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Mar 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM | James Evans

You are quite obviously institutionalised Northern Hemisphere. In Australia, the usual suspects are trying to convince all and sundry that this has been the Warmest Summer EVAH!
http://joannenova.com.au/2013/03/not-the-hottest-ever-summer-for-most-australians-in-sydney-melbourne-or-brisbane-not-extreme-heatwaves-either/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+JoNova+%28JoNova%29

Mar 2, 2013 at 5:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterGrumpy Old Man

Isn't it a rather daft time of year to have "Climate Week"? We all want it to get warmer around now, don't we?

Mar 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames Evans

Got around to watching a recorded episode of the New Yes Prime Minister last night. It's got new actors (as the old ones are dead!) and obviously struggles in comparison with the original but not too bad.

Anyhoo, early on, under pressure from activists, the PM Jim Hacker is wailing about what to do about Global Warming . Sir Humphrey with a knowing smile tells him oh not to worry about that. He then basically launches into a 5-minute rant that covers just about all the points of the sceptics position including polar bear numbers increasing, corruption of peer review, dodgy motives of those involved, wind farms enriching business men whilst empoverishing the poor, models programmed with only CO2 hey presto show CO2 is the culprit etc

At the end of the program Sir Humph suggests the PM convenes a new Global Conference to actually tackle Global Warming as a distraction from his problems at home. "But I thought you said it wasn't a problem" says Jim. "It's a lot easier to tackle an imaginary problem than a real one!" retorts Sir Humph.

Astonishing stuff really. Probably explains why it is no longer on the BBC and is hidden away on the Gold channel. Well worth a watch if you can find it.

Mar 2, 2013 at 3:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterSimonW

Geoffrey Lean claims in today's Telegraph that green-energy subsidies contribute only about £20 to the average £1200 annual dual-fuel bill. Does anyone have the numbers to hand to back that up, or otherwise?

Mar 2, 2013 at 2:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterDaveS

I'm not sure if this has been picked up before but Trenberth makes the same Nobel Laureate claim as Mann in his cv:

"Nobel Laureate (shared) for Nobel Peace Prize 2007 (as part of IPCC) Oct 2007"
to be found at http://www.cgd.ucar.edu/staff/trenbert/cv.html

Also cross-posted at WUWT Tips & Notes

Mar 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterDavid Chappell

Mar 2, 2013 at 12:23 PM | Roger Tolson.

Are you still using high-carbon toilet paper? Plant a castor tree and use the leaves. Collect them in a bucket then compost them for a truly Carbon neutral process.

Mar 2, 2013 at 12:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterGrumpy Old Man

@Mike Jackson
He surely meant "the only non-sceptical climate blog ...

Does that mean that SkepticalScience is known not to be sceptical at all by the media. This is very confusing!!

Mar 2, 2013 at 12:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS

You people may mock but if we all did tiny measures we could still save the planet, you could cut your toilet paper useage by half if only you used both sides of a sheet.
Every time you flush the toilet a polar bear dies.
Think of the children.
Etc.

Mar 2, 2013 at 12:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoger Tolson

The only proper response to SkepticalScience's request to be removed from the Bloggies short list has got to be "Ah! Diddums!" Presumably the thought that they might not win is more than Cook can handle.
Hickman's article is a perfect example of the problem that anyone looking for a sensible discussion (on just about any subject) in the media is facing. He is obviously quite incapable of understanding that reasonably intelligent and thoughtful people do not like being beaten about the head with one-sided version of "the facts" and are likely to take action to get their own views out into the public domain as well.
Incidentally I think there is a typo in his report. He describes SkepticalScience as "the only non-climate sceptic blog" on the short list. He surely meant "the only non-sceptical climate blog ..."

Mar 2, 2013 at 11:47 AM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

If words hadn't failed me already, I would also mention the Australian government's latest advice to save the planet:

"The Australian government actually suggested this on its Living Greener website, saying that snuggling up with your pet instead of turning up the thermostat is a good way to save energy. Other earth-friendly ideas included playing board games instead of watching TV, and being a regular at the library where you can “share the heating and computers with your community.”

[presuming the library hasn't been closed....]

H/T Tom Nelson
http:tomnelson.blogspot.com

Mar 2, 2013 at 11:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger

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