Green Group Envisions A Penal Colony for Climate Criminals

Andaman Islands penal colony – circa 1858

The Kerguelen islands are horridly cold and windy specks near the Antarctic, populated by a few score of French scientists and several thousand sheep.

But to a leading British green group, Forum for the Future, it has enormous potential as an internationally-run penal colony for global warming skeptics.

The Forum’s founder-director is Jonathon Porritt, 67, Eton- and Oxford-bred Chancellor of Keele University, an adviser to Prince Charles, and Green Party activist. [1]

The Forum’s fancy for Kerguelen can be found in its 76-page report “Climate Futures – Responses to Climate Change in 2030”, written in conjunction with Hewlett-Packard, a company which should know better.

This scenario, one of five, involves the naughty world delaying the reduction of emissions, for which we must all suffer. The document even conjures a fictional climate criminal and imagines him being deported to Kerguelen in 2028.

He is Jean-Claude Bertillon, leader of the No Climate Change Party in Canada, “convicted of denying the existence of climate change”.

The report actually fantasizes three penal colonies which, from the context, must be for climate criminals. The other two are Britain’s frosty South Georgia[2]  and the South Island of New Zealand.

Written in 2008, the document attempts to show how CO2 emissions will wreck the planet within a couple of decades unless civilization turns away from the sins of consumerism and economic growth.

As we are now almost half-way to the 2030 forecast date it is possible to get a handle on how the Forum’s timeline is working out, and perhaps to gain an inkling of any substance to the report’s assertion that our descendants will look back on us with the same disgust we reserve for the slave-owners of yesteryear.

The authors — and Porritt himself — long for an eco-catastrophe that would eliminate all public doubts about climate doom.  Their manifesto says,

“Because of a chilling lack of confidence in our leaders … our only hope would be for an isolated, serious pre-taste of climate change to happen soon enough for the political and behavioral response to have a useful impact.”

This is probably wishful thinking, as Porritt, founder director of Forum for the Future and chair of the UK’s Sustainable Development Commission, pointed out:

‘I have occasionally fantasized about a low mortality-count scenario where a Force Six hurricane takes out Miami, but with plenty of warning to the entire city is evacuated with zero loss of life. The insurance industry in America would collapse because this could be a $50-60 billion climate-related ‘natural’ disaster. The industry wouldn’t be able to cope with that. There would be knock-on pain throughout the global economy, massive, traumatic dislocation. This would act as enough of an injection of physical reality, coupled with financial consequences for leaders to say: ‘Ok, we’ve got it now. This isn’t just about some nasty effects on poor countries: this is devastating for our entire model of progress.’ The response to that would be a negotiated transition towards a very low-carbon global economy that builds increased prosperity for people in more equitable and sustainable ways.’”

The report says its five scenarios are all possible, based on “a review of the current science” and “input from scores of experts.” In all five scenarios, global warming and extreme weather are, of course, far worse and more perilous than even the 2007 IPCC report suggested.[3] Here are some of its prescribed green correctives:

“Expensive, state-funded information campaigns reinforce the need for changes to lifestyles and aim to keep the mandate for state intervention strong. Inevitably parallels are drawn between this and the authoritarian state propaganda of the twentieth century.

“‘Climate crime’ is a social faux pas everywhere, but in some countries, it is a crime to publicly question the existence of anthropogenic climate change or to propose actions that could in some way contribute to climate change.

“It is very rare to come across dissenting voices with any real power, but resistance to overly strong state intervention is occasionally violent. The media in some countries have been permitted to discuss whether the single focus on resolving climate change means that other equally important or inter-linked issues are being ignored.” (Report’s emphasis, not mine)

Meanwhile,

“in some countries, a license is now required to have children and these are awarded according to a points system. Climate-friendly behavior means points…

“It is not unusual for governments to monitor household energy consumption in real time, with warnings sent to homes that exceed their quotas. For example, citizens could be told to turn off certain appliances such as washing machines or kettles or even have them switched off remotely.”

In 2014, Harvard luminary Naomi Oreskes forecast the extinction of all Australians amid climate woes.

The Future Forum is more moderate,  envisaging merely the abandonment of waterless central Australia, a “collapse of Australian agriculture”,  and a “particularly toxic” combination of drought and recession.[4]

In what the Forum authors call “alarming reading”, Australia’s Friends of the Earth climate experts predict the disappearance of Arctic summer ice by 2013, “almost a century earlier than suggested by the IPCC”.

The actual 2013 minimum was about five million square kilometers of sea ice, and it was a bit more than that last year.

The authors let slip some of the green’s secret tradecraft, in terms of their projected advances in fostering ever-creeping state control under the smokescreen of controlling emissions:

“In most cases, this has happened gradually, ratcheting up over time, with citizens surrendering control of their lives piecemeal rather than all at once, as trading regimes, international law, lifestyles, and business have responded to the growing environmental crisis. And so in 2030, greenhouse gas emissions are beginning to decline, but the cost to individual liberty has been great.”

One is hardly surprised to find such a green-minded document citing Cuba as a beacon of hope for quality of life. But also Nicaragua and Bhutan?

There is the distinct possibility that non-western development paths could gain greater credence. At one extreme, the development strategies adopted today by Cuba, Bhutan, Nicaragua or Thailand could be the pioneers of future diversity. Here, new priorities, particularly around ‘quality of life’, have sidelined many aspects of traditional western development models.

Here are some snippets from the scenarios.

2009-18: Global depression and harrowing malnutrition are caused by high oil and commodity prices. In 2017,  “authorities (are) warned to prepare for a ‘suicide epidemic’ in the US caused by the Depression.” [Reality: Dow Jones index now at record levels and oil prices relatively low.]

2018: Reunification of Korea with Pyongyang as the capital. [Great work, Kim Jong-un!]

2020:  The year of no winter in the northern hemisphere.
 [Right now, the US and Europe are blanketed by extreme cold and snowfalls].

2022: Oil hits US$400 a barrel [current price: US$60],[5]  making world trade and air travel prohibitively expensive. The carbon price makes carbon “one of the most important and expensive commodities in the world today”. [In reality, the carbon futures price has collapsed to about US$8 a tonne. Labor’s Rudd-Gillard carbon price was about $A23.]

2026: NATO has defined breaking the 2020 Beijing Climate Change Agreement as an attack on all its members, to be defended by military force.

2029: Planned permanent settlement of the Antarctic Peninsula, taking people from climate-stressed countries. Styled as the first truly global community, its population is projected to be 3.5 million by 2040.

2030: Waterless Oklahoma has been abandoned. Texas becomes independent [so much for the Civil War of 1861-65].

2030: “The US president launches a re-election campaign with a populist speech entitled ‘What is the Point of the UN?’ after a debate in New York descends into factional chaos.” [Donald Trump last month beat the forecast by 13 years].

Some predictions in the document are quite good, albeit easy ones. Try these:

2026: Supercomputer Alf-8 correctly predicts general strike in France. [Well, D’oh!]

2012-30: China is accused of lying and cheating on its emissions pledges.

The document’s part-hidden agenda is propaganda for the lunatic “simplicity movement” in which everyone returns to an idyll of backyard vegetables and disdain for material things, such as cars and toasters.

For example, in 2022 “a general retailer in the UK announces that it has sold more wool for home use than manufactured knitwear for the first time in its history.”

In other words, won’t it be wonderful when we all have to knit our own clothes?[6] [7]

The authors also take for another run the failed Club of Rome’s 1972  “Limits to Growth”diagnosis:

Prices for raw materials are very high and getting higher, having major impacts on manufacturing processes and the world economy… Proposals have been tabled for commercial mining ventures on the moon… The world is in a deadly race to develop new processes before resources run out completely.”

In a passage obviously written by academics, the academics become the heroes of the future: “Communications like the ‘worldwide internet’ have fragmented. A small group of academics preserves a global network, their dream to ‘reunite’ the world.”

The report’s best prediction, undoubtedly, is for an upsurge in rent-a-bikes. I counted four of those yellow bikes on my dog-walking path just this morning.

Tony Thomas’s book of essays, That’s Debatable – 60 Years in Print, is available here

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Hard Greens like Porritt needs sent to a assylum him and his fellow Eco-Nazis are stark raving mad its probibly their strict vegan diets and watching junk like Avatar,A Inconvent Truth A Incoent Seqeal,The 11th Hour and Before the Flood these people are Madder then a a Hatter and a March Hare

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    Sonnyhill

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    I stopped reading part way through. We need more sanitariums for those who fantasize about low mortality scenarios.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    No ones locking me up in a cage just becuase i reject this Global Warming/Climate Change poppycock its these radical greens that need locked up Al Bore,Dave Foreman(Earth First)and all members of The Earth Liberation Front(ELF)Animal Liberation Front(ALF)and all those Tree Sitters trespassing on Private Property and i support Cliven Bundy who was just aqquited of all charges brought against him

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    David Lewis

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    This is crazy, just crazy. It shows what happens when radicals come to conclusions within their small like minded groups. This has happened before. A paper with the goals of a gun control organization was leaked out. One goal was the government would publish the picture of every gun owner. Another was if anyone living within seven miles of a shooting range objected to it, then it wouldn’t be allowed to exist.

    However, as crazy as the Forum for the Future is, part is already happening. This includes the gradual erosion of freedom.

    The manifesto is hoping for a low body count climate disaster to demonstrate the need for action. In reality this may happen. It is called a mini ice age.

    There is a more probable future than the one stated in this forum. All we have to do is look to history. Communism in Europe should have faded away. However, it was artificially maintained by absolute control of the media and strong arm tactics. The result was when communism did fall it shattered. The climate change movement should have already faded away only exist in the history books. However, it is kept going by censorship and sensationalism of the mainstream media. Strong arm tactics include denying career advancement to professors who don’t support the cause. There is massive government funded scientific fraud. History will repeat itself. The climate change movement will shatter.

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    David Lewis

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    I need to mention another item. I am old enough to remember long before current climate change issue, the goals of “civilization turns away from the sins of consumerism and economic growth.” There were and are liberals with these goals. However, they didn’t and don’t have a snow ball chance in hell of making it on there own merit. Now they are among the many hidden agendas of the climate change movement.

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      Sonnyhill

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      “They’ll turn us into beggars because beggars are easier to please” . (from “Government Cheese” by the Rainmakers, 1986)

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Spoiled brat and hypotcrite Robert Kennedy Jr wants the so called Climate Crnimals locked up and he once tried to grab a microphone from a conservative reporter who questioned him on his of enviromental hypocricy and him and the Eco-Freak group he belongs to WATER KEEPERS ALLIANCE lost two lawsuits against Poultry and Pork Farmers

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