'Damaging Britain's Scientific Reputation'
Met Office Attacks BBC On Global Temperature Standstill
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Prof Julia Slingo, the Met Office’s Chief Scientist was not happy with the BBC either. The BBC’s report was not perfect but it was in essence correct. Journalists have a duty to be correct, not to be liked or approved of. This goes to show that in general one should not let scientists be journalists. To say the Earth will continue to be at record warm levels similar to that seen over the past decade is a long-winded way of saying ‘the next five years will see the same global temperature as the past ten’ (actually the past 15 years.) In other words no significant warming for two decades. Roger Harrabin is right, and Julia Slingo is spinning.—David Whitehouse, The Global Warming Policy Foundation, 14 January 2013
One day it will be recognised how the Met Office’s betrayal of proper science played a key part in creating the most expensive scare story the world has ever known, the colossal bill for which we will all be paying for decades to come. Meanwhile, it is not just here that this latest fiasco, reported in many countries, has been raising eyebrows. Our ministers love to boast that British science commands respect throughout the world, They should note that the sorry record of our Met Office is beginning to do that reputation no good at all.—Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph, 13 January 2013
If one doesn’t anticipate catastrophe, one must be vilified, and equated with those who deny the Holocaust. Yet the real deniers are those who don’t just claim that the pause is insignificant, but that it doesn’t exist at all. Such deniers also still insist that the ‘science is settled’. The truth is that the unexpected pause has triggered a new spate of research, in which many supposed ‘consensus’ conclusions are being questioned. How have the Green deniers been so successful in concealing such debates? Partly it is the web of commercial interests that both fund and are sustained by Green climate orthodoxy. But it is also their dissenter-trashing machine. David Rose, Mail on Sunday, 13 January 2013
As Australians sweltered through a record-breaking summer heatwave this week, one of the world’s leading scientific bodies revised down its five-year projection for the world’s average temperature. The revision, slipped quietly into the public domain on Christmas Eve by Britain’s Met Office, has fuelled a significant and growing debate about what exactly happened to global warming.—Graham Lloyd, The Australian[Registration Required], 12 January 2013
Graham Stringer, Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton, said the whole field of energy and environmental policy seemed to be dominated by individuals who had commercial interests – for example, Tim Yeo, the Select Committee chairman, is a director of several renewable energy firms. ‘They all seem to have major interests in renewables and declaring them is not enough,’ said Mr Stringer. ‘Some of these people, such as Lord Deben, have more influence over policy than Ministers: either they should not have those jobs, or they should resign from those interests. ‘If Lord Deben is found to have misled the Select Committee, he should be sacked or forced to resign.’ –David Rose, Mail On Sunday, 13 January 2013