Am I the only one who actuyally thinks lewis is doing a good job?
It is absolutely clear from the two articles which he links to, that a balanced piece of research in one has been twisted and spun to make a little bit of a scare in the other.
That is interesting, if only because if AGW is so proven and accepted, must people feel the constant need to fabricate perceptions to support it?
On a more general note, even if AGW turns out by some accidental freak of nature to be correct, does anyone seriously believe that will make the slightest bit of difference to policy in China or India? Whose CO2 emissions dominate the planet? and for whom a reduction would cause millions if not billions of deaths, and to whom AGW is merely a slim possibility they MAY have to deal with?
Of course not, short of nuking them back to the stone age (and risking the equivalent response) the one fact you can rely on is that CO2 levels will increase until they have burnt all the easy to get coal. Irrespective of what the USA or Europe does, or does not, do.
Ergo arguing about whether climate change is happening (it always has in the past, so its likely that it still is, and those ice cores demonstrate that clearly) and arguing about what we should do about it (clearly there is not a single thing we CAN do about it - see above) is a pointless useless waste of time if you actually care about climate change and human existence at all. In fact we should, if anything, not be trying to stop it like a bunch of stupid Cnuts - we should be adapting to it.
One has to ask the question, then, why there is so MUCH perception bending spin coming out of the AGW camp to convince us that it is happening (we know that: It always has) and that we, as a small nation in a small continent not only can, but MUST do something about it?
Who benefits from a climate (sic) of Fear Uncertainty and Doubt about climate and from the deliberately fostered perception that IF we spend enough money on their products, it will never happen?
I am amazed at the Naivete of El Regs readership - it was the IT industry that INVENTED this marketing style shortly before the legalised drug pushers and snake oil salesmen took it up to promote any product at all from Seroxat to Toothpaste to laxatives.
Al Gore is a media specialist. He flunked sciences. He has made millions from 'environmental ' companies
I will leave you to connect the dots.
But the conclusion is that whether or not its getting warmer or colder, its deeply unlikely it will stay the same. Whether or not it's anything to do with human emissions is even less clear. And supremely irrelevant, because we cant condemn the third world to rural poverty even if we wanted to. Ergo there is nothing to be said or done about climate change other than 'be prepared' and all the green policies in the world are worth as much as a piece of used recycled toilet paper in terms of their alleged purposes.
They are however an extremely profitable business for a few.