You claim that I “would choose two points and say ‘look, no warming’s taking place’, knowing that all the other points that you chose in the 20 years around it would not support his case”. That is a lie. I have always made clear that there was a modest degree of recorded global warming during the 20th century (see, for example, my book An Appeal to Reason, which you have clearly not taken the trouble to read). However, so far from choosing any arbitrary ‘two points’, I was drawing attention to the fact that this warming trend appears to have ceased, since – contrary to the predictions of what you describe as “consensus scientific opinion” – there has been no further recorded global warming at all for at least the past 15 years, as even the IPCC Chairman, Dr Pachauri, has now conceded. Whatever the precise reason for this, it cannot simply be dismissed or denied.
The government has been running a survey into our perception of climate change - to what extent do we think it is man-made, can we influence its progress, do we even think it exists?
In this article, copied from the Sunday Times, Bjorn Lomborg offers an evidence-based argument for treating global warming as a short-term benefit and long term problem. He suggests some economics-based long term methods for investigating options whilst at the same time reversing the current trend of high cost, low impact, strategies being implemented by UK government.
This Ed Davey interview generated a lot of comment, some critical. Andrew Neill explains why he took the approach he did.
MORE about Ed Davey - “Dim as an eco-friendly lightbulb”
To illustrate how easily wishful thinking can be turned into irrefutable fact (sic!) here’s a link to an article from the Observer in the year 2000. It categorically states that the days of snow in the UK are virtually over as Global Warming, caused by industrial gases, drives us ever closer to Armageddon - purportedly a fact accepted by international scientists.
The link was posted during heavy snow on 23rd March 2013 following days of snow, ice and the coldest Spring for fifty years.
No prizes for sending in links to the articles which ‘prove’ that the current cold snap is a direct result of Global Warming caused by industrial gases!