Stick to your armchairs...

The letter “Playing us for fuels” by M Towns (Opinion, May 15) contains many inaccuracies that deserve scrutiny.

The period from 1998 to the present can be selected to imply that there hasn’t been a significant amount of warming precisely because of the large El Niño events that occurred in 1997-1998 and in 2002-2003.

The average global temperature has still increased over this period, but taken in isolation it is just under statistically significant. There still has been a significant warming trend over the last several decades, inclusive of the last.

CO2 is a greenhouse gas; it has an effect on global temperatures. The evidence shows and the scientific consensus is that a change in atmospheric CO2 concentrations is linked to changes in global climate.

It is what anthropogenic emissions might do that is the contentious issue. What are the so called “proofs” of climate change which have been “comprehensively demolished” by “other” scientists? This is utter rubbish.

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The Met Office has never claimed that any recent extreme weather events have been caused by climate change. They have said that such events are more likely to occur according to climate models.

This supposed figure of annual UK government spending on climate change being £22billion, totalling £2trillion by 2100 is a fabrication. The 2011-2012 spending by the entire Department of Energy & Climate Change was down 25 per cent to £6.1billion.

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According to Reuters, total renewable energy subsidies last year totalled about £2.35billion. Sellafield alone costs £1.67billion a year in subsides and will cost at least £67billion to decommission and clean up.

It is time for armchair experts to stop trying to warp public perception by misrepresenting science for their own agendas.

If you are not educated in a relevant scientific discipline, or can’t get the basic facts straight, you are not qualified to have an opinion.

S Slade BSc


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