10:10, “Splattergate”, and why the loss of reason is a greater threat than climate change

By now I imagine a good selection of you will at least have heard about the furore caused by the 10:10 viral video released by the 10:10 campaign on October 1st, if you have not actually seen it. For those that haven’t then there are plenty of copies on YouTube (http://bit.ly/cMFTzf), even though the original was taken down from the campaign site within hours and replaced with an apology (http://bit.ly/cFhUl6).

Now I am as big a fan of Monty Python type humour as anybody, but everything should have its place and this kind ludicrous sick pantomime has no place being used to discuss a topic such as climate change, which has vast economic implications. In this context it is a subliminal threat that only helps to enforce the über-green belief that your choices are to accept what they say or die.

This has played into the hands of hard-line climate sceptics, who quite rightly point out that the message coming from these people is more about control than environment. Humans as a species are all about power; it’s a primary driver and can be found at the root of every religion, movement, government, committee, and day to day business. A lot of the environmentalist movement is about a new group making a play for power in the world, and you only have to look how fast politicians have tried to get in on the act to see how the pure green message has now been swallowed up by broader politics. This is a shame because the environmental messages are often very valid, but all the power plays dilute these messages to the point of turning off their intended audience – the general public.

As a result we are now pretty much disaster exhausted, to the point that the claims of doom have to be ever more strident and have now reached truly ridiculous proportions (like 200 foot sea level rises), and yet the population as whole is becoming MORE sceptical.

So that just leaves death threats…..

This misadventure has also served to tip fence sitters significantly on to the sceptical side and even made a few believers wonder why they bother. It damages the good messages that need to be heard and science as a whole. To me it boils down to something even simpler – these people are so blinkered now in trying to hammer out their message they have lost sight of reason.

10:10 is all about reducing CO2 emissions 10% by 10th October 2010 and then in 10% steps moving on, which is a noble goal but when you consider the entire UK contribution to human CO2 output is 3% of the global output, and China is increasing at 3% per year, then even if the UK were to be wiped off the map it would be irrelevant a year later. So only a 10% cut, when you consider who will actually achieve it in reality, is tokenism. It would reduce China’s “increase” to 2.7% annually and give the annihilation of the UK an extra 36 days until it became irrelevant. Take a dictionary and look up the word futile, and you will see something along the lines of “incapable of producing any result; ineffective; useless; not successful”. Try to take the hint eco preachers and lay off the death threats already!

I hear the argument “well if everybody thought like that nothing would ever get done…”, but come on, that is not how the world really works, and bullying is not the way to do it.

So what has this to do with a technology blog? Well as we run a hosting business we are slapped with the charge that data centres contribute over 6% of the UK emissions of this harmless, live giving, plant-feeding gas1, and are therefore at front of the queue for being put up against the wall “come the revolution”. Again I say open your eyes and see what is happening in the real world.

It has been more than two years now since we instigated a comprehensive virtualisation project and the vast part of our server farm is now virtualised and consuming 70% less electricity. This also has lead to a reduction of 60% in physical servers, taking storage units into account, with all the environmental benefits that brings. We do not have PCs in our office but thin clients running virtual desktops from the data centre, and in doing so consuming 55% LESS electricity than with regular office PCs. The clients are smaller, quieter, and use fewer components than PCs, and have a greater life.

So if you decide to represent this as CO2 emissions we have managed as a matter of course to dwarf the 10:10 campaign goal, and achieved it over a year ago. Not because the sky was falling, or because somebody held a gun to our heads, but because it saved money and made sound business sense. Innovation is the key, not eco-fascist bullying and subliminal death threats.

This is how you achieve your goals and then whether you believe in manmade climate change or not the result is the same – and not one child need be exterminated in the process.

No pressure indeed.

1 Carbon Dioxide is the second most important gas on the planet to sustain human life, after Oxygen. In terms of Earth history 400 parts per million (ppm) is near starvation levels, as it has been 10-25 times this level in then past – often when life was at its most prolific. Much below 200ppm plants do not grow well and start to die off below 120ppm. So remove all the Oxygen and we would die in less than a minute, but remove all the Carbon Dioxide and life as we know it would be extinct within months.


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3 Responses to 10:10, “Splattergate”, and why the loss of reason is a greater threat than climate change

  1. Thoughtful analysis. Thanks.

  2. Ed says:

    The FUTILITY of Man-made Climate Control by limiting CO2 emissionsJust running the numbers: watchhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy0_SNSM8kgOn average world temperature is +15 deg C. This is sustained by the atmospheric Greenhouse Effect ~33 deg C. Without the Greenhouse Effect the planet would be un-inhabitable at -18 deg C. The Biosphere and Mankind need the Greenhouse Effect.Just running the numbers by translating the agents causing the Greenhouse Effect into degrees centigrade:•
    Greenhouse Effect = ~33.00 deg C•
    Water Vapour accounts for about 95% of the Greenhouse Effect = ~ 31.35 deg C•
    Other Greenhouse Gases GHGs account for 5% = ~1.65 deg C•
    CO2 is 75% of the effect of all accounting for the enhanced effects of Methane and Nitrous Oxide GHGs = ~1.24 deg C•
    Most CO2 in the atmosphere is natural, more than 93%•
    Man-made CO2 is less than 7% of total atmospheric CO2 = ~0.087 deg C•
    the UK contribution to CO2 is 2% equals = 1,740 millionths deg C•
    the USA contribution to CO2 is ~20% equals = 17.6 thousandths deg C So closing carbon economies of the Whole World could only ever achieve a virtually undetectable less than 0.09deg C. How can the Green movement and their supporting politicians think that their remedial actions can limit warming to only + 2.00 deg C?So the probability is that any current global warming is not man-made and in any case such warming could be not be influenced by any remedial action taken by mankind however drastic.As this is so, the prospect should be greeted with Unmitigated Joy:•
    concern over CO2 as a man-made pollutant can be discounted.•
    it is not necessary to damage the world’s economy to no purpose.•
    if warming were happening, it would lead to a more benign and healthy climate for all mankind.•
    any extra CO2 is already increasing the fertility and reducing water needs of all plant life and thus enhancing world food production.•
    a warmer climate, within natural variation, would provide a future of greater opportunity and prosperity for human development. This has been well proven in the past and would now especially benefit the third world.Nonetheless, this is not to say that the world should not be seeking more efficient ways of generating its energy, conserving its energy use and stopping damaging its environments. And there is a real need to wean the world off the continued use of fossil fuels simply on the grounds of:•
    security of supply•
    increasing scarcity•
    rising costs•
    their use as the feedstock for industry rather than simply burning them.The French long-term energy strategy with its massive commitment to nuclear power is impressive, (85% of electricity generation). Even if one is concerned about CO2, Nuclear Energy pays off, French CO2 emissions / head are the lowest in the developed world.However in the light of the state of the current solar cycle, it seems that there is a real prospect of damaging cooling occurring in the near future for several decades. And as power stations face closure the lights may well go out in the winter 2016 if not before.All because CO2 based Catastrophic Man-made Global Warming has become a state sponsored religion. And now after “splattergate” thanks to the 10:10 organisation everyone now knows exactly how they think.Splattergate is classic NOBLE CAUSE CORRUPTION. Probably the most egregious pieces of pieces of publicity ever produced in the Man-made Global Warming cause so far is this short film showing doubting schoolchildren being blown up and having their entrails spread over their classmates because they may have been less than enthusiastic about the cause. So any misrepresentation is valid in the Cause and any opposition however cogent or well qualified is routinely denigrated and publically ridiculed.

  3. MillenniaIT says:

    Stop Press! The makers of 10:10 No Pressure suggest it is comedy and nobody is suggesting that climate campaigners actually want to do this kind of thing – oh no….Then I read this:"And recently: James J. Lee, who on September 1st of this year, entered the offices of Discovery Channel with several bombs, guns, and took hostages. Why? Because he felt that the Discovery Channel was not doing enough programming regarding Climate Change and the Environment. Google: James J. Lee."Good job Mr Lee went on his terrorist spree before this film was released, or some of the 10:10 campaigners just might have found themselves being interviewed by the FBI for incitement to commit a terrorist act.

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