Have humans changed the climate? That was the question posed on Wednesday Nov 18th in the European parliament, Brussels, at a Conference I hosted.
Nine eminent speakers from Europe and North America included Prof. Ross McKitrick, the man who demolished the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s “Hockey Stick” graph; Prof Fred Singer of the University of Virginia, author of the NY Times best-seller “Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years”; and British columnist James Delingpole, self-styled guerrilla blogger on climate hysteria. They covered the science and politics of climate change. The morning session was chaired by my good friend and colleague Giles Chichester MEP. Giles is the Chairman of the European Energy Forum, and a former Chairman of the parliament’s influential Industry and Energy Committee.
The Conference heard that the UN’s COP 15 Climate Conference in Copenhagen, due to take place in December, is unlikely to produce any substantive outcome beyond an agreement to keep talking.
Several key themes emerged. The small (+0.7 deg C) increase in average global temperatures over the last hundred years is entirely consistent with well-established, long-term, natural climate trends. The predictions of the IPCC’s computer models continue to be hopelessly at odds with observed data. The “fingerprint” of predicted warming (in terms of latitude and altitude) is wholly different from the pattern observed by ground stations, meteorological balloons and satellites. Samples of ancient atmospheres from half a million years of ice cores clearly demonstrate that temperature changes drive atmospheric CO2 changes, not vice versa. The theory of man-made climate change is not only unproven, but disproved by these findings. Global temperatures are as likely to decline as to increase in the next decade.
A number of representatives from both the European Commission and the IPCC were invited to speak, but declined to do so.
However, this did not deter the hundred-strong audience, which included a number of MEPs, scientists, journalists, and constituents from my East Midlands region.
I was delighted by the level of support for this conference. It is clear that the tide of public opinion is turning against climate alarmism. The public are sick of being harangued, and blamed, and taxed over climate issues. Recent opinion polls show a majority of British (and North American) voters no longer accept climate hysteria. This is testimony to the robust good sense of the Great British Public.
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