A letter to UKIP MEP Roger Helmer

Roger Helmer was first elected as Conservative MEP in 1999, but defected to UKIP last year. Not surprisingly, therefore, he is “sceptical” about climate science. He is, as David Suzuki has recently described it, one of many that elevate economics over the biosphere. In other words, if asked to choose between science and economics, he would choose to trust economics every time. As such, he is one of the politicians that features in my book. On his WordPress blog, in response to yet another irrational diatribe against renewable energy and the green economy, I recently tried to point out to him that his scepticism is unwise and unjustified. However, just in case my comment never appears on his blog, I reproduce it here: ——- Dear Mr Helmer, When considering the remarks that follow, please bear in mind that I am a Conservative voter. https://anthropocenereality.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/why-i-am-not-a-socialist/ In a speech to the European Parliament on 4 February 2009, you claimed, in characteristically robust terms, that the EU was:

…planning to spend unimaginable sums of money on mitigation measures which will simply not work, and by damaging our economies will deny us the funds we need to address real environmental problems. As a British journalist, Christopher Booker, has remarked, global warming alarmism is the greatest collective flight from reality in human history.

According to Andrew Grice in the Independent newspaper (2 Dec 2009), you have even accused the Church of England of having “abandoned religious faith entirely and taken up the new religion of climate change alarmism instead”. Given that you are not a climate scientist – or indeed any kind of scientist – you would appear to have allowed your belief in free-market economics to prejudice your approach to the science and/or you have uncritically accepted the opinions of a handful of similarly prejudiced scientists (or indeed non-scientists) who say that climate change is either a scientific conspiracy to perpetuate research funding or a political conspiracy to install worldwide socialist government. So far, you have the International Energy Agency, the US Department of Defense, the International Monetary Fund, and the Committee on Climate Change, all saying that further delay in the decarbonisation of power generation systems will be a false economy. Therefore, please forgive me for being so blunt but, how much more evidence will it take to convince you, a non climate scientist, that climate scientists are not “just in it for the money”…? Yours sincerely, Rick C Altman BSc(Hons) (Geology), MSc (Hydrogeology), MA (Environmental Politics).

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About Rick Altman

Possibly just another 'Climate Cassandra' crying 'Wolf' in cyberspace. However, the moral of the old children's story is that the Wolf eventually turned up!
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16 Responses to A letter to UKIP MEP Roger Helmer

  1. catweazle666 says:

    If the latest EU Summit is anything to go by, I’m afraid you’re going to be disappointed, Rick. Here is an excerpt from a report on the subject: BRUSSELS – EU energy policy must shift towards diversifying supply, with natural shale gas likely to be part of the mix, EU leaders said at a summit in Brussels on Wednesday (22 May). UK Prime Minister David Cameron offered robust support for European exploitation of shale gas, telling journalists: “No regulation must get in the way.” “Europe has 75 percent as much shale gas as the US, yet the Americans are drilling 10,000 wells per year while we in Europe are drilling less than 100,” he noted. He added it is “no surprise that over the last decade Americans have increased their energy from shale from just 1 percent to 30 percent, and here in Europe we are now paying twice what the US pays for wholesale gas.” For his part, European Council President Herman van Rompuy said the summit was the “right moment for a strategic debate on European energy policy.” He noted that “Europe will soon be the only continent dependent on imported energy.” http://euobserver.com/news/120202 Your problem is, the climate stopped warming some time in the late 1990s – even the BBC’s arch-warmist grudgingly admitted to that on R4 last week – and far more damaging for your cause, the latest NASA NVAP research reveals that atmospheric water vapour has been decreasing since 1998, while atmospheric CO2 has risen by ~30%. As I’m sure you’re aware, without amplification via water vapour feedback, the high sensitivity water vapour driven positive feedback anthropogenic global warming hypothesis is dead in the water. And, as there isn’t any, that’s your alarmism scuppered.

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    • pendantry says:

      “Europe has 75 percent as much shale gas as the US, yet the Americans are drilling 10,000 wells per year while we in Europe are drilling less than 100,” he noted. Ah, yes; we must keep up with the Joneses, mustn’t we? As for this Helmer character and all his growthmanic pals (in UKIP and elsewhere) who think that action on climate change is money down the drain, they clearly believe that any GDP rise is a good GDP rise. Even if it’s billions spent reconstructing after climate wierding events. Don’t pay any attention to the plonkers, Rick. Keep on plugging away with the facts.

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    • Rick Altman says:

      In posting off-topic garbage, I admire your persistence and tenacity, catweazle. However, repeating a lie does not make it true: Global Warming has not stopped and will not stop unless or until atmospheric CO2 concentrations back to below 350 ppm. Since we are very unlikely to ever do make this happen, we are probably committed to a further rise of global average temperatures by somewhere in excess of 2 Celsius by 2050. Your repetition of repeatedly-debunked misinformation is all very tedious but (you must like being humiliated so) here goes with the rebuttal: Having already got very warm by 1998, the absence of significant further land surface warming is entirely explicable (and ocean warming and acidification have not stopped). CO2 is the most significant GHG because of its persistence (compared to WV) and abundance (compared to methane). This is all Climate Science 101. http://www.skepticalscience.com/david-rose-hides-rise-global-warming.html

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    • Rick Altman says:

      N.B. Catweazle: If you cannot be bothered to even find an appropriate post on this blog on which to post your garbage (e.g. about fracking in this instance), please do not be surprised if your comments are edited or deleted in future.

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      • Now, now, be kind to catweazle. He has coping issues.

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      • Rick Altman says:

        Thanks John. Catweazle’s main coping strategy would appear to be not to read rebuttals.

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      • catweazle666 says:

        >>Thanks John. Catweazle’s main coping strategy would appear to be not to read rebuttals.<< What rebuttals? Do you seriously believe that the EU – or anyone else, come to that – is going to decarbonise their economies any time soon, notwithstanding any letters you send to EuroMPs?

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      • Rick Altman says:

        I mean you ignore rebuttals and repeatedly state previously debunked off-topic garbage. As for this on-topic comment (well done BTW), all many organisations and businesses are asking for is a level playing field and encouragement to invest in the green economy. Investing now in more fossil fuel burning infrastructure is gambling the future habitability of Earth on being able to suck CO” out of the atmosphere faster than it is being pumped into it. Even many technological optimists are not that optimistic. P.S. Roger is not my MEP but I have asked my MP to vote for the Yeo/Gardiner amendment to the Energy Bill a week on Monday. China has just agreed to decarbonisation targets and there is absolutely no reason why the UK should not do so (especially as it was committed to doing so by the Climate Change Act 2008).

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  4. lslhopkins says:

    Reblogged this on lslhopkins and commented: can’t be skeptical nowadays seeing is believeing whats there got to be skeptical about? i don’t see much do you

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