Monday, December 31, 2007
I understand your newspaper is so concerned about accuracy that you are committed to maintaining a section committed to correcting any errors, no matter how small or indeed large.
In that light may I draw your attention to an article run by you on 22nd Feb 2004, which predicted, among other catastrophes:
By 2007 violent storms smash coastal barriers rendering large parts of the Netherlands uninhabitable. Cities like The Hague are abandoned. In California the delta island levees in the Sacramento river area are breached, disrupting the aqueduct system transporting water from north to south.I accept that these predictions were published by you to deliberately represent the highest standard of accuracy to be expected from your esteemed paper & indeed the eco-fascist movement as a whole. On the other hand, assuming nothing untoward in the next few hours, it is clearly untrue. May I have your assurance that you will be publishing a correction as prominently as the original lie.
Also may I remind you of the Guardian article of 24th Dec 2006 in which the chief of the Government's environmental research Council, Alan Thorpe, which impartially hands out £300 million a year in research grants, impartially threw down a challenge to any sceptic to debate the claims that we are currently undergoing catastrophic warming.
Alan Thorpe, chief executive of the Natural Environment Research Council, said yesterday he planned to defeat so-called 'deniers', first on-line and later at a public debate.While accepting that his promise to engage in debate represents the very pinnacle of honesty of the warming alarmist movement it is a matter of record that having had his challenge accepted by several people Mr Thorpe has spent the last year incommunicado. I trust you will also be putting an equally prominent article acknowledging his failure to live up to this promise.
'We need, very urgently, to discuss what to do now to mitigate the effects of climate change,' he said. 'Yet a handful of scientists, politicians and writers are still claiming humans are not responsible at all. We have got to kill off this notion so we can get on with the real work: protecting ourselves from future climate change. That is why I am challenging these deniers.
I look forward to seeing both corrections in tomorrow's paper. This will allow the Guardian to at least claim to wish to maintain a standard of accuracy approaching that of my blog rather than being an instrument of eco & other fascist propaganda.
PS Happy New Year