The continuing battle between climate realists and alarmists in 2009 will be most remembered for the leaked UEA CRU ‘Climategate’ emails, which provided an insight into the climate science ‘gate-keeping’ perpetrated by around 20 to 30 dominant, influential IPCC activist scientists. The unmasking of the ‘consensus’ where uncertainty is presented as certainty undoubtedly helped increase public scepticism about the computer modelled scare of a future CO2 driven climate catastrophe, which can supposedly be averted via more taxation and restrictions enforced by a global carbon dictatorship.
Fortunately, the Copenhagen orgy of climate alarmism, vested financial interests, environmental extremism, rich celebrity hypocrites, and politicians out of touch with reality and voters, failed to produce a meaningful agreement or legally binding treaty. Common sense would suggest that this marks the end of climate policy lacking a sound scientific basis and political feasibility. However, the global warming industry gravy train has so many passengers that the climate summit circus can’t afford to be diverted by reality. Meanwhile, the alarmist mainstream media, such as the BBC, continued to bombard the public with predictions of climate doom, which intensified in the run up to the Copenhagen Summit.
Despite the occasional dose of realism, the most devastating revelations of the Climategate scandal were ignored or played down by the BBC. Furthermore, the credibility of the UK Met Office continues to free-fall; they were busy indulging in political lobbying in Copenhagen, despite another year of embarrassing weather forecast failures now so dependent on an unlikely high sensitivity of climate to CO2. The UK’s ‘barbecue summer’ didn’t materialise, and our ‘mild winter’ has turned devastatingly cold. The Met’s failed prediction of a record year for global average surface temperatures in 2007, during a decade long temperature stagnation, is now resurrected for 2010. We’ll see!