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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Heatwave at Halloween

My new piece for Sputnik UK- the new site of Voice of Russia

During one of the warmest British autumns on record, with the temperature touching 24C on Halloween day politicians from the country’s main parties conspicuously dropped all talk about climate change and the environment.
It's Christmas Day 2035 in Britain and the temperature is a balmy 22 degrees Celcius. The evening news shows pictures of people sunbathing on the beach in Bournemouth. Christmas barbecues are held throughout the country. People attend church services in short-sleeves. Sounds a bit fetched? Perhaps. But then, twenty-odd years ago, so too would the prospect of people enjoying a day on the beach in temperatures of over 20C on Halloween.

You can read the whole of the piece here.

4 comments:

Paul R said...

I was sorry to read this climate alarmism essay. It manages to ignore the fact that there has been little or no warming at all this century. The global warming 'pause' has now lasted for approximately 18 years. CO2 concentrations have increased by 9% between 1997 and 2013, with no warming effect. The alarmist climate models failed to predict the lack of 21st century warming. A rational person would conclude that there is something radically wrong with the models.
I enjoy Neil's take on a variety of issues, but I am alarmed to find him succumbing to the green mind-virus.

Ian said...

Does your left hand know what your right hand is writing Neil?



"A few years ago politicians were very keen to trumpet their green credentials... Green issues, which were oh- so-trendy ten years ago, are much less ‘cool' today, rather like the planet itself.
Why are the political elite losing interest?"



Just in case you forgot this is the direct quote from your article published 3 weeks before.


"I am keen to ask if he [Vaclav Klaus] has any advice for David Cameron and the British Conservative party....So I find the Conservative party now rather confused in its ideas. The party is playing with the green ideas in a way I can’t accept."



So I guess to answer your question they are just following the advice you offered them, wasn't that the point of you writing it?



Sorry if you feel that is haranguing you again, I rather like you hence my interest in your output. But if you feel like answering my question on your motives for publishing a Vaclav Klaus puff piece I would still be interested in hearing it.

Neil Clark said...

Hi Ian,
Klaus answer was his affair- just because he thinks Cons should stop playing with 'green ideas' doesn't mean the interviewer agrees!

Ian said...

Yikes Neil, I have no idea how many times I have to categorically state it. I have never said you support Global Warming denial!!!!

What I asked is why you gave Vaclav Klaus an uncritical platform to spout such nonsense, when you obviously disagree. And why did you not ask him about things such as why he gave an amnesty to his corporate backers.

I guess your inability to answer this very simple question gives me the answers I need.

Very disappointing, but guess it pays the gas bills.