It is a measure of Gordon Brown’s breathtaking arrogance and ignorance that he seeks to dismiss those who challenge the scientific consensus on climate change as ignorant “flat-earthers”.
You might think, generously, that surely, for better or worse Brown is our leader after all, he wouldn’t lie or twist the facts to bully us into submission would he?
This what Brown said, as quoted in the Sunday Telegraph”.
“With only days to go before Copenhagen we mustn’t be distracted by the behind-the-times, anti-science, flat-earth climate sceptics. We know the science. We know what we must do.”
This was Brown’s perfidious call to action as the Copenhagen climate summit gets underway.
Look at that quote and the bullying tone, trying to pretend that climate change sceptics are somehow “behind-the-times” as though being modern makes it more likely that you are telling the truth. “Anti-science”, is a smear, insinuating that anyone who dares to disagree hasn’t done their homework and deliberately distorts facts (after ClimateGate that is a laugh is it not?). “Flat-earth” is another nasty personal insult, made worse because those Brown is defending are academics that have distorted the truth, and have threatened the careers of anyone daring to stand in their way.
The final part of the quote is the most insidious of all – “We know the science. We know what we must do”. It is almost like listening to Joseph Goebbels, he of the big lie and 3rd Reich fame, because if Brown did bother to look at the science he wouldn’t have a leg to stand on.
If you doubt my words, here is what Richard Lindzen, Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and probably the best-qualified climate expert in the world has to say.
In an article in the Wall Street Journal, Lindzen said claims that climate change is accelerating are wrong and bizarre. Any slight warming is not surprising because we are still emerging from the last little ice age from the 15th to 19th century. Yes, there has been a sharp increase in man-made carbon dioxide (CO2), but not enough to change the climate because it is ridiculously small compared with other greenhouse gases like water vapour.
Lindzen said the IPCC’s attempts to demonstrate that humans were behind climate change have failed completely, and he is outraged that the warmists, in league with politicians like Brown, have talked up the panic notion that the future of the world is endangered.
“(this is) a scandal that is, in my opinion, considerably greater than that implied in the hacked emails from the Climate Research Unit; namely the suggestion that the very existence of warming or of the greenhouse effect is tantamount to catastrophe. This is the grossest of “bait and switch” scams. It is only such a scam that lends importance to the machination in the emails designed to nudge temperatures a few tenths of a degree,” Lindzen said.
“The notion that complex climate “catastrophes” are simply a matter of the response of a single number – Globally Average Temperature Anomaly – to a single (cause) CO2 – represents a gigantic step backward in the science of climate. Many disasters associated with warming are simply normal occurrences whose existence is falsely claimed to be evidence of warming. All of these examples involve phenomena that are dependent on the confluence of many factors.”
“…….normal occasional occurrences of open water in summer over the North Pole, droughts, floods, hurricanes, sea-level variations are all taken as omens, portending doom due to our sinful ways. All of these phenomena depend on the confluence of multiple factors as well,” said Lindzen.
For Brown to contend that those disagreeing with him are somehow ignorant and unwilling to engage in intellectual argument is the language of the fascist bully, seeking to justify actions that us citizens will pay for in huge tax increases, and in the ruination of our economy. That’s bad enough.
What’s even worse for the voters of Britain is that the cowardly Tory party has fallen for this silly, sophomoric environmental tune, and only seeks to urge Brown to take even more radical, ruinous actions.