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BBC relents over debate on warming


20 Oct 09 – (Excerpts) “There is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents. And, who would have thought it, but here comes the BBC in sackcloth and ashes...

"Now, in the holy of holies, the BBC weather website, Paul Hudson, the likeable northern weatherman, tells us that the temperature has not risen since 1998. He says: “It is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.

"And our climate models did not forecast it even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise.”

"Global warming sceptics are not at all surprised by this finding ... (they) have always insisted that fluctuations in the earth’s temperature are caused by the variable activity of the sun.

"Moreover, Paul Hudson tells us: “The oceans, especially the Pacific, and global temperatures are correlated. In the last few years the Pacific has been losing its warmth and has recently started to cool down.”

"The warming and cooling periods of the oceans proves to be cyclical and each cycle lasts about 30 years. This fits with the length of the recent warming period, which was approximately from 1970 to 1998, the warmest year on record. Now it seems we are in a new cooling period which will, on past experience, last another 30 years.

"This makes perfect sense to me, for I grew up during the last cooling period – the Forties to the Seventies. And guess what? Just as the current hysteria imagines a catastrophic warming, the scientists of the last cooling period were consistently threatening us with a new ice age…

"I was talking to a professor of geology the other week who has made a point of studying the earth’s climate not just over decades, but millennia. She said: “It’s preposterous to think that human beings change the climate.

"The natural history of our climate is that we have occasional warm periods and an ice age about every ten thousand years. As a matter of fact, we’re overdue an ice age now.”

■ Peter Mullen is Rector of St Michael’s, Cornhill, in the City of London, and Chaplain to the Stock Exchange.

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