Loose Cannon Fires A Broadside
That loose cannon on the Scottish political scene Jim Sillars has today published a hysterical article in the Scotsman denying the existence of global warming, belittling climate science and ridiculing Scotland’s ambitions for renewable energy.
He refers to the current scientific consensus on AGW as a ‘lobby’, which is like calling the SNP a ‘minority interest group in Scotland’.
Sillars claims that climatology is ‘in its infancy’ – a particularly stupid statement when you consider the likes of Edmund Halley, who published a map of the trade winds in 1686 after a voyage to the southern hemisphere, or Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), who mapped the course of the Gulf Stream. With the advent of satellite observations and powerful computers climate science experienced a step change though and is now moving forward at a frenetic pace, with every new set of observations and every refinement of atmospheric models confirming that we are engaged on a massive experiment with our atmosphere and climate. The results are uncertain, but they lie across a range from disruptive but tolerable to downright threatening.
Sillars speaks of a ‘delusional world where they believe they . . . can stop the world’s climate warming beyond another 2.5 degrees’ – so apparently he DOES he believe in climate change, but believes action is futile. This is not only the politics of defeatism, but also has more than a whiff of sour grapes.
Sillars has of course instantly become the darling of the denialist blogosphere, being described on the ‘Bishop Hill’ blog as ” an influential Scottish political commentator” within hours of this article appearing. At the same time he has given the Unionists a stick to beat the SNP with by decrying Scotland’s renewable energy targets and ambitions as folly.
So – all in all remarkable double whammy own goal from a man who is allegedly a lifelong supporter of independence but who just can’t miss a chance to get back at old adversaries, not matter what the cost to his country and his planet.