16 March 2010
They just don't get it, do they??
Yet another exaggeration by the IPCC, this time an inflated claim about the destruction of rainforests. Meanwhile, the Advertising Standards Authority has rebuked the government for overstating the risk of climate change (and scaring three and four year olds half to death) in two nursery rhymes specially commissioned by Environment Secretary Ed Milliband (not sure why, then, he somehow feels he has been "comprehensively vindicated). These people just don't get it, do they? But thankfully it seems Climategate changed everything, so that these people can no longer say whatever they want to alarm us (or tax us more) without expecting to be challenged. Have you noticed how the debate on global warming is suddenly so much more reasonable, less ideologically-driven? Also, those of us who are somewhat sceptical of AGW may now at least speak a little more freely without fear of being burned as witches or something. Such a pity some Christians exhibited this same heresy-hunting, witchfinder general-type mentality when the whole AGW issue first arose, making the rest of us feel like modalists, Montanists, or even Cathars, or worse, Arians. Meanwhile, North American recognition of and support for tackling climate change, quite fashionable since the election of President Obama, is already on the decline, while even the greenphile Guardian newspaper has published a curious story suggesting being green somehow makes you mean. Just several stories published in the last few days to ponder. Oh, and the coldest winter for several decades.