You could think that the title of this post sounds incredibly defeatist coming from a climate change sceptic. And you'd be right. In a way climate sceptics have to accept defeat. No matter what the weather does, it can be attributed to that elusive Global Warming (It has been missing for 11 years, but we are assured that it is still out there). If we have a wet summer it's all down to Global Warming. If we have a dry summer it's all down to......yes you guessed it..... Global Bloody Warming. No matter how many Global Warming theories are debunked the monster just keeps on growing. No matter what public opinion may be, the monster's momentum is relentless.
Governments are hot for Global Warming as it opens all sorts of new tax possibilities (especially in the UK). There's the increase in road tax on gas guzzlers, road tolls, bin taxes, fines on businesses, air travel tax and landfill tax. Landfill tax is a real money spinner for the government. In 1996 landfill tax was set at £7 per tonne. It is now £32 per tonne and will increase by £8 per tonne each year from April 2009 until at least 2010/11). There's a lot of money to be made out of Global Warming by greedy governments with an eye on our money (£1bn/year from landfill alone - and rising fast).
However, the main reason for an imminent defeat (at least on the argument of whether it is actually happening) for me and other climate change sceptics is this: If the global temperature does eventually go up (no sign yet) then the Global Warming alarmists will be proved right. But more crucially (and here's the irony of it all), if the global temperature fails to climb over say, the next twenty years, then the alarmists will throw their arms up in the air and claim in triumphant voices: "We did it! - we stopped Global Warming!"
That said, I still believe we should and must oppose the alarmists. The more we fight, the harder it will become for governments to pass Green Tax legislation.