Gosh I do wish I’d taken my own advice and gone long on fossil fuels, short on renewables in the run up to the U.S. presidential election. I would have even bigger a reason to celebrate the Donald Trump victory than I do already.
Make no mistake, the Donald Trump presidency represents the biggest blow yet to the Great Global Warming Swindle.
Climategate was merely an amuse-gueule. This is the main event because it won’t just involve cross words in the blogosphere but actual deeds.
Specifically, those deeds will involve the U.S. withdrawing from the (albeit toothless and meaningless) COP21 climate agreement (aka “Clexit”); the effective dismantling of the Environmental Protection Agency by the able and sensible Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute; and also, I would suspect, much laxer federal regulations on matters like fracking, oil pipelines, and fossil fuels generally, as well as an end to the massive subsidies paid to renewables such as the bat-chomping, bird-slicing eco-crucifixes which the President-Elect is so right to hate.
For the Greenies, all this must seem like Armageddon come early.
Just listen, for example, to the tragic wailing coming from the EPA:
U.S. EPA employees were in tears. Worried Energy Department staffers were offered counseling. Some federal employees were so depressed, they took time off. Others might retire early.
And some employees are in downright panic mode in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory.
“People are upset. Some people took the day off because they were depressed,” said John O’Grady, president of American Federation of Government Employees Council 238, a union that represents thousands of EPA employees. After Election Day, “people were crying,” added O’Grady, who works in EPA’s Region 5 office in Chicago. “They were recommending that people take sick leave and go home.”
If I were them, I wouldn’t bother coming back.
I really don’t think it’s possible to exaggerate just what a world of pain is coming to the greenies thanks to Donald J Trump.
This will, of course, be spun in most of the mainstream media as a truly terrible thing. And that view will be echoed across a global establishment which has unquestioningly bought in to the climate change narrative and often benefited financially from it. Never forget that the global warming industry is worth annually about the same as the online shopping industry – about $1.5 trillion. An awful lot of people depend for their livelihoods on “global warming” being a thing. They’re not going to take the loss of their main source of income lying down: I expect the climate propaganda war is going to get a lot more vicious in the next four years, with Trump being vilified as a thuggish, anti-science ignoramus, hell bent on crass economic growth at the expense of the planet and future generations, and with his few supporters in the media being mocked, scorned, and marginalised as rabid, contrarian loons.
But that’s OK. Those of us on the sceptical side of the climate argument have two massive points in our favour.
One is that we’re right – all the facts are on our side. (The establishment elite just hasn’t caught up with this yet.)
And the other thing is that the tide of history is on our side. We’ve finally got our man in the White House; the field is ours.
My view is that this is going to be very good for the U.S. economy. At the weekend, I spoke on a panel at Oxford University on the subject of democracy. (I’ll be putting up the video when my cameraman has edited it.) One of the professors on my panel poured scorn on Trump’s promise to create jobs and prosperity – arguing that it had no plausible foundation.
I disagreed. Even if you have doubts about his other economic plans, Trump’s war on the Green Blob is going to make America a lot more prosperous. By driving down the cost of energy it will mean people have more disposable income; it will create jobs for workers in fossil fuel industries (the coal states will benefit especially); and it will make heavy industry more viable, meaning that U.S. jobs can be restored from abroad.
There will, I suspect, be knock-on benefits to the global economy too. Once other countries see the effects of Trump’s anti-renewables, pro-fossil-fuel revolution, they’ll find it harder to justify to their electorates the massive costs of the lunatic green energy policy by which the West has been held to ransom these last few decades.
The green war on Western industrial civilisation has been going on for so long I feared I’d never live to see the counterattack.
Now that it’s happening, I’m so shocked I feel almost as shocked as the greenies are. But it is happening nonetheless and it’s time, I think, that we reaped the rewards.
You may remember a few months ago I mentioned the Cool Futures Fund. As far as I know it’s the world’s only hedge fund geared to betting against the climate alarmist “consensus”.
When I helped crowdfund it in January by buying a share in its management company, I did so more than anything as a gesture of defiance. I wasn’t altogether sure it would really get off the ground, nor that if it did it would make money – not with the Obama administration and its likely successor the Hillary Clinton administration pushing the green agenda so hard.
But now I learn from one of its founders that the Fund is ready to launch early next year: they’ve done all their compliance and they’re good to go – which leaves them pretty well placed, I imagine, to take advantage of the rebalancing of the global energy economy which Trump will undoubtedly effect.
Here’s their website if you’re interested.
Don’t take my word for it: I have an appalling track record on financial affairs and anyway, I’m biased. I want the Fund to do well because I own one share in its management company and because apart from Trump in the White House I can think of few things more deliciously funny than seeing investors making money out of the hideous and painful and spectacular derailing of the green gravy train.
Again, it’s happening, it’s really happening! The Green Citadel is falling. And I don’t know about you but I’m not feeling in any particular rush to take prisoners…