It’s always nice to have your beliefs vindicated somewhat, though rest assured I know it isn’t the end game for global warming climate change climate disruption yet. Still ever since the whole business started with the 1998 controversial hockey stick graph by Michael E. Mann, Raymond S. Bradley and Malcolm K. Hughes which was later shown to be deeply flawed as the algorithm used would even make the random numbers in a phone book rise off the chart at the end of a graphical equation.
THE controversy over global warming hotted up last night after US scientists revealed that the Earth’s temperature declined over the past decade.
They said a surge in the use of coal-fired power stations in China may have helped cool the climate by pumping sulphur into the atmosphere.
But they also warned that the build-up of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide from fossil fuels like coal and oil means that respite will be short-lived – particularly as China is cleaning up its power stations and sulphur quickly drops out of the air.
The paper in the US Proceedings of the National Academy of Science comes amid continuing cracks in the consensus over climate change.
Global warming has long been blamed for the gradual melting of glaciers and scientists have warned over a rise in sea levels as a result.
Dr David Whitehouse of the Global Warming Policy Foundation said: “It is good news that the authors recognise that there has been no global temperature increase since 1998.”
Now, I’m no climatologist, but even I could remember from my history lessons about cold and warm periods even in recent history, such as the medieval warm period which had the Romans growing grapes even as far up as York and the mini Ice age in the 17th and 18th centuries and the frost fairs on the Thames. So I knew temperature norms for the planet even the small bit of the planet I knew about were quite large and so I have always had my doubts about what the evidence presented to me was actually saying, particularly when politicians were involved.
Even today though we have politicians using a debunked theory to justify tax increases to protect us from something we now know isn’t happening, yet am I surprised? Well, obviously not, getting their hands on our money is what politicians do and they are forever looking for ways to do it. So if it wasn’t global warming, no doubt it would be the ensuing ice age, though I suspect had it gone that way we wouldn’t be looking at a major power shortage in less than 10 years.
As it is, the question whenever a politicians jumps on a bandwagon should be who benefits as in where does the money go? Because at the end of the day, it’s always about money and never about principles, particularly the higher up the political tree you go.