Friday, September 24th 2010, 7:43 PM EDT
THIS newspaper has long been in the sceptical camp when it comes to the great man-made global warming scare.
It is not the warnings of some scientists about the possible impact of climate change that are most objectionable but rather their elevation into an orthodoxy that it is not permissible to challenge.
Yet there has always been the whiff of hyperbole surrounding claims made by the high priests of the climate change
One of the most alarming predictions was the forecast of Dr Rajendra Pachauri that the Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035, causing an environmental disaster. As chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the official United Nations body in this area, Dr Pachauri’s warning commanded massive attention. But now even he admits it was not justified.
Updated with comments below by Piers Corbyn
So no wonder he is under pressure to step down. In Britain even adherents of the climate change panic wish him to depart. As Tim Yeo, chairman of the all-party Commons committee on the subject, observes: “Climate science needs a guarantee of utmost reliability and Dr Pachauri can no longer guarantee that.”
It is obvious that Dr Pachauri should resign and take the rest of his discredited panel with him. But there is a very good reason why those who first challenged his views need not bother to press the issue: while Dr Pachauri and his allies remain in place few people will believe future IPCC scare stories about the world drastically overheating.
And that is a much bigger problem for climate change fanatics than for those inclined to take their warnings with a large pinch of salt.
Source Link: express.co.uk