by James Delingpole: Why
Being Green Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry
Ireland this week and am not yet sure how close I’ll be to
the internet. So to tide you over just in case here is a fascinating
essay from Ishmael2009 (not his real name) on Sir
Crispin Tickell is one of the chief architects of Man Made Global
Warming’s towering cathedral of half truths, exaggeration,
hysteria and Neo-Malthusian lunacy. Ladies and gentlemen, I give
you, the mighty Ishmael2009…..
Our Man at
the Climate Summit: Essay on Sir Crispin Tickell
Charles Cervantes Tickell is one of the most influential people
behind the idea of man-made global warming. Yet you could easily
be forgiven for having never heard of him.
see, is a diplomat and a scion of the British establishment, and
as such works largely behind the scenes, like a real-life Sir Humphrey.
His CV bulges with numerous honorary doctorates, chairmanships and
directorships around the world, including the European arm of Pachauri’s
TERI organization (1). After starting as a bright young thing with
the civil service, he spent two years at Harvard, where he addressed
himself to the up and coming subject of climate change, the result
of which was his 1977 book Climactic
Change and World Affairs, a work that detailed the threat
posed to Western civilization by possible changes in the world climate.
It made his name, and on his return Tickell was made Chef de Cabinet
to the President of the European Commission and afterwards advisor
to the Thatcher government, where he was instrumental in persuading
leading politicians to put global warming on the political agenda
So is AGW the
most serious threat facing the world today, so far as Tickell is
concerned? Well, almost. There is one other threat that he sees
as even more urgent than AGW – the human race itself. Specifically,
those feckless, irresponsible classes and nations that continue
to breed at more than the replacement level of 2.1 children (Tickell,
it should be noted, has three children. Considerations of overpopulation
do not apply to his class, of course (1)). For him, overpopulation
is the driving force behind AGW: we are a cancer on the planet.
In language which we would normally expect to come from extremists,
Tickell lays out his vision of the rest of the world.
We are, he
believes, “a malignant maladaption in the corpus of living
organisms, and behave and reproduce like a virus out of control”
(2). We are “infected tissue in the organism of life”
(3). “More than ever,” he writes, “humans can be
regarded like certain species of ant” (5).The only relief from
this that Tickell sees on the horizon is that “it is hard to
believe that there will be anything like current or future human
numbers in their present urban concentrations or elsewhere. Whether
weeded out by warfare, disease, deteriorating conditions of life,
or other disasters, numbers are likely to fall drastically. We must,
I believe, expect some breakdowns in human society before the end
of this century with unforeseeable outcomes” (4). That’ll
teach us to pollute his nice clean world!
Tickell is well aware that in every single industrialised country,
total fertility rates (TFR) have fallen below replacement levels
– in other words in modernised nations population is declining.
The real threat, then, is from the feckless hordes in the less developed
nations. Overpopulation and climate change will, he warns, lead
to refugees from these countries becoming a “prime threat”
to Western society in coming years (3).
these refugees are clearly at the root of his concerns. They represent
a threat to Western culture as they “bring with them alien
customs, religious practices, eating habits, agricultural methods,
and – not least – diseases” (3). Yikes! Those horrible,
horrible people! He warns that environmental refugees “like
normal refugees . . . mostly rely on charity” and worst of
all “tend to spread their poverty around them” (3). Tickell
claims that “full assimilation” into national culture
“is rare” and cautions that in the event of rapid change
these refugees would be “only one of myriad animal species
trying to cope with disruption of their [unassimilated] way of life”
(3). They are, he tells us, a “dangerous element” in Western
society and their presence will have “secondary effects”
such as “disorder, terrorism, economic breakdown, disease,
or bankruptcy” (3). Remember, these warnings come from the
man largely responsible for putting AGW on the world political map.
the real nightmare scenario for Malthusians has always been not
overpopulation per se, but differential fertility, so that the fecund
foreign hordes pour into an under-populated and degenerate West.
This is also a worry for neo-Malthusians such as Tickell as well,
it seems. Pointing to the fact (as he sees it) that illegal Mexican
immigration into the USA has led to many parts of America taking
on “Hispanic characteristics”, he foresees a tidal wave
of foreigners swarming into the under-populated areas of the world:
could push Africans into Europe, Chinese into the relatively empty
parts of Russia, the Indonesians into northern Australia. Sheer
numbers could swamp most efforts at control (3).
Start breeding chaps, there’s billions of ‘em! So, clearly,
as industrialisation leads to a decline in population, what Tickell
demands is the modernisation of the poorer countries, right?