Magazine article The Spectator

Weather or Not

Magazine article The Spectator

Weather or Not

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If a tabloid used a single spell of cold weathton, the government's scientific adviser, has proposed that the government do the same in reverse. In a report entitled 'International Dimensions of Climate Change', he calls upon the government to use weather-related disasters as 'policy windows' to push through unpopular policies to cut carbon emissions.

Every time there is a flood in Bangladesh, in other words, we can expect another couple of pence of duty on a litre of unleaded.

Sir John Beddington's job is to advise on science. Instead, he appears to have appointed himself minister for propaganda.

Even the Met Office accepts that individual meteorological events cannot be attributed to climate change. Drought and tempest were with us before industrial civilisation - though to read Sir John's report it might be easy to imagine they were not. …

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