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Sunday, March 25, 2007


From Scotland on Sunday - questions to C of S Moderator Alan MacDonald
Do you agree with Canon Kenyon Wright who said that catastrophic global warming is "no longer in serious doubt"?

Neil Craig, Glasgow

Global warming is not in doubt. The only area of debate is on the subject of what is causing it.

Well the Scotsman used my question & I apologise for my mistake in thinking that Canon Wright was a C of S devine.

While the climate always moves up & down the fact that it is down since 1998 means that the question of whether we are in an up phase or not must be, at least, in doubt. Nonetheless, since he acknowledges the doubt as to whether, or to what extent, mankind causes it, this is a better answer than we might have expected a few weeks ago.

All this was in response to Cannon Wright's letter, in respone to one of mine, which was much more specific
There is now an overwhelming scientific consensus that global warming is a reality, to a degree never even remotely approached at any previous stage of history, and that the primary cause is human activity. These facts are no longer in serious doubt.

The neo-conservative press and radio in the United States constantly confuse people there by presenting the arguments for and against as if there was some sort of balance to be struck. They ignore the fact that the vast majority of serious scientists now accept both the fact and the human causes of global warming, while those who claim otherwise seldom have any real authority and often are funded by groups with a vested interest in avoiding the implications of the reality.

The degree to which this appears, 4 months later, to be dated, shows how the debate is no longer "over" but is being won.

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