Thursday, December 10, 2009

Birds of a feather

So, we now have the great statement from "the UK science community", rent-seekers united, declaring that they "have the utmost confidence in the observational evidence for global warming and the scientific basis for concluding that it is due primarily to human activities."

What of course is not said is how many of the signatories received public funding or other grants for climate change studies, and how many would be out of a job if it was not for the elevated interest in Mann-made global warming. However, it is instructive to note that there are over 200 publicly-funded employees from the Met Office amongst the signatories.

Given that the organisation works closely with CRU, and jointly produced one of the temperature datasets, could we expect anything other than a resounding statement of confidence in what amounts to their own work? This is rather like Gordon Brown getting a vote of confidence from Labour MPs in the House of Commons, on a motion tabled by the Conservative Party. And the precise value of that is?