Anglican Samizdat

December 15, 2009

Anglicans united at last!

Filed under: Anglican,Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 5:36 pm
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Uniting Anglicans: Rowan Williams couldn’t do it, Katharine Jefferts-Schori didn’t want to do it; Fred Hiltz is still having a conversion about doing it; but Anglicans are finally united against a common foe – warm weather:

Copenhagen unites Anglicans hoping to combat climate change.

As church bells rang throughout the world Dec. 13 to mark Christianity’s commitment to combating climate change, Anglican leaders were making their voices heard about global warming in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The founder of Christianity foresaw this, of course; in the Garden of Gethsemane, as drops of blood oozed through the pores of his skin, he knew his sacrifice would be worth it, because in approximately 2000 years his followers would unite to wage the final battle against that most diabolical of evils: a 0.4 degree rise in the earth’s surface  temperature.


December 8, 2009

Copenhagen climate summit in disarray – pity

Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 3:01 pm

The Copenhagen climate summit is in disarray:Add an Image

Developing countries react furiously to leaked draft agreement that would hand more power to rich nations, sideline the UN’s negotiating role and abandon the Kyoto protocol

The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray today after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN’s role in all future climate change negotiations.

The document is also being interpreted by developing countries as setting unequal limits on per capita carbon emissions for developed and developing countries in 2050; meaning that people in rich countries would be permitted to emit nearly twice as much under the proposals.

The so-called Danish text, a secret draft agreement worked on by a group of individuals known as “the circle of commitment” – but understood to include the UK, US and Denmark – has only been shown to a handful of countries since it was finalised this week.

The agreement, leaked to the Guardian, is a departure from the Kyoto protocol’s principle that rich nations, which have emitted the bulk of the CO2, should take on firm and binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gases, while poorer nations were not compelled to act. The draft hands effective control of climate change finance to the World Bank; would abandon the Kyoto protocol – the only legally binding treaty that the world has on emissions reductions; and would make any money to help poor countries adapt to climate change dependent on them taking a range of actions.

As everyone keeps saying, it’s all about science; politics has nothing to do with it. Not to worry, the private jets are still flying in, the limo companies are doing a booming trade, Danish prostitutes are busy, as are Anglican bell ringers and Dan Brown has the title for his next novel: The Circle of Commitment.

December 7, 2009

Al Gore, climate poet

Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 11:05 pm

Al Gore is writing climate poetry. Its overall effect is much the same as that of Vogon poetry (the 3rd worst poetry in the universe – Al Gore’s being the 4th worst).

Here are some excerpts:

One thin September soon
A floating continent disappears
In midnight sun

Vapors rise as
Fever settles on an acid sea.


Snow glides from the mountain
Ice fathers floods for a season
A hard rain comes quickly

Then dirt is parched
Kindling is placed in the forest
For the lightning’s celebration


The shepherd cries
The hour of choosing has arrived
Here are your tools

This reminds me that it’s back to the 60’s for the Copenhagen Climate Conference: the theme song is Bob Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall. Between that and Al Gore reading his poetry, delegates will be running from the auditorium shrieking and clutching their heads.

December 6, 2009

Copenhagen Climate Conference: run by anti-Christmas bigots

Filed under: Global Warming,Political Correctness — David Jenkins @ 9:55 pm
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No Christmas trees for the climate conference:

Participants at Copenhagen’s global climate summit will be meeting during the holiday season, but they will not be surrounded by festive Christmas decor, according to Denmark’s Foreign Ministry.

Since Christmas is a religious holiday, it has no place at a United Nations event, said officials planning the event.

A sponsor providing fir trees for the conference’s Christmas trees learned this the hard way when it was turned away by planners of the international event, the Copenhagen Post reported.

Silly me: I thought the Copenhagen climate conference was a religious event; isn’t that why Rowan Williams is speaking?

November 25, 2009

The Global Warming Scandal

Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 1:56 pm

Some naughty scientists have been fudging the figures on global warming:

Last Friday it was revealed that someone as yet unknown had hacked into the computers of the Climate Research Unit (CRU) in Hadley, U.K. The CRU — or Hadley as it is often referred to — is the source of one of the four main temperature records used by the United Nations and environmentalists to claim that the Earth is on the verge of a global meltdown. It is also home to some of the most prominent climate researchers in the world.

Stolen and then released were over 1,000 emails and 3,000 research files that appear to show that those at the CRU and other equally well-known climate scientists around the world have been working together for years to “cook” the data about climate change. The emails seem to suggest that much of what the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claims is “settled science” is based on data manipulated to confirm assertions that man is dangerously altering our climate. Recent decades may not have been exceptionally warm. The planet may not be warming as fast as these scientists have claimed publicly — and it looks as though they may have known it and tried to hide it.

If the emails are correct, CRU scientists also took glee in the death of a prominent skeptic and did their level best to keep those who disagreed with them from being published in peer-reviewed journals or invited to contribute to IPCC reports. There is even one exchange in which some of the CRU scientists and their colleagues elsewhere tried to have fired the editor of a peer-reviewed journal that dared publish contrary research.

One of the interesting aspects of all this is the light it sheds on the dishonesty of the scientists. Scientists tend to portray themselves as the High Priests of a secular culture: only they have the specialised expertise needed to make sense of our world: lesser mortals are enjoined to trust the findings of science – via the ministrations of a priestly intermediary – on the path to enlightenment. Richard Dawkins in particular exudes this kind of fanatical rabbinical piety in his dogmatic excursions into the meaning of existence; while attempting to smite Christians in the name of science, he himself has become the victim of an irrational fundamentalist religion – scientism. I wonder what we would discover if someone hacked into his emails.

What has become apparent is that scientists are fallen human beings just like everyone else: their besetting sin in this case has been to hold an ideological position with little regard for facts – and lie to protect it.

November 9, 2009

Faith leaders present 60 plans to help UN on climate change

Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 10:50 am

Church leaders have 60 ideas to prevent this world becoming hotter than hell:

Leaders of nine major faiths have presented 60 ideas to lessen carbon emissions to the United Nations after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon singled out the religious community as key in fighting climate change.

The Norwegian Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Development Plan in charge of development, Olov Kjoerven, on Nov.4 called climate change “the greatest threat that humanity has ever been up against”.

But they have absolutely no idea of how to keep people from being hotter than hell in the next.

July 30, 2009

Incalescence in the Anglican Church of Canada

Filed under: Anglican,Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 10:07 am
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The Anglican Church in the West, having largely abandoned the gospel of the bible, has settled on Global Warming and same-gender copulation as worthy replacements. So much attention has been given to the latter, that global warming tends to receive short shrift.

To set the record straight: there are protests (ironically, this one begins “Braving gusty winds, Anglicans….”), sections on web sites,  and gruesome  Eco-Justice camps. Not to mention excruciating liturgies,  green worship,  how to have a relationship with the earth,  and green cleaninggrounds and meetings.

The Anglican Church, where you can’t get no calefaction:

Global warming is the new religion of First World urban elites

Geologist Ian Plimer takes a contrary view, arguing that man-made climate change is a con trick perpetuated by environmentalists

Ian Plimer has outraged the ayatollahs of purist environmentalism, the Torquemadas of the doctrine of global warming, and he seems to relish the damnation they heap on him.

Plimer is a geologist, professor of mining geology at Adelaide University, and he may well be Australia’s best-known and most notorious academic.

Plimer, you see, is an unremitting critic of “anthropogenic global warming” — man-made climate change to you and me — and the current environmental orthodoxy that if we change our polluting ways, global warming can be reversed.

The Anglican Church of Canada has noticed that it is getting hotter: but it’s the flames of hell licking its foundations, not global warming.

June 23, 2009

Global warming is actually caused by burping cows

Filed under: Global Warming — David Jenkins @ 11:53 am

It is, really. But Canada has the answer: the low carbon footprint non-burping cow:Add an Image

Canadian scientists breeding cows that burp less

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian scientists are breeding a special type of cow designed to burp less, a breakthrough that could reduce a big source of greenhouse gases responsible for global warming.

Cows are responsible for nearly three-quarters of total methane emissions, according to Environment Canada. Most of the gas comes from bovine burps, which are 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas.

Stephen Moore, a professor at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, is examining the genes responsible for methane produced from a cow’s four stomachs in order to breed more efficient, environmentally friendly cows.

It makes me proud to be Canadian.

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