Bryan Leyland started the following letter, I finished it and the Herald refused to publish it.
Smell any smoke?
Jill Whitmore says, “Right now, we are all standing around saying ‘I smell smoke’ and doing nothing about it.”
But it’s not true that we all smell smoke. Many scientists and informed observers want real evidence of a fire. I’ve been asking for years but so far the best “evidence” comes from uncalibrated computer models that predict fire in a hundred years.
It’s a bit early to join a bucket line.
There is no scientific mechanism for human beings to cause significant climate change. For example, the air cannot warm the ocean — an important component of the scary predictions from climate models. Computer models don’t “find” but are actually told to predict substantial warming if carbon dioxide levels increase. But for the last 17 years levels have gone up about ten per cent without any global warming.
So the climate models are useless and man-made carbon dioxide will not cause dangerous warming in the future.
Claims that global warming has increased the frequency and violence of cyclones, floods and storms have been comprehensively refuted by the evidence – even the IPCC agrees with this. The occurrence of extreme events has declined over the last 40 years or so (even as the cost of damage rose) and sea level rise is unchanged from a fairly steady rate for the last 150 years.
We’re being hectored to solve a non-existent problem. A problem, moreover, which, even if we tried quite hard, would be impossible to create.
Climate Conversation Group