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Wednesday, November 01, 2006


A letter from me in the Scotsman today. Only the first sentence & a half appears (rest shown <>) still it means that 2 of the 4 letters chosen are sceptical about the warming scare. I like the way the "widely unreported" remark about the Oregon Petition, & by implication the entire sceptical view, was removed. But to be fair to the Scotsman they did print part of this & the Herald, which is my local rag, didn't. This letter also went out to a considerable number of other papers some of which I will miss, so if anybody sees it please let me know where. The Herald printed 5 letters, not one of which was sceptical.
" We are told that there is no debate as to the reality of catastrophic global warming. This ignores Oregon Petition of 17,100 scientists have gone on record to say "Research data on climate change do not show that human use of hydrocarbons is harmful. < To the contrary, there is good evidence that increased atmospheric carbon dioxide is environmentally helpful."

Despite this on Channel 4 News last night John Snow, while reporting on the Stern Report said that "we are going to hear from all sides of the argument" which turned out to be David Miliband, George Monbiott & somebody who hoped the new taxes wouldn't hurt too much.

According to Channel 4 those who have even doubts about the theory are unpersons.

In another example of unpersonage I noted that last night on Newsnight Ross Finne said that there "was no argument in Scotland about the reality of warming" with a self satisfied aside about America. Sorry Ross, there may be no argument in the comfortable coffee klatsch of Holyrood but there is in real life.>
Neil Craig

Reference - Oregon Petition"

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