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Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Are they going to kill us all at Copenhagen?

Is belief in global-warming science another example of the "madness of crowds"? That strange but powerful social phenomenon, first described by Charles Mackay in 1841, turns a widely shared prejudice into an irresistible "authority". Could it indeed represent the final triumph of irrationality? After all, how rational is it to pass laws banning one kind of light bulb (and insisting on their replacement by ones filled with poisonous mercury vapour) in order to "save electricity", while ploughing money into schemes to run cars on ... electricity? How rational is it to pay the Russians once for fossil fuels, and a second time for permission (via carbon credits) to burn them ? And how rational is it to suppose that the effects of increased CO2 in the atmosphere take between 200 and 1,000 years to be felt, but that solutions can take effect almost instantaneously?

Here is a couple of links that do try to explain the facts of Climate variability. They are quite long but well worth listening to.

The first is by Robert Felix, scientist and author. The second is by astrophysicist Dr.Willie Soon (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), climatologists David Legates and Tim Ball and meteorologist Joe Daleo.

They are both radio Interviews.

Worth a listen to. Are we at the tipping point of a new ice age?

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