Nigel Lawson sums it up nicely

This article at WUWT is a “must read”. It is a very clear and very accurate presentation of what is wrong with the Global Warming Church and Paranoia (my term). Only real ‘error’ I see in it is that he believes the temperature record of 0.8 C of “warming” when the reality is that at least 1/2 C of that is questionable “adjustments” and homogenizing, and the rest is likely bad siting of thermometers over tarmac at airports.

Still, it is well written and a good read. If you have not read it, do.

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A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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16 Responses to Nigel Lawson sums it up nicely

  1. When I linked to this a few days ago, one of my readers complained that (1) it was too long, and (2) they were concerned about the malaria comment. This led to a discussion of how many millions of people the environmental catastrophists have killed through malaria. Perhaps the best recap of the issue is here:

    On the temperature bit: Nigel Lawson actually comments on the fuzziness of that temperature record:

    And that margin of error, it must be said, is implausibly small. After all, calculating mean global temperature from the records of weather stations and maritime observations around the world, of varying quality, is a pretty heroic task in the first place. Not to mention the fact that there is a considerable difference between daytime and night-time temperatures. In any event, to produce a figure accurate to hundredths of a degree is palpably absurd.

    This establishes the unreliability without a direct accusation of fraudulent adjustments.

    I think that such an accusation is supportable — and your own extensive work shows the mechanisms, while Steve Goddard’s postings show how frequently they re-adjust their adjustments. But Lawson is careful — which makes his piece all that much harder to dismiss.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  2. Zeke says:

    “But Lawson is careful — which makes his piece all that much harder to dismiss.” ~Keith D

    Are you kidding? He was almost supernaturally diplomatic! (: I was astonished at the number of issues he truthfully addressed, in what was likely a Sustainability activist dominated audience. He even expressed doubts about the true state of the Chinese economy, and spoke in defense of agricultural advances – which all progressives choke on, gagging and complaining, and sulking because their Malthusian fantasy was spoiled by Norman Borlaug, and genetic modification of crops, and fossil fuel tractors.

  3. omanuel says:

    Thanks, E.M. Smith, for this post.

    I think Climategate will turn out to be a blessing in disguise because official responses revealed how really messed up government science had become.

    The standoff in the global climate debate pits all the political power on one side against precise experimental data that government scientists refuse to discuss in public.

    Neither side can win, but confidence in government science is the biggest loser

  4. It’s only when a politician has retired that he/she can afford to tell the truth. He makes a good case.

  5. philjourdan says:

    @Simon Derricutt – It is sad that virtually everyone who speaks open and honestly is retired. For on top of the vilification, there is the vindictive punitive action by the zealots. Most of whom have no clue what they are talking about. They merely echo what they have been told.

  6. adolfogiurfa says:

    Come on! That issue of “GW” let it R.I.P. it has many years dead now. Do you have a cult for the dead ones?

  7. Mark Miller says:

    Speaking of the “church of global warming,” I particularly liked this skit from a German version of The Daily Show, on the “grand coalition’s” plan to move forward with “the energy transition,” and enacting early retirement at age 63. It’s so good, I barely call it satire. It’s practically a dramatization of fact! :) “The grand coalition is a religion.”

  8. p.g.sharrow says:

    People live longer and are healthy longer. They should work longer creating more wealth than they consume. Hell I’m 67 and still working, my lady is 72 and still working, though she is getting tired of it! on some days. People that retire die! There are far too few people working as it is and way too many sponging off the system already. pg

  9. The problem is that: Anthony Watts and Nigel Lawson work on an earth’s atmosphere without oxygen & nitrogen = not much different than the Warmist..mythology. :

  10. philjourdan says:

    @P.g.sharrow – Bear Bryant, Joe Paterno (Ok, I am a foot ball fan).

    Yep! I am 10 years behind you and figure I have at least those 10 years to go. But it is nice to have the kids grown and on their own and now more time to spend with the grands. And the money to do it!

  11. omanuel says:

    @ p.g.sharrow

    I’ll be 78 in Oct (eleven years ahead of you) and enjoying the opportunity to speak frankly, for the benefit of society rather than for myself.


  12. omanuel says:


    Thank you, Brandon, for your insight.

    As a member of the scientific community, I regret to report that Climategate emails that surfaced in late Nov 2009 have now exposed sixty-nine years (2014 – 1945 = 69 yrs) of global abuse [1] of the scientific method by members of the UN’s IPCC, the National Academies of Sciences of the US, UK, USSR, Sweden, Norway, Germany, etc., to hide the source of energy in cores of:

    1. Heavy atoms like Uranium
    2. Some planets like Jupiter
    3. Ordinary stars like the Sun
    4. Galaxies like the Milky Way
    5. The expanding Universe!

    These leaders of science now refuse to publicly address nine pages of precise experimental data (pages 19-27) that falsify their post-1945 models of the cosmos, the Sun, Earth’s climate and the atomic nucleus.

    Their present actions demonstrate that their past acts of deception were intentional !

    1. “A Journey to the Core of the Sun – Chapter 2: Acceptance of Reality

    Click to access Chapter_2.pdf

    With deep regrets,
    – Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

  13. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Omanual; It IS easier to speak up when you are not hostage to the paymaster. Besides Wise Old Men & Women are supposed to educate the young. Not half baked youngsters barely educated themselves. Some just take longer to wise up then others. At least they wise up. Real Liberal Progressives have brain damage and never wise up. Too bad they gravitate toward and are allowed to be educators.
    Those that can, do. Those that can’t, teach. A poor way to run a Railroad or maintain a civilization. pg

  14. omanuel says:

    I certainly hope world leaders will not risk world war to avoid admitting their past roles in deceiving the public for sixty-nine years.

  15. p.g.sharrow says:

    @Omanual; do not worry my friend, Putin does not have the power to invade Europe and you don’t use nukes on some place you wish to occupy. The Ukraine has no value to the US under any circumstance. The Americans have no design on war with the Russians and the Russians know it. This is the latest move in “the Game of Thrones” and all of Nato is standing up opposed to this Russian gambit. Germany, France, Poland and Hungary. Britain is standing back, to wait & see, they always do. The US will back Nato with conventional power. The Russian Army is nothing like the powerful Soviet Army. The Soviet army included East Germany, Poland, Hungary, and Ukraine. all now opposed to them. In this card Game, Putin has a pair of 6 es and wants everyone to fold. The Ukraine’s have not yet drawn all their cards. The Crimea was a free one and Putin wants at least the 3 eastern provinces that were old Russia. The Crimea was heavily occupied by Russian military and Putin’s private Olympics security army. In Eastern Ukraine things are not so easy, even with the private army and the western Ukraines hate the Russians. As long as the Russian Army stays in Russia, Putin can’t win and If they invade he will lose his political support. The Russian president is not the Soviet Union General Secretary. He certainly is a better poker player then Obama. pg

  16. omanuel says:

    @ p.g.sharrow

    I do not know what all they have going on behind the scenes, but I am certain that world leaders and their National Academies of Sciences in the USSR, US, UK, Sweden, Norway, Japan, Germany, France, etc. have cooperated since the end of the Second World War to:

    1. Establish the United Nations on October 24 1945, and
    2. Promote misinformation with false consensus models of energy in cores of:
    _ a. Heavy atoms like Uranium
    _ b. Some planets like Jupiter
    _ c. Ordinary stars like the Sun
    _ d. Galaxies like the Milky Way
    _ e. The expanding Universe

    I do not believe they all accidently overlooked the precise experimental data (See pages 19-27 of my biography) that falsify their Standard Models of Nuclei, Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology.

    Click to access Chapter_2.pdf

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