Cancel Culture: Michael Shellenberger Censored For Exposing Climate Industrial Complex

The media’s obsession with cataclysmic climate change is matched only by their fixation on unreliable wind and solar power as the only solution.

That narrative has been tortured for more than 20 years, now. But even among their own ilk, the “only more subsidies for wind turbines and solar panels will save us” narrative has worn thin, of late.

Michael Moore’s Planet of the Humans lifted the lid on the cynical and manipulative crony capitalists profiteering from the climate industrial complex that they helped to create. For his trouble, he’s been effectively censored by the media, with his movie pulled from YouTube and other platforms, simply because the fact that renewable energy is an enormous moneymaking scam, doesn’t fit the narrative. Australians won’t find any reference to Planet of the Humans on ‘their’ ABC or SBS, ordinarily the natural vehicles to carry Moore’s anti-capitalist, chip-on-his-shoulder, rhetoric.

Michael Shellenberger, once worshipped by America’s green-left, has found himself in the same territory. His troubles started with his essay – Sorry, But I Cried Wolf on Climate Change – a warts and all apology for whipping up climate change hysteria and a precis of his latest work, ‘Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All’.

Shellenberger, obviously no fool, was alive to the tactics employed by the mainstream press to marginalise, de-platform and ultimately cancel anyone deemed to be ‘problematic’, whether for spouting inconvenient truths or simply failing to support the party line.

When a couple of the usual suspects from Australia’s green-left propaganda outfits (the Sydney Morning Herald and the Guardian) tried to verbal him, he caught them out at their own game. We’ll leave the delicious telling of that story to The Australian’s Chris Kenny in the second article below. But first, here’s Chris Mitchell with some insight on what we’re all up against.

Stoking fear a fool’s game in climate change reporting
The Australian
Chris Mitchell
6 July 2020

Once-sober media organisations that distinguished themselves from racy tabloid television and newspapers now prefer panic to accurate and sceptical reporting.

Sceptical is not a popular word among young, activist journalists who should have been social workers. But it was a quality that news editors, sub-editors and executive producers used to bring to the craft. Now it’s the reverse at what were once considered up-market publishers such as the old Fairfax papers and the ABC.

Panic is most obvious in reporting about climate change, where our ABC never misses an opportunity to publish wild claims no serious scientist believes. But the bias towards panic is ubiquitous: it was obvious at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic when claims of 150,000 dead here and emergency ICU wards overflowing within weeks were pumped out across the Fairfax papers and the ABC.

The trend towards “panic journalism” follows the empowerment of young reporters who have seen little of life and are no longer protected by editing processes that have been cut to save money. This column has argued publishers embrace this collapse in standards because they see it as a marketing tool in a fragmented media landscape. People who are disposed to moral panic about race, climate or capitalism love to consume media that confirms their bias. But it is a fool’s game. Mainstream media is just surrendering its trust advantage to social media extremism. The facts will eventually become clear, and there are early signs this is beginning to happen.

While journalists who bother to read scientific reports for themselves always knew much of the reporting at left-wing media was wildly exaggerated, even some climate activists are now seeing through the lies of Extinction Rebellion, the linking of CO2 emissions to individual bushfire and storm events and other claims not supported by science.

The propagandist filmmaker Michael Moore kicked this off with a film showing the downside of renewables — Planet of the Humans. The film would have been largely unnoticed but for demands by warming zealots that it be banned. People decided to watch it for themselves.

The film shows pretty much what this newspaper has been saying, correctly, for two decades. Renewables do not provide reliable baseload power. They are expensive and only viable with government subsidy. And they are beloved by rich bankers because they provide high taxpayer-subsidised rates of return.

As this paper revealed at the time of the launch of hybrid cars in Australia, even motor vehicle renewable technologies have enormous carbon footprints in their manufacturing, in mining for the rare metals they rely on and in the case of electric cars in the baseload power they need to recharge. They are a con. Environment writers at Fairfax, the Guardian and the ABC won’t call the facts out.

Last week readers of this newspaper were told about a new book by US environmental activist Michael Shellenberger, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All. Shellenberger admits he was part of a movement that knew it was grossly exaggerating the facts, and much of what he tells readers has been reported by this newspaper for 20 years.

For him, the scaring of children around the world with false facts was too much. Yet when this column and other journalists at News Corp papers have told the truth about the RCP8.5 scenario used to justify false claims of a 2030 climate emergency they have been either ignored or ridiculed in the left media, most prominently by ABC Media Watch host Paul Barry.

As this column has explained before, RCP8.5 is not a serious scenario but the top-end outlier of four different IPCC scenarios. It is not where the IPCC says the world is tracking. It assumes coal use will increase by almost 400 per cent by 2070 and no nuclear, renewable or gas power generation will be brought on stream to mitigate emissions. It is at odds with the facts already.

Australians are less familiar with another climate panic defection. Zion Lights, the 34-year-old former spokeswoman for the UK Extinction Rebellion group so beloved by Guardian Australia, was so appalled by the movement’s misleading approach to science she quit late last month to become a lobbyist for nuclear energy. After reading up on the benefits of zero emissions nuclear power she said: “The facts don’t really change, but once I understood them I did change my mind.”

Journalism’s litany of environmental lies extends far beyond bogus extinction stories, the failure to analyse renewable power accurately, blind hatred of fossil fuels and childish enthusiasm for hybrid cars. Dozens of false claims about the state of planet Earth have been run, but not corrected when they prove false.

Some truths not in Shellenberger’s piece here last week:

  • The Guardian reported to enormous publicity in 2010 the Greenland ice sheet was melting and global sea levels could rise by 7m. Since then Greenland’s temperatures have returned to 1930s levels and Greenland’s glaciers stopped retreating seven years ago. Not much reporting of that
  • As this column said last year, most of the world’s coral islands, especially those of the South Pacific, are not sinking, according to research from the University of Auckland. Now a new study led by the University of Plymouth and reported in Science Advances shows wave action on reefs off such islands actually builds up sediment levels and helps to raise island surfaces.
  • A new paper in the journal Science, “The internal origin of the east-west asymmetry of Antarctic climate change”, suggests “the current asymmetry of Antarctic surface climate change is undoubtedly of natural origin because no external factors (eg orbital or anthropogenic factors) contribute to the asymmetric mode”. Data from historic samples suggests climate fluctuations in the tropics such as El Nino and the Southern Oscillation Index are a factor in different rates of warming.
  • Despite years of credulous media claims that India and China are moving away from fossil fuel, the opposite is true. Last month Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India, with the fourth largest coal reserves in the world, was launching commercial auctions to unlock coal reserves from “years of lockdown”. Bloomberg analyst Michelle Leung said she expected China’s next five-year plan to target 1300 gigawatts of coal capacity, up from 1050 today. China is also expanding construction of coal-fired power plants. After adding 29.9gW last year Bloomberg said construction already under way in May would account for an extra 46gW. But every ABC business journalist I ever hear insists coal is a “stranded asset”.

Shellenberger attributes climate panic to Malthusian fear. Thomas Malthus wrote in the 18th century that food production would not keep pace with population growth. He did not foresee population rises would slow as societies got richer and failed to account for human improvement in agricultural production. Fear in the face of difficult problems is easier for the media to sell than understanding.
The Australian

Environmental convert Michael Shellenberger turns the tables
The Australian
Chris Kenny
5 July 2020

Apart from alerting the world to the fake news of climate hysteria, Michael Shellenberger last week gave us a masterclass in how to deal with jaundiced journalism. For daring to challenge the catastrophist zeitgeist on global warming, this highly credentialed environmentalist has quickly become a prime target of the green left media.

Rather than accept their attacks and skewed reporting, Shellenberger has exposed their tactics, demonstrated their cowardice, and offered full transparency and accountability. He is forcefully trying to change the media climate.

Shellenberger’s strategy is worth noting as a template or a guide for tackling biased media. Let me explain how this unfolded.

Despite a long interest in environmental issues and the climate debate, I have to confess I had not heard of Shellenberger until last week. On Tuesday morning I read, via social media, about the piece he had written for Forbes.com previewing his new book, Apocalypse Never: why environmental alarmism hurts us all.

A lifelong environmentalist, who has published a series of books and been declared a global environmental hero by Time Magazine, Shellenberger was now apologising for his activism. His book accuses climate activists of exaggerating the threats and turning their backs on obvious solutions, such as nuclear energy.

The Forbes.com piece was strong and replete with good sense while playing into all the main threads of the climate policy debate, but an additional controversy was brewing because, in yet another example of our stifled cancel culture, Forbes had taken it down. Immediately, I decided to editorialise on the issue, quoting Shellenberger’s piece, for my SkyNews program The Kenny Report that night, and organised to interview him from California the following day.
The Australian

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Comments

  1. Crispin bpm says:

    Time to press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to Cancel Culture!

  2. Pete Buffington says:

    Good work, I appreciate your courage. Covid-19 next??

  3. The IPCC was set up with the brief: “—-to understand the scientific basis of risk of human-induced climate change”. It is not surprising then that the resulting models produce the results they do; as if they didn’t then the IPCC would have been disbanded.

    A case of ‘appropriate garbage in for required garbage out.‘

    I suspect that much of the journalistic nonsense we get today originated from this, with Cognitive Dissonance now rife in the Alarmist camp.

    • Peter Pronczak says:

      With some repeat: Re GIGO; when first coming across The Conversation website, I thought it practice for writing royal commission terms of reference.
      Sadly when Kim Beazley became WA’s Governor, it confirmed the 1980s ALP-NLP consensus to MPS-IEA Thatherisim policy.
      Need more be said about social ‘democratic’ control?

      IPCCs Joachim Schellenhuber was given a royal gong for ‘swaying’ G H W Bush on climate change; Bush Snr, Kissenger and Greenspan, plus Obama, were given gongs for being traitors to the original American system, that Yanks, seem to have forgotten about when they celebrate Independence Day.

  4. Peter Pronczak says:

    Three years of secret talks with developers revealed by https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/Documents/TableOffice/TabledPapers/2020/5620T1004.pdfwith about proposed 226 turbine wind farm & local government MP ignoring local concerns.

    The Biggest Estate on Earth by Prof Bill Gammage has aboriginals repeatedly nationally configuring the continet using fire. No problem with CO2 there.

    It would seem that Yanks have forgotten who and what Independence Day was about – Alexander Hamilton – the reason ‘old Labor’ has the American spelling. Until the 1980s ALP-NLP consensus to follow MPS-IEA Thacherite policies.

    In a 1950s book Lord Bertrand Russell, a Malthusian, lamented wars not doing enough but perhaps a biological disease could. Like the Industrial Revolution computers have made lower class people superfluous to requirements. Guess what?! It ain’t China’s doing.

    With history continually tweaked, twisted and rewritten, it’s the dumed down education system having ‘the blind leading the blind’. Where are the ‘statespersons’ among politicians?
    Australian convicts were political prisoners with shippers of the 1st three boat loads paid on numbers boarded, after them they were paid for numbers landed.

    Comments approved in media:

    In a 1950s book Lord Bertrand Russell, a Malthusian, lamented wars not doing enough but perhaps a biological disease could. Like the Industrial Revolution computers have made lower class people superfluous to requirements. Guess what?! It ain’t China’s doing. It’s in Geelong & district.
    Australian convicts were political prisoners with the 1st three boat loads thrown overboard. Yanks have forgotten what the War of Independence was about.

    Forest Wind said they would be “on ridges higher than birds fly!” BOOM Logistics 2019 annual report shows Coopers Gap having level ground for the 6 cranes required for each erection. How much forest will be left?
    It’s a bit difficult to fathom 226 wind turbines in the middle of a pine plantation in a state forest when first announced as a $2billion windfall in December 2019 under the heading of Working for greener Queensland. It’s claimed it will generate aprox 1200Mw ‘at capacity’ (data shows only 10% of capacity added to eastern grid; stop these things!). The proposal according to the local media has taken a “grassroots” approach to sharing information because the companies, Forest Wind Holdings, a joint venture between CleanSight (whoever they are) and Siemens Financial Services announced with the backing of Queensland’s Minister for Natural Resources and Energy, Dr Anthony Lynham who also said the government is working toward 50% renewables by 2030, so it’s a preplanned government-private hand-holding propaganda exercise.
    At least Reinmetall’s Boxer tanks will have somewhere to practice. NOIA-Reinmetall is to make the NATO cartridges for them.

    Reply to: Sorry, but much if not all of the turbines and towers are recyclable, but back to the wind farm. Having lived in the Latrobe Valley I’d suggest the wind farms are far more evironmentally friendly than open cut mines and coal fire power stations

    No they’re not! The blades suffer from “component liberation”. Nuclear power has less deaths per TeraWatt hour than wind or solar & isn’t weather dependent with longer life expectancy. Costs are upfront not trailing rip-off.
    SA’s AGL’s Hallett 1 wind farm with its smaller Suzlon S88s, had every blade failed within the first year of operation. They contain highly toxic Bisphenol A, banned in the EU and Canada (failures and contents of others suppressed).

    Reply on nuclear support:
    Q: Ok except where do we store the waste? Craignish?

    Same place as Lucas Heights. Besides new new plants have no waste. South Africa as 2nd oldest nuclear country has waste from old plants about 1.5M high, half a tennis court.
    Germany’s aprox 70% shortfall is bought from nuclear France.
    Where is the French waste, mainly dirt from sloppy storage, that was shipped back to AU via Woollongong?

    Reply to:
    I have never heard of fire hazards being connected to wind farms . I have heard of noise complaints and of birds dying but don’t understand why , birds have good eyesight and they don’t crash into trees and the blades on the machines turn at a slow rate and should be able to be seen.?

    Blade tips look slow but big ones are 350kms/hr. 22 juvenile eagles ‘found’ dead at old Tassie wind farm. A ScoMo report into another 7 Tassie projects stated nil bird impact. Is that because none left?
    Turbines spontaneously combust, started ground fires & incinerated maintenance workers. Trucks fall over carrying a blade each at low speed & killed people. The info is everywhere. Old blades are trying to be disposed of in African countries.

    Not approved:
    That’s on top of a ScoMo report on 7 proposed Tassie farms would have nil bird impact. He also said, “No community would be forced to accept nuclear power.” Effectively ruling nuclear out. No-one seems to know where the returned French nuclear waste mainly dirt from sloppy storage, actually is.

    Had it not been for so many in the media affected by asbestos it would still be in the workplace (banned 1978 but still everywhere).

    I might be old but I’m getting the hang of it – I think – first PC a tweaked TRS80.
    Wow! These ePapers give an eastern north-south publish comparison.

    STTs “Some truths not in Shellenberger’s piece here last week” interesting.

  5. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak and commented:
    The media’s obsession with cataclysmic climate change is matched only by their fixation on unreliable wind and solar power as the only solution.

    That narrative has been tortured for over more than 20 years, now. But even among their own ilk, the “only more subsidies for wind turbines and solar panels will save us” narrative has worn thin, of late.

    Michael Moore’s Planet of the Humans lifted the lid on the cynical and manipulative crony capitalists profiteering from the climate industrial complex that they helped to create. For his trouble, he’s been effectively censored by the media, with his movie pulled from YouTube and other platforms, simply because the fact that renewable energy is an enormous moneymaking scam, doesn’t fit the narrative. Australians won’t find any reference to Planet of the Humans on ‘their’ ABC or SBS, ordinarily the natural vehicles to carry Moore’s anti-capitalist, chip-on-his-shoulder, rhetoric.

  6. George Papadopoulos says:

    The NSW Government just handed over 80 million dollars for renewable energy in the New England region, known as the Walcha Energy Project. The project will have a 4GW capacity and storage backup of which one dam which provide onlyabout 6-8 hours worth of hydro storage.

    Lack of wind, solar and rain will render this jungle of sonic intrusive monstrosities, watercourse altering dams and endless micro-climate altering solar panels useless. One more example of how ‘green’ energy is environmentally ‘bloody’. Mind you it should supply us with plenty of energy most of the year, except when we most need it…

  7. Reblogged this on uwerolandgross.

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