What Will Be The Effect of Government Efforts to Constrain Global Warming?

What will the trillions of dollars proposed to be expended buy for us?

Christopher Monkton had the gall to ask that very question of the U. K.’s Climate Change Department that impertinent and inconvenient question a few years ago…

Huhne is no loss

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley | Watt’s Up With That

When I visited the House of Lords’ minister, Lord Marland, at the Climate Change Department a couple of years ago, I asked him and the Department’s chief number-cruncher, Professor David Mackay (neither a climate scientist nor an economist, of course) to show me the Department’s calculations detailing just how much “global warming” that might otherwise occur this century would be prevented by the $30 billion per year that the Department was committed to spend between 2011 and 2050 – $1.2 trillion in all.

There was a horrified silence. The birds stopped singing. The Minister adjusted his tie. The Permanent Secretary looked at his watch. Professor Mackay looked as though he wished the plush sofa into which he was disappearing would swallow him up entirely.


Eventually, in a very small voice, the Professor said, “Er, ah, mphm, that is, oof, arghh, we’ve never done any such calculation.” The biggest tax increase in human history had been based not upon a mature scientific assessment followed by a careful economic appraisal, but solely upon blind faith. I said as much. “Well,” said the Professor, “maybe we’ll get around to doing the calculations next October.”

They still haven’t done the calculations – or, rather, I suspect they have done them but have kept the results very quiet indeed…

Click over to the full article to see Lord Monckton’s analysis of the cost to benefit ratio, which makes $500.00 hammers seem quite a bargain.


Hat Tip: Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds

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