Tories’ “contemptuous scepticism for climate change”
Jackie Ashley’s words “unworthy”
The Tory party’s intellectuals are clambering on the “global warming isn’t caused by mankind” bandwagon with as much enthusiasm as they used to oppose the Maastricht treaty or speak up for apartheid South Africa.
Tim called it “reprehensible”, and “unworthy”, a fairly timid sort of response as the journalists of the left start designing new nasty badges to pin on their opponents in a fashion which Tim suggests shows they have lost the intellectual arguments.
Well after all we have just found out that the Himalayan glaciers are not going to melt and disappear by 2035 as was claimed by the IPCC’s 2007 benchmark report on the likely impacts of global warming. The man who originally made the claim in 1999, Dr Syed Hasnain, now heads the glaciology unit at TERI which has sought and gained EU grants and is carrying out the glacier research. It seems his boss has links to a discredited oil company and that he intends to stay as a director of the IPCC to oversee the fifth IPCC assessment report dealing with sea level rise and ice sheets, oceans, clouds and carbon accounting.
Then we learn today that all sorts of natural disasters such as typhoons, hurricanes, droughts, and widespread flooding predictions based on global warming are bogus and guff too.
Experts appointed by the United Nations said rising temperatures were to blame for an increase in the number and severity of natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods.
But it has emerged that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change based the statement, made in 2007, on an unpublished report that had not been properly reviewed by other scientists.
The report’s author has since withdrawn the claim, saying there is not enough evidence to link climate change to worsening natural disasters, and criticised the use of his data as ‘completely misleading’.
All this on top of Climategate and the furore surrounding the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia. I don’t know who should be the most embarrassed Jackie Ashley, the IPCC, politicians who decide policy based on falsehoods (including David Cameron who wants us to “Vote Blue to go Green”) or the various cohorts of the left who have decided to follow the climate change cause without question like religious zealots.
Apart from anything else Jackie, I cannot see the Conservative Party’s leadership moving away from it’s stated positions on climate change, there may be some grumbling lower down in the ranks, but the hierarchy still see a Green route to raise taxes!