Sceptics question Huhne’s climate change evidence

Leading climate change sceptics from the Global Warming Policy Foundation have responded to Chris Huhne’s attack of them last week, by questioning his belief in “ill-advised” climate change bodies, such […]

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By Tom Gibson

Leading climate change sceptics from the Global Warming Policy Foundation have responded to Chris Huhne’s attack of them last week, by questioning his belief in “ill-advised” climate change bodies, such as the IPCC. Lord Lawson and Lord Turnbull responded to Chris Huhne’s letter of 18 November.

In his original letter to the climate sceptics Mr Huhne said: “Let me say straight away that I believe that you have been misinformed and that your conclusions are poorly supported by the underlying science evidence… It would be perverse to ignore this well attested and thoroughly reviewed body of evidence.”

However, Lawson and Turbull answered Mr Huhne by directing him to fellow sceptics at the Met Office: “Your faith in the conclusion of Australia’s Garnaut Review- that there has been no change in the rate of global warming in recent years- is wholly at odds with the latest scientific work and even the Government’s own Met Office: Most research papers published in the last 12 months confirm that there has been no warming trend in the last 10 years.”

The GWPF questioned the independence of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a body devised by the UN to address climate change issues, and DECC’s reliance on its research: “Your faith in the integrity of the IPCC process is no less ill-advised… The IPCC seeks to present itself as embodying the independent, impartial advice of the world’s best scientists in the field… its lack of transparency in how theso-called experts are chosen, its resistance to views challenging its orthodoxy, its lack of proper governance to deal with conflicts of interest, its excessive use of non-peer reviewed, and its infiltration by activists from environmental pressure groups.

“We are surprised that you have been so slow to recognise that the IPCC, which has influenced a great deal of UK policy, no longer carries the credibility necessary to persuade society of the massive changes it is advocating. It should be drastically reformed or wound up and replaced.”

DECC told Eln they were considering a response.