James Delingpole has made an exciting discovery. At its meeting in June, the Bilderberg Group - the high-powered talking shop that gives conspiracy theorists everywhere a special thrill, largely because they don't broadcast their discussions on YouTube - had a session on "Global Cooling".
Yep, that’s right. Global Cooling.
Which means one of two things.
Either it was a printing error.
Or the global elite is perfectly well aware that global cooling represents a far more serious and imminent threat to the world than global warming, but is so far unwilling to admit it except behind closed doors.
The appearance of this two-word phrase on the agenda is proof positive, cries JD, that They know global warming is a myth and a scam, and are trying to work out what to do when the it becomes impossible any longer to conceal the Awful Truth. It is, he thinks, "a bombshell waiting to explode". The public, shivering in the deep freeze of the coming Ice Age, will naturally be annoyed that decades of eco-taxes and rising fuel bills were for nought (indeed, may actually have made things worse). "All this, of course, spells big trouble for the global power elite."
The next few years are going to be very interesting. Watch the global power elite squirming to reposition itself as it slowly distances itself from Anthropogenic Global Warming (”Who? Us? No. We never thought of it as more than a quaint theory…”), and tries to find new ways of justifying green taxation and control. (Ocean acidification; biodiversity; et al). You’ll notice sly shifts in policy spin. In Britain, for example, Chris “Chicken Little” Huhne’s suicidal “dash for wind” will be re-invented as a vital step towards “energy security.” There will be less talk of “combatting climate change” and more talk of “mitigation”. You’ll hear enviro-Nazis like Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren avoid reference to “global warming” like the plague, preferring the more reliably vague phrase “global climate disruption.”
And you know what the worst thing is? If we allow them to, they’re going to get away with it.
Personally, I haven't been able to take the Bilderberg seriously as a shadow world government since I discovered it was set up by Denis Healey. At most, it's a networking opportunity. There's an argument for saying that democratically elected politicians shouldn't be hanging out behind closed doors with international financiers, of course, but the disappearance of the Bilderberg Group would not lead to the end of corporate lobbying. Delingpole is right that "they" usually "get away with it." That's not because of the Bilderberg Group, however. As Richard North notes, "the big problem is that this country is no longer a functional democracy, if it ever was". Neither is the United States, for that matter, and let's not even mention the EU. Such ruminations, however, have no bearing on the question of "Global Cooling", and what it was doing - it appears - on the Bilderberg agenda.
So what was going on? A couple of minor points. First of all, it's quite amusing to note that the ultra-secretive cabal of the string-pulling power elite otherwise known as the New World Order, the World Government, ZOG or - if you're David Icke - the Reptoid Illuminati Bloodline - has a website on which it publicises its agenda in advance. Some sophisticated double-bluff, presumably. Or a joke maybe. Maybe they announced the Global Cooling discussion just to see what sort of reaction it would get from the conspiracy nuts and Delingpoles of this world. Secondly, the story has been doing the rounds of the Conspiracy Web for a few months now (see a typically deranged discussion here). It's interesting to discover where he hangs out - though, to judge from the tone of pieces like this, not altogether surprising.
He certainly has a very high opinion of Bilderberg's influence and far-sightedness. "Whether you believe it’s part of a sinister conspiracy which will lead inexorably to one world government or whether you think it’s just an innocent high-level talking shop," he writes, "there’s one thing that can’t be denied: it knows which way the wind is blowing."
I wouldn't know; though any gathering of top people is likely to have some idea of what they the wind is blowing at any given moment. Healey told Jon Ronson that the Bilderbergers "make a point of getting along younger politicians who are obviously rising, to bring them together with financiers and industrialists who offer them wise words." In other words, Bilderberg tends to reinforce the conventional wisdom as seen from the boardrooms and the corridors of power at any given moment. So it is at least interesting that "global cooling" should find its way onto the agenda. But the mere fact that Bilderbergers devote a few hours to discussing the possibility of that the planet may have entered a cooling phase does not mean that it is going to happen. They don't have the power to alter the earth's climate. I doubt even David Icke would claim that.
Two obvious things: even if the current scientific consensus on global warming turns out to be false, the Bilderberg Group did not invent it. And the fact that some large corporations have been able to manipulate measures designed to tackle climate change to their own financial advantage does not, of itself, invalidate the science.
As it happens, the notion of global cooling was in the air earlier this year (literally as well as figuratively, of course, which may have had something to do with it). In January, the Mail carried an article suggesting that "eminent scientists" had predicted "the start of a worldwide trend towards colder weather that seriously challenges global warming theories." The report cited the work of Professor Mojib Latif, a member of the IPCC, whose analysis of deep ocean fluctuations hints at a twenty year "cold cycle". Such an effect, if true, would slow (or perhaps merely disguise) the effect of man-made global warming but is not incompatible with it. It would, however, present a PR problem for governments convinced that the long-term trend still points towards a dramatically warmer planet. In the face of demonstrably colder winters, they will increasingly not be believed. Delingpole is right about that.
This is interesting stuff. The implications of Global Cooling for politics and economics would be profound, even if it only lasted twenty years. In many ways it would be a good thing, of course, buying the planet a breathing space while the carbon age came to its inevitable end (not because of expensive, largely ineffectual measures being imposed to "tackle" global warming - wind-farms and the like - but because oil supplies are being used up). But it would also be destabilising, leading to ever-higher food prices and heating bills and, in some parts of the world, real distress. So of course members of the Bilderberg Group want to discuss the possibility. They would be pretty pisspoor Secret Rulers if they didn't.