Monday, 15 February 2010
Follow the money
American meteorologist, Anthony Watts, has produced a report that may explain why global temperatures were recorded as rising in recent years. Watts has discovered that many of the weather stations used to report temperature readings used by the Intergovernmental Panic on Climate Change (IPCC) are sited in areas that have become urbanised and therefore warmer. It was also discovered that some of the stations were located next to air-conditioning plants or heating flues. One station at Rome Airport was even in the direct path of hot exhaust being expelled by passing jets. Could this be a partial explanation of why an increase in temperature of 0.7 degrees Celsius has been recorded in recent years?
But something bothers me about the whole global warming debate. Why has there been such a scramble towards adopting the orthodoxy of climate change? What’s the big rush? It couldn’t have anything to do with money, could it? You don’t think the trading in carbon credits could be responsible, do you?
For example, the UK Government has just spent £60 million on buying carbon credits to enable it to heat government buildings, including the Ministry of Defence. So, financial resources are being withdrawn from troops on the frontline in Afghanistan so that civil servants can be kept in comfortable, guilt-free warmth. The government used carbon permit traders to buy the £60 million of carbon credits and those traders skimmed off 15% in commission. Why couldn’t the government buy its own carbon credits? Why did it have to use a carbon trader? How much longer will it be before we begin to see ex-politicians and gangsters becoming carbon traders? The whole thing reeks of corruption
History may well conclude that global warming was the biggest scam since the South Sea Bubble or Tulipomania. To find out more, read Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay.