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Jack Savage

Hurrah! What a great piece of adult thinking.

All the more relevant, of course, if we are not actually heading for a "climate catastrophe" after all....as seems very likely.


Controlling climate change has as much scientific validity as phlogiston.

Elaine Turner

Matthew, I am quite in love with your writing. Such a pity that you aren't advising the Govt!You speak such common sense.

It seems to me that the Green agenda will not be satisfied until we are all living in caves again.

Why do our politician's want to disadvantage Britain so much. We all want growth - how can we afford it?

m wood

Our Climate is always changing - just look back over the centuries. To understand whether we significantly affect it, it is essential to study the effects of the sun and our planetry movements on our climate. There needs to be as much effort (and grants)put into this as all the work and computer modelling carried out on AGW


The one thing I despair of is the unwillingness of political carpetbaggers, the media and climate change Scientits (I spelt that deliberately)to admit their theory is a load of bunkum.

Malcolm Shykles

"Controlling climate change has as much scientific validity as phlogiston." - agreed

At least Boris is willing to consider what scientists who do not support the Ken Lay hoax such as Piers Corbyn have to say.

“WeatherAction is involved in the Global Warming /Climate Change debate where we point out that the world is now cooling not warming and there is no observational evidence in the thousands and millions of years of data that changes in CO2 have any effect on weather or climate.

There are no scientists in the world who can produce such observational data. There is only effect the other way, namely that ocean temperatures control average CO2 levels. Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London has expressed interest in what we say: see article “


Matthew - that is a charming essay on the topic. We need new thinking and, as you say, investment into the emerging sciences so that the energy sufficiency problems may be solved.

Mankind has prospered and now inhabits many parts of the world formerly considered to be uninhabitable by the technology to modify or work with such environments. Even if we assume that climatologists'worst predictions might come true then we will make the progress necessary to cope. The confidence trick of trading carbon credits will achieve precisely naught.


Germany is spending £110 billion to delay global warming by 37 hours see http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/claim-germany-spends-110-billion-delay-global-warming-37-hours_712223.html
Pity that politicians are not capable or interested in putting figures to their spend in terms of achievable results such as in hours delay to global warming. It allows them to waste hundreds of billions to little or no effect.
I wonder how many hours delay wind turbines will create. I'm guessing less than 100.


Once again Matthew SInclair proves he is ten times the poltician any of that scurvy cabinet in Downing Street is.

He should join UKIP!

Margaret A

Let’s begin with the first comment, no one feels climate change. Ask anyone in the horn of Africa and they will tell you their droughts are a result of climate change. Oyster fisherman will tell you climate change on the pacific coast of the US has led to a collapse of their fishery. Kiribati is negotiating to buy land in Fiji so that some of its citizens can escape from the consequences of rising sea levels. The reason you don't feel climate change is because you don't farm, fish or graze livestock but instead live in an urban environment completely disconnected from Nature. On your second point that it is only 2%, in Consumption-Based Emissions Reporting: Government Response to the Committee's Twelfth Report of Session 2010-12 the government position was 'DECC's claim that the UK is only responsible for 2% of global emissions—without acknowledgement of the caveat that this is on a territorial basis and does not take account of the emissions embedded in the goods we import—is unhelpful in terms of understanding our impact on the global climate.' Our emissions are actually a lot higher and there has been no decrease since 1990. As for the UK acting unilaterally, global investment in renewable energy in 2011 rose to a $257 billion, the US spends $18Billion on climate change, and China will spend 1 trillion over the next 5 years on green technology. Every single country on the planet is spending money on climate change. Your stance that we should just adapt fails to recognize that adapting means people moving to new countries, like the UK and people fighting over water and land – conflict and refugees. Adapting will not be cheaper than mitigating climate change.


The assumption is till being made that the science of global warming is sound.

Well not according to Russian NASA scientists who say the Little Ice Age is happening and will last another 200 years. So much for global warming Met Office.


Don't forget to leave your lights on and sign our petition to repeal the Climate Change Act


It doesn't add up...

The government should spend more on ensuring that its policy advisors are not being misled by unsound politics masquerading as science. The climate model forecasts of a decade ago are all but totally discredited. Those whose careers depend on them are desperately trying to reinterpret them, instead of acknowledging that their theories are inadequate to explain reality. They are now attached to a political agenda, and not the advancement of science.

Such has been the collapse in our energy consumption and industrial activity that we now account for just 1.5% of global CO2 emissions. we are the only country in the world that has the primary energy use as in 1965. If we're setting an example, no-one else is following. If climate evangelists are sincere about their views, they should concentrate where it matters - on the emissions of China, which now grow by more than the UK's entire output every year. Our measures result in an increase in global emissions, because they result in the transfer of production to far more polluting factories abroad, and add to the need for transport of goods around the world.

As it is, there are serious grounds for doubting whether emissions should be controlled for anything other than environmental reasons, rather than the courtiers telling modern day Canute that their actions can change the climate. Canute simply couldn't control the tide, never mind the climate - but he had the wisdom to know it.


Margaret A @8pm seems to be a true believer, and I don't dispute that there are places on the planet where climate change is occurring. We also witness great changes in the weather from year to year. What cannot be done is to show any scientific proof that any of this is due to man made CO2. Indeed the latest evidence appears to show that global warming has stopped for the past 16 years. Adaptation is the only sensible response.


Climate is always changing - always has and always will, with or without man.

Margaret A - show me a time in geological history when the climate didn't change?

This is just *one* reason why many geologists remain largely unconvinced of your apocalyptic stance, which seems to owe more to religion than science.

John Law

Matthew, you make very good sense on the madness of the current reckless energy policy.

However, since there is no good evidence that carbon dioxide emissions have an impact on climate; a government must assume the powers available only to God or Gordon Brown, to believe that it can affect the climate by its policies.

On the precautionary principle, we have the means to reduce CO2 emissions in the short and longer term (and keep our economy intact), using continued improvement in energy efficiency, nuclear power and the shale reserves (and combined cycle gas power stations) to replace coal (which has other emission problems) and oil for generation, transport, domestic heating and chemical feedstock.

When (if) we have viable mass energy storage technology (I don’t see any obvious viable routes to that!), we can then consider intermittent electrical generation technologies; the environmental vandalism associated with them, may at least be seen to be balanced by some real benefit to the people


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