Fred Hoyle & Chandra Wickramasinghe Vindicated

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In a CCNet-Essay written nearly 20 years ago, Sir Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe emphasised that mankind’s ability to inject greenhouse gases into the atmosphere was essential to “maintaining the present advantageous world climate, the opposite of what environmentalists are erroneously advocating.” A new study has vindicated their climate scepticism yet again. —Global Warming Policy Forum, 15 January 2016

Carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere could override other influences to make this the longest inter-ice age period in Earth history, they wrote in the journal Nature. Without human influence, the next ice age was probably about 50,000 years away anyway, wrote the team led by Andrey Ganopolski of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. —Agence France Presse, 14 January 2016

While everyone else was out partying on Hogmanay, Bob Ward was hard at work *writing tweets about global warming. Let noone say he is not a strangely obsessive personality. This was a bit of a silly thing for Bob to say though because I had written a post about the said paper, by Marvel et al, some two weeks earlier, noting that it looked a bit unphysical in places. Anyway, it turns out that the reason that no more detailed response has appeared was that there was so much wrong with the study that it just took a very long time to collate all the problems into a single document. And oh boy is the Marvel paper a shambles. There is so much wrong that Nic has had to make a condensed version available as well, and even that runs to two pages! Perhaps I should just publish his final sentence here. “Their study lacks credibility.” –Andrew Montford, Bishop Hill, 8 January 2016

Too many people in the corporate sector are still in denial about climate change, according to Katherine Garrett-Cox, the CEO of investment firm Alliance Trust. Speaking at a Guardian Sustainable Business debate on the role of business in tackling climate change, she said: “Within the last 12 months, I’ve had conversations with CEOs of major corporates in Europe and they just say, ‘It’s not real, it’s not something I should be bothered about’.” It is “scary” how little discussion there is at boardroom level about whether climate change is a risk at all, she added. –Emma Howard, The Guardian, 15 January 2016

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker did not meet a single green NGO in 2015, but found time for one-on-one meetings with 18 business and industry organisations. Juncker’s website shows 29 meetings from 22 January to 10 December 2015.  The apparent bias will be seized on by those who accuse the Commission of not caring about the environment, and prioritising business interests. Jeremy Wates, the Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), said, “It’s a sad fact that President Juncker has shown little interest in the environment. To our knowledge, in the 14 months since he has taken office , he has not had a single meeting with any environmental organisation.” –James Crisp, EurActiv, 15 January 2016

The Prime Minister has been accused of double standards over climate change, ahead of a Commons committee appearance. Select committee chairmen Huw Irranca-Davies (Labour) and Angus MacNeil (SNP) said he has scrapped UK schemes aimed at cutting emissions, despite pledging internationally to protect the climate. They singled out the decision to axe a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project promised in the Tory manifesto. The decision to scrap the CCS trial was applauded by Nigel Lawson’s pressure group, the Global Warming Policy Forum. Its spokesman Benny Peiser told the BBC: “Worldwide, there are currently more than 20 pilot projects being funded. Let’s wait and see whether the controversial technology will ever be viable at large scale. If so, Britain could simply buy it off the shelf if need be.” –Roger Harrabin, BBC News, 12 January 2016

The climate alarmists have come up with a brilliant new excuse to explain why there has been no “global warming” for nearly 19 years. Turns out the satellite data is lying. –James Delingpole, Breitbart London, 15 January 2016