Sunday, April 23, 2006

We are not alone

"If I read another word about climate change, I shall go mad," writes Edward Celiz of Bodham Halt, Norfolk in today's Sunday Telegraph letters. in so doing, he echoes precisely our sentiment, expressed in a recent posting, where I declared that, "if the Boy King mentions his 'green revolution', once more, I shall scream."

Edward Celiz's letter is preceded by one of slightly more weight, written as it is by 41 scientists who, according to the heading, "debunk global warming alert". All of them eminent in the climate field, they venture the opinion that "global climate changes all the time due to natural causes and the human impact still remains impossible to distinguish from this natural 'noise'". They also note that "observational evidence does not support today's computer climate models, so there is little reason to trust model predictions of the future".

For anyone who cares to explore the subject, there is no end of sources that will confirm that view, the sum of which affirm that, far from being consensus, or the issue being fixed, the arguments over global warming are far from resolved and the issues are, in fact, highly contentious.

But Edward Celiz puts the common sense view. "Of course the climate is changing. That is what climate does, and has done so for billions of years," he writes. "Do these scare-mongering pseudo-scientists really believe that puny man can control the unimaginable forces of nature by sticking a windmill on his roof, throwing away his fridge and planting a few trees?"

The tragedy is that, for want of being able to address the grown-up issues that really affect this nation, like immigration, tax, education, defence, the European Union, and a host of other pressing matters, the children – of all ages – who have hijacked the Conservative party really believe they can sweep to power on a wave of "eco-chic".

St George, whose day we commemorate today, would be turning in his grave.

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