The Two Great Cons of the 21st Century Bitcoin and Climate Change Part 2

  • Is Prince Charles now using Prince Andrew’s PR people?
  • A few questions that remain unanswered
  • The potential human cost

What is it with privileged white guys feeling the need to preach to the not so privileged?

As reported in yesterday’s UK Daily Mail (emphasis added):

Prince Charles has told the BBC he is shocked that Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other world leaders may not attend the upcoming Glasgow COP2G climate summit.  

He said the world is in the “last chance saloon” for climate change action.

Speaking from the gardens of his Balmoral estate, Charles told the BBC that the world is facing a “disaster” and a “catastrophe”.

With plum firmly in mouth and strolling leisurely through the gardens on his Balmoral estate, Charles proceeds to lecture us about the impending peril of climate change.

Seriously?

Charlie, the optics are not good. What’s the carbon footprint of your lifestyle? Landed estates. London palace. Private jets. Luxury yachts. Bentleys and Range Rovers.

You should stop taking advice from Prince Andrew’s PR people.

Charlie’s pontification is what’s so galling about the privileged champions of the climate con. None of them actually have to worry about the cost of these batsh*t crazy green schemes.

If household energy bills double, triple, or even quadruple, what’s it matter to them? That’s just chump change to this very well-heeled, woke clique.

But it’s a different story for the victims of this massive fraud…the average Joe and Josephine.

A few questions that remain unanswered

If renewables are so great, why can’t the investment proposition stand on its own two feet?

Why does it require trillions of printed dollars to make them ‘cost-competitive’ with fossil fuels?

Why isn’t there full disclosure on the green investments held directly or indirectly by the high-profile climate spruikers?

Then we could follow the money trail and find out who the beneficiaries of the taxpayer-funded grants and subsidies really are?

What’s Obama or Gore or Gates or others in the Davos inner circle invested in?

Given Hunter Biden’s track record on dubious deals, it’d be good to know if he (or related entities) has money invested in projects funded by the administration presided over by his inept and cognitively-challenged father.

How much is zero emissions going to cost in taxpayer subsidies, in rising energy costs, in higher taxes?

How much will all this headless-chook activity actually lower global temperatures by? Do we spend untold trillions lining the pockets of the insiders to maybe, just maybe, move the thermometer down by point something of a degree?

Why is the Earth being a little hotter all bad? There are now far less people dying from cold. Isn’t that a good thing?

One of the costs conveniently ignored by climate change zealots is the human cost.

Do the puppet masters of this fraud have a darker agenda?

Do they want less people polluting the Earth? The Earth they believe is theirs for the shaping and the taking.

No, that sounds too Machiavellian…going deep into conspiracy theory territory.

Instead, let’s just go with them being pig ignorant to the consequences of their zealotry.

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The potential human cost

On 30 July, Reuters reported:


China's major fertiliser makers to suspend exports amid tight supplies

Source: Reuters

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To quote from the article (emphasis added):

China is the world’s top exporter of phosphate, and shipped 3.2 million tonnes of diammonium phosphate fertiliser in the first half of this year to major buyers such as India and Pakistan as well as 2.4 million tonnes of urea, according to customs data.

…analysts said they expected state-owned firms such as Sinofert Holdings Ltd, Sinoagri Group, China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) and China National Coal Group to be among those curbing exports.

The move is the latest by Beijing to tackle soaring prices of major raw materials.

Fertiliser prices in China have hit records this year amid stronger demand from overseas, lower production domestically and high energy costs.

Fertiliser is hugely important in the production of food grown at scale.

And in case the climate changers haven’t joined the dots, food is hugely important in sustaining human life.

China’s suspension of fertiliser exports — due to soaring raw material costs — could pose a serious threat to food supplies in countries that can ill afford to endure such hardship.

What are the raw materials that go into making fertilisers?

To quote from Fertilizers Europe (emphasis added):

For nitrogen-based fertilizers, the largest product group, the process starts by mixing nitrogen from the air with hydrogen from natural gas at high temperature and pressure to create ammonia. Approximately 60% of the natural gas is used as raw material, with the remainder employed to power the synthesis process.

Phosphorus-based fertilizers are produced from mined ores. Phosphate rock is primarily treated with sulphuric acid to produce phosphoric acid, which is either concentrated or mixed with ammonia to make a range of phosphate (P2O5) fertilizers.

Making fertiliser not only requires raw materials, it also consumes energy:


Fat Tail Investment Research

Source: Fertilizers Europe

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But let’s focus on what’s happening with the raw materials.

The price of natural gas has risen significantly since early 2020:


Natural Gas Price Outlook

Source: Trading Economics

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Likewise, the cost of rock phosphate has also risen:


Rock Phospate Monthly Price

Source: Index Mundi

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These price hikes are a consequence of demonising fossil fuels…ban coal mining, no more drilling for natural gas, cut oil production.

With the political class kowtowing to their puppet masters, we end up with this sort of lunacy (emphasis added):

…the overwhelming effect of many changes proposed by the new [Biden] administration proposes will be to discourage, through extensive regulation, all forms of domestic mineral development and extraction. The new and revised regulatory framework will have the effect of:

  • Prohibiting new mines outright in many places.
  • Increasing the costs of development or operation of existing mines.
  • Lengthening the time needed to bring a mine into production.’

Thomson Reuters Practical Law Publication, 1 April 2021

This obstructionist approach to providing us with cost-effective resources is not isolated to the US. You’ll find the same madness in Europe, the UK, and even in our own states here in Oz.

With the mining industry being subjected to such blatant legislative sabotage, is it any wonder we are now seeing headlines like this from The Washington Post on 9 October:


Fat Tail Investment Research

Source: The Washington Post

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The grave (literally and figuratively) danger that should be front and centre for all of us, is this one.

Bloomberg on 9 October:


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Source: Bloomberg

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Rich people — with their ‘let-them-eat-cake’ mentality — can afford to pay higher food prices.

Why should they care? They can continue NOT practicing what they preach, while making a motza from their (taxpayer-subsidised) green energy investments.

But what about your average Joe and Josephine households and their kids? Will they be forced to buy filler food with poor nutritional value? Will they suffer the indignity of going cap in hand to charities? Or will they simply go without? What will happen in poorer countries…has this mind-blowingly dumb green agenda unintentionally condemned thousands or maybe even millions to death by starvation?

When you join just some of the dots of this climate change con, it’s difficult to contain the disgust you feel for those perpetrating this fraud.

Shame on them.

However, my guess is all this zero-emissions rubbish will be off the agenda in a year or two.

Why?

For the same reason Kevin 07’s great moral challenge fizzled in 2008/09.

Households faced an even bigger and more immediate challenge…a credit crisis.

When jobs are lost, property prices fall, superannuation accounts go deep in the red, pension funds are technically insolvent, businesses file for bankruptcy, people lose their jobs…self-interest takes hold. Let’s forget about saving the world, how about we focus on saving ourselves.

Rising energy and food bills will not sit well with a society feeling less wealthy. Containment of social uprisings will become the political imperative. Barriers to mining will be lifted.

When the ‘everything bubble’ finally meets its pin, it’ll draw the curtain on the two biggest cons of the 21st century: climate change and cryptos.

Regards,

Vern Gowdie Signature

Vern Gowdie,
Editor, The Rum Rebellion

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