Magazine article The Spectator

Hot Air on Climate Change

Magazine article The Spectator

Hot Air on Climate Change

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From Tristan Gooley Sir: I find myself among the weary majority who share a genuine concern for the environment and a mild revulsion at sensationalism on the subject. David Cameron in his article on Green Conservatism (4 November) is guilty of such sensationalism.

Most of the article is a wad of trademark Cameron waffle, but there is one substantial sentence that hangs precariously and unsupported: 'Hurricane Katrina in the US claimed over 1,800 lives.' If we can agree that hurricanes predate the use of fossil fuels, what exactly is his point?

This sort of careless statement in this context does no more to further the debate or improve the environment than the line 'Krakatoa was a jolly bad thing'. The reason Cameron avoids substance becomes clearer by the day; style causes less of a storm.

Tristan Gooley London SW6 From Nick Stonier Sir: Paul Johnson's musings on climate change provide an excellent example of how this subject is beset by a rapidly evolving mythology of unproven hypotheses and disproved theories (And another thing, 4 November). …

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