We won't be commenting in detail today either, as time is not on our side. But we DO want to refer our loyal readers to today's Herald editorial. Under the headline Climate debate needs facts, not anecdotes it begins:
Anyone who sets out to discredit a piece of published work can do so by finding a single factual error.
No matter how peripheral the mistake may be, it undermines public confidence in the work. People naturally wonder, if the authors were careless on this point how much else might be wrong?
More than one mistake has been found recently in the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, set up by the United Nations to provide authoritative reports on global warming, and the errors are hardly peripheral.
The IPCC's powerful Fourth Assessment Report in 2007 declared there was a probability of glaciers disappearing from the Himalayas by 2035 or sooner.
This statement - frightening for Indian and Chinese communities depending on Himalayan meltwater - has been investigated and turns out to have been taken from a green campaign group, WWF, which took it from an interview with an Indian glaciologist in the magazine New Scientist in 1999.
He has admitted his prediction was "speculation" not supported by scientific measurement and peer-reviewed.
Worse, the IPCC was notified of this in 2006 and yet the claim appeared in the 2007 report. The glaciologist who alerted the panel to the error can only attribute its appearance to "a kind of amateurism" among those who wrote the offending chapter.
Now let's get this straight. The IPCC is supposed to be the global authority on climate change, or Anthropogenic Global Warming as it is widely known. And yet this so-called "authority" has based its conclusions on speculation, innuendo and anecdotes. This is, in our considered opinion, highly damaging for the credibilty of both the IPCC and its parent figure, the United Nations. Now ain't that a surprise!
To make matters worse, we've just come across this story in The Guardian online from the UK. Have a read of this:
Phil Jones, the beleaguered British climate scientist at the centre of the leaked emails controversy, is facing fresh claims that he sought to hide problems in key temperature data on which some of his work was based.
A Guardian investigation of thousands of emails and documents apparently hacked from the University of East Anglia's climatic research unit has found evidence that a series of measurements from Chinese weather stations were seriously flawed and that documents relating to them could not be produced.
We've long been suspicious of the whole climate change religion. When the Climategate story broke, the reaction from the MSM was muted at best. But as time goes by, more and more people are coming to the conclusion that the Emperor which is Climate Change indeed has no clothes, and it appears that the tide of public opinion is fast turning. We will be watching the response of John Key's government closely; this is one area in which we believe that they have gone far too far, far too fast.
We would not be surprised if the cracks in the dam quickly become large chasms. We reckon that the real truth is this: Climate Change is indeed man-made; carefully crafted and constructed by the likes of the IPCC, Phil Jones and even our own Dr Jim Salinger. The sooner that the myth which is AGW is exploded, the better.