You know how Anthony Watts on occasion has criticised other people for using photoshopped images or "fake" photos to illustrate a point, while at the same time faking images of his own. Well, he's done it again. This time pinching a photo from a company bringing cleaner energy to Africa (and South America), to argue that his readers should instead pollute "poor people" out of existence.
Compare and contrast - WUWT touting dirty energy (and religion), while using a photo about how a company helped a family in Rwanda move to cleaner cooking! (Scroll to the bottom.)
Today WUWT and CFACT (archived here) are touting support for the pseudo-religious cult, the Cornwall Alliance. (I've written about that organisation before.) The WUWT article has the headline:
Protect the poor – from climate change policies
The CFACT chap boasts that
If you look back at the WayBack Machine,
At WUWT they talk of "Stewardship of Creation", which is not to be confused with stewardship of Earth. Looking after natural resources is not necessary, according to this crowd. They "believe Earth and its ecosystems—created by God’s intelligent design and infinite power and sustained by His faithful providence —are robust, resilient, self-regulating, and self-correcting, admirably suited for human flourishing, and displaying His glory." That gives them the excuse to do whatever they want to, including harm the environment.
As Victor Venema once wryly commented,
You wonder why God did not make the economy "in a robust, resilient, self-regulating, and self-correcting product of God’s wise design way", so that they do not have to worry about their alarmist economical "predictions".
About that photo - it's from Rwanda
You know how deniers hate polar bear photos? Well, WUWT and/or CFACT and/or the Cornwall Alliace decided to go the emotional route themselves. Today at WUWT there is a photo of a woman and infant bending over a wood stove, to support their illogical, inconsistent plea to burn more fossil fuel and exacerbate global warming. Being of a curious and sceptical nature, I decided to check it out.
Click here to read the story behind the photo that WUWT used to try to get more people to sign the Cornwall Alliance declaration. It's a picture showing how a company, UpEnergy, installed a clean-burning stove designed by Prakti to replace a primitive fireplace. Here's an excerpt of the letter written by Erik Wurster, Managing Director of Up Energy Group to Prakti:
I thought you’d enjoy my recent adventure to give a test stove made by Prakti Design in India to a family in a pigmy village (a highly marginalized ethnic group in Rwanda) near where we live. This is certainly not an example of how stoves should be installed efficiently and in large numbers, but it was fun and very well received. It’s important for us to test different technologies before purchasing large numbers of them, so this type of thing is instructive for our future business strategies. Prakti was kind enough to donate this test model to us. This stove is designed to accommodate a chimney but didn’t come with one, so not pictured below is how we convinced the machine shop at the hospital to custom weld and metal chimney to fit the stove.The letter goes on to describe the trip to the village and the installation of the new stove, with lots of photos.
I wonder how many clean-burning fuel-efficient stoves the Cornwall Alliance has installed?
Incidentally, here is a bit more about what UpEnergy is doing in Uganda. It's joined forces with the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness of the importance of natural forest and help local people become more fuel-efficient. Such a venture would be anathema to the Cornwall Alliance members who, going by their "declarations" think that destroying forests is all part of their gods plan, and anyway their god will kiss it and make it all better after they've chopped down all the trees and killed off all the wildlife.
Denier memes of the crank religious at WUWT
I won't go into too much detail of all the nonsense that WUWT is trying to palm off in the name of "religion". A summary will suffice:
- CO2 is plant food - here, while hiding the fact that it's also drought, fire and flood food
- Raising the strawman of hurricanes, for which the climate science jury is still out. Something about no category 3-5 hurricanes hitting the US coast in nine years. Not since Katrina. Sandy, the second costliest hurricane ever to hit the USA was down to a cat 2 by the time it hit.
Notice also how it's suddenly all about the USA. It's no longer about "poor" nations. The focus has shifted to hurricanes making landfall in the USA, while neglecting the typhoon recording the strongest landfall in history - because it hit poorer, and less-developed countries? As well as floods, and drought and famine.
The lowest of the low
The CFACT chap says the Cornwall Alliance declaration "implores" people to "consider how anti-fossil fuel climate policies would affect the poorest and most vulnerable people on Earth". Now what has stopped these ratbags from doing anything to help the poorest and most vulnerable before now? Why are they suddenly pretending to care?
Why do they want to saddle the poor and the vulnerable with dirty energy that will send them to an early grave? Why are they so against helping people without get cheap, clean electricity that can be deployed now, without having to wait for costly distribution grids?
Are you a tad sceptical of this new-found "compassion" at WUWT? Yeah. Me too. Especially when you look at the murky relationships - and the cross-overs between CFACT and The Cornwall Alliance and the Heartland Institute and various other denier organisations. Most of them are connected and share the same few people. Look at one political anti-science lobby group and you've seen 'em all. As John Mashey says "follow the money" (if you can).
The thing is, Anthony Watts or CFACT pinched a photograph showing how other people have actually gone and done something to help the poorest and most vulnerable. While CFACT and the Cornwall Alliance are busy urging everyone to subject the poorest and most vulnerable to thick dirty smog and pollution, there are other people helping those same poor people shift from inefficient dirty and harmful cooking to clean and more efficient stoves.
Worse still, at the same time, WUWT in promoting dirty energy has pinched a photo of how real people have helped a family with clean cooking.
From the WUWT comments
September 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm
The Alarmist/Warmists and the Main Stream Media will give the Cornwall Alliance about the same amount of respect and consideration as they have the Oregon Petition Project.
Sad, but probably true.
September 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm
Unfortunately I suspect that they are more interested in evangelism about religion than AGW. That’s lost me and I won’t be the only one, especially outside of the US.
I’m disappointed that this organization has been so unskeptically embraced here. It plays into the stereotypes that warmists have of skeptics and will be more of a hindrance than a help in convincing the uncommitted that we are all about science and rationality.
September 26, 2014 at 2:50 pm
The Cornwall Alliance declaration comes as a breath of fresh air in the fetid atmosphere of insane statements from the CAGW supporters. .The CAGW alarmists are intent on seizing total control and in the course of this, trampling on the poor of the World is this pursuit of power.
September 26, 2014 at 2:55 pm
“It notes that our Earth is “robust, resilient, self-regulating and self-correcting.” Its climate system will respond to and correct damage that might arise from the relatively small effects of carbon dioxide that we humans are adding to the atmosphere ..”
I dislike this highly unscientific, highly subjective argument. Rush Limbaugh used to make it…perhaps he still does….noting that the “creator” would not give us an atmosphere we humans could screw up. When I was a warmist it only confirmed my sense that global warming skeptics were indeed a bunch of misguided flat earthers. I know better now, but it’s still a terrible argument, and only affirms certain unflattering stereotypes. I’m sure many of you won’t like my POV, but if your aim is to be persuasive to the other side, then you might want to rethink it.
Rud Istvan doesn't like it much either
September 26, 2014 at 5:29 pm
Pokerguy, my thinking is similar to yours.
Plus, I have an additional objection. Their logic is explicitly founded on ‘intelligent design’, something I spent most of a chapter debunking in the last book.Eyes, and all that.
I have no problem with religious beliefs, so long as they are peaceful.
I have a great problem when anyone for whatever reason tries to substitute religion for science. No matter whether warmunists or Cornwall Alliance (‘opposite sides’), my problem remains and I will always oppose. Both.
September 26, 2014 at 4:04 pm
1. The religious bent of this Alliance makes me reluctant to join up.
2. I wish the supposedly level-headed people who make up the community of this forum would quit using “Gaia-worshipper” and similar phrases as a slam against the warmists and alarmists. It’s not only rude, but usually trotted out without evidence. I myself am what more accurately can be described as a neo-pagan (although I don’t like that label either) and I believe in treating the earth and its creatures (which includes mankind) with care and respect. I also totally reject CAGW.
3. I often argue, usually in forums and not face-to-face, with warmists and alarmists using the very arguments put forth by the Alliance. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that their actual and proposed policies hurt the poor the most. The poorer are the most hurt. DiCaprio can afford skyrocketing electrical rates, but the poor cannot, at least without giving up something else.
Eric Worrall has had a change of heart. Now he reckons that those filthy capitalists have been "witholding cheap energy" and should have been giving it away to people in abject poverty.
September 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm
I’m glad that such a group has spoken out – the Cornwall Alliance is a well known charity in the UK, and its public position will be influential.
The global policy of withholding cheap energy from people who live in abject poverty, because of worries about something which might happen in 50 years, is an act of unimaginable cruelty. Nobody who has true compassion can stand to see such madness.
Martin doesn't agree with Eric and says:
September 26, 2014 at 5:15 pm
Cheap energy you reckon. The cost of electricity ain’t cheap. Here in a first world country folks bleat about how expensive electricity is. How will the poor folks in third world countries pay their expensive electricity bills huh? Someone has to pay for the huge infrastructure of poles and wires…