Now that the Cult of Climastrology has their super awesome, totally historic Paris agreement, you know, the one that is non-binding, voluntary, and has no force of law, they want you to watch out for the New Deniers, as written by hyper-Warmist Naomi Oreskes
After the signing of a historic climate pact in Paris, we might now hope that the merchants of doubt – who for two decades have denied the science and dismissed the threat – are officially irrelevant.
But not so fast. There is also a new, strange form of denial that has appeared on the landscape of late, one that says that renewable sources can’t meet our energy needs.
Oddly, some of these voices include climate scientists, who insist that we must now turn to wholesale expansion of nuclear power. Just this past week, as negotiators were closing in on the Paris agreement, four climate scientists held an off-site session insisting that the only way we can solve the coupled climate/energy problem is with a massive and immediate expansion of nuclear power. More than that, they are blaming environmentalists, suggesting that the opposition to nuclear power stands between all of us and a two-degree world.
Hmm, seems like the Cult is pushing back against other Warmists who propose increasing the use of nuclear power. Remember when Warmists were saying “everything but fossil fuels?” Now they want to shoot down nuclear. Here’s the part, beyond the in-fighting of the CoC, that caught my attention
That would have troubling consequences for climate change if it were true, but it is not. Numerous high quality studies, including one recently published by Mark Jacobson of Stanford University, show that this isn’t so. We can transition to a decarbonized economy without expanded nuclear power, by focusing on wind, water and solar, coupled with grid integration, energy efficiency and demand management. In fact, our best studies show that we can do it faster, and more cheaply.
There are many definitions of demand management, depending on the economic sector. Since there are so many, let’s use a simple one from Wikipedia
Demand Management is a planning methodology used to forecast [predict], plan for and manage the demand for products and services. This can be at macro levels as in economics and at micro levels in public service organizations both governmental and NGO, industries including energy.
When an iPhone is released, they are certainly using this method to account for what they think the demand will be, as well as use methods to push the demand up. Consider the upcoming release of the new Star Wars movie? All those product tie ins? Think they aren’t part of bumping up the demand to see the movie? They all have further forecast and plan for having enough theaters and showings to keep up with the demand. Now, consider this in terms of environmentalism
In natural resources management and environmental policy more generally, demand management refers to policies to control consumer demand for environmentally sensitive or harmful goods such as water and energy. Within manufacturing firms the term is used to describe the activities of demand forecasting, planning, and order fulfillment. In the environmental context demand management is increasingly taken seriously to reduce the economy’s throughput of scarce resources for which market pricing does not reflect true costs. Examples include metering of municipal water, and carbon taxes on gasoline.
What the CoC means by demand management is limiting the availability of energy and other products to limit the carbon footprint of everything throughout the economy. The most simple form of this is by artificially increasing the cost of energy, particularly fossil fuels, through various methods. Another form will be smart meters, in which the energy companies, backed by Government, can limit the energy used by each consumer. They would have access to shut of energy at private residences. At it’s peak, this would mean being told when we could take showers, how long, when we can run dishwashers, clothes washers, and clothes dryers. Policies that would force citizens to reduce their energy use to comply with “carbon neutral” mandates. We see this playing out in Europe, where prices have skyrocketed, and energy companies only have so much energy they are allowed to produce, leaving people, especially the elderly and poor, in the dark, while so many others need to turn to things like burning wood (especially wood pellets) to heat their homes during the wintertime. Hence, governments are now going after the types of wood burning heaters used.
Cultists use the innocuous term “demand management” to hide their true Big Government, fascistic intentions. Interestingly, they never seem to realize that this will negatively affect their own lives.
BTW, they should throw me some cash, because I coined the phrase “New Climate Deniers” years ago, as part of the categories under Global Warming.