Monday, June 13, 2011

Restoring the reputation of science

It being another dull and wet Monday morning in my drought-ridden, globally-warmed neck of the woods (no snow here in June – that shows you just how dangerous that carbon dioxide stuff is), I thought I needed a little excitement.

Duly inspired, I donned my tin hat and ventured into Guardian territory - only to be met by the remarkable headline above. For once, I managed to read an entire Guardian article without feeling the need to hurl abuse at my monitor screen.

The climate alarmists have long lost the debate amongst free-thinking adults and the last hope for their religious cult was to greenwash our children. If this proposal comes to pass, we really could be witnessing the beginning of the end of the current and regressive anthropogenic climate change hysteria.

Which is not to say that it will not be rapidly replaced by another exercise in global panic, of course...

At my own blog over the weekend, I referred to another couple of small stories that further reinforce the suggestion of a shift in the politics of climate change. The scam - and the useful idiots promoting it - may well have run their course but it remains to be seen whether the resultant apparatus - carbon trading, feed-in tariffs for renewables, renewables obligation certificates et al - will be given up too readily. However, judging by Huhne's inane (panicked?) response to the Scottish Power announcement of a 19% increase in energy prices, the financial and political costs of the Climate Change Act may finally be registering with our dozy politicians.

Returning to the Guardian article, what made it so enjoyable, especially for we Bob Ward watchers, were these two paragraphs:

But Bob Ward, policy and communications director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, warned that Oates' ideas might not be in pupils' best interests and could make science less interesting for children.

"An emphasis on climate change in the curriculum connects the core scientific concepts to topical issues," he said. "Certain politicians feel that they don't like the concept of climate change. I hope this isn't a sign of a political agenda being exercised."

That last line made me chuckle.

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