Not a weapon of mass destruction, but a weapon of mass deception. A desperate attempt to continue obfuscating the facts and hiding the truth, by a member of the inner circle of panic-striken dissemblers and spin doctors who see their house of cards collapsing about their ears. That is the most restrained comment I can offer in response to Vicky Pope’s work of fiction in The Times today.
Who she? The Head of Climate Change Advice at the increasingly discredited Met Office. It was all too clear what was coming when she started her fantasy piece with a classic understatement:
For Britain’s climate science community, the past few months have come as a profound shock.
Not half. Never in their wildest dreams did the warmists think their lazy or non existant scientific methods, deliberate actions to withhold data from educated people who would see through it and, personal biases and beliefs being presented as evidence, would ever come under the kind of scrutiny they considered themselves to be immune from. The complicity of lazy, unquestioning journalists desperate to be fed dramatic copy and the unscrupulous power hungry environmental groups and charities was thought to be sufficient to perpetuate their unsubstantiated claims and terrify people into thinking their actions were changing the climate with terrible consequences.
But even though the shroud has been pulled aside, the ‘evidence’ discredited and the naked political agenda of the climate warmists exposed, the delusional nature of people like Vicky Pope remains on open display with articles such as hers. The lies creep across the screen in a shameless exercise of self pity combined with misplaced vindication. Clearly Pope and her comrades-in-deceit have told the lies so often, they really do believe them. They cannot understand why people laugh or react with incredulity. It really is a state of mind. The only thing truly scientific about this scam is the implications for psychology of their continuing inability to accept what the facts show.
More recently we have had a series of reports suggesting that “key” sections of assessments of climate change science by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were in error.
Not suggestions, evidence. A concept that seems entirely alien to Pope and her fellow travellers.
For scientists, climate research was based on powerful computer models backed by a wealth of real-world evidence.
That is, the evidence that was allowed to remain after discounting everything that was collected and found not to provide the desired outcome. From the temperature records of surface stations, to the tree cores of the Yamal peninsula whose tale was discarded, the ‘real-world evidence’ was a distorted and contrived fraud. But still she goes on, desperate to hook any reader who might have not seen the myths perpetuated by her and her friends completely shot down and utterly destroyed.
The more substantive mistake in the IPCC report that Himalayan glaciers were melting so fast that they would vanish by 2035 has been dealt with swiftly and clearly by the IPCC.
You know, perhaps it’s true that there is runaway global warming and that everything Pope and her friends have claimed and projected is accurate. Perhaps the problem is that this all this is taking place in the parallel universe they inhabit, which is why we don’t see it here. Anyone who can suggest the IPCC dispensed with the Himalayan glacier farce ‘swiftly and clearly’ is in need of therapy. Pope’s claim flies in the face of the established facts of the matter. How are we to have confidence in anyone who is willing to lie so effortlessly?
The big difference then, is not in the physics of climate change but the public’s perception of what climate research is all about.
That means it is a communications problem and the blame for that has to lie at least in part with the scientists and in part with the way that science is reported.
It didn’t take long for the old ‘communication problem’ chestnut to surface did it? This is the polite way of Pope saying ‘we’ve given you the truth you must believe, but you’re too stupid to accept it’. It’s nothing to do with the reporting. In fact for too many years, Pope and her ilk have had carte blanche to put any old rubbish in the press, reporting theory as fact and ideas as forgone conclusions. Now the truth has started to undermine the cosy little consensus and expose the vacuous and unscientific nature of what we have been told for so long, the problem is suddenly a communication one.
If there is a communication problem it’s the determined refusal of the small cabal of leading scientists, who form the foundation for thousands of derivative researchers, to tell the truth. This is the reason why the climate change consensus is falling apart. This is why confidence is plummeting. This is why Vicky Pope has been reduced to nothing more than a joke to be rolled out at dinner parties, like an exhibit at a Victorian era freak show. The genie is out of the bottle and compounding the lies in the way Pope has done in this article will do nothing to put it back in.