How the Climate Elite Spread Misery

Most people are more worried about high gas and food prices, which green policies make worse.

Bjorn Lomborg writes in the Wall Street Journal,

The chattering classes who jet to conferences at Davos or Aspen have for years been telling the rest of us that our biggest immediate threats are climate change, environmental disasters and biodiversity loss. They point to the current heat waves killing thousands across Europe as the latest reason to change our societies and economies radically by switching to renewables.

Such arguments are misleading. It’s true that as temperatures rise the world will experience more heat waves, but humans also adapt to such things. In Spain, for example, rising temperatures have actually led to fewer heat deaths, because people have adapted faster than temperatures have gone up. It simply took air conditioning, public cooling centers and better treatment of maladies that are caused or aggravated by heat, such as heatstroke and heart disease.

The exclusive focus on heat deaths is also misleading. Across the world, low temperatures are much more dangerous than high ones: Half a million people die each year from heat, but more than 4.5 million die from cold. While rising temperatures will increase heat deaths, they will also decrease cold deaths. A recent Lancet study found that rising temperatures since 2000 have on net reduced the number of temperature-related deaths. Researchers concluded that by the end of the 2010s, rising temperatures globally were causing 116,000 more heat deaths annually, but also leading to 283,000 fewer cold deaths a year.

Moreover, politicians’ singular focus on climate change ignores that people are much more worried about rampant inflation, especially rising food and energy prices. And climate policies are making those problems worse.

Lomborg cites Sri Lanka as the latest best example.

Sri Lanka is the epitome of elite environmentalism gone wrong. Pushed to go organic by activists and the World Economic Forum, the government banned synthetic fertilizers in April 2021. Food production collapsed and the currency defaulted. Hungry and outraged citizens launched protests, overran the presidential palace, and forced the government to resign en masse and the president to flee the country.

Lomborg concludes.

It’s starting to dawn on some elites that their policies are creating political dangers. Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s vice president, has said that many millions of Europeans may not be able to heat their homes this winter. This, he concludes, could lead to “very, very strong conflict and strife.”

He’s right. When people are cold, hungry and broke, they rebel. If the elites continue pushing incredibly expensive policies that are disconnected from the urgent challenges facing most people, we need to brace for chaos.

Mr. Lomborg is president of the Copenhagen Consensus and visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. His latest book is “False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet.”

It’s a good commentary and well worth reading at the WSJ. It’s pay-walled, but I read it with a free subscription.

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July 22, 2022 10:05 am

In a sense i hope it does come to a head.
Liberals have lived in a bubble world for too long, about time reality infringed on their intolerance,

jeff corbin
Reply to  Sparko
July 22, 2022 12:14 pm

I doubt you fully understand the implications of what you are hoping for. No one needs cold hungry families or massive civil unrest in Europe. All that does is open the door for the leftist street squads to foment revolution.. And it will be blamed on Russia. The politicians in Europe made a mistake making deals with Putin/Gazprom after Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014; with constant war since then. Instead of building LNG ports and importing LNG they cut a deal with Putin. Now they are paying the full price for their Gazprom NG deals. The renewables push didn’t help nor did shutting down nuke plants.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  jeff corbin
July 22, 2022 12:47 pm

‘The renewables push didn’t help nor did shutting down nuke plants.’

I think this belongs at the top of your list of the things ‘Europe’ screwed up. You also might want to revisit your narrative of Russia / Ukraine in 2014, with special emphasis on the US / globalist’s role in destabilizing same.

jeff corbin
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
July 22, 2022 2:17 pm

I have read it, the US led coup which led Putin to invade in 2014, to grab what he thought was rightfully his and his “people”. I have read all about the circumstantial evidence and all the possible implied actions on the part of the US. What is unclear to me is the motive? Also all the other confounding issues in Ukrainian politics….plus natural gas, domination of the Black Sea oil and gas fields and the desire to partition the Black Sea from USA LNG importation. Not sure why Obama would support a Neo Nazi Coup in the Ukraine. Maybe you call clue me in.

jeff corbin
Reply to  jeff corbin
July 22, 2022 2:20 pm

Also, would not the FSB have detected the preparations for the coup and stopped it.

Margaret H Smith
Reply to  jeff corbin
July 22, 2022 2:29 pm

I think Pointman has a good series of essays on this subject and worth reading.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  jeff corbin
July 22, 2022 3:10 pm

Lots of motives:

  • NATO expansion / mission justification
  • Weapon sales
  • Bio labs
  • Neocons, formerly Trotskyites hatred of Russia
  • Corruption, money laundering
  • Etc., etc….
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
July 23, 2022 9:15 am

yea right! Simonyan not pay you enough at RT to peddle this shit??
Kindly F*-O back to Moscow will you frank Frank from NoVA-from special ops FSB!!?

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  pigs_in_space
July 23, 2022 3:02 pm

‘Simonyan not pay you enough at RT to peddle this shit??’

I have to admit I had to look her up to see who she is. No, she’s not paying me, nor do I work at RT, but she is certainly much more attractive, and probably more honest, than your dream girl Ms. Hillary Clinton.

Jeremy Poynton
Reply to  jeff corbin
July 22, 2022 8:36 pm

With full connivance of the EU

Reply to  jeff corbin
July 23, 2022 2:06 am

soros pet NGOs work with usa sanction to destabilise any areas the warmongers n biz thiefs of the usa want “controlled” syria iraq and libya for starters them maidan and a shill for usa got the top job.
and 14k dead donetsk citizens were acceptable damage no one gave a damn about but russia did

Reply to  jeff corbin
July 23, 2022 9:13 am

“he US led coup which led Putin to invade in 2014, to grab what he thought was rightfully his”

yea Prighozin’s troll factory is hard at work here
Shame that A W allows you to come out with such shameless pro kremlin crap to pollute threads like this!

Jeremy Poynton
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
July 22, 2022 8:36 pm

EU, folks. Not Europe. With Germany as head idiot. Closed Nukes because they had Tsunamis in Japan after Fukuwotsitsname, because oddly the Japanese build them on the wrong coast.

Germany not prone to earthquakes. Its politicians, especially Merkel utter morons

Paul Gosselin (a native) documents the utter stupidity of “Energienewende” here

Reply to  jeff corbin
July 23, 2022 12:20 am

As Trump told the idiots in no uncertain terms.

Reply to  jeff corbin
July 23, 2022 2:03 am

dunno might be THE wakeup call the euro citizens need to realise how stupid the warmist green WEF agenda is and how bad for the avg person.
noted greeble has been utterly quiet lately;-)
as for russia /german gazprom that was fine and would have stayed so if usa hadnt interfered to push expensive shipped gas to boost your sales while taking supply from at home(rather like idiot aus did)
it was the amazingly- ready to go -sanctions that stuffed the gas and the rest from russia and ukies mining their OWN harbours blocked the food out. and such a great example of theft of Russias funds in OS accounts now has many nations dubious about keeping much where it can be grabbed by ussa
naff all msm re the Farmers strikes in denmark germany italy spain and the rest either.
meanwhile bidets still busy trying to ruin whats left of your oil gas and coal industries

Reply to  Sparko
July 22, 2022 12:47 pm

I get what you’re saying and intuitively agree with you however, the consequences of all this coming to a head are unthinkable.

‘Civilised’ and wealthy nations with food and fuel rationing. Unemployment, and Zimbabwe like inflation making cash worthless. There would be trouble on the streets and, as attractive as it is to imagine our governments toppled for their malicious incompetence, the reality is Martial law and armies with licence to deal with the public as though democracy never existed.

The problem is, countries rarely recover from this as the brutality of the military becomes the only solution. It takes generations to wrest power from authoritarian military Junta’s and return to Democracy, the predominant feature being bloodshed.

The question is, is this a managed deterioration of civilised society, or is it simply the result of a naturally evolving human condition?

Reply to  HotScot
July 22, 2022 2:38 pm

The natural condition is for human institutions to be corrupted by those who desire power and control over others.

The solution is to recognize this and put systems in place that prevents control freaks from attaining positions of power.

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Reply to  Gyan1
July 22, 2022 3:45 pm

We have known this for thousands of years.

The problem is, if you are to overcome power that is desired, you must first desire power.

I read once that anyone who promotes themselves as a politician is not worthy of a vote.

When you think about it, why would you choose someone conceited enough to believe themselves worthy of great power, over someone capable of great power who just isn’t interested.

Our own competition for the post of Prime Minister in the UK is notable for its conceited applicants rather than the people with real ability.

Perhaps secret ballots, later revealed, to select our next PM from the ranks of MP’s would be better than squabbling amongst those who consider themselves worthy.

I read a book called Maverick, by a Brazilian businessman. He pointed out that almost everything in public life is based on a militarised system. Even our political and business terminology revolves around military language.

It was a slap in the face for me because I realised he was right. It would be beneficial to mankind to shake off our militarised outlook.

Reply to  HotScot
July 23, 2022 9:31 am

Also anyone with any sense knows the system is utterly corrupt. Why would anyone with ethics want to be involved?

Buckminster Fuller had the right idea. Don’t fight the system. Create a new one that makes the old system obsolete.

The free exchange of ideas is a threat to globalist corporate power because innovation can disrupt their markets. Big Pharma’s suppression of cures a prime example.

Corruption is the biggest threat to freedom and free markets. Exposing that corruption is a necessary element before creating a new system is possible.

Reply to  Gyan1
July 23, 2022 11:39 am

“Buckminster Fuller had the right idea. Don’t fight the system. Create a new one that makes the old system obsolete.”

Arguably, just what the WEF is doing.

I don’t believe corruption is a problem, providing everyone is allowed to be corrupt. The problem is, government has domain over corruption and allows those favourable to them to be corrupt.

Reply to  HotScot
July 23, 2022 6:45 pm

It requires too much work maintaining government corruption. That’s why the WEF is trying to subvert nation states to the will of transnational corporations. More efficient corruption is what they are after.

Reply to  HotScot
July 23, 2022 12:22 am

Managed? It’s a feature, not a glitch. We have psychopaths in charge.

Reply to  HotScot
July 23, 2022 2:09 am

ask the WEF and Davos crew planned well ahead.
cold and a lack of handouts would be the biggest hope to get the freeloaders immigrants to go HOME so there’d be an UPside to it;-)

Reply to  ozspeaksup
July 23, 2022 11:46 am

If the WEF were truly a threat to humanity, Putin and Xi would have it eliminated, individually if necessary.

Schwab is a Walter Mitty fantasist who appeals to the billionaires like Gates who have never had to make a hard decision over millions of a country’s population in their lives.

Robert Hanson
Reply to  Sparko
July 22, 2022 3:15 pm

WSJ, tear down that (pay) wall!

Read it for free here:

Lomborg: How The Climate Elite Spread Misery – Climate Change Dispatch

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Sparko
July 23, 2022 5:36 am

Those who refuse to learn history are doomed to repeat it. The parallels of today with Europe of the 20’s through the 40’s is scary. The rise of Germany and Japan then are perfect mirrors of Russia and China today. Same with Europe, led by elites who know nothing but appeasement, inflation, and class warfare. The US is not far behind and, in fact, are leading Europe down the primrose path.

Tom Halla
July 22, 2022 10:05 am

Despising the lower classes is common for the elite, as well as greens in general. How dare they expect anything beyond a mud hut?

Reply to  Tom Halla
July 22, 2022 10:20 am

What they love of communism is everyone has shared misery…except the people in charge.

Mark BLR
Reply to  Derg
July 23, 2022 6:03 am

Eric Blair summarised this way back in 1945, when “communism” was essentially limited to “Stalin’s USSR”.

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

Smart Rock
Reply to  Tom Halla
July 22, 2022 12:20 pm

And they don’t always bother to conceal their contempt behind bland words. Here’s Pete Buttigeig:

“…the more pain we’re all experiencing from the high price of gas, the more benefit there is for those who can access electric vehicles.”

Comforting words for working folks trying to fuel up their 18-year-old Honda so they can drive to work, I’m sure.

I don’t recall where I saw the video, but it’s probably widely circulated. I assume that Pete hasn’t been in Washington long enough to master the art of smoothly lying.

Chris Hanley
Reply to  Smart Rock
July 22, 2022 2:28 pm

“…the more pain we’re all experiencing from the high price of gas, the more benefit there is for those who can access electric vehicles…”.

There’s that patronizing kindergarten “we” again, what he meant was:
“…the more pain you’re all experiencing from the high price of gas, the more benefit there is for those who can access electric vehicles.”

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Smart Rock
July 22, 2022 2:45 pm

Our moronic deputy PM here in canada said something similar last week, how the high gas price highlights the need to fight the climate.
She was roasted for it and had to change her story next day.
But morons never really learn lessons

Reply to  Pat from kerbob
July 23, 2022 12:24 am

Psychopaths cannot learn from error.

Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
July 23, 2022 2:15 am

whaddya mean errors?
theyre NEVER wrong!
nothing is EVER their fault
I lived with one for 16yrs

July 22, 2022 10:35 am

It was a lot easier when climate trolls said to forget Solyndra. Whole countries in despair are another matter that can’t be swept under the rug.

July 22, 2022 10:56 am

Will this move the needle in Davos? or the UN or the Vatican or the Sierra Club or the RFF or the DNC or the WH or Malibu?

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  ResourceGuy
July 22, 2022 2:46 pm

Yes, they will see their plans succeed and push even harder

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Rud Istvan
July 22, 2022 10:58 am

Some Sri Lanka ‘green’ numbers for perspective. Lomborg understates the severity of the crisis.

Without fertilizer, rice yields went down 43%—when rice is the staple grain there. Not just higher food prices, actual starvation looms.

Tea is the main cash crop earning foreign exchange (forex). Without the 160,000 metric tons of fertilizer tea used before the dictated ‘green’ halt to fertilizer, it’s kilo yield went down 27%. Tea revenue declined from $1.68 billion to $1.08 billion (less tea of lower quality). That meant Sri Lanka did not have forex to buy fuel, which then ground the nation to a full halt precipitating the ‘revolution’.

The problem now is Sri Lanka doesn’t have the forex to buy the now more expensive fertilizer and fuel it needs to recover. They are in a world of hurt thanks to elite green eco-stupidity.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 22, 2022 12:20 pm

Absolutely tragic. Similar to the Ukraine famine of the 1930’s caused by ‘those rich farmers’ who needed to be punished. At the time a poster was published pointing out that eating your children was barbaric!

Reply to  Dennis Topczewski
July 22, 2022 5:06 pm

I’ve wondered: is aborting your children substantially different than eating them. or than tossing your first born on a glowing iron grill as a sacrifice to Baal?

Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 22, 2022 12:52 pm

So you’ve just clearly stepped out the actions > consequences sequence Rud.

Why can’t the so- called experts do this?

Rud Istvan
Reply to  Mr.
July 22, 2022 1:51 pm

The left avoids its cognitissonance by pretending not to know things. Basic thinks, like fertilizer increases yields and without it yields decline. I admit I was surprised by just how much in Sri Lanka. Maybe due to poor tropical soils?

Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 22, 2022 2:12 pm

I imagine they’d farm on floodplains as much as possible?

Bert Corbett
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 22, 2022 1:19 pm

It’s not eco-stupidity; it’s intentional Marxism.

Reply to  Bert Corbett
July 23, 2022 12:20 am

By psychopaths.

July 22, 2022 11:00 am

Spain adapted to hot temperatures centuries ago by inventing the siesta.

Reply to  mkelly
July 22, 2022 1:00 pm

In tropical climes there are certain times of day
When all the citizens retire
To take their clothes off and perspire
It’s one of those rules the greatest fools obey
Because the sun is far too sultry
And one must avoid its ultry-violet ray

The natives grieve when the white men leave their huts
Because they’re obviously, definitely nuts!

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun
The Japanese don’t care to
The Chinese wouldn’t dare to
Hindus and Argentines sleep firmly from twelve ’til one
But Englishmen detest a siesta
In the Philippines they have lovely screens
To protect you from the glare
In the Malay States there are hats like plates
Which the Britishers won’t wear
At twelve noon the natives swoon
And no further work is done
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun

It’s such a surprise
For the Eastern eyes to see
That though the English are effete
They’re quite impervious to heat
When the white man rides
Every native hides in glee
Because the simple creatures hope he will impale his sola topee

On a tree
It seems such a shame
When the English claim the Earth
That they give rise to such hilarity and mirth


Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun
The toughest Burmese bandit can never understand it
In Rangoon, the heat of noon
Is just what the natives shun
They put their Scotch or rye down and lie down

In a jungle town where the sun beats down
To the rage of man and beast
The English garb of the English sahib
Merely gets a bit more creased
In Bangkok at twelve o’clock
They foam at the mouth and run
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun
The smallest Malay rabbit deplores this foolish habit
In Hong Kong they strike a gong
And fire off a Noonday GunTo reprimand each inmate who’s in late

In the mangrove swamps where the python romps
There is peace from twelve to two
Even caribou lie around and snooze
For there’s nothing else to do
In Bengal to move at all
Is seldom if ever done
But mad dogs and Englishmen go
Out in the midday
Out in the midday
Out in the midday
Out in the midday
Out in the midday
Out in the midday
Out in the midday sun

Noel Coward. 1932.

Delivered beautifully by the man himself. Perhaps one of the finest examples of British self depreciation.

July 22, 2022 11:02 am

Slowly but surely the virtue signaling actions to combat AGW are coming home to roost.

Reply to  markl
July 22, 2022 1:36 pm

Don’t kid yourself. The loonies will shoot off in yet another unexpected direction.

Reply to  HotScot
July 23, 2022 2:25 am

already are
netherlands NZ and canadas nitrogen pollution inanity
aus will follow cos the clown albos a fool and Arderns a**kissing him with indecent haste.

Steve Case
July 22, 2022 11:32 am

 It’s true that as temperatures rise the world will experience more heat waves…

The IPCC AR4 Chapter Ten Page 750 says:

     It is very likely that heat waves will be more intense, more
     frequent and longer lasting in a future warmer climate. Cold
     episodes are projected to decrease significantly in a future
     warmer climate.

And then they tell us: 

     Almost everywhere, daily minimum temperatures are
     projected to increase faster than daily maximum temperatures,
     leading to a decrease in diurnal temperature range

And then this:

     For a future warmer climate…Globally averaged mean water
     vapour, evaporation and precipitation are projected to increase.

That’s not much of a recipe for killer heat waves. Looks more like mild weather and gentle rains.

Reply to  Steve Case
July 22, 2022 12:56 pm

I agree fully Steve Case –
Lomborg concedes far too much to the alarmists.
Most warming since Little Ice Age has happened at night, at high latitudes, and of course in urban areas. Alarmists use averages and “homogenization” to make local warming “global”. Total fraud.

Lomborg speaks of CO2 as “pollution” just like the CAGW crazies. Sad

We should celebrate warmth and higher CO2 levels. Everyone and all the biosphere benefits!!

Steve Case
Reply to  GeologyJim
July 22, 2022 1:11 pm

“We should celebrate warmth and higher CO2 levels. Everyone and all the biosphere benefits!!”

Yes indeed. Beyond that, with the exception of the increase in CO2 by 50% over the last ~170 years, everything that is claimed to be caused by “Climate Change” has happened before, or has been happening right along. Except of course when we are being lied to, which when it comes to the talking heads on the so-called mainstream media is rather frequent.

Reply to  Steve Case
July 22, 2022 1:38 pm

Excellent mate. Thank you. Confused, contradictory thinking at its finest.

July 22, 2022 11:54 am

climate alarmism is (will become) the new class struggle:

Steve Case
Reply to  David Dirkse
July 22, 2022 5:46 pm

Thanks for that link, it contained this nugget:

“Frankly, we may get to the point where the only way of saving the world will be for industrial civilization to collapse.”
Maurice Strong quoted in the September 1. 1997 edition of National review magazine.

It’s nice to know he’s said that more than once, and this one isn’t indirectly through some character in a book he’d like to write. So it goes in my file.

Reply to  Steve Case
July 23, 2022 2:27 am

remember oil for food and Strongs part in it?
thats why he did the runner to china and stayed there
the present situations got overtones of that

July 22, 2022 11:54 am
How Black Lives Truly Matter | Magatte Wade and Dr Jordan B Peterson
min 1:19:24
The Climate Elite are the most racist people on the world.

Reply to  Robertvd
July 22, 2022 12:21 pm

Thanks for the link!

Reply to  Robertvd
July 22, 2022 4:39 pm

Yep, leftists and CAGW wacos HATE poor people.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Drake
July 23, 2022 12:34 am

I disagree! They don’t hate poor people any more than they did in the past. They need the poor people to serve them, they just don’t want the “poor” to want to better themselves, & seek the luxuries that the CAGW ruling elites take for granted! I recall sitting on a Mediterranean beach a few years back & some guy came along to his party carrying a tray of drinks, & he said loudly, “Oh I’ve just come past a bunch of people from Glasgow, they are awful!”. The elites have been able to afford to fly all over the world to exotic places, but they want those exotic places to remain exclusively for them, & them only!!! That’s one reason why in the UK they hate “cheap” flights for holiday destinations that should be reserved for themselves!!! Snobbery never changes!!! Any vacancies for a position in the UN, where one can fly all over the world at someone else’s (taxpayers) expense??? What a wonderful lifestyle, the finest foods, the finest wines/champagnes/sparkling wines, brandies, whiskies, all paid for by someone else!!! What a lifestyle!!! Whoopie!!!

Reply to  Drake
July 23, 2022 2:28 am

they hate any but their approved mates

July 22, 2022 12:03 pm

It is a well known scientific fact that celebrities, royalty and those jetting off to climate conferences actually emit negative Co2, therefore the more they travel the more they suck co2 emitted by mere plebs out of the atmosphere.

At least that what these characters must believe otherwise they would be hypocrites


Old Man Winter
Reply to  tonyb
July 22, 2022 12:31 pm

The BIG “tell” about CO2 is that they just talk about its danger but never
substantively modify their behavior to reflect that danger.

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Reply to  Old Man Winter
July 22, 2022 1:39 pm

They are far too important.

How dare You!

Reply to  Old Man Winter
July 23, 2022 12:28 am

Also buying mansions on the beach while lecturing us about dangerous sea level rise.

Old Man Winter
July 22, 2022 12:04 pm

“eating meat & milk & eggs is an indulgence”

In Holland, they were going to reduce farm production by 30% & I suggested they could do that by
raising animals, including bugs, that converted grain to protein more efficiently. Also, plants could be included in that mix. These lib nutjobs actually think there is an eco-crisis & are in favor of this junk.
They need a reality check by having them use their theoretical sustainable agriculture- including
raising bugs- on a small area that farmers could produce enough for them to eat & see if they don’t
destroy it & lose a lot of weight because they’re moronic idealists.

They remind me of city slickers who thought it was a great idea to get into farming when grain &
cattle prices rose in the early ’70s. By the time they got set up on their hobby farm, the prices
dropped & the first oil embargo hit, raising the price of energy. I guess their theoretical pencil hadn’t
taken into account what usually happens after prices rise as well as the unexpected surprises that
that happen occasionally!

Reply to  Old Man Winter
July 22, 2022 5:19 pm

It really seems to be that what “they” want is the land that farmers have. Making it impossible for farming to produce enough to pay for itself makes it possible to foreclose on or buy the land from owners who would not otherwise sell under any normal conditions.

July 22, 2022 12:15 pm

BLM, unless they live in Africa.

Reply to  Dennis Topczewski
July 22, 2022 1:42 pm

Not enough middle class white folk to virtue signal their black solidarity.

Mugabe murdered them all.

July 22, 2022 12:31 pm

In 2015 an ‘unprecedented’ heat wave hit much of India and settled there for two months before the monsoons relieved the country of persistent 45ºC+ temperatures.

Of the 1.3Bn population some 20% live in Extreme Poverty, that being defined as living on less than $1.95 per day, fro memory.

There were 2,018 deaths directly attributed to the heat, described mostly as Heat Exhaustion.

The UK, a country of 65M people experienced two days of unusually high temperatures last week. A new temperature high was broken at 40.3ºC at Heathrow Airport (let’s park the UHI for a moment) and the BBC went apeshit. (see attached weather maps)

I live 40 miles or so from Heathrow as the crow flies. We weren’t far behind that and it could only be described as a hot Summers day. The high point lasted perhaps an hour or so on Tuesday, on Wednesday the temperature was a more normal 27ºC or so.

I spent the day in our South facing kitchen with the blinds drawn and a couple of umbrellas’ to shade the open door. I had a ceiling fan and a laptop to read WUWT for company as my wife spent a few hours in a children’s paddling pool reading a book.

When I say no sweat, I mean no sweat. I wouldn’t have liked to have been working but thanks to covid the UK has woken up to home working, but my daughter went into her office because it’s air conditioned. She drove there and back in her air conditioned car.

This winter the UK will face the usual prospect of 15k – 20k Excess Winter Deaths, being defined as deaths over and above those normally expected for the rest of the year.

The 7th wealthiest nation in the world, with one of the most far reaching welfare societies without actually being a full blown socialist state, still has appalling excess winter mortality.

I expect this winter to be a disaster as people, especially the elderly, simply cannot afford to pay their heating bills.

I guarantee, the killing fields will be presented by our government, via the MSM, as an ‘unprecedented’ and ‘surprising’ covid wave.

Sorry folks, a bit of a ramble. I guess I’m still suffering from yesterdays ‘unprecedented’, hour long heatwave.

Weather map.jpeg
Reply to  HotScot
July 23, 2022 12:10 pm

Understandable, sir. After all, you are the ‘Hot‘ Scot.

Have you bought your I survived the heatwave of 2022 t-shirt yet?

July 22, 2022 12:34 pm

I never understood heat wave scare. Just drink lots of water, stay in shade.

Call me a skeptic
Reply to  Stevek
July 22, 2022 12:50 pm

Heat wave or cold snap has nothing to do with CO2 emissions. Why are the citizens of this planet so easily fooled and manipulated?

Reply to  Call me a skeptic
July 22, 2022 1:44 pm

Heat wave or cold snap has nothing to do with CO2 emissions. 

That’s science.

Sadly, we are battling propaganda.

Rich Lambert
Reply to  Stevek
July 22, 2022 2:24 pm

I look for the US National Weather Service will soon start naming them, just like winter storms.

Reply to  Rich Lambert
July 23, 2022 12:12 pm

Heatwave Ralph?

Reply to  Stevek
July 22, 2022 5:26 pm

Here isn’t having any special heatwave; temperatures 105 to 115 F are normal. Drinking enough water might keep me alive but I eventually feel water logged and my stomach wants no more. However, a spray bottle of water, applied directly, especially to head and neck (but anywhere and everywhere helps), does make me feel better, even though it has to be applied frequently.

Reply to  AndyHce
July 23, 2022 2:33 am

add a few drops or teatreeoil to the water spray and be amazed at the boost on cooling and removal of the clammy greasy sweaty skin feel on a stinking hot day

July 22, 2022 12:42 pm

European-based ESG equity funds have been increasing their investments in energy companies, including Shell Plc, Repsol SA, Aker BP ASA and Neste Oyj, according to analysts at Bank of America Corp. About 6% of the funds invested in Shell this year, compared with none in 2021.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Neo
July 22, 2022 1:10 pm

Hypocrites can always change the metrics to define terms like ESG as necessary to fit their needs.
It’s like the EU commission declaring natty gas & nuke as clean energy. Oil & coal will eventually
probably get their blessing when carbon capture “cleanses” them.

In the US, Brandon will be pushing for more ESG investing which are underperforming. Look at the
at the good a high ESG score did for Sri Lanka”

Reply to  Neo
July 22, 2022 1:29 pm

I suspect, more than in hope than certainty, this is a result of the last couple of years of pushing ESG.

Larry Fink has said over the past month or two that Blackrock won’t be pushing it any longer.

And investors must be watching what’s happening in Sri Lanka, Holland, Germany, Italy, Spain etc.

Quite apart from Kommisar Josef Bidenski’s attempts to wreck the US fossil fuel industry, one tiny conflict in Ukraine supposedly brings the world to its energy knees?

The whole concept is ridiculous. It took a 6 year global conflict across Western Europe, and the Asia pacific to reduce Europe to food and fuel rationing. Yet a demented old man and a corrupt, virtually valueless country, not much bigger than the UK, provoked a world energy meltdown?

This is simply not credible. And the WEF apart (face it, Putin and Xi will never do what the political Walter Mitty Klaus Schwab wants) something else is going on. And I’m more likely to accept its the natural evolution of mankind rather than a Rockefeller/Rothschild collusion to reduce world population to 1Bn.

Lock Gates, Bezos, Soros, Musk, Rockefeller, Rothschild and all the others supposed to be colluding over mankind’s future, in a room, and tell them not to come out until they agree how best to divvy up the world between them, and only one might crawl out, bloody and battled.

I have no problem with conspiracy theories, but please make them credible.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  HotScot
July 22, 2022 1:55 pm

Black rock lost $1.6 TRILLION in the past 12 months, per WSJ today. Maybe they learned an ESG lesson.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 22, 2022 2:55 pm

I did see that, and it did make me chuckle, other than there is an investor now teetering on the edge of a Manhattan tower block ready to end it all.

Fink’s announcement was a couple of months ago and I can imagine him with his head in his hands, thinking, “aw sheet, this isn’t working out as I expected” and rushing to make a statement that “it’s not my fault”.

Telling people he’s not pushing ESG, a mere few weeks before the market begins to implode is a tad late.

There are some really grumpy participants in the investing game out there, on both sides of the coin, who are pretty pissed off.

How long will Fink last? I mean, Blackrock has the wealth of nations and actual nations are beginning to stare at their heads of state rather intently.

If Fink is publicly walking back his ESG plans, you can bet your bottom dollar the pitchforks and torches are at his office door right now.

I’m not saying it’s the end of climate hysteria, but I do think it’s the beginning of the end.

And who would have thunk that all it took was Kommisar Josef Bidensky to blunder onto the world stage, like a 7/11 Adolf Hitler, pounding the table with his arthritic hands, raging “death to fossil fuels” for the world to respond with “Huh?”

He’s gone. Josef is now history. He’ll put in an appearance or two before the mid-terms, but covid is a precursor to “failing health” and him being unable to continue when the plans to cheat the mid-terms fail.

‘Failing health’ will also be a convenient out for him when his son is charged with innumerable crimes of dirty dealings with China, Ukraine and Russia. Father Josef Bidensky will, by then, be suffering from a degenerative mental condition rendering him unable to recall anything.

We have seen this all too often in British politics over generations. It only surprises me America has taken so long to invoke it.

Reply to  HotScot
July 22, 2022 7:49 pm

“We have seen this all too often in British politics over generations. It only surprises me America has taken so long to invoke it.” +1 The Marxist ideologists operate in a stealth mode by undermining the control of the government bit by bit, little by little, until they have total control. Here in the US they slowly gained control of the region federal courts and in effect our lives. The stupid Conservative legislatures in congress never saw it coming when they should have. The Marxists used the Constitution against the people instead of for them.

Reply to  markl
July 23, 2022 12:31 pm

markl:The stupid Conservative legislatures in congress never saw it coming when they should have.”

Wake up, markl. Those stupid conservative legislatures are in on it. It’s The Uniparty; left wing, right wing, but both are wings on the same bird putting on Kabuki theater for the rubes.

They all are there for the money and power and that’s it. If someone is elected that actually represents the people and means to change things, their wing of the Uniparty makes sure they are not reelected. No party funds or support for them and plenty of funds and support to someone else who is “onside”.

Gary Pearse
July 22, 2022 12:44 pm

Interestingly, the painfully obvious to any independent thinker is considered radically out of sight by the vast majority of ‘educated’ people in this new age. I commented here almost a year ago predicting the same things, particularly the multiplier effect on inflation of raising o&g prices on the whole world.

For example for food: nitrogen fertilizer is made using nat gas, which then must be shipped using higher priced diesel, applied using diesel tractors, crop planted and harvested… then the grain, say, shipped for milling, distributed, baked and shipped again to market. All these things with fuels doubled and tripled and more in prices and taxes on the fuel!! The

West isnt just getting a mandate from their voters to impoverish and shorten their constituents lives, they are being elected to impoverish people who are already at the margins all around the world. I can’t see how they can avoid a larger policy-caused death toll, than that orchestrated by all the monsters of the 20th Century.

Reply to  Gary Pearse
July 22, 2022 3:04 pm

Chilling, but very true.

As small nations begin to fall (Sri Lanka) the response from the wealthy west is, almost naturally now, how can we help.

As larger nations begin to fall, people naturally begin wondering if it could be them next, and ranks begin to close.

The question then is, how do we survive.

But, Oh gosh, Nation state instincts are so 20th Century………..

Ya think?

July 22, 2022 1:04 pm

Announced now in the British media, and they are salivating over it.

Steve Bannon found guilty.

What the hell is going on in America?

Kommissar Josef Bidenski needs to go or the world is fu*ked.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  HotScot
July 22, 2022 1:58 pm

Bannon has two separate solid grounds on appeal.

  1. J6 committee not constituted as originally legislated, so by House rules is a nullity incapable of issuing a valid subpoena.
  2. Subpoena was not properly issued (witnessed) under other House rules.

This isn’t over.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 22, 2022 3:27 pm

I get that, but the point never is winning as far as the left are concerned. The process is the punishment.

Once again, they strike an initial blow for their cause with “Bannon is racist, evil, Trumpist etc. and we have proven that in court”

The media will celebrate it and, if and when it’s overturned, there will be not a squeak.

Seriously. This is a non event in the UK. No one knows who Bannon is, nor Brietbart, but his ‘convistion’ was a feature of every radio News outlet today (they all regurgitate BBC news they are fed) because it supports the Jan 6th narrative (which no one is bothered about here either) but it’s all anti Trump, and the weak minded love it.

American politics is no longer about America. The western media is desperate for readership, and I mean all media, MSM, online or otherwise. I don’t care which side they pretend they are on, they will always betray the public for their own survival.

The damage has been done, and Conservatives need to learn to fight dirty, if only to encourage their electorate.

The mid-terms will offer the Republican party an opportunity to exact revenge.

Will they do it?

Phhhwaawwwww. Not an effing chance, far too Queensbury rules dear chap.

Last edited 6 months ago by HotScot
Reply to  HotScot
July 22, 2022 4:58 pm

The case, as most all federal cases involving legislature FBI etc, was tried in Washington DC.

Washington DC is over 96% Democrat, so the jury is decidedly biased.

The next US congress/president MUST disband the areas of the District of Columbia that has any residents less the White House itself and return those people back to Maryland and Virginia, than designate Mongo County West Virginia as the location for all trials for federal crimes. 85% voted for TRUMP! in 2020 and it is far enough from “culture” to make it difficult for the left to take over the population.

Then they can retry Sussman, this time for lying to the FBI in an email, so not double jeopardy, and he will be convicted.

AND when the NEW DOJ starts trying the lawyers who have persecuted conservative activists while doing nothing to all the liberal rioters, for failure to do their constitutional duty to provide “equal justice” under the law. After their convictions, have them all disbarred.

Rud Istvan
July 22, 2022 1:08 pm

As tragic as Sri Lanka is, it is unlikely to affect EU or Biden in US. Too obviously a self inflicted wound in a remote part of the world.

What might finally collapse the western warmunist renewable foolishness is a real energy catastrophe. $5/gal gas isn’t a sufficient crisis—Buttigieg says it’s good because forces people to EV’s. That is the kind of stupidity a real crisis needs to overcome. The Texas ERCOT scare in Feb 2021 obviously was insufficient. Cali going dark in summer (meaning no AC) would be a mere big inconvenience and embarrassment.

IMO, unfortunately, it is most likely to be the UK grid going dark in midwinter during an Arctic high with no wind and unusual cold. The UK grid is already shaky. One interconnect to France is down until early next year, and France has lost nuclear export capacity due to maintenance problems. UK Gas furnaces operate electrically. A dark grid means no heat in a cold snap. Lots of people will probably die as the result in order to finally awake the climate woke like BoJo and FJB and Mayor Pete.

Peta of Newark
July 22, 2022 1:23 pm

Sorry no, using air conditioning is NOT adaptation.

it is now widely recognised that air-con ‘makes you soft’ – esp as regards Heat Tolerance
Yes there’s lots of loveliness in this link but, see Point 8

This Entire Climate Thing is a self fulfilling catastrophe – not because of CO2 or any imagined greenhouse effect but because, as Texas now seems to the Crash Test Dummy:
Human Engineered Systems Always, at some point in time, Fail – and they fail when the are needed most.
The exact same applies to heating systems.

Using Fossil Fuels to enable you to survive in places you otherwise wouldn’t is a ‘really rather silly thing to do
Well, no its not, The Stupid Thing is to then assert that the human frame has adapted to the hot/cold/wet/windy is flat out lunacy – we have in fact ‘reverse adapted’.
Fossil Fuels are reversing our evolution.

Burning stuff is not= ‘Adaptation’
It is Destruction. Period.

OK it’s not and I exaggerate, because and as we are constantly reminded, Human Ingenuity will always find more fossil fuels – only the unfixable stupid with a glass of whiskey in his hand thinks otherwise – quite oblivious to the fact that the whiskey made him stupid.
Oblivious to everything in fact.
Sugar does the same.

Stupidity Squared – I’m sure this is all going to ‘End Well’ and even if it didn’t, would the Stupid People even notice?

Reply to  Peta of Newark
July 22, 2022 2:24 pm

see Point 8

Which is absolute bollox. Sitting in the shade of a tree in Africa is a form of air conditioning.

Employing a Punkawalla in India is a form of air conditioning.

We British flock to Spain every summer to enjoy the sunshine and heat we are deprived of for 50 weeks of the year. We adapt to it extremely well.

Air conditioning is thought of as air cooling, but that’s a benefit, not a feature. Its air conditioning, in other words it circulates pre conditioned air around buildings, like high rise offices, which couldn’t be built without an air circulation system that can include the feature of maintaining temperatures at acceptable levels.

Is air conditioning a benefit then, overall? Perhaps we might look to where it features and doesn’t feature. America, perhaps, where offices and homes are routinely air conditioned, and Europe, where workplaces are also regularly air conditioned.

Then there’s India, China and South America where it doesn’t feature quite so much, if at all.

Which nations are the most productive where air conditioning is used and where it’s not?

Clearly, America. And yes, I accept there is far more involved in this than just aircon. But this must be a considered a major influence on the productivity equation.

Turn up at work at 9am, work a full day without breaking a sweat; no gulping down volumes of water then rushing off to the bathroom, no brain fog from the heat, no squabbles over the window seat, no legions of crappy fans blowing tepid air into the faces of you and your colleagues, no heat induced arguments and no additional discomfort for a woman at her uncomfortable monthly time etc. etc.

That’s July and August dealt with in the Northern Hemisphere. Fortunately the conditioning of air can also be turned to warming the air when, for 8 months out a Northern hemisphere year we need that more than cold air in the summer.

It’s meaningless to bring the question of ‘air conditioning’ into a debate on energy and climate.

Reply to  HotScot
July 22, 2022 5:43 pm

But aren’t air conditions ‘more dangerous than weapons of mass destruction’?

Reply to  AndyHce
July 23, 2022 2:42 am

they are when the power bills come in for sure

Reply to  HotScot
July 23, 2022 2:42 am

the comment re aircons rather true
whole pile of oldies playing lawn bowls keeled over
well aircon home to car to clubhouse then go out in the normal hot summer sun and dont feel so good
I get by in even 44c heat with shade and water and at best a small fan inside at night if its still hot. dry heats good humiditys a pain but even then a fan is plenty to enable cooling

Reply to  Peta of Newark
July 22, 2022 5:02 pm

So what about primitive man living in caves to moderate the temperatures they encountered?

Building structures to use with fire to warm themselves?

Yes, IT IS adaptation!!

Reply to  Drake
July 23, 2022 2:44 am

thats why hot climates tended to have verandahs
absolute idiots building in aus no plan to where the house is sited to sun wind etc and doubleglazed no opening windows copping full sun all day
ie no natural airflows to cool and freshen inhome air sure helps keep covid going too

July 22, 2022 1:43 pm

“Truly revolutionary transformations are gaining momentum and strength. These monumental changes are irreversible. Both at the national and global level, the foundations and principles are being laid for a harmonious, more equitable, socially oriented and secure world order. An alternative to the unipolar world that has existed so far, but is by its own character becoming an impediment to the development of civilization.

The model of total dominance by the so-called golden billion (Western Oligarchy) is unfair. Why should this “golden billion” dominate over the rest and impose its rules of conduct based on the illusion of exceptionalism? It divides people into first and second-class societies, and therefore is inherently racist and neocolonial. While its underlying globalist and supposedly liberal ideology is increasingly acquiring the features of totalitarianism.

Yes of course this “golden billion” didn’t become “golden” and achieve many successes by accident. And it didn’t rise to leading positions solely through the implementation of some kind of ideas. To a large extent, these positions were gained by plundering other peoples in both Asia and Africa. And that is how it was. How much has India been plundered, for instance?

This is why the elites of this “golden billion” are terrified that other centers of power may present their own development models. But no matter how much Western and globalist elites strive to preserve the existing order, a new era is dawning, a new stage in world history. And only truly sovereign states can ensure a high growth dynamic.”

Vladimir Putin, 2022.

July 22, 2022 1:44 pm

All for a fake crisis. Green devils are revolting.

Coeur de Lion
July 22, 2022 2:24 pm

The EU is a lefty contra naturam construct and bound to fail.

July 22, 2022 3:20 pm

When looking at increased deaths above the pre 2020 average, one needs to factor in the effect of the covid vaccines.
Don’t just point to so called climate change.

Reply to  Ozonebust
July 22, 2022 5:06 pm

Can’t really argue there.

But we should use the propaganda that the COLD and excessive “energy” costs caused by the green’s unreliable energy crusade is to blame for the excess winter deaths.

Of course, our “propaganda” is just the facts!

July 22, 2022 5:35 pm

Read it on linkedin.

Andy Pattullo
July 22, 2022 5:46 pm

Yes, the time for Western governments to make bad policy decisions based on fraudulent science without accountability is over. Now those policies are biting the average voters where it hurts and they won’t tolerate more of the same. Lies and deceit can only tread water so long. Eventually the truth floats to the top.

July 22, 2022 6:48 pm
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