Monday, December 07, 2009

A bad Sheik?

The "Climategate" row took centre stage on the opening day of the Copenhagen climate summit today, says The Times, as the world's leading oil exporter intervened to question the scientific consensus on Mann-made global warming.

"As 15,000 delegates from 192 nations began what was billed as the "last, best chance" to avert a catastrophic rise in sea and air temperatures, Saudi Arabia's chief climate negotiator, Mohammed al-Sabban, spoke from the floor to say that e-mails hacked from a UK research centre had shaken trust in the work of scientists," the paper reports.

He, we are told, was not the first to mention the Climategate scandal. In his opening address to the conference, railway engineer Rajendra Pachauri said the hackers had been trying to undermine the work of his organisation.

Do you remember the old days of OPEC and oil price hikes, when the Saudis were the villains? Things were so simple then – we knew who the baddies were. Now it it's Indian railways engineers. They don't seem to have the same presence though – we can't even do half-way decent baddies these days.