It is also humbling that Al Gore held his first Senate hearing on climate change 26 years ago, in 1980. His article in the latest issue of Vanity Fair, which I read last weekend before I knew that this was to be my new focus, combines the passion and lucidity that marked out his book Earth in the Balance - the best book I have ever read by a politician. He starts with a really great point. The Chinese symbol for 'crisis' is in fact two symbols - one for danger and the other for opportunity. That is how I see the challenge of halting climate change - locally, nationally and internationally there are opportunities to advance economic and social progress, but there are also huge dangers. We need to use the dangers to motivate us to take up the opportunities.
Guido points out why there are at least three loads of crap in that one paragraph. To give The Mil his due, though, he did publish my commment unexpurgated (although, if the comments section won't accept HTML, maybe the editors could have stripped it out?), as follows:
David, I find it equally humbling that you should still subscribe to Gore's book which has been totally debunked over the course of the last 26 years, not least in P J O'Rourke's "All The Trouble In The World".
Gore's book is almost as credible as Paul Erhlich's "The Population Bomb" (which predicted worldwide famine in the 70s, leading to the eventual brakdown of society, and thus has been utterly discredited).
Can I suggest that you expand your reading list, possibly to something a little more up to date. A lot has happened in 26 years.
I feel confident that David will find time to read something a little more up-to-date. Not.
* Looking at the URL, now we know why his blog was so expensive. David, have you ever considered using (free) Open Source codes, such as PHP or Python, rather than Microsoft's proprietory ASP development suite? You will find that development costs you considerably less. You will also find that using Linux servers will also save you money. Unfortunately, you can't run ASP on them terribly easily, but I am sure that you would love to escape MS's clutches, no?
** I am the possessor of an obscure sci-fi novel, Restoree, in which the Mil are a race of ferocious aliens, renowned for skinning their prey (mostly humanoid), and who smell strongly of fish. Now that David is at Defra, I think that the epithet is appropriate.