On 31 January 2010, probably still bruised by Copenhagen, Ed Miliband (then Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, now Leader of HM Opposition) laid into the “sceptics”
Ah, the post-Copenhagen blues. There were those who tried to warn – to dampen expectations and to think BEYOND December 2009. Anyway, what’s done is done – until it’s done again in Paris…
Here’s a clip of what he said (reported in the Guardian)-
“But in the government’s first high-level recognition of the growing pressure on public opinion, Miliband declared a “battle” against the “siren voices” who denied global warming was real or caused by humans, or that there was a need to cut carbon emissions to tackle it.”
“It’s right that there’s rigour applied to all the reports about climate change, but I think it would be wrong that when a mistake is made it’s somehow used to undermine the overwhelming picture that’s there,” he said.
“We know there’s a physical effect of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere leading to higher temperatures, that’s a question of physics; we know CO2 concentrations are at their highest for 6,000 years; we know there are observed increases in temperatures; and we know there are observed effects that point to the existence of human-made climate change. That’s what the vast majority of scientists tell us.”
FWIW, it’s not the outright deniers (few in number) who are to blame. It’s those who allow business as usual to proceed in a business-as-usual fashion. Yes, yes, it’s counter-productive to assign blame, all of us are complicit, some of us are guilty blah blah blah…
Other things that happened on this day:
2003 the Baliunas/Soon paper is published.
2001 In scenes later immortalised in the opening section of the Oscar-winning (*) classic “The Day After Tomorrow” the Larsen B iceshelf started to disintegrate.
“The Larsen B sector collapsed and broke up, 3,250 km² of ice 220m thick, covering an area comparable to the US state of Rhode Island, disintegrated and collapsed in one season. Larsen B was stable for up to 12,000 years, essentially the entire Holocene period since the last glacial period, according to Queen’s University researchers
You can watch it here.
And if you open up another browser window at t’same time, you can have British Sea Power accompaniment… Song Oh Larsen B British Sea Power Open Season
* Actual facts may vary. Always read the label.