially Russia and China.

And here we have a blog fully in lock-step with the very Green Great Reset they fume about!

WUWT and Ukraine have been swindled!

alastair gray
Reply to  bonbon
March 3, 2022 8:50 am

Read Sun Tzu “The Art of War”


Putin and Xi can see us heading like Gaderene lemmings over the cliff and they gently fan the flames. by overtly pandering to the Eco-Guff that Our idiot political class espouses while planning our destruction.

How you can interpret Monckton’s article to a support of a Great Reset is beyond me. The Great reset is an unholy cabal of a financial elite with a set of Totalitarian powers.
What we need is a way of countering all the insidious and unreasoning nonsense that holds our leaders in mindless thrall

Reply to  alastair gray
March 3, 2022 9:22 am

Step back – the total financial warfare declared against Russia was precisely planned long before the Ukraine war. When COP26 utterly failed, see what Prince Charles openly declared, quoted above.
Who opposed COP26, why none other than Russia and China.
Whether the Good Lord fell into the trap, and WUWT, we will soon see.

Anyway look at total financial warfare can do – that is exactly the Great Reset sped up. This is already hitting the US and EU hard – we are being reset right under our noses.

alastair gray
Reply to  bonbon
March 3, 2022 10:46 am

Sorry sweetie I did not realise what gruesome war crimes were being perpetrated on our heroic Russian friends by these ghastly Ukrainian bandits at the behest of our gormless tree-hugger. And that poor much maligned brother skeptik Putin. my heart goes out to him. The climatistas will stop at nothing and we at WOWT are useful iodiots in their poisonous ploys. Keep taking the Navachok and listen to the voices

Reply to  bonbon
March 3, 2022 9:38 am

bonbon really does get his panties in a knot whenever communists are opposed.

Reply to  bonbon
March 3, 2022 11:14 am

You completely misunderstand what Prince Charles was saying at Glasgow.
He was parroting the mantra that Joanna Lumley was saying namely that combatting climate change requires the UK to go on a war footing.
Read the WUWT post on 27 October 2021,
“Actress Joanna Lumley calls for Rationing and social climate credits”.
The idea that Prince Charles was somehow predicting an attack in the Ukraine,” a vast military campaign” for refusing to implement the Great Reset is total nonsense.

Paul Blase
Reply to  bonbon
March 3, 2022 4:13 pm

How, precisely, is WUWT doing this? Giving the historical facts is not promoting conflict.

March 3, 2022 8:12 am

“the West’s feeble attempts at diplomacy in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine”

If I told you the West had ignored its guarantees and assurances – not one inch Eastward – would it really be any less believable than the West’s obsession with Net Zero and economic suicide?

Can you spot the similarity?

Fort Laramie Treaty 1868: Native resistance to the treaty’s violation culminated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, after which government troops flooded the region. By that time, Congress had ended the nearly 100-year-old practice of making treaties with individual Native American tribes, declaring in 1871 that “henceforth, no Indian nation or tribe… shall be acknowledged or recognized as an independent nation, tribe or power with whom the United States may contract by treaty.”

U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s famous “not one inch eastward” assurance about NATO expansion in his meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on February 9, 1990, was part of a cascade of assurances about Soviet security given by Western leaders to Gorbachev and other Soviet officials throughout the process of German unification in 1990 and on into 1991, according to declassified U.S., Soviet, German, British and French documents posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University

Agreements made and agreements ignored.

Richard Page
Reply to  bonbon
March 3, 2022 12:18 pm

Useless idiot. Honestly – you’re as bad as Griff – just because a document was written does not mean that the other parties agreed to it. Show me the signatures, please? The Germans at the time, who were desperate to unite the halves of Germany, would have agreed to this as the price to be paid for reunification. However, when presented to the American delegation, they flatly refused and wouldn’t agree to that stipulation at all. And that is where it stayed – as a failed proposal that was never fully agreed to.

jeffery p
Reply to  fretslider
March 3, 2022 12:23 pm

Pleeze. When was the last time Putin followed any agreement?

jeffery p
Reply to  fretslider
March 3, 2022 2:00 pm

Unfortunately, American presidents often do not feel the need to live up to promises made by previous administrations. A written treaty is better, but still no guarantee promises will be kept and obligations observed.

We also promised Ukraine, for example, to protect them in exchange for giving up their nuclear weapons after the dissolution of the USSR.

And while we’re talking about truths and promises, Putin is a lying thug and a war criminal.

Barry Anthony
March 3, 2022 8:14 am

Remember the last time a geopolitical conflagration caused the price of wind and sunlight to spike?

Yea, me neither.

Let’s face it. The West’s addiction to fossil fuels for electrical generation and transportation has made us fatally vulnerable to market manipulation, the whims of corporate greed, and the capricious winds of political prejudice and conflict. And the fact that these interests have much of Washington in their pocket only exacerbates our strategic weakness.

The supply of fossil fuels is declining, unreliable, expensive on a number of fronts, and environmentally toxic. These realities are documented to a point that makes any push-back an exercise in absurdity.

Let’s stop using fossil fuels wherever possible. We have better solutions. Renewables and storage are the solutions.

Roughly 91% of all extracted petroleum is burned. That’s the part that the increasing installation of wind/solar/storage is going to stop, not using it for other important industrial applications. We need petroleum for lots of things: Roads, fertilizers, plastics and lubrication for EVs and wind turbines. (In fact, one of the smartest things we can do with petroleum or natural gas is lubricate a wind turbine. Use the lubricant, RECYCLE it, and use it again.) The absolute DUMBEST thing we can do with petroleum or NG at this point is burn it. Once we do that, it’s gone, nothing but pollution.

The dominance of renewables is inevitable.

Reply to  Barry Anthony
March 3, 2022 9:28 am

The dominance of renewables….That sounds just like a paraphrase of Krushchev’s UN about the dominance of communism. Appears that your real beliefs are exposed.

Reply to  Slowroll
March 3, 2022 9:40 am

He’s been making the claim for the last few days that by 2030, Germany is going to be 100% renewable powered.

Reply to  Barry Anthony
March 3, 2022 9:39 am

Renewables don’t work and storage doesn’t work.
Might as well collapse society and start using stones for tools right now.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  MarkW
March 3, 2022 10:45 am

Next up: batterycarboi.

Reply to  Barry Anthony
March 3, 2022 11:17 am

Don’t be an idiot, BareRant.

Countries that rely the most on unreliable renewables had their energy prices spike the most. Why? Anyone with half a brain can figure this out, BareRant. That leaves you out so I’ll explain. Renewables only work if there’s sufficient back-up to get them through the inevitable periods of no wind and no sun. DUH. In the case of solar, that’s the whole winter. But sufficient battery back up doesn’t exist to keep the grid going and likely won’t ever exist as it would quintuple the cost of the unreliable renewables.

If a country didn’t invest in enough fossil fuel resources to back up their unreliable renewable powered grid they have to pay other countries for electricity and/or fossil fuels whenever their grid craps out. Without control of their own resources, they’re at the mercy of the international market which IS, without a doubt, influenced by geopolitical instability.

I can’t believe that you’re just being stupid, it would take years of watching MSNBC or reading the Grauniad, to get that stupid. I’m guessing that you have an agenda.

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Barry Anthony
March 3, 2022 11:36 am

Do you do stand up?

Harry Passfield
Reply to  Barry Anthony
March 3, 2022 11:36 am

I’ve figured you out, ‘Barry’: You’re a candle-oligarch. You’re pushing ruinables so that you can rake in the profits of candle-making and supply!

Rod Evans
Reply to  Barry Anthony
March 3, 2022 11:37 am

The only way renewables or unreliables to give them their correct name, will dominate is via mandated state edicts designed to shut down all alternative energy options.
With that in mind you could be right but the cost to society and civilisation will be unbearable and destructive.

Reply to  Rod Evans
March 3, 2022 6:16 pm

The candle market will be so huge that there would be room for many entrepreneurs — if there was still a way to get the raw materials

Reply to  Barry Anthony
March 3, 2022 11:43 am

“…The supply of fossil fuels is declining, unreliable, expensive on a number of fronts…”

And renewables unreliables are even more expensive than that.

Mike Lowe
Reply to  Barry Anthony
March 3, 2022 12:18 pm

More of the usual BS from BA!

jeffery p
Reply to  Barry Anthony
March 3, 2022 12:26 pm

So why does your ilk do everything it can to stop other energy sources? If you truly believed in the inevitable dominance of renewables then you wouldn’t stand in the way of fossil fuels and nuclear.

Reply to  jeffery p
March 3, 2022 1:50 pm

If you truly believed in the inevitable dominance of renewables then you wouldn’t stand in the way of fossil fuels and nuclear.

Deep down he knows that the only way “renewables” will “dominate” is if other options aren’t allowed.

jeffery p
Reply to  Barry Anthony
March 3, 2022 2:05 pm

We depend upon China for renewable energy. The key components are built in China. China also controls a majority of the raw materials needed to manufacture the components of wind turbines and solar cells.

So we can surrender to Russia now and China later, as you advocate, or we can harvest and use our own energy sources and not be dependent upon either.

Reply to  Barry Anthony
March 3, 2022 4:16 pm

Lots and lots of down votes won’t alter reality. It would not matter if the earth is a hollow shell filled with oil and there is no global warming or pollution. There is a finite supply of petroleum and it will be exhausted. That’s reality.
The corollary is that, when (not if) petrochemicals run out, a significant portion of the world’s population must die. Current world civilization is built on oil.
So arguments about global warming and renewables are moot. Change is inevitable.

Reply to  Guard4her
March 3, 2022 5:26 pm

There’s 300 to 400 years worth of oil left, more than 1000 years of coal left.
There’s 10’s of thousands to several millions of years worth of the various radioactive isotopes that have been proposed for nuclear power. By the time those run out, who knows what else might have been invented.

Switching away from fossil fuels to something that doesn’t work because thousands of years in the future fossil fuels will run out is something so stupid that only a deep green could come up with it.

Barry Anthony
Reply to  MarkW
March 3, 2022 5:40 pm

There’s 300 to 400 years worth of oil left, more than 1000 years of coal left.

I would ask you to source that claim, but we all know that there isn’t a remotely credible report that puts forth those kinds of numbers. The reality is that feasibly accessible petroleum and NG, used at the current levels, will run out in less than 50 years. Coal, 100, tops.,levels%20and%20excluding%20unproven%20reserves).


Reply to  Barry Anthony
March 3, 2022 7:49 pm

Another demonstration that you are too stupid to understand the definition of “reserves” in this context. To count toward the reserves, it must bother be demonstrated to exist and be economically exploitable at current market prices. The recent war, by driving up the price of oil, has dramatically increased the available reserves by that definition.

Reply to  Barry Anthony
March 3, 2022 8:36 pm

One of these days you will actually learn the actual meanings of the terms you use. But since you don’t want to, I doubt you will ever try.

My first suggestion is to spend some time learning exactly what a proven reserve is, and then hang your head in shame, assuming you still know what shame is.

BTW, sources that you consider to be credible inevitably prove not to be. Much like rumors of your intelligence.

Reply to  Barry Anthony
March 4, 2022 2:02 pm

Its worse that we thought!!!!!!!!!

Wow, worldmeter, another countdown clock. I am REALLY scared now!

Now as to CNN, they are assuming that all the ANTI ff bs going on will obstruct drilling, etc. AND oil prices will stay low.

Keep oil at 115a barrel for any extended length of time, and the PROVEN reserves will skyrocket.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Barry Anthony
March 3, 2022 8:38 pm

Now I get it.
You think you are the Borg

Everything is inevitable

David Roger Wells
March 3, 2022 8:14 am

After a decade of me emailing politicians to this effect pointing out their mindless impotent idiocy they do not and will not listen. Only when Putin uses his massive nuclear force to blackmail us into submission will our imbecilic politicians recognise their cockup. Long before now and especially after the annexation of Crimea the West should have put a ring of steel around Ukraine. At whatever point in time Putin or his successor confronted by the same nuclear threat it could go either way so we might as well contend the issue now because if he gets stuck into Poland or the Baltic states one way or the other it will have to happen. You cannot appease a tyrant we have to have the guts to face him down and take the risk otherwise Putin will do what he likes knowing we are not prepared to face him down.

When you are in a hole and Putin most certainly is you should stop digging but Putin knows that if he loses face now he is gone so now is the best time because we have to remember Putin is just a brutal warmongering thug. Why is the West blowing huge holes in the road where that 44 mile convoy is we don’t have to touch Putin’s vehicles just make sure they cannot proceed any further. If we don’t intervene now when will we correctly recognise the threat Putin poses to the West. What happens if China and Russia team up to intimidate the West? What happens if China decides to do the same to Taiwan and uses its hypersonic threat to directly intimidate America knowing these blasted weapons cannot be intercepted?

It males no difference whether America has hypersonic or not because a first strike could easily take out stealth bombers before they get airborne.

Farting about with the nonsense of Co2 and wasting billions on wind and solar whilst Putin and Xi Jinping poor billions of our money into their ability to threaten us has always been a fools errand. Boris Johnson has a communist at the heart of his cabinet and a neo communist for a wife. PETER HITCHENS: Fellow Marxists searched Professor Susan Michie’s baby’s pram for propaganda | Daily Mail Online

Reply to  David Roger Wells
March 3, 2022 8:46 am

“ After a decade of me emailing politicians to this effect”… you have earned beatification

March 3, 2022 8:36 am

This is the most extraordinary work of fantasy since Lord of the Rings!

riddled with basic errors and inconsistencies…

Dinorwig started construction in 1974 when Ridley wasn’t even in govt… he was in no govt position related to Dinorwig even after 1979…

Arthur Scargill on a Russian freighter in late July 1979? He seems to have been interviewed on UK TV in early August 1979

Please do some basic fact checking and correct this embarrassment

Richard Page
Reply to  griff
March 3, 2022 1:00 pm

Having fact checked your fact checking, I can find no record of an august interview. The last interview I found for 1974 was Thames TV on July 4th 1974. Please provide more information as it appears Mr. Scargill had made several visits to Moscow prior to this, even apparently meeting Kruschev when younger.

Reply to  Richard Page
March 3, 2022 3:43 pm

“The interview, from 1979, was with Arthur Scargill of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), who was to be a candidate in the forthcoming NUM presidential election. The interviewer apparently sought to distinguish between the politics of Scargill and that of another potential left-wing candidate, Mick McGahey.”


Don’t know if this was in August, though. 1979, not 1974.

Reply to  griff
March 3, 2022 3:13 pm

There was a brief period after the fall of the USSR when the archives were opened. There are Soviet documents that directly prove the complicity of Moscow and Scargill. example

Monckton was privy to stuff we normal mortals usually never know about. If he misconstrued a few things that’s nothing compared with the light he has shone into a very dark corner. Anyway, his comments about the importance of Dinorwig are spot on.

Michael in Dublin
March 3, 2022 8:42 am

Some of us who have an interest in history, were reading Solzhenitsyn fifty years ago, have lived in a Marxist country – with a tyrant responsible for the deaths of many of his own people – and seen the folly of those who have been devoted to Communism must feel a little baffled by Putin. Is he shrewd or wily? I doubt he wants to resurrect the USSR – unscrambling 15 eggs or republics. What does he hope to gain by the Ukraine invasion and for whom?

I have no idea of Putin’s plans and motives and I certainly do not trust the media to give me a reliable insight. The present Western leaders are possibly the worst in my lifetime. Perhaps there in an analogy in the irrational actions of scientists and educated people who refuse to test their alarmist climate tenets. On the other hand those who drafted the succinct and clear CLINTEL climate declaration, have no fear of open discussion of their statement. Perhaps the problem is that we cannot briefly, clearly and accurately sum up what is happening in Ukraine with suggestions for a peaceful resolution.

Reply to  Michael in Dublin
March 3, 2022 9:30 am

Putin stated it extremely clearly – no NATO nuclear weapons in Ukraine, under any circumstances. Then Zelenskyy announced at the Munich Security Conference the intention to acquire nukes. That was the red-line. Problem is MSM reporting nothing of this, that simple. Better immediate action, rather than waiting for a reverse Cuban Missile Crisis – maybe you remember this :

Thirteen Days – YouTube

Now look at BoJo, Biden, Leyen Macron, and then JFK, Putin, Trump.

Reply to  bonbon
March 3, 2022 9:43 am

NATO doesn’t have nuclear weapons. Individual NATO countries do, but the alliance itself does not.
Even if Ukraine did acquire nukes, so what? Ukraine was never a threat to Russia.

Richard Page
Reply to  MarkW
March 3, 2022 12:28 pm

Ukraine with nuclear weapons would be a threat to Russia. The chance, however, of them succeeding in getting hold of them would be remote. For a start most Ukrainians were (not sure if they still are) against nukes, also I believe Ukraine signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaties as well so they’d be breaching international obligations. Lastly, I don’t see many countries being in favour of a country in the grip of, essentially, a civil war, that has swung between a pro-east and pro-west stance and with the level of corruption it has, getting it’s hands on weapons of mass destruction.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Richard Page
March 4, 2022 7:18 am

Ukraine signed the Lisbon Protocol in May 1992 for the return of all nuclear weapons in Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine to Russia. By 1996 it had returned all it’s nuclear weapons and by March 2012 also returned all it’s stocks of highly enriched uranium (HEU).

It is a signatory to the NPT, the Partial Test Ban Treaty, and START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty)

jeffery p
Reply to  MarkW
March 3, 2022 12:39 pm

There’s not much point in debating facts with a propagandist.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  MarkW
March 3, 2022 1:06 pm

What if Cuba acquired nukes? Would that be a so what? Putin may be the most evil on earth, but stupidest, probably not.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 4, 2022 2:34 am

Castro lobbied the Russians to nuke the U.S. with the nukes they had in Cuba.

Fortunately, the Russians were not insane, like Castro, and declined to participate in starting World War III.

I don’t know if the current Russian leader is sane or not. He’s not acting very sane.

jeffery p
Reply to  bonbon
March 3, 2022 12:39 pm

The Moscow Circus must be in town because the clowns are here!

Gary Pearse
Reply to  bonbon
March 3, 2022 1:01 pm

Interesting that Putin’s first objective of the invasion was to bomb Ukraine’s Institute of Physics laboratories in a building in Karkhov and to secure the Chernobyl site. The Institute was once one of the leading nuclear research labs for nuclear weapons in the Soviet Union stretching back to 1938.

The invasion followed the Zalenski speech in Germany where he alluded to acquisition of nuclear weapons. Was that the timing?

Richard Page
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 3, 2022 2:02 pm

The institute stopped being one of the leading nuclear research centres in 1941 when all research materials and scientists were evacuated to Moscow in advance of the German occupation. They never regained their status but contributed to the Soviet nuclear effort up to the fall of the Soviet Union. Since independence lack of funding and a strong anti-nuclear focus effectively shut down most nuclear research.
Now, having said all that, do you know something about the Institute of Physics research that I may have overlooked?

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Richard Page
March 5, 2022 8:59 am

A late reply, probably you will miss. The fact that Russia invaded immediately after Zalensky said in the Munich speech that he would or wanted to acquire nuclear wespons (that part since removed from the video and not reported in MSM) suggests they know enough to be concerned. The Institute was staffed and busy when russian troops arrived to take it over.

March 3, 2022 9:17 am

I have been carefully following what is going on in Ukraine. Putin’s aggressions do not surprise me, nor does the history of the communist attempts to infiltrate everything they could, as I grew up with that cloud hanging over our heads. I’m probably the only one who remembers any references to the John Birch Society, which we would now label a “watch-dog group”. They were right. The lefties were coming and all the stuff going on now was planned a long, long time ago.

I do, however, enjoy the images of Russian tanks getting mired in mud and unable to function, never mind the other vehicles being blown up and made useless by Ukrainians. It ain’t going quite as Vlad had planned.

Well, that song is right: freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.

I also cook.

Thanks, Lord Monckton. I appreciate this more article than you know.

Pat Frank
March 3, 2022 9:45 am

The lad would amuse the team from time to time by playing the first movement of Beethoven’s moonlight sonata and suchlike soothing pieces.

A lad’s dead give-away. 🙂

Richard Page
Reply to  Pat Frank
March 3, 2022 12:31 pm

Yeah, I spotted a couple of give-aways like that. Lord Chris has certainly seen life’s rich tapestry.

Martin Pinder
March 3, 2022 2:00 pm

Lord Monckton remarks that Boris Johnson is a sexual incontinent. That’s not the first time I have heard a comment about him in that area. I read an article in Unherd saying that Bojo was a ‘serial adulterer’.

Reply to  Martin Pinder
March 4, 2022 1:48 am

BoJo has, to certain knowledge, seven children by three different women. Two he married.

March 3, 2022 2:17 pm

There are no words to describe Christopher Monckton. He is amazing. The only thing lacking is the main stream media. This information needs to get out to the average Joe. It needs to be divided up into shorter segments, many average Joes won’t read anything this long. This is magnificent, I salute Lord Monckton.

Paul Blase
March 3, 2022 4:04 pm

Which might explain why the Russian climate models tend to be better than ours. They’re not based on propaganda.

March 3, 2022 5:02 pm

A wonderful detailed devastating historical account Lord Monckton!
Thank you!

Reply to  ATheoK
March 4, 2022 8:28 am

…and complete fiction, from start to finish.

Reply to  griff
March 4, 2022 8:59 am

Care to actually refute any of it?

March 3, 2022 9:36 pm

Somehow, we got to a point where weakness was synonymous with goodness.

This leads to fallacies like the notion, promoted by left wing atheists of course, that Christian values entail socialism and pacifism.

March 4, 2022 1:41 am

I am surprised that Lord Monckton has omitted any mention of Communist infiltration of the Catholic Church. Bella Dodd was an Italian-American. She joined the Communist Party of the USA but later left. Afterwards, she wrote:
“In the late 1920s and 1930s, I personally put eleven hundred men into the priesthood in order to weaken the Catholic Church from within. The idea was for these men to be ordained and progress to positions of influence and authority as Monsignors and Bishops…“Right now they are in the highest places where they are working to bring about change in order to weaken the Church’s effectiveness against Communism.”
It is also of interest that the Vatican signed a secret agreement with Communist China which gives the Chinese (Communist) Government control over the appointment of Catholic Bishops in China.
Furthermore, there is the almost demonic co-operation with pro-abortion supporters such a Jeffrey Sachs. Not to mention the Vatican’s current obsession with environmentalism to the neglect of the Church’s main role of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Reply to  Alba
March 4, 2022 6:36 am

Not just the Catholic Church, most of the mainline churches are rotting from within.
When younger, I attended an Episcopal church, I actually stood up and walked out on a sermon when the priest started lecturing on the need for parishioners to support more government welfare.

Jim Gorman
March 4, 2022 6:56 am

What is it about Socialists, Marxists, Communists, etc. who thinks their own lives will be better if they can only give orders to others about how to live, what to produce, what to think?

In the U.S. we have devolved into Democrats telling us what to do, how to act, what to think, where jobs will be created, and that we should be free of religion. Republican are wailing back to stop telling us what to do, individuals can decide how to act, decide for themselves what to think and what jobs are worthwhile. and that we will practice religion if we wish and prosetelize when we want.

The admission that free will comes from our Creator and that people should be able to use that free will to make decisions within laws made to protect the overall society seems to have disappeared into two teams with fans demanding death to the other side. Compromise between people with varying ideas is a dirty word and thought!

jan van ruth
March 4, 2022 11:23 am

so the usa have left behind in afghanistan some 100 billion dollars worth of equipment?
being a bit silly there, now aren’t you?

Linda Goodman
March 6, 2022 5:43 pm

Net Zero is death. The ultimate gaslight.

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