Global Political Shenanigans

Monday, 9 June 2014

SpotlightON - Flood Hype and Vested Interest

“a collective myopia and lack of critique driven by an inherent satisfaction that the results show a level of risk that attracts strong and widespread public, political and financial support”
Edmund C. Penning-Rowsell
February 2014

Burrowbridge on the Somerset Levels, SW England in February 2014
(see Appendix A, Note 4)

A week after publication of the article "The UK's Somerset Levels Floods and Crocodile Tears" ( an interesting related article appeared in Circulation, the newsletter of the British Hydrologicaol Society. Posted here are significant extracts from that article (Appendix A, Note 1). 

Friday, 28 March 2014


1.0 Introduction

On 22nd March 2014 the Principia Scientific International (PSI) blog owned by out-of-work high-school art teacher John O'Sullivan posted an article "Newly-released Letters Expose Aussie Govt Minister in Climate Fraud" ( Under what might be considered to be a defamatory title, the article focussed on a letter sent on 19th March 2014 to Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt by PSI blog member Malcolm Roberts, the project leader for the Australian organisation The Galileo Movement,  (see Appendix A, Notes 1, 2 and 3).

That article inspired ex-PSI member Doug Cotton (Appendix A, Note 3) to send his own letters to Greg Hunt. Consequently, in an attempt to provide some balance to the discussion, the following E-mail was sent to Greg Hunt .

Friday, 7 February 2014

The UK's Somerset Levels Floods and Crocodile Tears

" .. Flooding: a synergy between "green" ideologues and Brussels .. "
Richard North 13th February 2014

(see Appendix A, Note 12)


2014-07-15 Added a reference to Owen Paterson's April 2013 comment " .. the purpose of waterways is to get rid of water .. ”.
2014-06-09/10 Added the header picture and Appendix A, Notes 12) and 13).


As has been widely reported by the UK media the 2013/14 winter storms have had a catastrophic impact upon many occupants of the Somerset Levels. On 3rd February 2014 Prince Charles paid a visit to the flooded Somerset Levels and it is reported that Charles Hignett, chairman of the Country Landowners and Business Association's Somerset Branch, said " .. I think the Prince of Wales was listening, he was in a listening mode. I am quite sure he understands the issues very well." (

On 7th February 2014 the visit by Lord (Chris) Smith, Chairman of the Environmental Agency ( enjoyed a less enthusiastic welcome (Appendix A, Note 4). His proposal to get started doing some dredging during the coming months was greeted with derision by locals who were asking why it had taken so long to reach the conclusion that this was a solution to the problem. During his visit (following that of Lord Smith) David Cameron said it was "wrong" to stop dredging in the Levels in the 1990s, adding: "We need to get dredging again .. Everything that can be done, will be done and I'll make sure that happens. There are always lessons to learn and I'll make sure they are learned. I've said that when the water-levels are down and it's safe to dredge, to make sure that these rivers and these ditches can carry a better capacity of water .. " (

Listening, understanding, reacting and learning are all very well but what is it that has been done to cause such horrendous flooding knowing full-well that the area is prone to such events. What could and should have been done to minimise the impact and what can be done now to minimise the risk of it happening again? (see also Appendix A, Note 13)

Sunday, 2 February 2014

The Prince of Wales and his "Headless Chickens"

Prince Charles is quoted as offering the following pearls of wisdom to his audience:
1) " .. It is baffling .. that in our modern world we have such blind trust in science and technology that we all accept what science tells us about everything - until, that is, it comes to climate science .. "
2) " .. with a barrage of sheer intimidation, we are told by powerful groups of deniers that the scientists are wrong .. "
3) "  .. we are told ... we must abandon all our faith in so much overwhelming scientific evidence .. "
4) " .. we have spent the best part of the past century enthusiastically testing the world to utter destruction .. ".
5) " .. So, thank goodness for our young entrepreneurs here, who have the far-sightedness and confidence in what they know is happening to ignore the headless chicken brigade .. ".

Friday, 13 December 2013

Let's get fracking

There have been encouraging developments since this article was posted following the response from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to a suggestion “ .. Let's get fracking here in the UK .. ” sent to politicians and copied to other interested parties, including members of Repeal the Act ( and the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

Sunday, 17 November 2013

SpotlightON – The Philippines, BBC “Question Time” and CACC


On 15th November 2013 that staunch supporter of the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) hypothesis, the Guardian, posted an article “Japan under fire for scaling back plans to cut greenhouse gases” ( It began with a picture of the Philippines negotiator Naderev Sano at the UN's climate change talks in Warsaw, Poland beneath which it says that he has begun a fast to protest against inaction on global warming, which he blames for Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda).

One relevant piece of information missing from all of the reports trying to link the Typhoon Haiyan catastrophe in the Philippines with CACC is that there was a similar catastrophe in the Philippines which killed an estimated 7000 people 116 years ago (Appendix A, Note 9)

Blaming natural weather events like this on our use of fossil fuels is a favourite trick of those who support the UN in its attempts to redistribute wealth from richer to poorer nations. This appears to be one of the main objectives of all of the UN’s propaganda about our use of fossil fuels leading to CACC. Propagandists will use anything that they can in order to promote their agenda but any CACC supporters using a catastrophe such as Typhoon Haiyan simply to promote their own agenda should hang their heads in shame. It is to be expected that leaders of less developed nations, eager to get their hands on as much money as they can from the richer developed nations, would give their unreserved support to the CACC propaganda. They have had their hands outstretched throughout each of the the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) Climate Change Conference of the Parties. The COP19 shindig is no different – Appendix A, Note 1).

What any of this has to do with the BBCs “Question Time” program should become clear later.

Friday, 25 October 2013

SpotlightON - Professor Judith Curry and "Blogospheric bullying"


2015-01-09 Updated Section 1.0 Introduction and Section 3.0 Shining a Light. Added sub-section 3.1 The Worm Turns. Changed the title of Appendix C from "Naming Names" to "E-mail Exchanges".
2013-12-23/24 Updated Appendix A, Note 1 with additional paragraphs and added Note 14).


On 16th October 2013 Dr. Judith Curry (Appendix A, Note 1posted an article “(Micro)agressions on social media” ( In a section on “Blogospheric bullying” she commented about blogging spats (Appendix A, Note 12) taking place on her “Climate etc.” blog, saying “ .. Commenters on blogs (anonymous or not) also get into spats with each other, there have been several notable instances on Climate Etc. The most notable one involves the Skydragon threads, where Pete Ridley made hundreds of comments pointing to online documentation so support his arguments that O’Sullivan was misrepresenting his credentials, had lied about many things, and had engaged in questionable personal behavior. John O’Sullivan threatened me with litigation if I didn’t remove all of Ridley’s comments. While as far as I can tell none of Ridley’s statements were actually false, I opted to take down all of the Skydragon threads.  The very large number of comments by Ridley could be conceived as bullying, but I was clearly bullied by O’Sullivan with his threat of litigation .. ”.

This article supplements Professor Curry’s comments about "Blogospheric bullying" with relevant facts that she has overlooked and without which her readers could be mislead.

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