LATER this week the Met Office will bombard us with one of the most bizarre pieces of propaganda since the Iraqi information minister tried to convince the world that Saddam’s forces were driving out the infidel even when US planes were clearly bombing the city behind him.
We are going to be asked to believe that 2010 was either the hottest or second hottest year the world has ever recorded. I don’t know why anyone would trust the Met Office’s statistics on global temperature given that they are still compiled by some of the same scientists who were caught trying to use “tricks” to adjust previous data.
But it is even less credible coming at a time when Europe is in the grip of the coldest December for decades, the US eastern seaboard has experienced one of its most severe December snowfalls and other parts of the Northern hemisphere are also shivering.
A better guide to global temperatures is the wholesale price of gas, which always spikes when demand rises in a cold spell.
Last week it peaked at 70p per therm, double what it was this time last year, itself in the middle of an exceptionally cold winter. For the consumer it means yet more misery. The price comparison website energyhelpline.com has recorded a 52 per cent rise in consumer prices this month with quarterly bills set to hit £658.
Source Link: express.co.uk