The quote that, “a lie gets halfway round the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on” is usually attributed to Winston Churchill. It is unlikely Churchill said this because Englishmen wear trousers.
As with everything, it is always best to go back to the origin for the truth.
The following is the most likely original source of the comment. It doesn’t surprise me because Jonathan Swift is the best satirist in the English language:
Besides, as the vilest Writer has his Readers, so the greatest Liar has his Believers; and it often happens, that if a Lie be believ’d only for an Hour, it has done its Work, and there is no farther occasion for it. Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it; so that when Men come to be undeceiv’d, it is too late; the Jest is over, and the Tale has had its Effect…
The key phrase is, “Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it.” This is the situation right now with the lie that human CO2 is causing global warming, called anthropogenic global warming (AGW).
Swift is also correct when he notes that the “Tale has had its Effect.”
Any country or region that adopted the green agenda is now feeling the effect, and the poor people are paying the price.
It is captured in a news story from Germany:
More than 330,000 German households had their electricity turned off last year. Germany’s green energy obsession is hurting the poor and vulnerable hardest.
The DPA German Press Agency assigns blame:
The main driver is Germany’s skyrocketing electricity prices – primarily due to the legally mandatory feeding-in of wind and solar power. Currently regular household consumers are paying nearly 30 cents a kilowatt-hour – almost three times the rate paid in the USA.
I received direct evidence of the problem from a Romanian scientist, Cristian Muresanu.
On April 19 he sent me a video taken from his bedroom window of heavy snow falling. He wrote:
“This is exactly what we were talking in the last two programs... Please watch my own video taken from my own window”
He is referring to the last of a series we did for Romanian TV on the global warming debacle and available at my web site. Later the same day he wrote:
“I am now very worried... It is very cold... metan gas bill were very high this winter... my salary is low... Poland has already half of a meter snow... and here in front of my window is now about 10 cm since the footage until now”
The series was interesting and speaks to the spread of the AGW lie. Cristian prepares science programs for Romanian TV and became interested in the global warming issue. He discovered that all the people were getting was the government line direct from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
This is not surprising.
He agreed with my observation that most of the former Soviet satellite countries saw a change of leadership, but only in the title – "Communists" became "Democrats."
The green agenda involves several actions, most little known to the people, but that was the objective. Green Party member Elizabeth May claims that Agenda 21, the green strategy laid out originally at the Rio Conference in 1992, is optional.
It may be at the national level, but what they have done is applied their dictum “think globally and act locally” to a political strategy.
Communities are encouraged through lower levels of government to implement a Climate Action Plan (CAP). Here is the plan for Ontario and a similar one for British Columbia. They are all based on the Reports of the IPCC that was deliberately created to prove that human CO2 was causing global warming. The Ontario Climate Action plan is just the next step in the green agenda that has already taken the Province from ”have” to “have not” in the Federal redistribution of wealth plan.
There are a few major lies that circled the world by hitching a ride on the great green jet of environmentalism. Chief among these was that human CO2 was causing global warming. As all good liars do when the evidence shows they were wrong, they changed the lie.
In 1998, the global temperature began to level and decline slightly, but CO2 continued to increase. This contradicted the lie that a CO2 increase causes a temperature increase. The gap was so wide by 2004 that they changed the name to Climate Change. Humans and their CO2 were still the culprits; only the name changed.
This meant that all the legislation and plans associated with Agenda 21 and the Climate Action Plans continued, not even slowed by the fact that the science showed temperature increases before CO2. They built into Agenda 21 the precautionary principle; the standard false rationale environmentalists use when the facts are failing.
Principle 15 says:
In order to protect the environment, the precautionary approach shall be widely applied by States according to their capabilities. Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.
The first sentence says you only need to act if you are a developed nation. Then they control the action by deciding what is a serious threat and what represents scientific certainty. Their motive is beyond question because they open and close with the justification that they are saving the planet.
They use this as the basis for green agenda policies that are failing everywhere they are applied. They fail because they are built on false science. CO2 is not causing warming or climate change. Alternate energy was not necessary and does not work. This was achieved by never doing a true cost-benefit analysis. It is no longer necessary because alternate energy and green agendas are failing everywhere. It is necessary to expose the lies and the false agendas that result and hold accountable those who created and spread the lies at the cost of lives, jobs, and trillions of dollars.