Thursday, January 18, 2007

Miliband: still wrong

Avid readers of The Kitchen may recall that David "Batshit" Miliband wrote, a little while ago, on the arguments surrounding climate change. Your humble Devil took him to task in no uncertain terms for what the four-eyed cunt had written was this:
When I appeared on the Jeremy Vine programme on Wednesday a number of callers disputed my interpretation of the science of climate change. I said the evidence of cause and effect was unambiguous.

Further evidence that Batshit, a PPE graduate with bugger all training in real science, was talking utter bollocks has come to my attention via The Englishman, stout bulldog that he is, who points to an interesting story at Al Fin.
The science behind climate change is anything but settled. Just ask Cambridge astrophysicist Nigel Weiss, or astrophysicist and mathematician Habibullo Abdusamatov, head of the space research laboratory at the St. Petersburg-based Pulkovo Observatory.
Typically, sunspots flare up and settle down in cycles of about 11 years. In the last 50 years, we haven't been living in typical times: "If you look back into the sun's past, you find that we live in a period of abnormally high solar activity," Dr. Weiss states.

These hyperactive periods do not last long, "perhaps 50 to 100 years, then you get a crash," says Dr. Weiss. 'It's a boom-bust system, and I would expect a crash soon."

In addition to the 11-year cycle, sunspots almost entirely "crash," or die out, every 200 years or so as solar activity diminishes. When the crash occurs, the Earth can cool dramatically. Dr. Weiss knows because these phenomenon, known as "Grand minima," have recurred over the past 10,000 years, if not longer.

The upper layers of the world's oceans are - much to climatologists' surprise - becoming cooler, which is a clear indication that the Earth has hit its temperature ceiling already, and that solar radiation levels are falling and will eventually lead to a worldwide cold spell, Abdusamatov said.

"Instead of professed global warming, the Earth will be facing a slow decrease in temperatures in 2012-2015. The gradually falling amounts of solar energy, expected to reach their bottom level by 2040, will inevitably lead to a deep freeze around 2055-2060," he said, adding that this period of global freeze will last some 50 years, after which the temperatures will go up again.

"There is no need for the Kyoto Protocol now, and it does not have to come into force until at least a hundred years from now - a global freeze will come about regardless of whether or not industrialized countries put a cap on their greenhouse gas emissions," Abdusamatov said.


The rush to reduce CO2 levels is not only massively expensive, but totally unnecessary, according to these learned solar experts. Certainly everyone with any knowledge should understand that global cooling is far more threatening to human life than the mild global warming currently being experienced.

Politicians such as Al Gore have vested monetary interests in exaggerating the climate effects of CO2. Likewise, climatologists such as Michael Mann have achieved fame, prestige, and easy grant money through the use of shoddy research methods. The route to grant money in climate science currently lies through the gate of CAGW--catastrophic anthropogenic global warming. Those are the magic words.

Reality is much larger than that. It is foolish to fixate upon one seemingly obvious explanation for cyclic climate behaviour of epochal duration. Many junkies of "global warning" enjoy the thrill of the apocalypse. Others have more mundane motivations, such as going along with the perceived flow.

Regardless, it pays for people who actually want to know what is going on, to keep their eyes and minds open.

So, David, do you still think that "the evidence of cause and effect" is "unambiguous", you credulous fool? The point is that David cannot still think that as people like myself have, for a long time and on many occasions, pointed him—both on our blogs (and we know he is at least aware of the existence of The Kitchen) and in the comments on his "blog"—to evidence that shows that the debate is very far from over.

Now, we do know that Miliband is stunningly ignorant about his ministerial brief and that might lead a more charitable man to conclude that he is merely typically ill-informed. But that won't wash anymore; Batshit continues to spout this fucking shit about climate change and "green taxes", despite the fact that he knows that the evidence is far from conclusive (and some that might be is actually fraudulent), and so one can only conclude that David Miliband is a fucking liar with an agenda bigger than my ego. And that's a pretty fucking huge agenda.

The only good thing about this is that when the whole global warming crap comes crashing down, Miliband's going to look like the biggest pillock ever born. And at that point, I may well shit from laughing...


Anonymous said...

Word is that David Miliband will be in Edinburgh on the 2nd of February. He will be speaking at 3 PM at The University of Edinburgh, Joseph Black Chemistry Building, King's Buildings.

It might be worth going along to heckle, then again, the Edinburgh University Hippy society will no doubt be going along to masturbate his ego.

Anonymous said...

Actually, some folk went along and pied Miliband in the face for figureheading this latest wave of government greenwash. I don't know why you get so worked up about Miliband and the government's so-called environmental policies- they're clearly not about to start slapping green taxes on anyone, or stop the road and runway building programmes are they?

I really hope someone got photos of the pastry sitting atop his manicured locks, green custard filling dripping down his face. Apparently he was pretty upset.

Roger Thomas said...

Have to agree ith alot of what you say. I still think we need to reduce emissions as they are a contributor to global temp rise. If the global temp does go up for what ever reason billions will still die, though I have concern for the plants animals and planet.
The problem is politicians tend to be politicians, lawyers accountants or similar. Very few are science based or think like engineers. Thats why they like sound bites so the can hide ignorance. Climate change is a good soundbite. Doesn't mean they have to know anything about it, just be able to say it and the environmental sheep and everyone else follows. There are problems with the ecological management of the planet, but climate change is just a small part. Like trying to fix the engine of a car by polishing the bodywork. Yes it is the car and it will help stop rust, but that isn't the main problem. But its easy.
For sleaze and the real concern this Governemnt give about the environment try this.

Oh yeah? So what has happened for the last ten years, exactly?

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