Thanks to everyone who has been adding information about Geoffrey Boulton in the comments to the previous piece. Professor Boulton:
- spent 18 years at the school of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia
- works in an office almost next door to a member of the Hockey Team
- says the argument over climate change is over
- tours the country lecturing on the dangers of climate change
- believes the Himalayan glaciers will be gone by 2050
- signed up to a statement supporting the consensus in the wake of Climategate, which spoke of scientists adhering to the highest standards of integrity
- could fairly be described as a global warming doommonger
- is quite happy to discuss "denial" in the context of the climate debate.*
The idea that this man has no preconception of global warming science and has no connections with the CRU is clearly risible.
*This last bit is from that premium Scotman site. The full quote is: "Computer models of the natural climate have been very successful in simulating the changes of the recent past, until after 1970, when they suggest that there should have been cooling, not warming. Add human-produced greenhouse gases to the models, however, and the match between the model and reality is excellent. It shows that, since 1970, the human-induced component has begun to dominate over natural trends. Denial is equivalent to saying: "I don't know anything about science, so given the choice of trusting 99.9 per cent or 0.1 per cent of the experts, I'll go with the 0.1 per cent."